The Ultimate in Womenís Self-Defense.
By Ricky Sides
Copyright © 2010
Cover art by Jason Merrick.
Special thanks to Edith B. C. from NJ for her technical assistance.
The Ultimate in Womenís Self-Defense.
By Ricky Sides
Copyright © 2010
Cover art by Jason Merrick.
Special thanks to Edith B. C. from NJ for her technical assistance.
Table of Contents.
Chapter 1. Ė Introduction and first test.
Chapter 2. Ė Pressure points.
Chapter 3. Ė Hand, foot, and body conditioning.
Chapter 4. Ė Household articles that serve as weapons.
Chapter 5. Ė Multiple attackers.
Chapter 6. Ė Blocking techniques.
Chapter 7. Ė Grappling techniques.
Chapter 8. Ė Kicking techniques.
Chapter 9. Ė Hand techniques.
Chapter 10. Ė Finger techniques.
Chapter 11. Ė Profile of a typical victim.
Chapter 12. Ė How to avoid becoming a victim.
Chapter 13. Ė Some self-defense combat tactics and advice.
Chapter 14. Ė Advice from the Masters.
Chapter 15. Ė Day to day training schedule.
Chapter 16. Ė What this book will not teach you.
Chapter 17. Ė Should I seek more training?
My interest in Martial Arts started in 1980 when I took private classes in Wing Chun Kung Fu. I developed an interest in Kung Fu because of the old television series with David Carradine. I passed my fifth level black belt test on November 25, 1987, seven years later, and became a master in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Chinese Ninja.
For years, I have studied martial arts. During those years, Iíve had the privilege to teach many girls and women. Most of these females ranged in age from eight to thirty. I have taught rape prevention seminars, and demonstrated the techniques that you will learn in this book. I know that these techniques are effective in womenís self-defense. I have taken in and instructed females who frankly seemed hopeless, yet after teaching them the basic concepts contained within this book, they left my private instruction with the confidence that they need never fear rape again.
I didnít always have the desire to teach women these rape prevention techniques. On the contrary, the first three years that I taught martial arts I concentrated almost exclusively on teaching men. However, in August of 1984 something happened to change that. I had just opened a small school in Salem, Alabama. In an effort to increase business, I decided to teach a rape prevention seminar free to the public, hoping that some of the women would remain in class as paying students after the seminar was completed.
In preparation, I did extensive research on the subject and was stunned at the projected figures on the women who would probably be sexually assaulted at some point during their lifetime. Prior to that introduction to the facts, I confess that I was ignorant of the true scope of the problem. As I continued to absorb all the literature I could get my hands on during that period of research, something within me changed. I no longer wanted to do the seminar just to drum up business. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to do my part to help females of all ages learn to defend themselves against sexual offenders.
I contacted the martial arts Grandmaster who had trained me, and told him about what I wanted to attempt to accomplish. After a long conversation, he agreed to teach me the rape prevention techniques that I needed to know so that I could teach the best course possible.
Until that point in time, none of the students under my Grandmaster had been taught all of these techniques. Grandmaster Fong is an old-fashioned oriental man, who believes that unless you express an interest in learning a system there is no need to waste time in teaching you that system. When I expressed a sincere interest in learning the best things to teach women, he went all out to ensure that I learned them all, so that I could properly teach them to the students.
After studying the techniques that I would be teaching the women for a month, I had achieved proficiency in the techniques, and in Grandmaster Tony Ragasa Fongís opinion, I was ready to teach the techniques properly.
It was a few days after that point that the second event occurred that further motivated me in the direction of teaching womenís self-defense. I had heard that an 18-year-old woman in my regular class had been admitted to the hospital. I visited her, we chatted for a while, and the topic of our conversation shifted to the rape prevention seminar that I was scheduled to teach the next week. When I noticed that she was becoming somewhat upset by the discussion and thinking that I was causing the young woman discomfort, I started to leave. As I walked past her, she reached out, caught my arm, and said, ďStay a while longer.Ē She added, ďThere is something about me you donít know and I think itís time I told you.Ē My curiosity aroused, I stayed and listened as she talked. To protect the young womanís feelings should she ever read this, I will not relate the details of her experience as it would only bring her pain.
Three years prior to our conversation, she had been abducted and taken to a house in the country. Her assailant repeatedly raped her. It was only luck that allowed her to escape the man.
As I sat there listening in stunned silence to the details of her story, the part of me that had already begun to change, changed even more. The woman cried several times as she related the events to me. More than once, she stopped talking and turned her face away from me. When she did this the first time I said, ďYou donít have to go on if youíd rather not.Ē
The young woman turned her face to me then and she said, ďI need to tell you, so that you will understand.Ē Therefore, I stayed and listened to her story in all its horror, until she finished relating the details of her ordeal. She wanted me to understand that teaching women to defend themselves was very important, not only to her but to all the women who would be helped by the seminar. I left that hospital a changed man. To this day, I am ashamed that I first conceived the idea of teaching such a course to women with the thought of drumming up business foremost in my mind.
I gave and participated in several rape prevention seminars where girls and women ranging in age from eight to thirty were taught the basic rape prevention techniques outlined and demonstrated in this book. Seemingly frail and helpless women have learned the basic concepts of self defense, and after the seminars, they have walked away confident and sure of their abilities to defend themselves, perhaps, even strengthened by the knowledge that they need never fear rape again!
This is what I am hoping to achieve by making this book available.
I would like to point out at this time that many women donít attempt to learn to defend themselves due to some sort of physical disability. One of the teenaged girls who took the rape prevention course suffered from arthritis, which was so severe that there were several techniques that she was incapable of performing. I consulted with my Grandmaster once more and he agreed to come in and personally instruct the girl. He worked with that young woman until he was satisfied with her progress. I watched fascinated as he showed the girl simple variations of the techniques that permitted her to utilize them as effectively as her fellow students.
After that incident, I again went to my master and expressed an interest in learning to teach the handicapped. He agreed to show me how it was done and today, I am capable of teaching anyone with minimal use of his or her arms and hands. Iím telling you this so that you wonít think that if you have a handicap you wonít be able to learn these techniques. I assure you that you can, if you have the will to take on the challenge!
As you read this book, you will discover that many of the techniques are simple, commonsense techniques. There are some techniques that you may be tempted to berate yourself for not knowing already. But donít do that. It took a master to reveal these techniques to me, just as I am revealing them to you.
As you read the chapters of this book, I want you to bear in mind that no book alone can make you an expert in self-defense. As you read and learn the techniques, you need to practice them on someone. But be sure to exercise caution. Some of the techniques should not be practiced at all on another person because they could cause irreparable and permanent damage to your training partner. These extremely dangerous techniques will be pointed out, and I will caution you about their use at the appropriate time.
Now that I have explained to you why I want to help women learn to defend themselves, I want to go into some detail about how this book should be used. Use this as a guide to self-defense knowledge. However, it is not a complete book on self-defense. It would take a volume, several thousand pages long, to accomplish that and even then Iím sure that something would still be left out. We live in an ever-changing world and although criminals are always changing their methods of attack, there are certain facts that will never change. It is these unchanging facts that this book is designed to teach the reader.
Use this book as a reference to the hard-and-fast facts that exist, and youíll be on the road to becoming independent from the worry and fear that many women experience. You fear attack because you donít know how to deal with your attacker. Once you realize that your attacker is a human being with the same weaknesses that all humans possess, fear will no longer be a factor.
Help me to help you. Read this book with an open mind. Strive to learn the techniques contained in the pages of this book. Learn the weak spots on a manís body, so that you will know where to hit a man should you ever be attacked. If you do this for yourself, I promise you will never regret your decision to purchase this book.
I want to help women. You can help me to do that by sharing the knowledge you will gain from this book with the other women you know. Convince them to prepare themselves, both mentally and physically, for the eventuality that they could be sexually assaulted. Tell them that they donít have to be defenseless against any attacker.
What Iím trying to say is that I want you to do what Iíve done and will continue to do. By passing along what knowledge you've gained, you will be able to help prevent other women from becoming victims of rape or assault.
Master Ricky Sides
5th level Practician
Wing Chun Kung Fu & Chinese Ninja
Introduction and first test
Congratulations! The fact that you are reading this page means that you have decided you do not wish to be a victim. That is the all-important first step women need to take on the road to freedom from fear and worry regarding their personal safety.
Now letís get started on your education, so that we can do everything possible to see to it that you are never the victim of rape.
ďHow do we start?Ē This is the question most frequently asked by everyone. The answer is simple. The first thing you need to do is decide in your heart, deep down in the core of your being, that you will do what it takes to ensure that you are never going to be any manís victim.
ďThatís easy!Ē This is the usual response I receive. But it is never easy; perhaps it may even well be the most difficult lesson for some students to accomplish. Iíve seen students who really excelled at the physical techniques but would always be in danger because they failed to develop, sustain and maintain the mental attitude of doing what it takes to escape an encounter with an assailant, with minimal injury to themselves. Flawless technique is worthless unless you have, and will keep the mindset that you must always utilize the skills that you are learning to defend yourself. I have on occasions observed students who excelled at their classes and who flawlessly performed their techniques on other women falter and do badly when it came to performing these same techniques on men. Commitment to this goal should be 100%.
In my years of teaching, I have discovered something about women and how theyíd react to certain scenarios and I would like to share what I have observed with you. The majority of women that I have taught seem to develop mental blocks when it comes to fighting with men. In as much as they can carry out and perform the techniques on the women, they canít seem to successfully deliver the same techniques on the men. Practicing these techniques with a man will drive away any natural feeling of intimidation you may have and Iím sure that you can find a male training partner in your husband or significant other, your brother, and even your father will do quite nicely.
Practice the techniques diligently for several months until they become your natural reaction. Then you will have accomplished something; you will have removed the need to fear sexual assault.
In a few minutes, you will come to your first written test. I designed this test as a method of evaluating prospective students. The test will show you how much you know about self-defense now. After you have completed the book, and followed the instructions, I want you to take the test again. I think youíll be surprised at how much more knowledge you will possess when you take the test the second time.
As soon as you read the question, write the answer on a piece of paper. Do not consult with anyone before answering the question. If you do so, you are giving their answer and not your own. Do not take a lot of time to answer the questions. Write the first thing that pops into mind, for more often than not, this is what you would actually do in a real life-threatening scenario.
After you have completed your test, read the rest of the book. Study the techniques and principles that are discussed in the book. As you read the book, you will discover the correct answers. When you do, be sure to mark each of the answers that you got wrong. You may do extremely well on the first test. If you do, then I congratulate you on the achievement. Unfortunately, the majority of the women who took this test before the onset of training did not do so well although they did better at the conclusion of their training. Do not feel disheartened, youíll do better after reading this book.
I devised this test in September of 1984, as a means to gauge the current self-defense knowledge of the women participating in the rape prevention seminar. I discovered, quite by accident, that the test also gave me an insight into the studentsí psychological condition. The students who tested excellently on the test invariably were the ones who excelled in class. However, Iím not saying that the students who tested poorly prior to their training will not do well in my class. Not at all. As a case in point, one of my top students didnít do well on the test her first time around. It took a lot of hard work on her part, but she finally achieved such a state of proficiency that it would be virtually impossible for a single assailant to put her down. In all honesty, I should tell you that this girl has an indomitable spirit, and she refused to be satisfied with anything less than her very best.
I can tell you from experience that it is the mindset of the student that determines whether or not they will excel at self-defense. A punk can easily defeat the most skilled martial artist in the world if that martial artist is unwilling to utilize the techniques necessary to quickly, and ruthlessly, put his or her attacker down.
I can teach you a lot about the ultimate techniques in womenís self-defense, but if you are unwilling to hurt or maim your attacker when defending yourself, then there is only so much that I can do.
Now that I have explained the rules for taking the test, the rest is up to you. Just be sure to number the answers to correspond to the questions. Now get a piece of paper and a pencil, sit down in a quiet spot, and turn the page to your test.
Self-defense knowledge and psychological evaluation test
1. What is the first thing you should do if someone grabs you?
2. What should you do if you are alone in your home and you suddenly get the feeling that there is a prowler in the house? In addition, what should you do if you know for certain that there is a prowler in the house? This is a two-question section. Please answer both questions, even if your answer is the same in both cases.
3. Name three household articles that can serve as a weapon in an emergency. Please stick to household articles and not conventional weapons.
4. What should you do if a group of people attacks you?
5. What would you do if you were in your bathtub and someone attacked you? In this scenario, you are alone in the house with no one to call for help.
6. What would you do if you were about to get in your car and noticed someone was already inside your vehicle?
7. What are the best places to hit on a manís body? Remember that you want to hit the places that will cause the most pain. List at least five specific targets, but the more the better.
8. What would you do if someone threw you down on the ground and then dove on top of you? Please fully answer this question. Most women only partially answer this particular question because they consider it one of the worst-case scenarios. Of course it is. This is why the question is on the test.
9. What would you do if someone grabbed your arms and pinned them behind your back? This question needs to be addressed in two ways. In one scenario, your attacker is standing behind you. In the other, the attacker is in front of you.
10. What are the warning signs that you may have a burglar in your house? In this scenario, you have been out of the house and just returned home.
11. Should small children be permitted to answer the telephone? Please explain your answers.
12. If you were sexually assaulted today, how would you rate your chances of surviving the ordeal and successfully fighting off your attacker?
______ Maybe, with some help.
______ Certain Victim, if attacked.
Now that you have completed the test, please save the test document that you created. Youíll want to reference that paper periodically as you study this book. Do not be discouraged if you didnít know how to answer the questions properly at this point in time. I assure you that by the end of this book you will perform considerably better.
ďHow can a woman beat a stronger male attacker?Ē Thatís one of the questions that almost all students ask eventually. They inevitably point out that the man will be physically stronger and tougher than they are, and in that assessment they will be correct in the majority of instances.
A woman can beat the stronger and tougher male opponent if she utilizes the pressure points on the manís body. After learning where the pressure points are located on a manís body, it will be very easy for a one hundred pound woman to defeat a two hundred pound man. That is assuming that she is prepared to apply her knowledge and skill to the utmost of her ability to defeat the man.
This is where most of the women Iíve taught had a problem. As I stated earlier, most women have the ingrained belief that men are stronger and tougher, so they cannot defeat them. If you go into a self-defense situation with that kind of attitude or mindset, you will lose. That is a given. Your body cannot overcome your opponent and your own insecurities or uncertainties. For this reason, you must train and recondition your mind to accept that you can and will defeat a man, and do it quite easily if, and when, you apply the techniques I will teach you.
Throughout the course of this book, I will endeavor to show you that a woman can indeed beat a man in self-defense situations. I acknowledge the biological fact that men are stronger and tougher than women. It is also a biological fact that men are more aggressive and women are more nurturing, thus reluctant to inflict bodily harm on their male assailant. It is also a known fact that women will get aggressive with other women, especially if they perceived the women as rivals or threats to them and their loved ones.
But by utilizing pressure points the weaker sex can, and routinely do, defeat males in self-defense situations. However, it is not enough to strike at the pressure points. You must attack them savagely, and without mercy before they can attack you.
Again, we come to a point that gives most women trouble. After they learn where to hit the man, they are reluctant to strike with adequate force to make their hits effective. The reason is psychological. As I stated previously, women are more nurturing, thus are reluctant to inflict bodily harm on their assailant. To overcome that biological urge, that seeming ďweakness,Ē that natural inclination to reduce the power of their strikes, I have had to relentlessly remind the student to hit harder.
To give you an example of what I am referring to Iíll tell you about a student I taught for over a year. Her name was Kim. Kim stood about five foot, six inches tall. She is slim and only weighed about one hundred pounds.
When Kim first started taking classes with me, I tested her for the power of her punch. It took me three months to get her to correctly execute the techniques I had taught her and I did it by using an approach that would get her mad enough to do what I knew she could do. I succeeded in finally getting Kim to use her full strength on me by laughing mockingly at her weak application of an otherwise very good technique. In anger, Kim executed the technique again, and this time, she did it perfectly and with full force. I stopped laughing then, but at every class thereafter, I would guffaw at her weak executions until one day she came to realize that I would never, ever, settle for anything less than her very best.
The point is, a woman doesnít have a chance against a male assailant if she is unwilling to strike viciously, with all the power her body can muster. In Kimís case, I managed to break that conditioning by laughing at her. You wonít have me there to taunt you, so you must condition your mind that when you are in a real self-defense situation, you will respond with full force.
When I taught women in my Chinese Ninja class, I taught them that if they wished to compete with their male rivals, they had to be more ruthless than the men. This has always proven to be true. I have witnessed hundreds of field tests in which a woman lost to a man of equal or lesser skill. In the overwhelming majority of those cases, the woman hesitated to apply a vicious technique at a critical moment, and the male took advantage of that hesitation. The old saying that Ďhe who hesitates is lostí is certainly true when it comes to self-defense. I have also seen women who were smaller, weaker, and not as talented as their male opponent defeat men who should have defeated them. They won because they aggressively applied their techniques in a merciless-with-no-hesitation- manner.
ďBut when should we react to an attack?Ē Most of my students have asked that question. The answer is simple. You should react to the attack the moment that you perceive that you are being attacked.
If a man grabs your arm, you should not wait to see what he intends to do next before you react. The same holds true if you are being grabbed from behind.
Now that we have established that you must use your full power in your attacks, and that you must not hesitate to respond to an attack, Iíll tell you where you should hit your opponent.
I donít care if you are fighting the wimp next door, or a pro wrestler, there are certain places on a manís body that cannot, let me repeat, cannot be conditioned to the point that they wonít be subject to the pain reflex brought about by a well-aimed, powerful strike.
The eyes, throat, and groin are three of the best. Most men have a natural tendency to block groin attacks with a surprising degree of success, therefore I teach my students to use this pressure point only after they have successfully hit one or two others. This greatly reduces the possibility that the man will block the groin attack when she launches the technique.
The eyes are the best target for a woman with long fingernails to attack. If she can damage the eyes, her opponent will be blinded at least temporarily. When eyes suffer damage, the vision is affected to varying degrees, sympathetically, with the amount of damage inflicted. At that point, the woman has the option to flee the scene or continue the fight with her assailant.
The throat is often exposed at one time or another to the woman. Even if he is assaulting you with your hands tied behind your back, it is still possible to kill your assailant by attacking his throat.
Iíve instructed women in the past who responded to this suggestion in this manner, ďBut how can I attack the manís throat with my hands tied behind my back?Ē To this question I responded, ďUse your teeth. Bite the manís throat as hard as you can.
ďOh God, I think Iíd rather die than do that!Ē one young woman exclaimed in response to that advice.
I responded by saying, ďThatís not good, because if you donít do something, you probably will die.Ē
I realize that this is shocking to you the reader, but ponder on the scenario carefully. You are on your back; your hands are tied behind you. The assailant is already on top of you, so you cannot utilize your feet effectively. Yes, you could slam your heels into the back of his legs, but that would be ineffective. What else can you use? Your teeth are your last and best hope of dealing with your attacker in this instance.
ďWonít he bleed in my mouth?Ē asked one woman.
ďI certainly hope so, otherwise you have failed to bite hard enough and would only probably make the assailant mad,Ē I responded.
ďBut what if the man has AIDS?Ē she responded.
ďIf he has AIDS, donít you think heíll transmit it as he rapes you? And what makes you think heíll leave you alive when he is finished?Ē I responded.
I realize that the thought of biting a manís throat hard enough to kill him is disgusting to women. Itís disgusting to me as well, but Iíd do it before letting the assailant kill me. Nevertheless, I should offer a word of warning. If you decide to utilize this technique, youíd better do it correctly. If you make a half-hearted attempt with this technique, your attacker will become so enraged and will most likely beat you to death.
The same will be true of all of the techniques taught in this book. Not all rapists kill their victims. Some women will never be able to bring themselves to do what it takes to defend themselves adequately from their attackers. They will prefer to take their chances in the hope that their assailant will not kill them. This book is not written for those women. This book is written for the woman who is willing to defend herself with a lethal application of force, if necessary, to survive an encounter with a rapist.
10 point pressure point chart
Each black dot represents a pressure point. The pressure point on the back of the head is not depicted.
There are of course other pressure points on the human body that can be utilized. Wing Chun and Chinese Ninja both utilize 108 pressure points. However, for the purpose of this book, we will focus on the following ten pressure points.
1. The eyes.
2. The throat, and also the hollow of the throat.
3. The nose.
4. The instep on each foot. The instep is located in the center of the foot, about an inch and a half from the ankle.
5. The solar plexus. Located just below the breast bone.
6. The groin.
7. The occipital junction of the skull and cervical vertebrae. (The base of the skull in the back of the head.)
8. The shin bone.
9. The center of the thigh muscle.
10. The knee cap and both sides of the knee joint.
Pressure points one, two, and three are utilized for your lethal techniques, and so is number seven. However, that pressure point will be the most difficult to get to in a struggle, and is generally utilized only after an assailant has been manipulated in such a manner as to make the target accessible. For example, that pressure point becomes accessible after the defender has applied force to another region of the assailantís body, causing the assailant to bend over in pain. A successfully applied groin attack will often cause an assailant to bend over so that the pressure point becomes readily accessible.
The rest of the pressure points are used to slow down an attacker or render his defenses ineffective through the systematic utilization of these pressure points.
If you strike a man hard enough in the solar plexus, you will knock the breath out of him, thus briefly and temporarily disrupting his breathing, thereby making it difficult for him to defend himself. If you do so, then you should immediately take advantage of the situation to finish off your attacker, or flee.
The same would be true if you were to fracture the kneecap, or break the knee at the side of the joint. Once that sort of injury has been inflicted, the attackerís ability to defend himself or attack you has been severely diminished.
Now letís take you through a scenario. If a man grabs you from behind, his shins are very vulnerable because he is standing directly behind you. There are two effective ways of attacking his shins. One method is to raise one foot and place the heel of your shoe against the attackerís leg near the top of the shin. Keeping your heel in contact with the manís shin, you then stomp downward. When executed correctly, you should end up with the heel of your shoe smashing down into the instep of your assailant.
As you may have noticed, you are attacking two pressure points. What you are attempting to do is get your assailant to loosen his grip on you to the extent that you can break free of his hold. As soon as you break free of your assailant, you have to follow up with another technique.
If the attack on the shin and instep didnít cause the manís grip to loosen enough for you to get free, you still have several options. Bend your head down and force the manís forearm into your mouth, then bite down hard. Bite a piece out of the manís arm. However, if you are one of the people whoíd rather die than bite a tiny portion off a manís arm, then utilize the next option. Reach up with both hands and grab one of the manís fingers. Bend that finger backwards until the bone breaks. Break as many fingers in this manner as necessary for the man to loosen his grip. One should do the trick unless the man is high on drugs or drunk out of his mind.
As I said earlier, there are two effective ways to attack the shins. Having achieved a reasonable level of skill with the first technique, you should be ready to try the second.
It is a simple technique, but it requires greater accuracy. As soon as you feel someone grab you from behind, you should pick up one foot, and then bring your knee up until it is at a level with your waist. Be sure to keep your foot straight as you snap it down and then back toward your opponentís shin, and kick that shin with the heel of your foot.
When you first attempt this technique, you will probably miss the target. As I said earlier, this technique requires accuracy. Donít be discouraged. Just keep practicing, and I guarantee that in no time at all youíll be able to hit the shin consistently.
When employing this technique, you should hit your opponent as hard as possible. What you are attempting to do is to cause your opponent so much pain that he loosens his grip in a reflex reaction to that pain.
Here are a few words about practicing these techniques that you need to remember. Your partner should wear safety equipment, shin pads, in this case. If you donít wish to spend the money on shin pads you can substitute with something as mundane as a beach towel wrapped around your training partnerís leg several layers deep. At first, practice slow and with little power. Speed, power, and accuracy will come with time and repetition.
I know what youíre thinking. I just contradicted myself, didnít I? Earlier, I said that Kim needed to practice to the best of her ability with full power techniques. You should do so as well, once you learn the techniques. Just not on your training partner. The women I taught were placed with experienced martial artists who knew how to minimize the risk of injury and wore protective equipment when necessary. In your home training, you have to take precautions lest you seriously hurt, maim or even kill your training partner.
In addition, all students learn to apply techniques correctly by practicing slowly until they are thoroughly familiar with the techniques. Their technique is well established before they are encouraged to apply greater speed.
I have outlined the shin techniques in this chapter so that you can begin to get an understanding of the importance of utilizing pressure points in your attacks. Later in this book, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to perform many more techniques.
Before you start to practice any of the techniques in this book, you should be thoroughly familiar with all ten of the pressure points that you will be utilizing when you employ the techniques.
The easiest way to learn the pressure points in such a way that you will never forget them is to make a list of them, and then stand in front of a mirror and point to them on your own body. Starting with number one, the eyes, slowly work your way through the rest.
I cannot overstress the importance of correctly learning these pressure points. Always bear in mind that the only chance you have of successfully defending yourself against a stronger and tougher male is by utilizing pressure point attacks.
Again, I want to emphasize the importance of hitting these pressure points with all the strength that you can muster. Anything less will probably just irritate the assailant. You must overcome the biological tendency to pull your punches, kicks, and other hand strikes.
Why are pressure points so important? Some Orientals prefer the term weak spots to pressure points, because to their thinking, that term more accurately describes the target areas. Blows more readily affect pressure points; therefore, less power is needed when you target the pressure points than at any other areas of the body, which are stronger and more resistant to the blows. Weaker fighters defeat stronger opponents daily, and they do so by attacking pressure points.
Here are a few tips that will help you remember the pressure points. Draw an imaginary line down the center of the human body from the top of the head to the groin. There are a lot of pressure points down that line. In addition, the center of the muscles, and the center of the bones are good pressure points to remember. By hitting the attacking limb, you decrease your opponentís ability to utilize his arms and legs effectively.
After you have learned all the pressure points, and become competent with your techniques, you may wish to learn more about pressure points. I suggest going online or if you have access to Grayís Anatomy and/or an encyclopedia, you can use them to further study the human body. The center of each muscle is a pressure point, and so are all of the joints in the human body.
The throat has two pressure points. One is the Adamís apple, and the other is the hollow of the throat, which is located just beneath the Adamís apple.
At the knee are four pressure points Ė the kneecap, both sides of the knee joint, and the back of the knee joint are all pressure points.
Hand, foot, and body conditioning
During your hand conditioning, remove all jewelry from your hands and wrists. You may wear gloves to protect the skin of your hands, but make sure there are no metal pieces attached to the gloves that can become embedded into your skin.
Now that you have learned where you should hit a man, and gone through a few examples of techniques to employ to deliver strikes, you may think you are ready to practice the techniques. You are not ready.
First, you need to condition your hands and feet, so that when you begin to practice you wonít injure yourself.
Training aid 1
This method should be practiced weekly, and consists of the utilization of a simple training device, which can be constructed in a matter of minutes. Items you will need:
A piece of one by twelve wood, about ten inches long.
Foam rubber no less than 4 inches thick.
A Phillips head screwdriver and four wood screws.
Using the duct tape, attach the foam rubber to the board. Be certain to compress the foam as you tape it to the board. You want the foam to be about two inches thick when you complete the taping process. Leave a couple of inches on each end of the board uncovered. Youíll need them uncovered so you can attach them to a sturdy wall in your home. If you do not want to attach this training aid to your wall, you can attach it to a tree, or any other unyielding surface.
You may find that you would want or need more than one of these training devices because once firmly attached, they can be difficult to remove, and as stated, you will be practicing at different heights. For example, your punches should be practiced at head, solar plexus, and groin levels, and some of your kicks should be below waist level.
I recommend having at least two. Three would be better. If you have two of these training aids, then place one at solar plexus level and the other at shin level. The one at shin level will prove useful for practicing your back kick against the shin. If you decide to go with the third training device, then the third should be mounted at hip level. In that position, you can practice your front kick to the groin. Remember that you should place these targets slightly higher than your own solar plexus, shins, and hip levels. Unless you are a tall woman, the majority of men will be taller than you, and subsequently youíll be practicing delivering your blows too low. A fourth target set at head level for the average man would complete the ideal setup.
Of course you could just build a single training device about six feet long, but that will make targeting the correct areas problematic. As students tire during practice, their blows become less accurate. The oversized training device will prevent you from realizing that you are gradually permitting your blows to drift lower, and lower. The smaller training devices give instant feedback on target drift. If you do opt for the oversized unit, then be certain to clearly mark the target areas, and pay close attention as you practice, lest you waste time practicing sloppy techniques. For those of you who opt to go with the one-piece unit, I have the following advice. Tape the entire padded area with gray duct tape, and then tape the areas that correspond to the head, solar plexus, groin region, knees, and the shins with three strips of black duct tape. This will make it easier to stay in the proper target zones when striking the padded surface.
If you mount these devices to a wall in your home, you need to mount them to a wall stud. Otherwise, you may damage your wall.
Now that you understand how to build your training devices, you need to know what to do with them. The possibilities are endless, but for the purposes of your training, you will only be practicing your hand and foot strikes against these target boards. It is worth noting that some female students also practice their household-items-used-as-weapons training on their target boards, but that may destroy the nice new target boards.
Start with your hands, one hand at a time, beginning with your right hand. Execute a simple straight punch. The straight punch should come from the center of your body, just in front of your solar plexus. To accomplish this, hold your right arm out straight in front of you with your palm facing away from you. Now turn your palm to the left. Next, close your hand into a fist. Your thumb should be positioned across the first two fingers of your hand. Be sure to keep your thumb closed tight, or you may jam it when you punch.
Now bring your fist in until it touches your solar plexus. Slowly extend your arm toward the target. When you are at the correct distance from your training device, your fist will contact it before your arm is completely straight. This is important. You do not want to deliver all of your practice punches with your elbow joint locked in place. The repetition of such training could injure the joint. This injury can occur when you are throwing a full speed punch and your fist doesnít make contact with anything. Wing Chun students are taught to practice their punch with a slight bend to the elbow at all times. After sufficient practice in this manner, you will have conditioned your body to stop a punch just shy of full extension. Iíve had too-many-to-count hours of training and sparring practice with classmates and students and have yet to injure my elbow.
Now you have learned how to correctly throw a right-handed punch. You should also know that it is not necessary to extend your hands out in front of you when you want to make a fist. The above drill was meant to teach you, via text, the proper way to make a fist without me actually being there to show you how.
Now, do the same drill with your left hand.
When practicing the punching drills, both hands should be held up near the solar plexus. If you are right handed, your right hand should almost be touching your left, with your left hand between your body and your right hand.
Both hands should be open with the fingers almost relaxed. Then close your right hand into a fist as you initiate your punch. Try to keep the fist relaxed until just before it hits the target board and then tighten it.
One of the main things that you learn in Wing Chun is to conserve your energy. A portion of this energy conservation is practiced when you wait until the last split-second to tighten your fist.
This may sound difficult, but itís not. Just keep your punches light until you get the hang of the technique. This is another reason beginners should practice slow and light strikes until they have properly learned the technique. For the record, I have never asked nor have I encouraged a student to foolishly Ďbull rushí into the application of speed and power when learning or executing any new techniques. I donít recommend this stage of training unless I am confident that the students have learned and perfected the technique, then and only then, can I recommend an incremental increase in power and speed, until they peak out at their best over a period of several practices. Having said this, I do indeed ride my students if they are practicing slow or weak strikes once they have perfected their technique. Why? Because sloppy practice produces sloppy technique.
After punching with your right hand, bring it back in toward your body until it is almost touching your chest. Do so quickly. When a blow is landed, you should always quickly bring your hand, foot, or elbow back in away from the target. Failure to do so will lead to your enemy grabbing your limb or attacking it with a strike of his/her own. Once your right hand is back in position, punch with your left hand.
You have just learned the Wing Chun punching drill. Now that you have learned it, you need to perfect it. Punch your board twenty times with each hand. Gradually build up your stamina and condition your hand over the next few weeks. Make sure you practice every other day, but no more than three days a week. This permits your body to heal a bit between practice sessions. Increase the number of punches a bit each day. By the end of six weeks, you should be able to punch a hundred times. You should also be hitting your board fairly hard.
Punching isnít the only thing youíll be doing your first six weeks of hand conditioning. Youíll also be practicing palm strikes and back fist strikes.
Palm strikes are the simplest of all the strikes, but the name palm strike is deceptive. You do not actually strike with your palm, but rather with the heel of your hand. Imagine your hand is a foot. The fingers are the toes, the center of your palm is the arch of the foot, and the bottom portion of your hand is the heel.
Practice your palm strike in the same manner as a fist strike. Remember to alternate hands that are protecting the center of the body, and keep your hand relaxed until just before impact. The third hand technique that you will be practicing is the backfist strike. Stand with your back near the wall, and extend your arm slowly toward your target. Remember to keep a slight bend in your elbow. If you are in the correct position the back of your fist should touch the target. If it doesnít, then move in the direction in which you need to move in order for the back of your fist to strike the target. Remember to keep the hand relaxed until the last moment, and then close it into a tight fist. If you have one of your training boards situated at face level then utilize that for the backfist strikes. The nose, throat, solar plexus, and the groin are the best targets for that strike. You should alternate which of these areas to target at each practice session so that you can become proficient with the strike at either of the target regions.
The last technique that you need to work on during your hand conditioning is a chop. The contact portion of your hand is the outer edge of the lower section, between the little finger and the wrist joint. To utilize this strike you can stay in the same position you utilized for the backfist strikes. As before, wait until just before contact to make your open hand rigid.
No matter what type of punch or kick you are practicing, always pull the attacking limb back in quickly. If you do not do so, your practice partner will grab that limb and render it ineffective.
Before you start to practice your kicks, you need to learn some simple stretching exercises. These exercises prepare the body so that you donít pull a muscle when executing your kicks. The first is the splits. Starting with your feet, shoulder width apart, move both feet outward more and more until you go as far out with your feet as possible. Maintain that position for 30 seconds if you can and then stand back up. Repeat the process several times and try to go a bit further on each attempt. The longer you can maintain the position, the better, but donít ignore the pain to the point of tearing muscles.
The second exercise is physically easier, but awkward. Sit on the floor with your legs together straight in front of you. Make sure your toes are pointed up, and tilted back toward your upper body. Keeping your toes pointed up and the bottom of your knees on the floor, reach down as far as you can. Try to grab your ankles and pull your upper body down as far as possible. You are trying to bring your chin to your knees, but donít look at your knees. Keep your eyes on your toes, with your head tilted back as you go down. Once you are in the down position, maintain that for thirty seconds if possible. Repeat the process several times, trying to go a bit further on each attempt. Again, the longer you can maintain the position, the better, but donít ignore the pain to the point of tearing or pulling muscles.
Now that you are warmed up on this exercise, spread your legs as wide as possible. Remember to keep your toes pointed up and the backs of you knees on the floor. Reach your hands out in front of you and lay your body down toward the floor in front of you. You can place your hands on the floor to keep from toppling over if you are afraid of falling. The important thing is to keep your toes and knees properly positioned so that you obtain the full benefit of the exercise. Maintain this position for about thirty seconds, and then raise your body back up. Now rest a few moments. Perform the exercise several times, trying to stay down a bit longer each time.
Now you are ready to begin your kick training.
Now that you have learned the basic hand strikes and the stretching exercises, it is time to learn a few things about your kicks. Youíve already learned the back kick. Do you remember the second technique for attacking the shins? That was the back kick. By leaning slightly forward, you can learn to hook this kick high enough to hit a manís groin if he is standing behind you.
The second kick you need to learn is the front kick. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Now pick up your right foot. Raise the knee straight up as high as you can. Thatís called chambering a front kick. Once you have your front kick chambered, extend your leg out slowly toward your target board. Your knee should have a slight bend in it when the heel of your foot touches the board. Just like the elbow, youíll want to protect the knee joint to prevent accidental injury during training. There is a second reason you want the slight bend in the knee joint on this particular kick. Once it lands, you can give a little extra shove and straighten the knee. This will push your opponent away from you. But beware, this technique is not without risk as it can leave your leg vulnerable to a grab or a strike longer than a simple kick and withdrawal of the attacking limb. Until you have achieved considerable speed with the technique, I would not recommend its use. That said, Iíve seen people shoved several feet back away from people who properly employ the technique. This is a technique that you avoid using on a fresh opponent. It is most effective as a follow up to a series of other attacks.
But employed correctly the technique knocks an opponent off balance for a moment. If you are fast enough to take advantage of that vulnerability, it will give you a distinct advantage.
I have found over the years that the best thing to do when an opponent grabs one of my feet is to launch a flurry of punches at the manís face. This usually causes the man to let go of your leg. Itís impossible for your opponent to block a flurry of your punches with one or both of his hands occupied with holding your foot. However, if he is holding your foot and your leg is fully extended, then youíll need to close the gap a bit to attack with your fists. To close the gap, just give a little hop with the foot that is on the ground. At the same time, use your leg muscles to jerk back on the leg that the man is holding. This will close the gap sufficiently for you to strike with your fists.
Now you have learned two kicks, which are the front kick and the back kick. The third kick you will learn is the side kick. To execute this technique you have to stand with your side toward your target. Lift the leg that is closest to the target. As you lift your leg you should bend your knee. When the side kick is chambered correctly, the foot and the knee should be level in a horizontal position, which is level with your waist. Then slowly extend you leg outward until your heel is touching the target. As always, make sure there is a slight bend in the knee when your foot contacts the target. That is the proper distancing. Like the front kick, this kick can be utilized to push an opponent away. Such push techniques should not be predictable, or they will lead to your opponent grabbing your attacking limb.
At first you may need assistance in maintaining your balance while you execute a side kick. For that reason, it is permissible to place a sturdy chair beside you, so that you can rest a hand on it to help you maintain your balance. But you should wean yourself off the chair as quickly as possible. In addition, it should be noted that maintaining your balance with this kick is more difficult when you execute it slowly. However, you have to ensure that you are performing the technique correctly before progressing to full speed drills. Otherwise, you run the risk of practicing sloppy technique, which will be ineffective in a self-defense situation.
With both the front kicks and back kicks, you can alternate right and left legs. This is not practical when practicing the side kicks on a stationary target.
The last kick that you will learn is one of the most important for women. If you get into a prolonged fight with a man, the odds are you will be either knocked down, or thrown down to the floor. When this happens, the assailant will attempt to pounce on you and hold you down. The last kick Iím going to teach you will counter this situation.
Lay flat on your back. Keep your feet and legs close together. Now bring your knees up near your chin. You have now chambered your double thrust kick. Thrust both feet out slowly until they contact the shin training board.
This kick is most effective when used from your opponentís waist down to his shins. Both feet should remain close together to maximize the amount of damage and pain your technique will inflict upon your opponent. But if you get a shot at both knees then you should take it. Maybe youíll get lucky and damage one or both knees.
Just remember not to practice full power techniques on your volunteer training partners. Thatís what the wall targets are for, because you donít have trained personnel to work with you.
Body conditioning in the beginning
Stand with your feet, shoulder width apart, with your arms extended from your sides. Let your training partner walk around you with boxing gloves held in his hands. The training partner should not be wearing the gloves on his hands. He should be holding the wrist area of the gloves in each hand. As your partner walks around you, have him flick out a hand and strike you with light blows about the torso, face and head. Be sure you are wearing your mouth guard.
These blows should remain light until you can take them with only minor discomfort. As you see the blows coming, tense the muscles in your body and breathe out. Do this for only a few minutes. A four or five minute session will suffice at first. Over a period of weeks, your body will become conditioned to the strikes. When you feel strong enough to do so, you should encourage your training partner to increase the strength of the blows.
Note: If you are training with leather gloves, they can cut delicate skin such as your face. Therefore, to minimize that risk you should apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your face. This will cause the gloves to slide away rather than cut. I donít recommend leather gloves for this reason. Use manmade material instead Ė it isnít as prone to cutting the skin.
Advanced body conditioning
Once you have worked up to heavy blows with the gloves held in your training partnerís hands, it is time for him to actually wear the gloves.
You may have been able to withstand heavy blows with the gloves held loosely in his hands, but when they are equipped, it will be significantly more difficult. Therefore, you should begin by instructing your partner to hit lightly. Experiment until you find the strength level that you are comfortable with, and then proceed from there.
It may take months, but eventually you will be able to absorb a moderately heavy blow and fight back adequately. Exercise common sense. Warn your training partner not to target your face with powerful blows. All blows to the head should be light to moderate only! Mouthpiece to protect the teeth is a must!
Ordinarily, this training is conducted at entry level. It can lead to bad habits such as failing to block because you are conditioned to permitting strikes to land during this training. For this reason, you should begin this early in your training process.
I really donít like this form of training. As I said, it leads to restraining the reflex to block. On the other hand, it does teach the recipient to really want to block. Itís a phase of training we all go through. Thatís why our Grandmaster sped us through that process as fast as we could manage, and then got us into sparring with each other. When you are sparring, you have to learn to take punches and block, and at the same time, learning ways to penetrate your opponentís guard.
Youíll notice I recommend boxing gloves and not the thinner competition style Karate fighting pads. Those pads are inadequate for full force strikes, and eventually you may want to work up to that power level, if your training partner is willing.
Household items that serve as weapons
During the first few weeks that you are developing your hands, arms, feet, and legs, you should also be developing your mind. In order to help you accomplish this, I am going to give you a brief lesson in Chinese Ninja.
Up until this point, everything that I have taught you has been straight from the Wing Chun Kung Fu system. The lessons you are about to learn come straight from the Chinese Ninja system.
For generations, masters in this system have taught their families the skill of turning household items into deadly weapons. After you study this chapter, youíll never be able to look at a can of hair spray, a bottle of perfume, or a towel again without being aware that these seemingly useless items can save your life in a self-defense situation.
Imagine if you will that you are alone in your house. No one is expected to come home for hours. You are in your bathtub taking a long nice soak when you hear a window break and you realize that someone is trying to break into your house. What should you do?
This scenario is one that terrifies most women, but it shouldnít. There are numerous ways for a woman to defend herself in this scenario. The simplest method would be to wait for your attacker to come to you, and then shoot him, after you confirm that it isnít a loved one who may have locked him or herself out of the house. But I understand that not all women carry a pistol into the bathroom with them. Therefore, Iíll teach you the Chinese Ninja method of dealing with the scenario.
The average bathroom contains numerous items that can be utilized to temporarily blind an attacker. Bath powder, perfume, tooth paste, liquid soaps and aerosol hairspray will all temporarily blind your assailant. Most of these items can be thrown or rubbed into the assailantís eyes and the aerosol spray can be sprayed into the eyes and then you can use the can to deliver a blow to the side of the head, thereby rendering your burglar/assailant unconscious, assuming you strike hard enough and you hit your target.
You can even use a lighter to ignite some hairsprays, thus making a primitive blowtorch. I warn you though, if you burn your assailant, youíd better follow up and either knock him out, or escape, because he will be furious and will react accordingly.
I encourage my students to blind an assailant when possible. This gives you a distinct advantage. Even a pair of glasses Ė the earpiece maybe blunt, but it can be used to stab and even permanently blind a man in the targeted eye.
Now letís take a look at what we can find in most bathrooms that will help you defend yourself. Rat-tail combs, hairbrushes, curling irons, and toothbrushes can all be used to inflict varying degrees of damage to your assailant. The targets for these items should be the solar plexus, throat, and facial area.
Towels can be used as a mini whip to damage the eyes, but this takes skill. Towel rack bars can sometimes be removed from their brackets and used as a fighting stick.
Are you starting to get the point? We havenít even touched on the household cleaners that are probably available in the bathroom of the average household.
But this is the direct approach. If you have the nerve to pull it off, a less violent means is also available. Wait until the intruder tries to enter the bathroom, and then shout that you have already called 911 and the police are on the way. The intruder canít possibly know whether or not you have a cell phone with you, and he might flee. You can even pretend to be talking very loudly to a 911 operator telling him that the man is already inside the house and outside the room youíve locked yourself in and raising your voice further, instruct the operator to tell the police to please hurry.
You should already have prepared some means of defense, just in case the intruder decides to ignore what you are saying. In this day and age, some people commit crimes when they are so high on drugs that they are not the least bit rational. Whereas a rational man would flee at the point outlined in the scenario, a drug-crazed maniac wonít. So be ready with one or more of the items previously mentioned. Do not stand directly in front of the door. It may hit you if he crashes into it and rams the door open. Stand to one side with your weapon of choice to attempt to blind the man. Most will be short-ranged item like combs, which will require some form of contact with the intruder. Use the long-ranged items like the hairspray, and the towel first.
One of my students once postulated this scenario when she said, ďLetís assume the worst case scenario. Letís assume that I am unaware that the intruder is in the house until he enters the bathroom. And letís say I am in the tub, totally caught unprepared. What do I do then?Ē
In that particular scenario, you could splash soapy water in his eyes and hit him in the throat as hard as you can. But there are other alternatives. Hit him in the groin, fling a wet soapy washrag into his face, or use it as an even shorter whip. I wonít lie to you. In this scenario, the woman is in a very bad situation, and completely unprepared. She can win, but only if she is vicious enough, or cunning enough to do what it takes to survive.
However, if you are alone in your house and an intruder makes it into your bathroom unnoticed, you made a critical mistake. This training will try to limit such critical errors. The chief mistake in this scenario is that the door would have to be unlocked. Though some men can pick a lock, few can do so silently, so you should hear anyone attempting to enter the room by picking the lock. For your personal security, the bathroom door should be locked when you are alone in your home in the bath.
Now letís try another scenario. You are alone in the house and you hear someone breaking in on you. The sound is coming from the living room or kitchen. What should you do?
Get up, lock the bedroom door, and immediately look around the room for something you can use as a weapon. If you have a firearm in the room, and are competent with it, then use that. Just make certain of your target before you fire. It could be your husband home early from a business trip. Youíd feel lousy if you shot him.
But letís assume you donít have a firearm in the room. If you have a phone in the room, use that to call 911, and as quietly as possible request police assistance. Just remember that if you call 911 using a cell phone, the automatic locating system will not work and youíll need to give your address.
Once youíve made your report to the 911 operator, you should then find a weapon of some sort with which to defend yourself if the intruder breaks into the bedroom. Do not hang up on the 911 operator so your call is continuously monitored and the police and the fire department responders can be updated every second of any activities overheard via an open line until they reach your home.
In the bedroom, several items can serve as makeshift weapons. A heavy figurine, a vase, a hairbrush on the dresser, a coat hanger, an ink pen, a book, or even a decorative candle can all be utilized as effective makeshift weapons. Donít run around making noise as you select the weapon. Once youíve armed yourself, wait until the police arrive. If you have no access to a phone, and you can get out of the house by climbing out of a window, do it, and seek help from a neighbor or from any passing stranger.
Now letís add a variation to the last scenario. You have a child or children in the house with you and they may be in another room. It would be wise, and I am recommending this, to have some means of calling for help, like a phone, if possible in every room, or even a cell phone that you carry around on your person so you can call 911 during emergencies such as this. Predators can and do break into homes to take children. But letís say you do not have a phone in the room. If you have a pistol, and are proficient in the use of the weapon, you may want to try to get to the children. If you do not own a pistol, then trying to get to the children is not your best option. I know it goes against everything a mother is biologically conditioned to do, but the odds are better if you slip out of the house and summon help from neighbors who can call the police. The odds will be better for you and for your children. If you are unable to get out and seek help and the cell phone makes a lot of noise when you turn it on, use a pillow, a towel or anything to muffle the sound and make the 911 call.
What if I live in a high-rise apartment complex? Then obviously, you canít get out, but you might attract attention by opening a window and signaling someone on the street, or by waving a white piece of cloth to attract the attention of pedestrians. If you hear any sounds next door that would indicate that a neighbor is home, knock or tap on the wall and cry out for help.
What if Iím in the bedroom with the door locked, and the intruder is trying to break the door down? Get a weapon ready to defend yourself. Grab a lamp and smash it into his head as he enters the room. Take a rat-tail comb off the dresser. Use that as a dagger. Use hairspray to blind him, if there is some on the dresser. As a last resort, you can break a mirror and wrap a piece of cloth around your hand so that you donít cut yourself and use that as a knife. As you can see, there are many, many options. You are only limited by your imagination.
If you are in the kitchen, you can use a broom or mop as a staff. The old-fashioned straw brooms can permanently blind a man if he is stabbed in the eyes with the rigid straw. The tip of the broom or mop handle can be used to deliver devastating blows to the pressure points. The old-fashioned walking cane with the curved handle is one of my favorites. With this seemingly innocent piece of wood, I can handle most weapons that Iíve encountered.
Car keys can be held firmly in your hand to rake an opponentís eyes and the bridge of the nose. They can also be used to strike other pressure points very effectively.
A leather belt can be utilized as a whip weapon or a garrote, a pencil or pen can become an object to stab an eye, the solar plexus, the throat, and the stomach, not to mention any attacking limb within reach.
One of the things that a master teaches his family is to be prepared for anything, anytime, no matter what, no matter when. Plan ahead, and always ask yourself what you would do in worst-case scenarios. This is not an exercise in paranoia. It is mental preparation. Self-defense is not just a physical art. The mental aspects are every bit as important as the physical.
You can easily plan ahead and secrete real weapons such as knives in various locations of the house, just in case an intruder succeeds in tying you up. If the intruder leaves the room maybe you will be able to get to the knife and cut yourself free.
The items listed above are just some of the things you can use in defending yourself. In the hands of the Ninja, anything can become a weapon. A broken glass, a pen, a pencil, a toy truck, a picture frame, and yes, even a book. Almost anything can be used as a weapon, once youíve learn the basic principles involved. These are the principles masters teach their immediate family.
What is the most dangerous human in the world? A properly trained female Ninja, when cornered.
During the weeks that you are conditioning your hands and feet, I want you to pick out ten weapons from every room in your house. I also want you to go through the scenarios and think about what you would do if you were attacked in your bathroom. You may want to make some changes there. If you use a pump bottle of hairspray, you may want to buy a bottle of Final Net, just for emergencies, and no, Iím not referring to a bad hair day. Final Net ignites, if exposed to flame, and a full can shoots a spray at a considerable distance. If you plan to utilize this as a makeshift flamethrower, be sure to keep a lighter in the bathroom as well. Youíll need the ignition source. To practice that technique, go outside, preferably the backyard so there will be no possibility of starting an accidental fire inside your home and your neighbors wonít see what you are doing. Remove the cap from the hairspray, and shake the can well. Aim the can in a safe direction, extended away from your body. Hold the lighter a couple of inches below the spray and ignite it. I recommend a lighter wand Ė it is safer than a cigarette lighter. Move the lighter to the spray. Do not move the spray to the lighter. Youíll almost certainly engulf the hand holding the lighter with a fireball. Once the spray ignites, do not spray more than a couple of seconds.
Be warned, this is not safe because if youíre not extremely careful, you could easily burn yourself if you maintain the spray of flame too long. However, you will be able to fend off an attacker. I would certainly utilize this method if my life were in danger from an intruder.
I want to add a few words about handguns. If you opt to get one, then get proper training in the use of the weapon, so that you wonít become a danger to your own safety and that of your familyís. Itís also prudent to check the local laws involving handgun ownership in your town. This way you will avoid criminal penalties associated with firearms violations.
As a last note, I would rather be judged by twelve peers than be carried by six friends.
Master Dale McLemore.
Grandmaster Tony Ragasa Fong.
Pictured above is Grandmaster Fong. The author will always be grateful for the valuable self-defense education he received free of charge from his mentor.
In the above photos, Rebecca Smith demonstrates punching and kicking techniques on the homemade training device. (See Chapter 3.)
The angle of the photograph may make you think that Rebeccaís arm is completely straight, but it isnít. Remember that you should always leave a slight bend in your elbow or knee when punching or kicking. This helps prevent training injuries.
Christine Black demonstrates one of the most effective means of developing flexibility. She is seated in a leg stretcher reading a book. Reading takes your mind off the physical discomfort, and after a few minutes, you will actually become comfortable, then you can add a bit more tension to the stretching machine.
These machines should not take the place of the flexibility exercises taught in this book. For one thing, they work the muscles differently, and for another, you wonít always have the machine with you. You will always have your body. Such a machine can indeed improve your kicking techniques because youíll find yourself stretching longer as you read the book.
In the above photo, Greg Gray grabs his wife, Kristine by the throat. She responds by bringing her hands up inside his arms. This puts her in a position to utilize numerous attacks in her defense. Here is a partial list of her options.
Double palm strike to the ears.
Palm strike to the throat.
Finger strike to the eyes. (Index finger is best.)
Fingernail rake to the eyes, nose, or lips.
Finger strike to the throat.
Palm strike to the nose.
Jamb thumbs inside the mouth, but outside the teeth, then try to rip the mouth apart.
Warning: This technique is risky. Your assailant could easily bite you. It is not to be used on a fresh assailant. This technique is best employed when an assailant has been dealt several hard blows and is stunned. I recommend this technique to women because of its historical employment by female Chinese Ninja, but even they were very careful about employing the technique. I always taught my students that a technique such as this is a something I would utilize only in a case of dire need. That said, the historical Chinese Ninja were reputed to utilize the technique to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. Survivors of such encounters with the Chinese Ninja were living testimony that it is not wise to attack a Chinese Ninja.
These are just a few of the options that you would have in this position. There are many more. For instance, you could use your knee to the groin technique, after you wrapped your arms around your attackerís neck.
In the above photos, the husband and wife team, Greg and Kristine Gray, demonstrate the defense against a grab from behind. Kristine utilizes a palm strike to the groin, then she spins around, grabs the attackerís shirt, and then she drives her knee into his groin. We had to break for a few minutes after this photo because Kristine demonstrated the knee technique a bit too well. Sorry Greg!
The knee can often be used as a substitute for a kick at extremely close range. You can practice these techniques on your pillowcase punching bag. This exercise should be performed about thirty times a day for a month. Be sure to use both legs.
Greg Gray is the student of Sifu Skinner. His wife, Kristine, agreed to assist with the photo shoot, and was not a student. This resulted in the accidental solid contact in the second picture. Yet it does prove the effectiveness of the technique, so I am including the photograph. I think Kristine would make an excellent student. Donít you?
Here the authorís wife, Sue, demonstrates the drop and punch technique. It is a very simple, yet efficient technique when correctly executed.
Note that Sue is punching with her right hand. She is kneeling on her right knee. This allows you to generate more power in your punches than you can generate when you go down on the knee opposite the punching hand.
Note also that she is holding his attacking arm with her left hand. In this manner, as she drops to her knee she pulls the attackerís arm down with her, thus her hair doesnít bear the brunt of the maneuver. It also manipulates the attacking limb.
In the above photograph, Rebecca Smith and Second Level black belt Kenny Ruffin demonstrate the use of household articles as weapons. Rebecca is throwing bath powder in Kennyís face to blind him.
Almost any powder or liquid in your home can be used to blind an attacker. Scented bath powder is even more effective as the perfume in the powder compounds the problems for the attacker. You can also use dirt, sand, and washing powder for this technique.
The eyes arenít the only part of the attacker that can be affected by such an attack. If he inhales the powder, he will go into fits of coughing. This will give you an excellent opportunity to get away from your assailant.
Master Sides portrays a potential attacker as he approaches Christine Black. They are preparing to demonstrate some of the Chinese Ninja methods of self-defense for the handicapped.
Note the ink pen in Christineís right hand. In the picture below, Mrs. Black puts it to good use in her defense.
As the attacker attempts to force an embrace, Christine Black utilizes her sunglasses to protect herself by ramming the earpiece into his eye.
If the attacker is wearing glasses, you can grab his to use as a weapon against him. You see even the items your assailant brings onto the scene with him can be utilized as a weapon against him.
Second level black belt Kenny Ruffin gives pointers to Sue Sides on the spinning dummy. The spinning dummy is a training device for advanced students in Wing Chun Kung Fu. Not all Wing Chun systems utilize this spinning dummy training device, but our Grandmaster does, and so do we.
Sifu Edwin N. Skinner made this spinning dummy from scratch. The arms of the dummy are mahogany, and are exceedingly strong. As a matter-of-fact, they are the only arms that have been able to withstand the Wing Chun blocks. Sifu Skinner wisely made these arms to replace the standard pine arms in an effort to keep the wooden dummy online for the students. Without these nearly indestructible arms, the wooden dummy would be used irregularly at best. I have seen Sifu Skinner and his students go through several sets of pine arms in one class.
Unfortunately, the wooden dummy techniques cannot be taught adequately in a book. This is just one of the reasons that you might wish to seek out more training.
Fifth level black belt Ricky Sides is pictured here as he works out on the spinning dummy.
The spinning dummy teaches the Wing Chun student to improve his timing, hand and eye coordination, and it increases the speed of both blocking and retaliatory strikes. Note that advanced Wing Chun students consider their blocks strikes. Thatís because they hit the attacking limb so hard that they affect the ability of your assailant to attack you. It is the opinion of the author that the spinning dummy greatly improves the skill of Wing Chun and Chinese Ninja students. He has stated to his students that when properly utilized, the wooden dummy is without a doubt the next best thing to a live training partner. In some regards, it is better than a live training partner, because the student can use all of the force that his body has been conditioned to handle. You canít do that with a live training partner.
With the spinning dummy, the only limitation that you will be forced to endure is your own body conditioning. Knowing how hard you can strike the wooden dummy without suffering injury takes practice, and that is the reason the dummy is usually reserved for advanced students.
Two thugs, portrayed by the authorís son Dale, and Melissaís brother, Jeff Black, are in the process of attacking Melissa Black in the top photo.
In the bottom picture, Melissa initiates her response by punching Dale in the nose with a straight punch. These photos were posed for demonstrative purposes. The children did not actually attack each other. But I think Melissa was having fun at the expense of the boys, donít you?
Next, Melissa spins her body and utilizes an elbow to the face of the attacker standing behind her. Melissaís free hand should have been cupped over the fist of her attacking arm. This would have strengthened the power of the attack.
Note that it would be very easy for Melissa to execute the front thrust kick to the side of Daleís head.
In this picture you see Melissa walking away from her attackers as they are both trying to regain their feet.
Melissa Black responds to her attackerís grab with a grab of her own. Melissa is utilizing the Chinese Ninja jaw grab. In ancient times, the practitioners were capable of ripping half a manís face off with this technique. Melissaís Brother, Jeff, would just as soon she didnít do this to him, and Iím sure your training partner will share that sentiment.
Dale Sides grabs a handful of Melissaís hair as he attacks. Melissa responds by grabbing his ear and pulling out and down on it.
This technique is good because it usually forces the attacker to let go of you. Itís difficult to tell in this picture, but Dale was letting go of her hair. There is another advantage to this technique. The attacker tends to lean in the direction that you are pulling in an effort to ease the pain. This gets him off balance, and an off balance attacker is more readily dispatched.
It should also be pointed out that Daleís eyes and throat are wide open, and that it would take very little effort on Melissaís part to finish him off. Can you guess which strikes should be used?
Just before bowing out at the end of a class it is customary for the author to ask the students if they have any questions. This is what is happening in the above picture.
The class bows out.
For your convenience, I am putting the training schedule here as well. This way you wonít have to search through the book to locate the schedule.
Here is an abbreviated list that you can write down for your schedule. It will be like crib notes, meaning it is meant to jog your memory as to the details.
1. Stretching and fingertip conditioning.
2. pressure points
3. punch, backfist, chop, and palm strike training
4. balance training
8. finger techniques
9. hand techniques
10. Stretching and cool down. Discuss performance
About the author.
Ricky Sides was born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale.
The author studied martial arts from 1980 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his personal experience and training. He taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's.
The author's writing experience includes:
The Birth of the Peacekeepers and the other four books in the Peacekeepers series. Book one of this series has been released by the audio book publishing company Books In Motion. Books In Motion is currently working on producing the audio version of book 2.
Brimstone and the Companions of Althea. A nine novel series, which is based on the on line game t4c (the fourth coming) and was written by Ricky Sides under the pen name Raistlin, and by Kathy Young a wonderful lady from Louisiana who edited and collaborated on the books under the pen name Kittie Justice.
The authorís latest book released is a short story collection that contains the paranormal novella The North Room. The title of that book is Adventures in Reading.
The author has tentative plans for at least one more book in the mainline Peacekeepers series and a trilogy of backfill stories told from other perspectives.