Use common objects: Scan your surrounding for objects that may be able to help during the attack. Using a chair, rubbish bin, or even your 5-inch heels can all do some serious damage. Don’t hesitate to grab what you can. Whether it’s your keys or phone, try to buy yourself more time to run away or get help.
Scream as hard as possible: From a defense point of view, it’s extremely important to shout as loud and as soon as you can. Say what’s happening to you such as ‘he grabbed my bag’ or ‘he has a knife’. This might help you get someone to call for help quicker.
Bite, pinch and scratch: If your life’s in danger you need to do whatever possible to come out of it safely. Do whatever you can. the more aggression you put into your action, the better for you.
Go straight for the attacker’s eyes.
How? Use open palms, both if possible, with fingers directed towards the eyes. Using the same position of your palms (and at the same time) you can hit or strongly push away the nose or chin with the heel of your hand.
When something dangerous comes close to the head and eyes people try to move away, close their eyes or even cover their face with their hands. That gives you another opportunity to hit another, painful point.
Which brings us to our next move…
Hit to the groin area
After a shot to the eyes, be prepared to target another sensitive area – the groin.
You can hit the groin area after a shot to the eyes (as the attacker covers himself) or as a first attack. It’s a physical strike to a part of your body, which due to nerve endings can and WILL hurt. But unlike other areas, the groin lacks much of the protection that the rest of your body does.
How? Use your intuition and do what feels right in the quickest possible way. The hit should be sharp, straightforward and as strong as possible.
You can use your foot, instep, a shin-straight whipping motion upwards or a knee strike (with the kneecap or the surrounding area). But this all depends on the distance from your attacker. You can also use your hands if you’re not able to use your legs. Pull, punch or twist using your palms or a closed fist. Do whatever you need to do – don’t hold back.
But sometimes you might only have a few seconds to get away! In this kinda situation your attacker will most likely be shocked and angry (as hell) so if you don’ have enough time to get away you need to go in for your next hit. In this case, the nose.
Hit the nose
The best thing to do is to keep “changing the level of attack- high (face) to low ( groin), low to high and so on and so forth until you’re free and can run away.
How? Use a hammer strike motion by using the heel of your hand while you are clenching your fist. The pain is extraordinary – no other body part hurts quite the way the nose does. In no time, it will become difficult and then impossible to breathe through the nose. In short, the nose is the facial pathway to debilitating your aggressor without putting his life in immediate danger.
Hit the throat
The throat is another sensitive point of the body. If pushed hard enough the airways could close, making it difficult to breathe.
How? With an opened palm, use your hand and push your fingers inside the throat. Do this while pushing your attacker away. It MUST be done quickly and all at once to both, surprise him, and succeed.
Hit the neck
The neck is another excellent target to go for. Similarly to your groin, your neck also contains a crazy amount of nerve endings, making it impossible for your attacker to fight back once struck. It’s also not well protected like other parts of your body, which can be enough to overwhelm them.
How? You can use your hand in several ways here. One way is to use your hand in a chopping motion. Use an open hand strike to the neck using the same technique as a tennis shot. The ONLY difference is, instead of the front of the hand moving towards the neck, you will be leading with the pinky side of your hand.
In other instances, you could use your fist in a hammer motion or if closer to your attacker, go in with your elbow.
Attack the knees
A less sensitive part of the body this time – the knee.
A strong kick towards the legs and knees might stop the attacker from running after you. But big forces are required to fracture the knee joint.
How? Turn your head quickly to get a good view of where to strike and act immediately. “Use your foot with a horizontal stomping kick directly to the knee,” says Magda. Never resist action.
- Run away as quickly as possible: As soon as you get the opportunity – run away. Go to the police station or the nearest local restaurant or shop. NEVER attempt to stay in the same area or spot.