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3 Secrets of No-Nonsense Self-Defense

Updated on January 15, 2016

I am sick and tired of all the misinformation that supposed experts spew out on the Internet about self-defense. It seems like everyone is claiming to have the best self-defense course or program.

No-nonsense self-defense is very simple. But to learn a no-nonsense self-defense system (there are several good programs out there) properly, there are a few fundamentals you need to understand first.

The biggest fundamental is knowing what your goal is. The second you forget this, you put your life in danger.

The Only Goal of Self-Defense:

Your goal in any self-defense situation is to escape with as little damage to yourself and/or those you are protecting as possible. That’s it.

Your goal is not to kick the attacker's butt, teach him a lesson, prove yourself to your friends, put up a fair fight, or detain him until the authorities arrive. Those goals will get your hurt.

Notice above I said to escape with as little damage to yourself and/or those you are protecting. This is an important consideration. If you are protecting someone, you may need to increase your exposure to danger and injury to allow them a chance to escape. Aside from this slight nuance, the goal is pretty simple.

No-Nonsense Self Defense Mindset:

Your mindset when you encounter a violent situation is crucial. Your attacker has no regard for your safety and well-being, so you should likewise have none for his. You have to be willing to use any means necessary to escape safely.

Before I go any further I want to make it clear that when I say 'escape', I do not mean that you should turn and run in every instance. Being chased is a dangerous situation. By escape, I mean either ensuring that you have a good head start on your attacker or you have temporarily or permanently ensured he cannot pursue you.

Which brings me back to the mindset: There is no fair fight outside of a dojo or boxing ring. You have to fight dirty.

So to sum up your non nonsense self defense mindset you need to be willing to use whatever force is necessary (no matter how unfair or dirty) while having no concern over the well being of your attacker. This is a survivor mentality.

This mindset doesn’t make you a bad person. You can be a kind and non-violent person your whole life, but you have to realize that when a fight is brought to you by an attacker the only way out is to be as vicious and violent as possible. It’s your life were talking about here, and there are few things more precious to you than your life. Protecting your life is what no nonsense self defense is all about.

Target-Focused Self-Defense

This is probably the biggest principle that separates no-nonsense self-defense from the ineffective, fluffy, fancy type you read and hear about. The key here is focusing on the most vulnerable and incapacitating targets on the human body, not on fancy moves that look cool in the mirror. If you need to watch the technique in slow motion to see what’s going on, it is probably not a good move to use in a desperate situation.

What are vulnerable targets? The eyes, groin, inside of the knee, throat, ear, and various other body parts, depending on the situation.

Why should you focus on these targets? These targets meet one or both of these two criteria:

  1. Cause tons of pain
  2. Distract the attacker from his or her assault

Don’t waste your time trying to knock a guy out with a punch. Unless you are a great boxer or a lot bigger than the other guy (unlikely since attackers almost always chose smaller victims), you will most likely be unsuccessful. Similarly, wasting time and energy punching a guy in the torso will not end the conflict either. Someone who truly understands no-nonsense self-defense would simply jab the attacker in the eyes, maybe give him a good ear slap, finish up with a scoop kick to the groin, and escape (not very romantic but highly effective).

It would be difficult to give specifics about techniques to attack these targets in an article like this, so I’m not going to try. The purpose of this article is to help you understand what no-nonsense self-defense is all about. This way you will be able to judge a self-defense program based on concrete details to decide if it is a program you should spend your time learning.


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      9 months ago

      In the limited Krav classes I took, it was fight until they attacker is broken.

      I had my daughter take several classes and I feel much better knowing that she knows what to do in a critical situation.

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      12 months ago

      Great stuff, sending link to daughter and grands.

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      Dr Syed Raza Ali 

      2 years ago

      Learn Self Defence Techniques from an instructor. They are both unarmed and armed defense techniques. Gang fight is also to e learnt. It all needs an expert instructor.

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      Pete W 

      3 years ago

      Great article. Although i have never taken a course, i always had it in my mind to go for the nose, throat or groin. I remember how much it hurt when struck there, growing up.

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      Allen Williams 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub! As a former martial arts instructor I agree with you 100% on your advice. I voted up and useful. Good job!


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