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Self Defense with the 2 Best Martial Arts Moves: the Chin Jab and the Hammer Punch

Updated on July 15, 2013

Two Fighting Techniques for Self Defense

The two best fighting techniques for Self Defense are the Chin Jab and the Hammer Punch. Period. That's why many Martial Arts use them extensively, Krav Maga for example, or Karate..

If you can running away from dangers is always the best thing to do, but if you are forced to fight then the Chin Jab and the Hammer Punch are easy to learn, easy to use and very effective against any opponent. You can learn this two fighting techniques in a very short time and learn how to defend yourself effectively against any criminal threathening you.

Warning: the following information on the Chin Jab and the Hammer Punch are for informational purposes only.

The Chin Jab is not only very easy to learn and to perform, it's also extremely fast and almost impossible to parry. The Hammer Punch instead is slower, but no one can stand still if hit well. Learning these two simple and effective fighting techniques is simply the best thing you can do for your self defense.

The Chin Jab and the Hammer Punch are effective if applied by everyone and in every situation. And can be pretty useful even if performed by children. Beware that they could easily kill your opponent, so use them strictly when your life is in danger.

Keep always in mind that the best self defense technique is to avoid fight so whenever you can Run away from dangers.

Of course this article for information purposes only, you have the legal responsibility to use those techniques only to defend a life and when no other options are available.

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Martial Arts and Self Defense Basic Principles

Relaxed Movement:

Just like an open hand moves faster than a punch a relaxed body moves faster than a tensed one. And it's also much harder to move. Try this experiment with a friend: tense your body and ask him to push you, he will probably be able to do it quite easily. Now relax and have your muscles relaxed and ask him to do it again. Quite difficult this time right? This is because a tense body gives more grasp then a soft one. Just like a barbell compared to a flour sack.

So Relax, keep both feet on the ground and move your body to be harder to hit or catch.

Don't do what actors do on movies, that is hitting once and then staying there to see what happens next: hit as many times as you can and then Run, Run, and Run.

Self Defense techniques (as relates to hitting) can be divided in two groups: straight and circular. I won't talk about grappling or throwing techniques as they require quite a lot of training to be effective so you should study Martial Arts instead. Hitting techniques can be done either with open hand or closed fist. The open hand has the advantage that is faster and more versatile, the fist is harder but slower and if you hit a hard surface your knuckles can broke, which is somehow painful.

Remember to keep your body relaxed to be faster and to tense your muscles just before contact with your target. You can become proficient in these two fighting techniques in a matter of days but you must train at least a little. Always remember that the key for power is tensing your body just before contact.

Here there is a good example of the Chin Jab.

Self Defense Technique 1: The Chin Jab

When the attacker gets close push your hand like a piston moving up in a straight line and aim to hit his chin with your palm. If you miss it you can usually hit his nose and your fingers are in the perfect position to reach for his eyes. This can be done either with a whip-like movement or full force with a thrusting motion. Beware though that hitting full force his chin can easily kill your opponent.

This is probably the best single self defense technique and you must learn it as alone it can save your life.

This gives an idea about the Hammer.

Self Defense Technique 2: The Hammer Punch

This is the second best technique but since it's a circular punch it's extremely powerful but slow. Possibly use it after the Chin Jab. With your closed fist and a slightly bent arm make a circular movement and hit the attacker with the side of your fist near the little finger. Aim at his jaw and beware that a hit on the temple can easily kill an opponent. It's almost impossible to hurt yourself with this punch and it's probably the most powerful punch everyone can throw. Put all your force like using an axe to cut a tree.

Adding the Hammer Punch to the Chin Jab you have two techniques which for Self Defense are the best, effective and pretty easy to do in all conditions.

And this gives good ideas on Palm Strikes.

Self Defense Targets

The best fighting techniques are worthless if not applied correctly to the right target.

There are mainly three targets than can throw down everyone, And these are also the three targets that must be protected at all times: Eyes, Temple and Throat.E-T-T. All Martial Arts use them.

Whoever you are there are no muscles protecting those targets, and even if you have a Sumo Wrestles body still a good hit with the edge of hand can crush your throat, and you die.

Obviously if you are defending yourself you must protect yourself at all cost, a broken bone won't kill you, while a pierced eye will make you blind. And remember that these are killing targets, and using them will probably get you sued. But if it's your life involved then maybe it's better to remain alive. Use them only for Self Defense in real life threatening situations.

As Bruce Lee discovered, a simple Finger Jab, a fast hit to the eyes with your relaxed straight hand is enough to make the criminal blind. Hit as fast and relaxed as you can. And remember to keep your fingers slightly bent, or you risk to broke them. And of course tight your hand just before hitting.

A good hammer on the temple will kill, or at least seriously damage everyone. Even if under the influence of drugs. Remember though that it's better to use it as a second hit, as it's a circular punch.

The throat can be hit either with the edge of the hand from a side, the so called Karate Shuto, or from the front with a quick hit using the part between your thumb and the rest of the fingers of your open hand. Best if done after having landed a good chin jab.

Remember, whoever your opponent these three targets will kill everyone. So be very careful.


This is how to defend yourself effectively knowing just these simple fighting techniques, which can be used by persons from 10 to 80 years old; of course if you can read some more books and have some training on Martial Arts it's better, but always ask to yourself: Is this technique good in every situation and against any opponent, even under drugs or mental disturbances? Because criminals will always attack you when you have less chances to escape or defend yourself.

These two Self Defense techniques will be pretty useful if you find yourself undergoing sexual violence or any other kind of attack. And I'm sure they'll make wonders for your self confidence; remember though that the best way to win a fight is not fighting at all, so be always aware of what's happening around you and if there is a chance run away.

The best Self Defense is avoiding dangers.

REMEMBER: E-T-T. Eyes, Temple and Throat.

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    7 years ago

    you forgot to mention the groin and the knees wich are very effective areas when hit, a side kick to the knee will probably make tour attacker lying on the floor and screaming of pain and probably will be a lifetime injurie.and you forgot to mention to hit the solar plexus with a simple punch will suck the wind out of your opponent and buys you a hole lot of time to run or to hit with another strike but it is a great post 10x for the info

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    7 years ago

    Outstanding hub, very informative. Try executing hammerfists from the inside out instead of the outside in. This allows far more speed and it will be less telegraphed. It is a natural range or motion vs trying to come in from the outside. When you make the attack from the outside you are leaving yourself wide open.

    Honestly that is a range I wouldn't want to be in as a striker, the best range is at the fullest reach possible because it is a simple matter from there to bring the fight to the ground. Once the fight is on the ground it is a matter of strength, weight, and ground technique.

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Italy

    Thanks for the kind comment. Happy holidays! :)

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    Women Self-defence 

    7 years ago

    The best self-defence is whean you don`t have to figth. Just run!

    But when you are in trouble, it works.

    thank you for the hub

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Italy

    Thanks PassingItAlong for your kind comment much appreciated. Have a great day! :)

  • PassinItAlong profile image


    8 years ago

    Great hub. Thanks for the simple, helpful hints.

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Thanks couponalbum for your comment and appreciation. I'm glad you liked my Self Defense article. Have a great day!

  • couponalbum profile image


    8 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    Great Hub! Enjoyed reading it, full of information! Liked your other hubs too! Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Lol, that's definitely the best Self Defense move or technique. As real Martial Art Masters say if you don't fight you can't lose. :)

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    Support Med. 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    hypnodue: These moves are dangerous, but good to know. As you stated, I'll do my best to run first LOL!!

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Thanks for your appreciation CaptainChris, glad you liked it.

  • captainchris profile image


    8 years ago

    Very informative! Keep up the good work!

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Hi Jeanie, thanks for your kind comment. Giving the impression that you are armed can be useful, the problem arises when the criminal is really armed and wants to see your bluff. Just like going around with a toy gun.

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Thanks BeiYin for your kind comment which adds knowledge to the hub. And you're right, if someone is able to maintain an inner calm it might be that the attacker changes his mind. But in the case of a rapist this happens very rarely, that's why knowing how to throw down someone is important. There are aggressors who won't be stopped by anything else than a good hit. Have a great day!

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    8 years ago from Ibiza Spain

    When you wrote: "Keep always in mind that the best self defense technique is to avoid fight, so whenever you can, run away from dangers." Then this without doubt is the best advice possible. One can add: If one is attacked then it is important to stay calm and even one knows how to defend oneself and because of this has self confidence, that one does not respond to the aggression with aggression. Then it might be possible that the attacker calms down and then even will listen when one talks to him/her in the same non aggressive and calm way. It has mostly to do with ones energy, if one stays sovereign, calm and 'friendly' one can change the energy of the attacker and avoid violence, as well ones own as there is no defense necessary.

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Thanks krs, I hope it will be of help to as many people as possible. Have a great day!

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    8 years ago

    great wed site for info

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Hi prettydarkhorse,I would if only USA were slightly nearer to Italy. But if I come there you can bet on it. :)

    Thanks for the comment.

  • prettydarkhorse profile image


    8 years ago from US

    nice way to defend yourself, now, Can you dance with me hypno? I am challenging you, come on you can dance too hehe, Maita

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Thanks for your kind comment june. Nice to meet you.

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    june of ages 

    8 years ago

    Good common sense advise. Thank you.

  • hypnodude profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Italy

    Yeah, It's one of the first books I've read on self defense. And one of the best.

    Thanks for your comment.

  • William R. Wilson profile image

    William R. Wilson 

    8 years ago from Knoxville, TN

    I see A Bouncer's Guide to Barroom Brawling in your Amazon links - great book!

    Good solid advice here.


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