Self Defense 101 (Part 2)

Last week I wrote a blog on various self-defense techniques, and I detailed the top seven to protect oneself from an assault. Possibly a character in one of your upcoming storylines will need such skills. I know I’ve considered using a few in a series of short stories I’ve plotted out already. I’ll eventually write these stories using many of those techniques.

The key to a good fight scene is using what’s available to your hero to incapacitate the attacker. Here are a few more techniques that may stimulate the imagination to create a dramatic confrontation using only the hands.

Seven of the best methods to kill or incapacitate with your bare hands are:

Full Nelson: While standing behind an enemy, put your arms under his and lock your hands behind his head. Bending the neck forward will do one of several things—break the neck, asphyxiate him, or impede spinal fluid to the brain and cause brain damage or death. The key is to get your hero to spin behind the attacker as soon as possible.

Half Nelson: Again, while maneuvering behind an enemy, place only one arm under the attacker to pin that arm and lock down behind the head in the same manner as above. This tactic is less effective and possibly not lethal, but it can incapacitate to some degree.

Pinned Drop Kick: Standing behind the enemy and holding his arms straight back, a drop kick to the back without releasing his arms may severe the spine.

Brain Buster: With the enemy facing toward your hero, bend the person forward while placing him in a headlock. Grab the back of his belt and haul him into the air upside down while your hero falls backwards. The likely result is that your hero will fall on the enemy’s head and knock out the attacker.

Ear Slap: Oddly enough, coming up behind an enemy and cupping your hands in a clapping motion over the victim’s ears can kill him immediately. The vibrations caused from the clapping motion will likely burst the eardrums and cause internal bleeding in the brain.

Abdomen Assault: A substantial blow to this area will stun the attacker and may rupture a vital organ.

Kidney Punch: A large nerve that branches off from the spinal cord comes close to the skin near the kidneys. A direct “knife” blow with the knuckles of one hand may be lethal.

As mentioned in my last blog, an effective counter attack is extremely important. It’s said that a battle is never won by defensive action alone. If assaulted, attack back with all your might and look for areas of the aggressor’s body that may be vulnerable and open to attack.

Doing so could mean the difference between life and death!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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3 Responses to Self Defense 101 (Part 2)

  1. Always informative, thanks!

  2. You blog posts last week and this week are safely tucked away in my research file. Thanks for sharing your excellent insights and ideas.

  3. Super, James and Jacquie:
    I always appreciate the feedback.
    All the best,

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