[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/AlCase17.jpg]These three karate techniques-and you can develop them as taekwondo techniques, or kenpo techniques, or whatever–will help you win any fight. They are quick, they are nasty, and the are meant to help you come out on top. Just don’t use them unless your life is really in danger!
Mind you, I developed these self defense techniques in karate tournaments a few decades ago. They can be used in trophy contests, but only with proper control. Use them on the street however, and you must use them with no restraint.
The first technique is to break the fingers when the fight starts. Many people will have open hands, not always, but enough to where this technique should be paid attention to. So when you close the distance, assuming you are not kicking first, you must slap down on his fingers with a good, hard backfist.
If you can break his fingers he will rethink attacking you–injuries do that to a person. In his head he will have the thought, ‘you mean I’m going to get hurt?’ And if he does continue to fight he will have one hand that isn’t going to work too well.
Second thing, goes right along with breaking the other fellow’s fingers, is to slap his arms downward. Push them down, so they are trapped and he can’t use them to protect himself, and you are going to have a heck of an advantage. This is actually the theory behind Bruce Lee’s ‘Straight Blast.’
Third, you want him to blink his eyes. This fits right in with the shooting motion of the hands as you go forward and break his fingers and trap his hands. If you can shoot the fingers all the way to the eyes, and actually strike the eyes, then you are going to be fighting a blind attacker. What could be better, eh?
But even if you don’t manage to blind your mugger, if he blinks and thinks backward in his mind, then he will already be on the defensive. He will have gone from attacking to defending. A mugger backing up is not nearly the threat as one who is aggressively attacking.
To summarize, the points here are break things on the way in, push his arms down, and make him blink or blind him. These three strategies should be the start and heart of any good defense for a street fight. So if you practice these karate techniques and I certainly don’t mind if you call them taekwondo techniques or Kenpo Techniques-you will never lose when somebody tries to mug you!