Remember, you are fighting because this is the best and only option. Pull the trigger -- because you are in a battle for your life! Your instincts, assessment, and situational awareness have told you that you are in mortal danger. What you can do is survive -- it is your right to not be killed or harmed by another person.
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Remember, you are fighting because this is the best and only option. Pull the trigger -- because you are in a battle for your life! Your instincts, assessment, and situational awareness have told you that you are in mortal danger.
What you can do is survive -- it is your right to not be killed or harmed by another person. As with most things survival-related, fighting has its own set of priorities that need to be addressed at lightning speed. Protect your face. Stay on your feet and keep moving. Hit hard. Haul ass a. Hit Hard Again, back to violence of action: Make every blow count and you could walk away; otherwise you may be carried away.
Punch, kick, elbow, gouge, bite, stab, rip, crush -- you name it, you should do it, because this person is trying to take your life. The only rule in fighting is to live. Vulnerable points exist all over the body, but remember that the greatest number of them exist from the collarbones up. Your attacker may be three times your size, but if you take away even one of these functions, the fight is over.
Then immediately return the hand to the defensive position by your face. You will increase the power of a punch by twisting your midsection in conjunction with the blow. Cross: A punch straight in from opposite the lead leg -- very powerful. Hook: An outward arcing punch delivered by either fist -- great for targeting the ear or jaw. Uppercut: An upward arcing punch delivered by either fist -- great for targeting the chin, and the best for lights-out!
Palm Strike In addition to the above punches, your hands can also be very effective when clawing or jabbing with fingers, and an open palm strike can be devastating. The palm of the hand contains one of the densest bones in the body.
Open your palm; cock your arm back, just as you would for a jab punch. Strike directly at the front of the nose and aim upward. Chokeholds The rear chokehold method a. The positioning of your arm is the key to this technique, so remember, the deeper you can get his throat between your bicep and forearm, the better.
Keep your right arm behind his neck and grab your left shoulder. An alternate method is called the front chokehold, which works when you are facing your attacker. With your right hand, reach across and literally grab the opposite corner of his shirt collar -- not the person. You will have greater control over your adversary this way. This will make your crossed arms an X in front of his throat. Grip as tight as you can while rotating your hands forcefully inward to achieve the chokehold.
You are twisting the opposite shirt collars as if you were squeezing and wringing out a rag. Fighting an Assailant Who Has a Gun or Knife If your assailant has a weapon, then your choices in defense will change.
Disarming a person with a gun is incredibly risky. It takes a second to pull the trigger, so the best option might be to comply and wait for an opportunity to attack. However, if you are close enough and the situation necessitates you attack, your goal would be to use maximum effort and attack the weapon with the full intention to deflect his aim.
Trying to wrestle the weapon from his grip is less likely to work than pushing his hand away, be it up, to the side, or downward. At this point, you may get the opportunity to strike at vulnerable areas and disable the attacker enough to get off the X. If the person has a knife, again, keeping your distance is the goal. Use your shirt, coat, or whatever you can find to deflect his thrusting arm, which then could provide an opportunity to use defensive tactics.
Haul ass Although this is the last step in this section, avoiding fights altogether needs to be your first priority. Get off the X and save your fighting techniques for the gym.
But you might need to strike first and hard to have the chance to get away. The moment you have an opening, take it and leave the scene, because fights can change instantly and drastically. After several intense tours as a Platoon Commander that had him operating around the world, Cade decided to leave the SEAL teams to pursue other challenges. From random shootings to deadly wildfires to terrorist attacks, the reality is that modern life is unpredictable and dangerous.
SEAL Survival Guide : A Navy SEAL's Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster
Podcast: Play in new window Download Cade Courtley was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he spent much of his early life in the outdoors. Whether or not you want to be a SEAL, the lesson remains the same. Men need challenge, they need adventure, they need to do something other than sit in a damn cubicle. Start challenging yourself today. Get outside, exercise, take a cold shower, give up a bad habit, learn a martial art; do whatever you need to do to get out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself to new limits.
There are some good practical tips, both general and situation specific: get off the X, be watchful and situationally aware, narrow down to 3 options, practice and build muscle memory, "violence of action", hide behind the front tyres of a car, materials that protect from radiation, how to provide the various emergency medical aid, wearing footwear you can run in, learning CPR, etc. And step-wise tips on what to do in a range of scenarios: car-jackings, bear attacks black, brown, and polar separately , forest fires, live shooters, deserts, drowning vehicles, IEDs, falling through ice, gang violence, jail, lost at sea, riots, pandemics, etc. This goes for almost all scenarios mentioned. An interesting read though, for someone interested in this sort of thing. I enjoyed the various scenarios and the range of things to think about or that can help.