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It’s important to understand the vulnerable parts of a human body. Not only does this help identify the vulnerabilities of your attacker and disable them to cease offensive action, but it also enables you to understand the priorities in protecting your body. 


  • Your head is like the central processing unit, you need to protect this to ensure you’re able to process the next steps and remove yourself from the compromising situation

  • Anywhere in the body with a concentrated amount of nerve endings will hurt, for example the groin area, and this goes for both males and females

  • Anywhere in the body with a lack of muscles will likely hurt when a strike is made to the area this includes areas such as the throat


Keeping your hands up is a sign of defence. It also creates distance between you and the potential attacker to reduce reaction time.

This move involves placing hands in front of you in a triangular motion which enables your arms to move freely, including to protect the side of your head if need be.


Shielding involves putting your arms on either side of your head to protect yourself from any potential strikes.

This position also enables you to react accordingly and protect yourself should the opportunity arise.


Wherever you may be, make sure your stance is stable. This include moving to a more stable surface or removing your heels if you have time.

For an even more stable position, consider placing your feet shoulder width apart, one forward and the other back.

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