• Use the hand you write with.
• Make a fist with your thumb outside, not tucked inside. If it’s tucked inside your fist, when you punch someone, you might break your thumb. The thumb goes across your fingers, not on the side.
• Don’t be like in the movies—don’t aim for the face. Face punches don’t usually stop people, and you can miss when they duck their head or break your hand on their jaw. If you want to get away quickly, or end a fight, aim for the chest, or the ribs. If you really want to do some damage, e.g., you’re being attacked, aim for the throat, which will make it hard for your attacker to breathe for a hot minute.
• When you punch, you want to aim and hit with your first two knuckles. Not the flats of your fingers, and not your ring or pinky knuckles, which can break more easily. You can use your weight, if you’re on your feet, to add wallop, and spring into a punch with your feet and torso.
Useful information, esp. if you haven’t taken self defense.
“Well, they say never hit a man with a closed fist, but it is, on occasion, hilarious.”
Yeah, the face is all sharp angles and hurts your hand. Hit ‘em somewhere soft like the stomach.
And if you’re really in trouble, the advice from my old sensei is - kick him in the knee. For serious, the knee is a delicate thing and if you mess it up they aren’t going anywhere and will probably be messed up for life. A good hard kick to the knee and they’re not gonna chase you very far. (But don’t do this just messing around, because you can cause real damage).
I mean, you might be in a situation where you can’t get close enough to bite.
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