Thursday, 1 March 2012

Targets in Self Defense - Throat

Eagle claw to the throat

     There’s so much to write about! But above all, I have to finish the series of posts on the 4 main targets in self defense.

     Today, I’d like to focus on the second of the targets – the throat.

     My technique of choice comes from Eagle Claw Kung Fu. The fingers and thumb are shaped like a tea cup lying on its side. Notice in the photo above, how the thumb and fingers grip the windpipe.

     Actually, this claw hand doesn’t reach out for the throat. It strikes the throat, quickly and with force. And only then does it fasten itself around the target. The goal is for the thumb and fingers not to close at the sides of the windpipe but behind the windpipe.

     Eagle Claw Kung Fu rarely maintains a steady grip on a target: it will actually try to tear the windpipe away from the rest of the throat. Like an eagle would do to its prey.  As the claws digs in, it will twist the windpipe from left to right, up and down, or in all of these directions at once – all delivered with the strength of the entire body.

     Should a man attack a woman who has long fingernails – and who also knows how to use the eagle claw – he may end up regretting his actions!

     Eagle Claw, like most Kung Fu, maintains a steady intensity. Self defense doesn’t stop until you have a chance to escape. Therefore, once one hand has finished its attack, the other the other hand joins in. And so on. Plus you’re still attacking the targets on the head described in the previous post!

     Why do I recommend such an intense form of self defense?

     I teach self defense, street-proofing and character building to hundreds of young children. I don’t think any of them ever have plans of being beaten, sexually assaulted or plan to have their lives taken away from them. They just want to become the best they can be. They all want a chance to live their lives to the fullest.

     The same applies to adults. No one has the right to destroy your life. If you fear for your life, and an eagle claw can help you to escape, then use it.

      A note on the photo above: there isn’t a sinister bone in Murray’s body. I took a lot of photos of him trying to look really mean. He just keeps on smiling. This was the best I could come up with. The photo almost makes you feel sympathetic toward the attacker, not the defender!


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