You're better at self defense than you thinkIllustration by Jason Lee
“If you look at police videos, street fights, or even ultimate fighting, you won’t see anyone doing technical martial arts,” says personal-safety trainer Tony Blauer. He pooh-poohs the notion that you need a black belt to defend yourself. “It’s just some kung fu guy selling you a bill of goods.” Skeptical? Consider these natural self defense moves you already know. Here are more ways you can be your own bodyguard.
The stair-climb groin kickIllustration by Jason Lee
Lift a leg to climb the stairs and you’re doing what it takes to knee a foe in the groin. These are signs you're an easy target for a predator.
The seat belt elbowIllustration by Jason Lee
When you reach across your chest to grab your seat belt, you’re throwing a right elbow. The faster you do this, the more force that elbow has. When you’re in the passenger seat, you’re training the left side.
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The melon eye-gougeIllustration by Jason Lee
Every time you pick up a melon in a supermarket to check for ripeness, you’re making the same motion as sticking your thumbs in some bad guy’s eyes.
The push-up chest strikeIllustration by Jason Lee
Each time you do a push-up, you practice how to deliver a chest strike. “Say some guy grabs you by the lapel,” says Blauer. “Jam your fingers in the ‘melon,’ and when he grabs his face, do a push-up off his chest. You’ll knock him back several feet, and you can bolt for safety. Believe me, anyone can do that. You already have the muscle memory.”