TW: VIOLENCE: When throwing a punch:
• 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.
also, to add to this, think about your shoulders swinging into the punch - any good punch i’ve given has started with the other arm aiming where i want my punching arm to be, and then my whole shoulders/upper body swinging into the hit. but if the person you are punching is any good, you gotta do this fast so they don’t read your move.
the other thing is, there’s nothing wrong with a good thump. depending on your position in relation to the person you are punching, pounding DOWN, hitting them the way you would pound a table can work really well, and it is sometimes an easier way to take a swing.
if we are talking self defence, never forget scratching, kicking, stomping, slapping and poking. scratch at faces and arms, poke at eyes, kick at stomachs, groins and knees, stomp at feet (aiming for the arch) and slap them silly, keeping your hand flat whether backhanded or openhanded. remember that punching at heads and faces is gonna hurt your hand big time if you are doing it right, so you gotta do it right the first time if you go that route, and get the fuck outta there. aim for the nose or mouth, because the pain and blood caused by those hits is gonna be more discombobulating. the nose is best for less pain for you and often can get their eyes all puffy too.
the good thing about shots to the face is the visibility of it all. that can be super rewarding if you are surviving an attack. even if you end up losing the war, as it were, a shot to the face can be a way to win a battle, and they’ll have to walk around with that kind of evidence.
i’ve “lost” almost every physical fight i’ve been in since adolescence. the odds were never in my favour. but a good method and a bit of fearless rage can overcome a lot of power imbalances, and i’ve protected my face enough that the “winner” has always left with the visible injuries.
i’m not advocating physical violence for shits, nor carelessly standing up to bullies. i recognize a lot of my fights were things i exacerbated because of some cocky, self-destructive tendencies. the past couple years have seen me calming down in my old age, and even when SERIOUSLY provoked, i would never seriously hit someone i cared about at all. i’m talking douchebags who are up in my face or threatening myself or my friends.
i also get that fighting back physically is not always the best idea. you are the expert of your experiences. remember that.
anyway…. you get where i am going with this i hope.
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