Fighting Options:
Sucker Punch

Fighting Options - the best strategy to precede your escape from an attacker is a Sucker Punch. Know this: Surprise is a huge advantage.

Sucker Punch

The slang term “sucker punch” means to “sucker” or surprise someone by launching a sneak attack without any warning. The Sucker Punch must be delivered from within close range, usually from less than an arm’s length away. Attacking first has a major advantage. It can be any strike – not only a punch – or it can be any weapon (almost anything nearby can be thrown or smashed into his face, head, throat, or eyes). This should be followed with additional strikes to reduce his threat to you and allow your escape.

[NOTE: This is self defense strategic advice - not legal advice. Ask your attorney how these fighting options apply to you.]

Reaction Time

All humans have a reaction time of at least a half-second to any stimulus, such as a puddle about to be splashed on you or a dog about to lick your face. You see it coming but can’t dodge it in time. Even if you’re anxiously anticipating catching a toddler on the verge of falling, you’ll often react just a tad too late. Trying to swat a fly is another example. A half-second is actually a long time, especially in physical combat. You must beat him to the punch or get punched yourself.

Do NOT "Telegraph"

"Telegraphing your intent” spoils the surprise by tipping off your target beforehand. Don’t threaten or adopt a fighting stance. Acting submissive makes him least likely to expect a sudden sucker punch.

Avoid even subtle body-language signals, such as dropping your chin, widening your eyes, tensing your body, or hauling back your fist to “wind-up” for a punch.

With maximal intent to cause harm, slyly launch your strike with maximal surprise from wherever your body-weapon (hand, elbow, foot, knee) happens to be.

How to defend against Sucker Punches

It's not easy - that's why they're such good offensive fighting options. Nevertheless, stay more than an arm’s length away (the further, the better) and watch for him telegraphing his intent to attack. Relax – a tensed body is slower. Ignore other distractions. Use your peripheral vision to watch his hands, they’re the most likely to harm you. Be ready to duck and run. If you are knocked down, stay down and immediately assume the powerful Defensive Ground Kicks position (in strategies) prior to escaping.

How to best use a Sucker Punch

Be close, within an arm’s length. Use your knowledge of reaction time. Use Startle Speed – the speed used to pull your hand away from a hot stove. Do not telegraph your intent. Attack with the same strike repeatedly or follow your Sucker Punch with the Mixed Strikes in strategies (hand, foot, knee). Use only enough force to allow your escape from danger.

The BEST Sucker Punch

The best Sucker Punch of all are the “Finger-Whips-to-the-Eyes.” That’s whipping your hand and wrist as though you’re flicking water off your fingertips. This allows all four fingertips to strike the eye. They:

1. are the fastest of all strikes and can be repeated rapidly,
2. don’t require strength, only speed (see Startle Speed above),
3. are the least telegraphed of all strikes.
4. cause great pain, distraction, and incapacity. Yes, they're gruesome, but that’s the point – they must be powerful enough to save women or children fighting for their lives.

His Four Balls

Eyeballs are the same size, shape, and sensitivity as testicles - the "four balls" are a man's most vulnerable targets (followed by his throat).

The slightest impact to an eyeball causes an autonomic reaction of pulling the head back. That exposes his throat. As a powerful optional follow-up to a finger-whip/eyeball-strike, you can use a fist-strike to his throat- which distresses his breathing. STUN & RUN!

After an eyeball-strike (and an optional fist-strike to his throat and/or a knee-strike to his groin), it's far less likely that he'll chase after you.

Run to safety and call the police.

Enhancing Your Fighting Options

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