Updated: Jan 15
Hello everybody! Today, you will learn what parts of your body are strongest for striking, and how they can be applied. To do this, we will start at the top of our body, and work our way down to the bottom, carefully detailing each body part’s strength. This series will be done in two parts. This week, we will learn about the upper half of your body, and next week we will learn about the lower half.
Starting at the top, we have the head. We know the head is the heaviest part of your body, so it makes sense that your head can pack some strength. A head butt should be used when your hands and legs are occupied, such as when you’re being pulled into a car by the wrists. When using a head butt, you should aim for softer body parts to avoid concussion, such as an attacker’s nose instead of an attacker’s forehead.
Moving on to the arms, we have the elbow, one of the best body weapons you have. A hard elbow jab to the ribs or stomach can easily wind someone and loosen the grip of a chokehold/grab from behind, creating a window of opportunity to get out and run away.
Next, we have the classic fist. A punch should be aimed at soft tissue areas such as the throat to minimize damage to the fists.
The edge of your hand is another body part that should be used in striking the throat, as it can quickly and efficiently disable your attacker, not only getting them off you, but giving you time to run away.
A palm strike to the nose is always a solid option, as it does minimal damage to you and can stun your attacker, but other attacks such as the edge-of-hand throat jab can be more effective.
Finally, we have the fingertips/nails, which are extremely effective in gouging and ripping other soft tissue areas such as the eyes, throat, and groin.
Thank you for reading this description on the strongest parts of your body to strike with, and I hope you learned something.