BY PHIL VENTRELLO, FOUNDER OF MUNIO SELF DEFENSE
One moment you are walking to your car and the next... you are struggling with an attacker. Here’s a simple option that can help you escape -
GO FOR THE EYES!
We’ve probably all been incapacitated by something that got into our eye, poked it, or even grazed it and left us blinking, and miserable. It’s a natural reaction to grab at our face, cower, and cover our blurry eyes.
In a self defense situation, you can use that reaction to your advantage. Attack those eyes and immediately disable the attacker. Shift the balance in your favor and open your opportunity to escape without harm.
Here’s a few ways you can do it. Some are obvious, one even rather grotesque, but they do work:
We all know how to scratch. Go wildcat on the attacker! Many ladies have the “long nails” advantage (think claws) as a bonus. Reach out and share the love! SCRATCH viciously at their face into their eyes.
2) Impact Striking
Hit the eyes with whatever you got - your fist, your palm, your mini-umbrella, whatever you have that can intensify the impact. Hit hard, hit fast.
Yep. Poke ‘em with a finger, a bunch of loose fingers, a stiff jab of your four longest fingers, or the ever popular two finger “3 Stooges” style.
4) Thumb gouge
This is the worst... but really effective. Get your thumb (or thumbs) positioned right on top of their eyes, and press in... hard! This move is really, really bad... for the attacker. If you’ve seen enough action movies you’ll recognize that done over-zealously, it can be lethal.
In all these cases you may get one eye, or both. You might use one or two of your hands. Maybe you actually hurt and damage an eye, perhaps just painfully graze it. Doesn’t really matter... just do it with speed and aggression. Think PAIN! Think DAMAGE! Think “I’m getting the hell out of this situation in the next few seconds...”
Now these eye tactics are rather ugly, but protecting your life against society's monsters isn't pretty... or perfect. Obviously there are legal and moral issues with the use of force. How you react, how forcefully, and how effectively is going to make the difference whether you, or that monster gets to go home happy. My vote is for YOU!
I want you to be the one walking away without any harm when it’s all over. An attacker who has just had his eye(s) painfully scratched, poked, smacked, etc. – is distracted! He is not focused on the attack, and can’t hurt you... because he can’t see you... so take that opportunity to escape!
OK, so what if you miss the eyes, or don't quite cause enough damage? What if you get grabbed from behind and can't reach the eyes at all?
Well, because there are so many variables, self defense is an imperfect science. So, if the eye trick doesn't work, then resort to the quickest, easiest, nastiest tactic you know of. There are many. Self defense instruction and products are great assets to help you be better prepared to face a threat. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be.
Phil Ventrello is the Founder of MUNIO Self Defense and the inventor of the MUNIO Self Defense Keychain. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor of the Combat Hapkido self defense program at Foundation Martial Arts in Erie, PA. Phil is a lifetime member of the International Combat Hapkido Federation, a member of the American Women's Self Defense Association, and has been inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honor for his outstanding dedication in the martial arts.