The most basic, easy to execute self-defense techniques are usually the most effective. When faced with stress, danger and fear our bodies operate in a diminished capacity. It is important to keep this in mind when practicing self-defense techniques that must be applied in a variety of circumstances. The more simple a technique is to execute, the better.
Pinching is a self-defense technique that can be used against attackers regardless of your age, gender or physical ability. Pinching is by no means a way to “finish” an attacker or cause serious injury. Rather it is a way to inflict pain, cause a flinch reaction and create an avenue of escape.
The best way to pinch someone is to make a fist and pinch an attackers skin between your thumb and forefinger. Once you have squeezed as hard as you can twist and rip the skin away from the assailant’s body. When done properly this will cause extreme pain and an immediate flinch reaction. The flinch reaction will most likely cause an attacker to loosen their grip and thus give you a possible avenue of escape.
There are many areas on the body that are extremely sensitive and would take priority when it come to pinching an attacker. When referring to areas, it’s the skin particular you want to pinch and squeeze to cause nerve pain. Areas include:
- Ear Lobe
- Tip of the Nose
- Biceps (front of upper arm)
- Triceps (back of upper arm)
- Inner Thighs
- Achilles Tendon
Try pinching these areas on yourself. I think you will find that even with minimum pressure pinching will cause pain and discomfort. Remember, the idea is to create an avenue of escape and get out of harm’s way.