Pressure points are areas extremely susceptible to incapacitating pain or injury; therefore can be a valuable tool for women's self defense.
Examples of effective points for self defense would be the groin, windpipe or nose. Nerve centers are areas concentrated with relatively exposed nerves are particularly vulnerable to pain, such as the shin.
In a situation when self defense techniques are needed it should not be necessary to strike a lot of pressure points. Remember your goal is to escape, not to beat the tar out of the assailant. Sometimes one only needs to inflict a brief one time pain to let the attacker know that you will not be a passive victim and that you do know how to defend yourself.
Depending on the position of the attacker and how close he is will determine where you will strike and with what part of your body you will employ. Do not step in closer, say, to strike his nose with your hand, when you can reach his knee with a kick.
When striking a target on the upper half of the body you will use your hand. Effective strikes can be made with the outer edge of your hand in a knife hand position, a palm strike or knuckle blow for softer targets or a tightly curled fist.
If in a very close range an elbow strike can be valuable used forward, backward, unassisted or assisted.
When the targets are located from the waist down, kicking would be the technique of choice. The toe and instep of the foot work well if executing a front snap kick or roundhouse kick as long as you are wearing shoes, but barefoot, these areas of a women's foot are to vulnerable to be effective. The heel and outside edge of the foot are harder and therefore more effective, as in the side kick.
Again, in a very close range an knee strike would be the way to go.
A kubotan key chain can be very helpful and ad considerable effectiveness when applying pressure to any of these ares. Although it looks like an innocent, but large keychain, women may carry it in their purses for ease of finding their keys, but a Kubotan can be one of a woman's best weapons to have ready while walking to her car.
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