Here are SIX high value targets (I’m giving you pearls on a silver plate here).
Here they are:
- Eyes – The eyes are extremely vulnerable to attack. The good news is that – when it comes to eyes – we’re all essentially playing on a level field. I mean, a larger more aggressive opponent doesn’t have eyes any more tough than yours. Take advantage of this “equalizer”. Dirt in the eyes or a simple eye jab can be extremely effective against a larger, more aggressive opponent.
Now when I mention “eye jab” a lot of guys immediately flash-back to the “3-Stooges”. Forget it – you’re not playing Moe here. There’s a specific technique that involves snapping the tips of your fingers as quickly as possible across his eyes. Believe me, it’ll instantly take the fight outta him.
As Navy SEAL trainer Frank Cucci points out – “There’s some guys who can ‘hardcore it’ through some pretty brutal punishment... but nobody can ‘hardcore it’ through an eye jab”.
- Throat – Another effective target is the front of the throat. A hard punch straight to the throat can often mean “game over”. On the other hand, throwing a fist to the throat can be somewhat tricky as you’ve got to deliver a fairly accurate punch. The fist simply doesn’t fit very well under the chin. A better solution is to form your hand into a “C” and deliver a quick shot under his chin and into his throat. He’ll be instantly on the ground gagging. Of course you’ve got to be careful – you can easily crush someone’s wind pipe and kill them with a shot like that.
- Solar Plexus – This is the soft spot just below the “breast bone” or sternum. A well placed shot to the solar plexus can instantly “knock the breath” outta him because it sends the diaphragm into spasm. This is best used when he’s not expecting it (like while your opponent’s still talking crap), as a tightening of the stomach muscles will protect the diaphragm.
- Neck – Here’s one I gave you earlier, but it’s a good one. The side of the neck has a bundle of “wiring” running to the brain, which means one good shot to the side to the neck can mean “lights out” for your opponent. The shoulder and head offer a natural “funnel” that’ll guide your hand directly into his neck – which means it’s a “high percentage” shot.
- Groin – Now you’d think this would be the number one protected spot on any man’s body – especially since every “self-defense” class on earth teaches you to kick for the groin. But amazingly enough, my research has shown that most guys are so interested in delivering or protecting themselves from a haymaker, they rarely pay attention to protecting the “family jewels”. Even a poorly executed kick to the groin – one that doesn’t “connect” -- will still often shock your opponent into an internal dialogue that “freezes” him.
- Inside knee – The knees are a favorite (and “illegal”) target of kick boxers because they understand just how delicate the structure of the knee is. One good shot to the knee means “taking his wheels out” which means that even if he’s still mad and willing to fight, his knee won’t cooperate. It’ll continue to buckle on him like a broken crutch – and that puts him in a bad spot (which is exactly where you want him by the way).
- Outside thigh – Another favorite target of Muay Thai fighters is to kick the nerve running down the outside of the thigh (lateral femoral nerve). Even a well conditioned fighter can’t stand more than a couple good shin kicks to this nerve before buckling. Very painful... very effective.