Martial arts is incredibly popular all over the world, and each different style has a different set of techniques that the students need to follow. Some emphasize the way you kick while other focus on the strikes. Some styles prefer to begin fighting on the ground while others demand you remain standing. Regardless, in real combat, it’s usually the simplest moves that will help you get the fight finished quickly. The top self-defense moves to use that are found in several styles are the forearm block, the roundhouse kick, the palm-heel strike, and the front-elbow strike.

Forearm Block

A “block” is what martial arts students learn in order to protect themselves from kicks and punches that might come their way. The forearm block is one of the top ways you can block your attacker’s punch while hurting his arm at the same time. Of course, you should always come to our classes in order to learn how to perform this move properly. But as a way to understand the move, you can perform the forearm block by pointing your fist towards your ear and pointing your elbow out to the side. Next, swing the upper part of your arm across the front of your chest. As you do this, the outer edge of your forearm should connect with your attacker’s arm. However, timing and placement are crucial to block an incoming punch successfully. You can also use this block to defend against a lapel grab when an attacker grabs ahold of your shirt.

Roundhouse Kick

This commonly used technique is particularly popular in taekwondo competitions. This kick is fast and powerful, and it can be hard for your opponent to know where the kick is going to land until it is too late to protect themselves from it. In order to do this kick, pick your leg up off the floor and bend your knee. Kick horizontally at your opponent and try to make contact with the instep or ball of your foot. It’s important to twist your hips and quickly snap your knee in order to get enough power to make an impact. Typically, these kicks are delivered to the head or midsection of an opponent. Simply raise your knee higher for head-level skills!

Palm-Heel Strike

This is a basic hand technique that works great for self-defense. There is no need to be incredibly athletic or a black belt in order to do a lot of damage to your opponent when this strike is delivered properly. You can execute this technique by quickly and forcefully pushing the base of your palm towards your target’s nose, chin, or jaw. You can easily break these bones with this move, so we recommend it only for emergencies. Many martial artists prefer this strike instead of punching their attacker because they are less likely to sustain a hand or wrist injury while attempting this move.

Front Elbow Strike

Martial artists don’t just use hands and feet—elbows can have quite an impact! Styles like krav maga, wing chun, and muay thai use elbow strikes when they are fighting someone in close range. You can deliver a front elbow strike by bending your arm and pushing it across your attacker’s jaw at a horizontal level. You can make this technique even more devastating by grabbing their neck or head and bringing them towards your strike. By lowering your stance, you can perform the same technique for a harsh blow to your attacker’s ribs.

Thrive Martial Arts

While these are all powerful moves, they can be dangerous if not executed correctly. To learn more about the proper technique, as well as when is an appropriate time to use such self-defense techniques, come to Thrive Martial Arts. We have three convenient locations so that you and your family can come learn new skills, discipline, and self-defense. The forearm block, the roundhouse kick, the palm-heel strike, and the front-elbow strike are all to be used only in case of an emergency or when in a regulated competition. We teach our students about the proper times to use what they have learned in class, as well as when they should use their words first to resolve conflict. Contact our team today to sign up for a class!