How To Subdue a Larger Opponent or Attacker

Emergency preparation is about more than survival; it is also about self-defense. There is no reason to stock up on supplies if you do not know how to defend your home and family. Sometimes in life, especially during survival situations, you will be approached by opponents or attackers who are larger and stronger than you, and you must know how to defend yourself and achieve victory. If ever confronted, there are at least five vulnerable body parts and defense options to ensure your security and give you enough time to get to safety.

1. Eyes

One of the primary objectives of self-defense is to limit your attacker’s ability to assault you. By jabbing your opponent in the eyes or spraying them with pepper spray, you impair their field of vision, which may offer enough time to run away or to finish your opponent.

2. Groin

If impairing the attacker’s vision is not enough to stifle the assault, then kick them in the groin. You want your strike to be straight and true to bring your attacker to their knees. If effective, your opponent will have restricted sight and now restricted movement.

3. Throat

If your opponent tries to get to their feet to continue the attack, then you need to take preemptive measures to ensure they remain subdued. Go for their throat, making it difficult for them to breathe. You can strike the throat with your fist, or you can step around behind the opponent and put them in a chokehold. Make sure to receive proper training in restraint, so you do not do more harm than is necessary to ensure your safety. If a blow to the throat is forceful enough, your attacker should be incapacitated, allowing you to go for help and find safety.

4. Joints

If, by some miracle, your opponent refuses to stay down or cease their assault, then attack their joints. The knee joints are especially vulnerable to sideways force. With a direct downward force, kick your attacker’s knee to the side. Make sure that your kick hits right at the side of the joint and be sure to follow through. This strike will immobilize your attacker, and they should not be able to get back up.

5. Weapon

If you are facing a truly formidable opponent, then consider using a weapon. However, if you will use a weapon, like a gun, baton or taser, make sure that you know how to use it. Bringing weapons into a fight presents a significant risk to the user, especially if they lose control of the tool during the assault. If you have a gun or other instrument and are determined to use it, then make sure that you keep a set distance between you and your attacker at all times. The gap should be enough to allow time for the correct use of the weapon. Work with instructors in weapon skills to ensure your confidence.

Survival is more than supplies and food; it is also self-defense. Comment below with your go-to defense strategy.