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Brothers, Jiu Jitsu & Unarmed Self Defense

By on November 25, 2016

My brother Ab passed away tragically and unexpectedly on November 10, 2016.

We had become very close over the last three years, yet he’d always been helpful to his ‘little’ sister. So when I asked him to be my model and target for my book’s self defense section, he asked, “When and where?”

Round House Kicks to the Sister

Mind you, I started with three older brothers, 7, 9, or 11 years older than me. When Kurt, the oldest, studied jiu jitsu he passed his new ‘knowledge’ on to his siblings at home. I was probably seven when I learned to do a round house kick to the temple. My tall brothers, however, were out of range of my leg’s extended reach. But I was an easy target! For a period of time I lived amidst a flurry of slow-motion straight and round kicks directed towards my head and torso, miraculously never making contact. Maybe Ab remembered he owed me one.

edge-of-blade-to-jugular

Edge of Hand, or Blade, strikes the nerve center at the side of neck. Here my brother leans his head to the side to allow easy access. But real life isn’t like that. First you have to look for the openings in an aggressor. You then need to strike with speed and accuracy (which come with practice). Two years of consistent martial arts training will develop real skills.

Unarmed Self Defense

Unarmed self defense is when a person has to ward off an aggressor, or fight for her life, with no weapons at hand. After extensive research, I’ve chosen to promote a ‘method’ that’s proved to be highly effective in hand-to-hand combat in both World Wars; with some techniques going back to early Rome. These moves, steeped in early Jiu Jitsu, were codified in numerous books by Britain’s Major William Fairbairn as early as 1915, and refined his American protégé Lt. Col. Rex Applegate.

What You’ll Find in My Book

In Part 3, Self Defense, in At Home In the Real World, I cover 11 well known Body Weapons that you have right now, and 17 vulnerable Targets found on every person. Strikes are demonstrated. Each move’s intent is explained. But those come after training tips and practice pointers from incredible mentors, each of whom offers critical advice on mindset–the determined will to fight when you must, and do what it takes to prevail.

A Suite of Tools
Four rigid fingers straight into the eyes can be a highly effective move. Another move, "grazing" is when the fingers are not rigid, and are flicked across someone's eyes, just "grazing" their eyelashes. Everyone hates anyone messing with their eyes. The idea behind moves like "grazing" is to get an aggressor mentally and physically off balance, and give you time to set up a move or get out if you can.

Four rigid fingers straight into the eyes can be a highly effective move. Another move, “grazing” is when the fingers are not rigid, and are flicked across someone’s eyes, just “grazing” their eyelashes. Everyone hates anyone messing with their eyes. The idea behind moves like “grazing” is to get an aggressor mentally and physically off balance, and give you time to set up a move or get out if you can.

My brother was a devout Catholic. He consistently prayed for God to take care of the people he loved. I’m all for that. And I go one further: prayer and preparedness. I’m not a big, strong guy like he was. Little sister wants a suite of tools at the ready, just in case.

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Suzy Meyer, Author
Pittsburgh, PA

I'm a landscape architect, gardener, and of late, a certified NRA instructor. I enjoy practicing T’ai Chi, playing bocce, and walking through watersheds.. This blog is my journey full of learning curves to calm the chaos.

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