TRUTH NUMBER 2 – Hit Them First One of the best forms of pre-emptive striking is the power slap. Im not talking about the type of slap you get when you suggest something peculiar to a woman in the street (not that I do that you understand) but the type of slap that could literally knock someone out! The power slap gets its power from the rotation of the hip prior to the strike, its a technique that needs to be practiced but can be very efficient. At Tring Martial Arts we regularly practice highly effective forms of striking so that it becomes second nature to out students. Recently I was chatting with a woman in a coffee shop in town the other day about self-defence. She was intrigued by my Tring Krav Maga uniform and started asking me about the classes. During our discussion she mentioned a classic self-defence misconception that most people utter when they talk about what they would do in a self-defence scenario against a man, “I would just kick him in the nuts”. To the lay-person this would seem like a simple truth, a swift kick in the groin and thats the end of it. To a self-defence instructor a swift kick in the nuts is not a first choice technique and let me explain why. As a man, I am almost genetically engineered to flinch anytime anything unwanted comes too close to my groin, probably from when I was a child and got kicked there several times, but I can more or less guarantee that if you move your foot fast towards the groin of the attacker they will either shift their backside back and move their groin out of the way or they will block the strike, and you would have lost your opportunity of surprise. At Tring Martial Arts, we encourage Groin Striking in a number of our techniques but they are normally a secondary technique that follows a block or other offensive strike. Also, consider that someone who is drunk, on drugs, or who is in a frenzy state may not even feel the pain. I am reliably informed that striking a female in the same area can be just as painful. The ultimate nightmare would to be attacked by a cricketer who has just come of the field - where would you strike? At Tring Martial Arts you can learn 100% Reality Based Self Defence taught with a no-nonsense approach. Fitness or prior martial art experience is NOT required. Contact our professional martial arts instructors now on 0845 094 8805.