Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 7 – Push and Turn

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 7 – Push and Turn


Howdy. I’m Ando and this is Lesson #7 in your Self-Defense
Basics Course. Now, in Lesson #6, we said if you can’t
escape a physical threat, then the most effective method of self-defense is offense. Attacking the attack. Why? Because bad guys expect that you’ll try and
get away from them. They don’t expect that you’re going to move
closer. Which is why, when you suddenly scream in
their face and charge in with hammerfists, headbutts, and hellfire, you ruin everything…
for them! So, throw your attacker a surprise party that
they’ll never forget. Get in their space and get in their face. Here’s a simple three-step drill to help
you add some power when you decide to attack the attack. Step 1 is all about structure. Find a wall and try to push it down as hard
as you can. Use your elbows, use your shoulders, even
use your head. Yes, your head! Remember, I don’t want you to fall on the
wall or just lean on the wall—the idea is to drop your weight and drive. That is the foundational movement that is
going to add power and balance to every move that you do. If you’d like to power it from the footwork
with your shuffle, that’s fine. If you’d rather use your sprint, that’s fine,
too. The idea is to practice lining up all of your
bones until you feel strong. The big idea here is unity. Think about turning your whole body into one
giant fist instead of letting your hands and feet flap around like a frog on fire. Maybe you’re slamming into a bad guy to
move him out of your personal space. Or maybe you’re defending someone else and
you’re slamming into the bad guy like a billiard ball to move them away. Either way, develop this feeling of bringing
all of your power together. Okay. Let’s talk about hand position. As a general rule…the closer I get to a
bad guy, the higher up I raise my hands. From back here—if I’m out of kicking range
or striking range—then I don’t have to raise my hands at all.I f this distance starts to
close and I get into striking range, then I bring my hands up into the middle, like
the stance we practiced in Lesson #3. If this distance closes any farther, well,
now my hands are going to go up higher to either protect my head or to attack and hold
their head. Of course, I’d rather be attacking and holding
their head. So, when you’re on the wall, practice your
distancing. Practice hands down… hands up… hands in…
hands all the way in… hands back. Maybe hands down to grab your cellphone to
call the cops and maybe order a pizza. Let’s get a little more specific about what
you could be doing once you get into their space. Start off with palm heel strikes. That’s using the bigger bone down here, not
the smaller bones of your fingers. You can drive palms heels one at a time or
together. Once your hands are inside their space, then
your fingers can come into play. The fingers are great for gouging, and clawing,
and grabbing. You could grab their throat, you can grab
their ears, their hair, or heck, you can grab their hoodie if they’ve got one on. Once you get past the hands, then you’re into
elbow range. Think about your elbows coming up towards
the head or even across. If you get past the elbows—maybe your hands
get knocked down, or you get trapped or tied up—that’s when you can come into your shoulders. If you get past that, then you’ve got your
headbutts. If you get past that, well, don’t forget—you
can always bite. The goal here is to spend some time exploring
all the different ways that you could hurt a bad guy if you really had to. I want you to feel confident that you can
always do something, whether you’re at arm’s length, elbow length, shoulder length, or
nose length. A quick word about your head…don’t forget
to protect it! The closer I get to a bad guy, the more I
drop my weight and tuck my chin. I’m always thinking about building a nest
around my head. Think about your head like a delicate egg
inside of a nest. Nothing should crack your shell. But to make sure that happens, you have to
build the nest. You can use your hands, you can use your elbows,
you can use your shoulders. But never forget—one hit or one cut… if
you lose your head, you could lose your life. Of course, even if you do everything right,
there’s still a chance—a very good chance— that you’re going to take a hit. But don’t let that stop you. Just practice moving in and out from the wall,
hiding your head, and staying on the attack. Wait? That’s it? What about all those cool punches and kicks
that you see in the movies or in the cage? Easy…Remember—this is a course in basic
self-defense. Bouncing around with a bad guy, trading punches
and kicks—a bad guy who may be bigger, stronger, and faster than you… or two bad guys—is
not such a hot idea, even when you have experience. That’s why I hope you’ll also take some self-defense
classes or at least hit a heavy bag once in a while. But if this is the only self-defense lesson
you ever see, then stick to the plan—get in his space and get in his face. It’s not about techniques, it’s about
taking it to him! Hey—remember that pillow you started beating
up every day in Lesson #2? Well, it’s going to come in handy again. Now, I’d like you to take that pillow and
put it up against the wall so that you can practice your strikes. Now, hang on—I’m not asking you to break
your hand or put a hole in the wall. Don’t think about power at all right now. Instead, focus on applying pressure. Constant pressure. Here’s the idea—put your pillow on the wall
and then don’t let it fall. If you let the pillow fall, that’s just like
letting the bad guy get away, which is fine if he’s running. But if he’s going to fight you back and you
give him this time and space to think, then he’s going to come back at you smarter and
harder. I don’t want that! So, practice putting this pillow on the wall
and leave it there. Practice your palm heels, practice your elbows,
practice your headbutts, your hammers, whatever you got. Heck, you can even bite the pillow. Just keep constant pressure on the pillow. Don’t worry, your pillow can take it! Here’s some good news—if you commit to
your counterattack, most bad guys will be scared off and run away. That’s because most bad guys are lazy cowards. They want to beat you, they want to rob you,
but they don’t really want to fight with you. Now, unfortunately, that’s not always the
case. So, if your bad guy is crazy enough or high
enough to keep coming at you, we should be prepared to take our counter-attack to the
next level. And today, that means I want you to cut them
in half. No, not with a sword. Although, if you happen to be carrying one,
that makes this a lot easier. I mean by positioning yourself to your attacker’s
side. Look—if you face me straight on, you have
to fight against two arms, two legs, and all of my coordinated bodyweight. But if you can turn me or drive to my side,
now you only have to fight against one arm, one leg, and half of my coordinated bodyweight. In essence, you cut me in half. If you can get behind me, hey! Even better. So, when you practice or visualize defending
yourself, make that your goal—drive to your attacker’s side. Ideally, when you put your hands on your attacker’s
face, you want to lift the chin and turn their head. If you just lift the chin straight back, that’s
okay, but usually, someone bigger and stronger can power through that and they’re still going
to smother you. If you turn their head, though, three good
things happen. One, you take their weight off of you. Two, you take away some of their ability to
find you and hurt you. And three, when you turn the head, you get
where you want to go—to the side. Of course, it’s difficult to practice positioning
without a partner, and it’s impossible to practice on the wall. That’s why I recommend investing in a heavy
bag or maybe a standing bag. Now, if you don’t have the space or the budget
for that kind of thing, no problem. You can always go practice with a tree, or
a telephone pole. Heck, you could practice with a coat rack
or maybe your refrigerator. You’ll figure it out. Just find something that you can relate to. Practice getting in the space, getting in
their face, and driving to the side… and behind. Two quick reminders. First, when you go on the attack, remember
that your goal is to solve the problem, not necessarily destroy the person who’s causing
the problem. If you can knock your attacker away and then
run to a door, do that. If you need to stay on the attack a little
bit longer so they fall down and can’t chase you, then do that. If you always make it your goal to get to
a safe place, then you’re a lot less likely to end up in a bad place—like prison. Second, don’t worry about fighting the “right”
way or the “wrong” way. If you’re fighting for a righteous cause,
just fight. Remember—you already know how to hurt somebody. The real issue is allowing yourself to do
it. So, when you practice these moves, make sure
you also practice the feelings behind the moves. Imagine that someone is hurting someone you
love. Imagine that someone is hurting someone who
can’t fight back. Imagine that someone is hurting you. When you feel that you have to do something,
you have to take action, don’t just attack with your hands, attack with your heart. Because a little hellfire is more effective
than a lot of technique. I hope you’re finding value in this series
of lessons. If so, please share them with someone you
love. I’ll see you again in Lesson #8. Until then, keep pushing and keep fighting
for a happy life.

76 Replies to “Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 7 – Push and Turn”

  1. Great video Sensei, I was teaching a group of teens this exact technique 2 days ago, if you control the head, the body will follow.

  2. I wish these things were taught in many dojos, along with all other techniques. Students could get an idea on how to make their techniques work that way. Thanks Alot for sharing this sensei ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™โคโคโค

  3. Thanks for the Video! Currently having a "small" problem in the area of defense here in a Veterans home. This might just buy me enough time to get in an excellent sprint position and boogie out of harms way. Feet Be Fleet!

  4. I've heard people say that biting doesn't work – that it'll only motivate your attacker to attack you more (like breaking your arm for example if they have you in an arm bar or something). I'm not an expert but if you look at neurology with the "dorsal ventral stream hypothesis" – our dorsal stream deals with movement and location, while our ventral stream deals more with social exchanges and self expression. The ventral stream also seems to be where we express pain – like anxiety or fear for example. So maybe biting someone can disengage their ability to control their movement through their dorsal stream as the ventral stream takes over… much like if you were busy fixing an electrical socket and someone shouted your name (or indeed if you got an electrical shock)? I dunno? I've never heard anyone use any of the terminology I've just used to argue against biting as an effective technique anyway xP

  5. I need to find a sturdy wall to work on… (I have a long and tragic history of accidentally destroying walls…) Thank you Sensei! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Great, great advice!!! Itยดs very near to the approach I use in my personal security classes. Iยดm already waiting for part 8!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. 0:35 surprise motha f**@ ๐Ÿ™‚
    anyway i follow another guy which is tryn the same kind of videos in italy, where i am born and i live, good job thumbs up for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yep don't fight the "right way" if someone is going to attack me I am fighting dirty I will bite claw kick in a umm bad place for guys screw that also can't you just kick the knee to disable them? Most bad guys are not trained and don't know how important your stance is

  9. Oh, the good ol push… The most underrated fight move… A punch or an elbow can and eventually will knock an oponnet down, but only the one it hits. Meanwhile, if you push a guy into another you hault the one being pushed, the one who was hit by hiw fellow attacker and the third guy who dodged the two former ones (yes, it is a personal experience).
    And no matter how bigg and strong a person is, nobody resists being pushed while off center or moving.. there is nothing to resist but mass itself, and all mas is atracted to the ground so… you're backed by gravity ^_^.
    There is some sensitive information in this video, outta rewatch it.

  10. Up close and personal I guess I wouldn't know what I would do and till I was in that situation and pray I never find out Happy new year Ando looking forward to all your great advice in 2019!

  11. Great video, as usual Ando.

    What are your thoughts on those who say you need to be ready for mma-trained attackers (of varying skill levels)? I've always been of the opinion that they're not likely (assaults in general are rare for most of the 365.2422 days each year) โ€” but if they were to come about, it'd be horrible. And I assume in a digital age as well as an "mma age", it's not impossible for a low-life with no official training to pick up a real technique here or there.

  12. This was a good one , hey Lando Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re familiar with standing meditations or dropping from arts such as tai chi , Iโ€™d like to see your breakdown on these techniques

  13. This is brilliant!
    Doing martial arts for nearly a decade and coaching for a couple of years, I have never witnessed someone explain striking so throughoutly, yet so simply AND in the timespan of 10m.
    I wish you all the best, sensei, for a lot of people need you in their lives!

  14. I'm going to have my kid work on some of these wall techniques; I see where the pillow work is also a nice progression, thanks

  15. Thank you this is used in my basic Tan Sau, counter attacks. This is a good practice for someone to get use to drpping weight at different distances. . You explained that well. as always. I never think I just seem to follow my instinct. Thank you onces again for explaining. Cliff Niese

  16. Iโ€™m so excited you have a new video! Great information.

    Do you have any drills to practice overcoming the โ€œfreezeโ€ when youโ€™re caught off guard?

    I think my biggest worry is that I practice a lot of the things you show here and things I learn in class, but I lock up sometimes when Iโ€™m nervous or scared.

  17. Very practical,I was going through some real life incidents getting revised…..without going into details,shared.OSU

  18. Yeah, No Way would I hesitate to think about the law! The stupid law? That is where forethought helps but not during a fight for one's life or family's life!

  19. Pork ribs, sound yummy. I just know you were thinking of little old biting granny stormy! Grins! Dropping your weight? I am sure I've already watched this. Another one that I ummmm, started? Pick one's feet up and off the ground! I am just glad that I my instant physical responses might work! I would be very very unhappy if I lose my life without HURTING that idiot attacker. I just can not allow that to happen. I am off to get recipes for ribs…(Chef John is wow in the recipe food realm).

    I was the one who said to simply pull one's feet off the ground after getting caught from behind and arms wrapped around my upper body…simply lifting the feet off the ground will definitely surprise the attacker. Just so glad to hear that my attitude is healthy albeit gory?

  20. Oh would I be a happy camper if I got to take classes from YOU! I know how to be good, honest! I'd be little old gnarly granny…and a very happy camper! Lining up the bones to be a singular bone…without the weak angles! Perpendicular to the 'problem'…?

  21. Can you give me some tips on using brass cuz also are these useless in self defense situation cuz I bought these cool brass knuckles with pointy edges that can make the opponent bleed to death and wanted to know how to use them correctly

    Sorry for bad grammar it's not my first language

  22. thanks for sharing.. can you cover some exercises / conditioning routine that can be done daily to build strength / resilience – may be that can reduce chances of injury like hurting joints -in physically rough situations

  23. I really listened through out the whole video. You are a great teacher and I really look up to you. This lesson will surely help me if I ever get into some kind of trouble. I subscribed because I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lessons. Thank you!

  24. And again a wonderful video. Thank you very much. It helps me a lot and I can give my students a better class through this series

  25. Hey, I'm so happy you're back!

    Hey, would you like some Brazilian Portuguese subs? Brazil is a big country with many martial artists =)

  26. Hello Sensei Ando my name is Donnie and I'm from Ithaca New York I heard you were from Buffalo and I've been following your channels and watching your videos they have been super helpful I work out on a regular basis I'm not that big though I meditate a lot and I listen to affirmations but the reason why I'm reaching out to you is because I got inspired by one of your videos about controlling stress I suffer from several mental illnesses and advise you had was very helpful so right now I'm learning to train my mind and train my body and I'm learning to accept to do it for myself and now for what other people think or expect of me I don't know if y'all see that's a read this but I just wanted to thank you

  27. You have a unique perspective, and yet your principles are found in various proven martial arts. Pressure, creating angles, controlling the head getting to the side or back, those are found in boxing and bjj/wrestling.

  28. En todos tus videos solo hablas y hablas pero no ejecutas nada…esa es la forma Americana de enseรฑar defensa personal??

  29. Wise words. Get into space and then the face. Get into the sides. Ok. Also attack with your heart.

    Thank you for the advices!

  30. Dear and respected Sensei.
    Everyday I watch your videos and get motivated a lot. Iโ€™m a teacher if English language. I show your videos to my students as they are highly inspirational. I want you to know that we appreciate your your suggestions and teaching very much.
    Lots of love and wishes from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ..

  31. That is very good input. In the street is much different than the cage, platform, or ring. That is for sportsmanship. The last thing you want to do is to prolong a battle; it is costly. You also want to stay cool and remain in control. Open hands as well as the elbows. We must remember that a person,,,,,( with experience) wants you to open up your body. Go with the flow always. Crouch in with elbow as well as they are great weapons; never stay stationed. When they attack you, you counter like power of the lighting shooting from the sky. This is a move of many. We never swing, kick or just block. We always intercept with fluidness and silence. Never let a person step into your personal space. Be ready for the unexpected yet live life naturally, coolness, stay relaxed. A Progressive Indirect Attack is initiated with a false or fake strike to create an opening for a second strike. The โ€œprogressiveโ€ part is how the motion of the initial fake is also part of the beginning motion of the second attack. Live life on life's terms. You are correct Ando, I Just can't seem to put it simply.

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