Damaging The Small Bones
Whilst pounding an attacker through the wall with some hoofing great oki-wakka-smakka is satisfying and looks impressive, the reality is that most conflicts can be ended just as swiftly by damaging the tiniest of bones.
You’ll know by now how I’m an advocate of letting your opponent break his own hands when he tries to hit you (by simply raising your elbow up to protect your face), but sometimes you need to be a bit more proactive.
I once read that it takes 3600lbs of pressure to crush a bone down its length, but only 8lbs of sideways pressure to snap it. This of course depends on the bone, and muscle/fat/tendon coverings naturally strengthen things up, but you get the impression – hit a bone the right way and it’s pretty easy to break it.
Punching or kicking someones hands gets good results – especially if they haven’t made a fist. Fingers are easy to snap or dislocate, as are the bones running down the back of the hand (which are also rich with pressure points and nerves), and even the wrist itself. Even if they have made a fist you can do serious damage, and if you damage someones hand they go right off trying to punch you, at least!
Most self-defence instructors will teach you to stomp on the tops of their feet. It’s good, but if you miss you might jar your own leg.
The nose is an obvious small bone to go for and most will break very easily. Take it from me that breaking your nose is not nice. First it blinds you, and then most of the time just as the pain is kicking in you’ll go into uncontrolable fits of sneezes. This is EXACTLY what you want when blood and bones are already hanging out of your snout, and if there is a Creator then rest assured I will bitchslap them if I ever meet them just for having put me through this several times.
Anyone who’s watched Mixed Martial Arts like UFC will think it’s easy to snap peoples arms and stuff when they’re grappling, and that’s a myth we need to bust right now! When you’re grappling with someone – especially if it’s a streetfight where their life may depend on it – all the adrenalin kicks in and gives you both near superhuman strength.
You can’t just grab someones arm or leg and twist it until it snaps. This is where you DO need lots of proper training to make things work. If you don’t have a properly trained background then you’re going to look silly and waste all your energy. Watch any live Police-type show and you’ll see just how tough it is to get a proper lock on your average Joe Pisshead.
What WILL work in grapples is the stuff that’s banned from UFC and almost all MMA sports fighting – and that’s small joint manipulations.
Grab hold of just one of their fingers or toes with all your strength and wrench that bastard until it pops off in your hands! If you manage to get hold of two of their fingers rip them apart and split their hand in half all the way up to their wrist. Repeat until they let you go or you run out of bits to pull off them.
So this isn’t ‘easy’ stuff to win a fight for you, but if you’re already in the heat of combat and need things to sway the odds in your favour this is the kind of stuff that they ban in sports fighting for good reason – it works.