Hand-to-hand combat is not a sport; it is designed for emergencies when your life may depend on the ability to outwit or overcome an armed enemy, perhaps with only your two hands. These tactics of defense and counter attack combine the essential elements of Jiu-jutsu, Savate, American wrestling, and plain rough and tumble fighting.
Basic Body Stance. The basic body stance is one of easy balance, deceptively relaxed but yet actually always ready for quick counter attacks. Arms are held lightly across the chest or spread with hands on the hips. From either position, they are easily shifted to meet the assailants lead. Feet are slightly spread and firmly balanced. They must never be crossed but always ready to shift or pivot according to the character of the maneuver.
Hand Attacks. Blows are delivered with the knife-edge of the hand to the points of greatest vulnerability. These primary vital points include:
- Side of neck, midway between chin and ear, just under jaw bone
- Larynx or Adam's apple
- Bridge of nose
- Upper lip, just below nose
- Back of neck at the junction of the neck and spine
- Kidneys at lower edge of ribs
- Solar plexus