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Self Defense Techniques for Young and Old

4 Basic Self Defense Moves

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we believe that one of the benefits to learning martial arts is learning how to defend yourself. We believe that you are never too young or too old to learn how to defend yourself against others. Children who learn martial arts not only learn how to protect themselves against others, they also learn self-discipline, respect, hardwork, and perseverance.  At IMAA we also offer martial arts classes for adults as well as self defense classes. 

Benefits of Learning Self Defense

When children learn how to defend themselves they will:

  • Feel empowered
  • Build self confidence
  • Stand up to bullying
  • Gain self discipline and respect

When adults learn how to defend themselves they will:

  • Feel empowered
  • Build self confidence
  • Be more aware of their surroundings
  • Feel safer in their environment

Four Basic Self Defense Moves

Ready Stance 

  • When To Use It: Use this from a distance as a way of setting a strong body-language boundary (like if somebody’s following you) or when you’re engaged in sending physical strikes.
  • How To Use It: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands by sides. Keeping toes pointed forward, take a natural step forward with your non-dominant leg so feet are staggered. Bend both knees slightly, elevate back heel, bring hands up in front of face with hands about 12 inches from face and palms facing forward, tuck chin, and shrug shoulders slightly. Distribute body weight between both feet, placing it more in the balls versus heels.

Palm-Heel Strike

  • When To Use It: This is a last-resort move to create escape opportunities. It’s best used when the face of the attacker isn’t blocked or covered, and you can reach the face with your arms outstretched.
  • How To Use It: Start in Ready Stance and keep hands up. Rotating left hip and shoulder, explosively extend left palm straight out, with fingertips straight up and elbow down. Keep your right hand up to protect your face. Immediately recoil left arm, returning shoulder and hip to square ready stance. With feet in the same position, send a palm strike with your right hand (be sure to rotate your right hip), then try a left-right combination. Hand should stay open (don’t make a fist) and the heel of the palm should make contact with the attacker’s nose.

Front Kick To Groin 

  • When To Use It: This is another last-resort move to create escape opportunities. It’s particularly beneficial against somebody who’s tall. Especially if you can’t reach their face for Palm-Heel Strikes.
  • How To Use It: Start in Ready Stance, keeping hands up. Bend your right leg and drive your right knee straight up. As soon as the right knee is above your waistline, extend hips and kick right shin directly to attacker’s groin, making sure to keep toes pointed downward and out of the way. Immediately release your right foot behind you and return to Ready Stance.

Hammerfist Punch 

  • When To Use It: Use the Hammerfist Punch move in almost any situation where you find yourself in danger. It’s most effective when used to hit the attacker directly in the face, particularly the nose, jaw, or temple.
  • How To Use It: Start in Ready Stance. Raise dominant hand up, bending at elbow (like you’re preparing to throw a ball). Rotate hips toward attacker and bring dominant arm down, smacking attacker in face (aim for the nose) with the meaty bottom part of fist. Strike the punch and run while attacker is incapacitated.

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This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
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Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.
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Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!
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