Self-defense is an extremely important set of skills to have. Learn basic self defense moves and techniques with free video lessons from Howcast!
What should you know before you start learning self-defense? There are three things to keep in mind:
For a more detailed explanation from a pro, watch Howcast’s video tutorial at the top of this section. Instructor Carlos Jimenez has some great insight on the topic!
The punch is one of the most basic elements of self-defense, but it’s by no means a beginner move. Without proper training, you can hurt yourself more than your opponent. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
To see these tips and steps in action, watch how Carlos Jimenez and his partner do it in Howcast’s tutorial video.
There are three things you need to think about when it comes to self defense moves using your legs and feet: distance, targets, and motion. Here’s a brief overview of what this looks like with three different types of kick techniques.
To see what each of these self defense techniques looks like, watch Howcast’s tutorial video at the beginning of this section.
One of the best ways to defend yourself is a takedown. It is also one of the simplest techniques once you get the hang of it. Here are the basics:
This is one of the safest and most basic takedowns, and it is versatile for use in a range of situations. To see how this self-defense takedown move is done, watch Howcast’s tutorial at the top of this section.
You have the basics down, but how do you prepare yourself mentally for an attack? There are two techniques we recommend:
In Howcast’s tutorial, Carlos Jimenez talks about how to prepare for an attack in more detail. Check it out!
You now have the most important basic self-defense moves at your disposal. For even more self-defense lessons, explore Howcast’s the rest of the videos in this series below.
Carlos Jimenz was born in the Canary Islands (Spain) in 1980. He began his martial arts training at the age of 12 practicing the soft art of Aikido. Aikido taught Carlos wrist locks, flexibility and proper coordination. His early training also includes gymnastics along with Muay Thai Kickboxing and the Brazilian Martial Art Capoeira. In 1999 Carlos discovered Kajukenbo and Filipino Martial Arts. He has been practicing Kajukenbo since then and also tries to combine it with pressure points. He is also a licensed acupuncturist.