Here’s a comprehensive self-defense target strike list for the posterior (rear) that I wanted to make and share. You can find the front side graphic here. I will attempt to combine front and back to create a true master list. Also, I’ve enlarged the text for the injury reaction graphic below.
A helpful mnemonic device for locating target #23 (solar plexus) from the front is: third button down as if the person were wearing a dress shirt. I found this very useful.
This reference chart doesn’t have to be ‘memorized’. I would suggest to practice targeting on various body types and to train slowly (learning, safety).
When I was starting, my idiot of a training partner went full-speed and smacked my right ear (outside of target #5). Thankfully, he did it without his bodyweight behind it.
Injury has nothing to with how motivated, tough or courageous a person is. These reactions are hard-wired into our nervous system, which we can’t override. For the reaction to injury to occur (head, hands and body pitches forward/backwards), the targets have to be effectively struck with bodyweight behind it–I’ll expand on this later in another article.
That’s why even a smaller, lighter person can produce a lot of force to injure a larger person(s). I know I’m not invincible, but I find this knowledge as great leverage against potential bad guys. There will always be someone larger, stronger, faster than you or me.
Non-contact targets such as, the eyes and can be substituted for another body part in training. Just knowing a few select targets can be well enough to save one’s life in a life-or-death situation, in my opinion.
I got asked about which target is the ‘best’. My answer is that they are all equal and that you must strike whichever target that presents itself in a life-or-death situation and continue on.
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