Self-defense Techniques for Modern Filipinas

Are Filipinas equipped to confidently trump their attackers? Or, will you freeze up in utter panic?


As with everything, prevention is the best defense. Avoid becoming the next victim by employing safety tips such as being aware of your surroundings. Keep in mind that attackers are on the hunt for vulnerable and unwary targets. So, use your five senses to stay away from imminent danger. Do not walk while texting, calling, or checking social media. Only walk at parking lots that are well-lit.


Apart from these safety tips, avoid confrontation as much as possible. My aunt lovingly reminds us to give what the attacker wants if the situation comes down to it. Hand over your purse, phone, and cash than fight. Wave your white flag. You know how thefts can be in crowded places like Quiapo, Baclaran, and Divisoria. Nothing you own is worth more than your life!


Say you gave what the theft wants, but he or she still wants more. Escape seems close to impossible! If you are caught in this situation where you need to defend yourself, use these self-defense techniques that every modern Filipina can do:


Disturb the Sense of Sight


Our eyes are both very sensitive and very important. We try to protect our pair by going to eye check-ups and by wearing prescription glasses. Do not wait for the right moment. When an attacker dashes towards you, go straight for the eyes!


Scratching or poking the attacker’s eyes with your fingers or knuckles is usually efficient. You are disrupting someone else’s vision temporarily. It will not only allow you to cause some serious pain, but it will also allow you to make a quick escape.


Interrupt the Airways

palm strike

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If the attacker is close to you, hit his or her nose with the heel of your palm. Use the entire weight of your body to loosen up the attacker’s grip and to cause significant pain.


If the attacker is behind you, hit his or her nose with your elbow. Either method will work as long as you aim for the nasal bone. Remember that the nasal bone is above the cartilages.


Aim for the Neck


The side of the neck acts as a huge surface area that you can hit. It is where the carotid artery and jugular vein are located. Escape the attacker by punching this area. Your fingers must be held tight with your thumbs tucked in.


Follow this instructional video as a basis:


Hit an Area Between the Abs and Thighs

groin strike

After a successful first move such as striking the eyes or the nose, you can add more impact by hitting the groin area. It is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body that lack “protection”. Due to the nerve endings, it can hurt tremendously.


Know when to use this move it entails swift and sharp attacks.


Strike the Knees

kick to the knee

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When I was a child, I adored playing the combat video game called TEKKEN. I frequently used an attack that enabled me to hit my opponent’s legs and knees. The opponent momentarily loses his or her balance. The same rule applies to the real world.


Turn your head quickly to get a good glimpse of where you must strike. Act immediately. Use your foot to make a horizontal stomping kick directly to the knee and the legs. This strong kick may stop the attacker from running after you.


The media is filled with horrible stories of rape, physical assault, and attempted abduction. No wonder why many women fear to travel alone in the Philippine streets. Fortunately, you may roam around the country to study self-defense classes. Here are 10 classes that a Filipina can choose from:


1. Krav Maga at Krav Maga Philippines

2. Yaw Yan Buhawi at the Marikina Yaw Yan Buhawi Gym

3. Muay Thai at Muay Thai MAP Pasig

4. Aikido at the Mushin Aikido Club

5. Arnis at Doce Pares Cebu

6. Wushu at the Willie Wang’s Wushu Center

7. Jeet Kune Do at Jeet Kune Do Philippines

8. Brazilian Jiujitsu at KMA Fitness and Martial Arts

9. Boxing at Elorde Boxing Gym

10. Karate at Kyoukushin Karate

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.

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