Dragon Claw Self Defense

Drive both hands downward once again. This time, with a crossing, diagonal strike so that the hands are inverted from the previous position. (Thumb Gouge) As before, the thumbs may be inserted into the eye sockets or mouth and the fingers grip the adjoining tissue. This technique, it is believed, is included to illustrate that one cannot always get a straight or easy punch on the enemy and must reach around him to secure a technique or hold. Count Dante described it as being used to tear away...

Stance

One of the cardinal principles of Karate is to never strike the first blow, but rather to act only in self-defense. This principle holds true because nothing is ever solved by fighting and you cannot prove your argument by beating in your enemy's head. Likewise, when the enemy attacks, he inevitably creates openings for a devastating counter-attack. Thus, the Three Principles of Self-Defense are Never take a hit you don't have to (avoid rather than check) Never strike until there is an opening...

Submission Holds

Hand Submission Holds

We have shown you how to meet the enemy head-on face-to-face, and prevail. Now we shall demonstrate the other side of the coin, creeping up on the enemy from behind and making him surrender instead of die. These techniques have found many expressions and employment over the centuries, notably among the yakuza, which contributes in no small way to the fearsome reputation on the Ninja. Yakuza is the name of the Japanese criminal caste. The word yakuza itself is...

Elbow Strike Vertical

Pull your right arm across your body as if to touch your opposite shoulder. This will drag the enemy forward assisting him to fall after the Triple Strike technique just applied. Note that all three of the targets struck in this series were on the Centerline of the body. And, that the pattern conforms to the boxing principle of the safety triple. Allowing that the first punch will probably be blocked, the second is intended to draw the opponent's guard away from its normal position, creating an...

Double Thumb Gouge

From your position poised above the enemy on your right knee, reach down and drive both thumbs into his eyes. The additional mass of the thumbs inside the eye sockets will displace the eyeballs laterally. Blinding the enemy permanently, unless surgical application is made quickly. Again, this is one of the characteristic Invisible Fists of the Ninja in that it is impossible to defend against, utilizes the principle of simultaneous attack on two targets, and leaves the enemy unable to see the...

Ripping Out The Throat

Shuto Groin

Holding the enemy with the Serpentine Armlock, drive the right hand forward to strike him squarely in the throat with the web of the hand. This lies between the curved thumb and forefinger. This is known as the Small Tiger's Mouth Fist in most martial arts styles. It is meant to symbolize the open jaws of the tiger as it rips the throat out of its prey. Hit as hard as you can without fear of injury, since you are striking one of the soft areas of the body, and thrust the forceful open hand...

Double Dragon Stomp Front

Throat Stomp

As the enemy turns or is thrown onto his back, jump up in the air and land on him with both feet, using all your weight to drive your heels as far as possible into the soft tissues of this lower belly and chest. Bear in mind that the ribcage is designed to protect the internal organs from precisely this type of shock and crushing pressure. Therefore, aim for the throat with the right leg. As described in the Small Tiger Mouth technique, the trachea is composed of cricoid cartilage rings. Not...

Breaking the Neck

Complete this series of Sword Hand chops to the enemy with a powerful strike to the seventh cervical vertebrae. At this point and at the base of the skull the transition from thoracic to cervical vertebrae and from cervical to skull make the neck especially vulnerable to attack. Striking in this manner breaks the neck by separating the vertebrae and severing the spinal cord. If, however, the blow should be somewhat misplaced, the effect will be much the same, so long as it falls between the...

Neck Crank Submission Hold

Extreme Submission Hold

This is such a severely punishing hold that it is outlawed completely in the practice of judo. It comes from the much more ancient Jujitsu, a system of unarmed combat used by the Samurai, and was initially included in the sport form of the art among various chokes, strangleholds, and other submission techniques used to overcome an opponent in friendly competition. It is essentially a suffocation hold, since it presses the enemy chin forward onto his chest, cutting off or closing the windpipe....

Double Ear Slap Neck Breaker

Neck Breaker

From your position standing on the enemy's back, pivot on the heels of both feet to grind them into the enemy, increasing the amount of damage done by the stomp as the bone fragments are shifted by the pressure at both ends of the spine. Remain standing on his back to pin him down or step off astride him for stability. Extend your arms wide to the sides, bend over at the waist, and slap down with both palms cupped, striking the ears of the face down opponent. This Double Ear Slap ruptures the...

Ripping Out The Eyeballs

Black Dragon Fense

Completing the upward strike to the chin, rip downward on the enemy's face with your fingertips, using the fingernails to claw his eyes and lacerate his face, temporarily blinding him. This kind of ripping, tearing action will do much more damage than an individual poke or stabbing action, and is much easier to perform. Likewise, the pulling down motion is the logical follow-up to the Palm Heel Strike and once again brings the right hand and arm back between the combatants defensively. As the...

Elbow Breaker

Pivot on the left foot and take a short step back with the right foot, turning the hips and shoulders to the left rear and add your weight to the enemy as he falls forward. Slam the enemy to the mat using the armlock, which, by virtue of the pivoting movement, now hyperex-tends his elbow and becomes a Straight Arm Bar. In Ai-kido, this armlock may be used to pin the enemy to the mat and make him submit by pressure on the elbow. Very often, the elbow will snap as a result of the takedown but,...