STRIKE with the little finger edge of your out-stretched hand from the base of your little finger to your wrist. Keep your fingers tightly pressed together, and keep your thumb in close too. Your palm nearly always faces down.
This is probably the most deadly natural weapon that an unarmed man possesses if he knows how to use it.
Make the edge-hand blow snappy. Cut it. Don't just push.
How is it used? Look at your right hand. Straighten out your fingers and thumb. Press them close together. Straighten out your hand, wrist and forearm so
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they form a straight line. You strike with the little finger edge of that hand, from the base of your little finger to about an inch up from your wrist. You deliver the blows with your palm facing down.
Feel the little finger edge of your hand. It is probably soft. It must be hard. How are you going to harden it ? Straighten out your hand and with the little finger edge strike repeatedly against any hard surface.
At first these blows may be delivered as light, chopping strokes. As the hand becomes used to the exercise and acquires resistance, more severe blows may be given, until finally a powerful blow with the full, back-hand sweep of the arm is possible. Practice the blows against tables, walls, sand-bags, poles, doors, anything.
EDGE-HAND BLOW EXERCISE
1.—Face a wall. Keeping your feet still, turn left, bringing your right hand over your left shoulder. Swing to your right, striking the wall at the level of your own neck with the little finger edge of your right hand. Put force into it. Then twist further to your right, bringing your left hand over your right shoulder, keeping your feet still. Swing to your left, striking the wall at the level of your neck with the little finger edge of your left hand. Repeat these actions over and over.
2.—Now stand with your left side against the wall. Put your left shoulder against it. You are standing at a right angle to the wall. Do not move your feet. Turn left twisting about as far as you can, bringing your right hand over your left shoulder. Unwind and strike
the wall with the little finger edge of your stiffened out right hand. Give a hard blow. You are using your waist muscles to advantage.
Keeping your feet in the same position, turn right and bring your left hand over your right shoulder. Deliver a back edge-hand blow against the wall with your left hand.
3.—Next stand with your right side against the wall, and repeat the right and left hand blows as above. Rub alcohol on the edge of your hands if they get tender.
4.—Next stand with your back to the wall, and keeping your feet motionless, practice striking the wall with your right and left hand, twisting at the waist with each blow.
These blows have been horizontal. Next come the vertical edge-hand blows.
Facing a wall, turn to your left, just from the waist, keeping your feet still. Give an upward blow against the wall with the little finger edge of your right hand. Then turn left and give an upward blow with your left hand. Repeat.
By now you will have an idea of the Edge-Hand blows. Where are you going to hit your opponent with the Edge-Hand blows?
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Remember these points
(a) Either side of his neck (Carotid Sinus).
(b) The back of his neck, at a point just above the hair line. Why here? Respiratory centres may be affected by a blow in this region.
(c) Just above and below his nose.
(d) Along one of his ribs. Here give a horizontal blow, directly under his arms or a little behind his arms. A blow in the region of the kidneys has a shocking effect. This blow is also effective over his heart.
(e) Up into his crotch. Give a vertical blow here.
(f) 'Stomach'. Just under his ribs in the front of his body in the mid-line.
(g) Forearm. Against the top of his forearm at the junction of the upper third and lower two thirds (Brachio-radialis muscle and posterior interroseous nerve).
Do the Edge-Hand Blows
In 1941, Mr. J. J. who is a member of the Society of Arwro-logists was walking home one night past a field when he was attacked from behind by four men. One man pulled him around and stuck him a glancing blow on the side of his face.
Mr. J. J. ducked down and swung around delivering a left edge-hand blow against the side of the mans neck (Carotid Sinus).
What happened? The man's arms dropped to his sides and he fell forward, flat on his face. The knock-out was absolutely instantaneous.
Two of the men looked with amazement for a moment, then ran. And when Mr. J. J. turned towards the remaining opponent, he ran too.
With a wave of his hand and a "Good night, gentlemen" Mr.
J. J. continued on his way home, smiling confidently.
Another Actual Case
One February evening in 1943, another member of the Society of Arwrologists reports that he was attacked by a man in a cigar store. A back edge-hand blow was delivered under the man's ear.
The man fell to the floor, sick to his stomach, hors de combat.
3. "YOUR FIST". Strike face, side of jaw, stomach, under the arms, over the heart.
4. "STIFF FINGER TIPS", (a) Jab these into his eyes. Jab with your palm facing down, and slide your fingers into his eye along the cheek bone under his eye. Keep your fingers tightly together. Follow up by twisting his head around and getting a Posterior Arwr lock. (Described farther on).
(b) Jab up under his jaw. (Submaxillary glands and digastric muscles. This can produce a painful 'lockjaw' condition.)
(c) Jab under his ear, behind the angle of his jaw. (Parotid gland. Forceful pressure here with a finger tip is a good trick to revive quickly a comrade who has been knocked out.)
5. "BASE OF PALM". A sharp upward blow or push with the heel of your palm against the side of his jaw, the back of his head, or over his heart or stomach often upsets an opponent long enough for you to follow up with something more effective.
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Example : Standing at the left of your opponent, strike the left side of his jaw with the heel of your open left hand. Then jump behind him and with your open right hand push the back of his head to your left, while your left hand pushes his jaw to your right. Then slide your arms into a Posterior Arwr lock, with left forearm across the front of his neck. (Arwr locks are described farther on).
6. "FRONT OF ELBOW". Sometimes you can swing the front of your elbow against a man's jaw.
7. "KNEE". A high knee blow to the crotch or outside of thigh is effective when a man is standing. When your opponent is down, a knee blow to the temple, spine or ribs is often effective.
8. "KICKS WITH YOUR TOE". When your opponent is standing, remember to kick against his shin, especially immediately after giving a knee blow to his crotch. If you feel acrobatic, or have had experience in foot-ball or soccer, a kick to the crotch or under the chin may be attempted.
When your opponent is down, you may kick him in the temple, side or back of his neck, crotch, ribs or spine.
9. "KICKS WITH YOUR HEEL". Very important. Not emphasized enough. When your opponent is standing kick back at him against the shin and the back of his leg at whatever opportunity you have.
When your opponent is down remember the above mentioned locations.
Kicks with the outside edge of your foot are effective. Side kicks are generally more reliable than straight forward kicks. (See "Kicking Practice" farther on.)
10. "HELMET". If vour have a helmet on, use the i' 7
top for butting and the front rim for cutting down blows into your opponent's face. If your enemy has a strap under his chin holding his helmet on his head, from behind him you can jerk the helmet back off his head so the strap catches him across the front of his neck.
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