Eyes - Vital point of the body

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Eyes - Vital point of the body

This page focuses on the eyes as a target for self defense and fighting.

Target: Eyes
Ease of target: 2-3
Effects of attacking the Eyes: Confusion, halting momentum, impaired eyesight, jerk response to back away, flailing.
Advantages to attacking the eyes: Confusing and halting your opponent.
Disadvantages to attacking the eyes: Confusion and flailing. They will be confused but still trying to fight back and attacks may come from unseen angles.

Long range: Throwing items at the persons face, doesn’t have to be exact but towards the face will get them to move or avoid. This can be in solid small light objects or liquids. Best choice (personal favorite) is to use fabric for the way that it falls and clings.

Medium range: Any object that you can grab a hold of and swing it towards the face. The eyes get very scared of swinging objects and will get your opponent to think more about the attacking thing.

  • Hand strikes: If trained finger jabs work really well, they have the ability to slide over and through the persons guard and into the eyes. Again though only if trained, other wise fingers can be damaged by the rest of the bony structures of the face. Clawing attacks will best startle the eyes and induce skin damage while minimizing damage to the fingers.

Close range: The best thing to do at this range is just work your hands up along their head so that you can put your thumbs into their eyes and press. This is very likely to stop the grappling/close quarter combat exchange you are having with your opponent. Keep your own head down and to the side as you do this because the opponent will swing wildly and randomly, this will help avoid you getting hit in the face.

  • Feet: Only use feet on the face if you are on the ground, then trying to send your feet into can cause major damage and startle them with a lot of confusion.

How an opponent might naturally protect their own eyes in a fight:

Tilting their head down – this means many punches and finger jabs will hit bone and damage the fingers.
Turning their head down and to the side – they might then try to rush and tackle you were then in contact they can use their eyes less as they try to pummel you.

Arching their spine back so that their head is out of range – and likely flail their arms in a wild fashion with may be hard to defend against.

They might keep their guard higher to defend these sort of attacks to the face/eyes – making it harder to directly attack their face/eyes.

How to get around these common defenses:

For fingers jabs – keep the strike straight and smooth telegraphing as little as possible so they don’t tilt the head down.

For Claw strikes – use them in a circular fashion, so they are harder to see and they can change angles as the attack is in motion.

For head down tackle - The opponent put their head down to hide the face and rush you for a tackle it is crucial to get your hips back and hands up. From there you have much more control for strikes such as an elbow to the back of the neck.

Arching retreat - Your attack to the face/eyes causes them to arch back, arch back a very small amount yourself to get out of range of their flailing attack and then scoop kick to the knees will serve you well.

Improved defense - They have raised their guard to improve their defenses, which if they are untrained or even lowly trained means they have raised their hands higher so that their elbows are down and their fists are right up to their eyebrow level. Put your arm or hands on their guard quickly and just push their own fists into their face/eyes and when they lower their arms to stop this battery strike them in the face.

Using the eyes as a proxy for attacks:
People naturally protect their face, they need their eyes to see and track movement. Utilizing a startling movement such as a palm strike you don’t intend to hit the with but just to throw it near their face so they have trouble seeing and will naturally try to protect themselves and then strike elsewhere nice and hard. Capitalize off of the ability of the eye to track movement, such as starting a hook with the rear hand and as the hook is traveling the lead hand performs a finger jab to the eyes and finish with the hook. This type of technique is arguably the best way to use the eyes as a vital point on the body.

Protecting your own eyes better:

Better posture - in a fight will keep your eyes at the best range against attacks.

Foot work - Out of range footwork will allow you to have a better field of vision and less likely to perform a flailing attack if startled by an opponent.

The “Antena guard” – your opponent is gaining the upper hand and you need to protect your face better. Here the hands open and the bottom of the palms at the top of your eyebrows and they float an inch off of your skin and your elbows are pointed out. This guard allows you to feel strikes when you can no longer see them, this way the strike hits your hand/arm and slows down the strike just a hair and as your own hand hits your head you can know to go in the direction that your own hand hit your head and move with the strike. Keeping the elbows out helps slightly to keep the opponent away but also allows you to brace your hands on your forehead and then use your body weight to drive your elbows into your opponent.

The eyes are not an easy target to go for but their the distraction factor and using the eyes as a proxy for other attacks is what makes them a valuable target to go for.

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