Vulnerable points you must hit


If you are in a situation where you must counter-attack to defend your safety, it is very important to know where and how you must hit. It is important also from a legal point of view, because your reaction must be proportional to the threatened offence. In some cases, therefore, it is recommendable to counter-attack “softly”, just to stop your assailant´s action and find a way out.


In other cases, such as the most dangerous, you must not hesitate in giving more powerful blows, aiming at the most vulnerable points. Here we show you a concise list about the vulnerable point of the human body. In this way you know where you must hit in case of need. It is very important to know this schema, but you must remember that theory does not function without practice. You must learn not only where you should hit, but also how. Remember that you must train a lot in the self-defence techniques. Do not be frightened by the number of vulnerable points here listed. After having studied all the points, and having trained all the techniques, it is only necessary that you study very well few blows (six or seven are sufficient). So you can defend in every situation with effectiveness.

There are many variables in the blows: the violence of the blow, its technique, the precise point of impact (sometimes a millimetre can make the difference between life and death), physical conditions of the hit person, and so on. Blows can be classified in different kinds according to the impact on the enemy:

1. A painful or “irritating” blow; it does not cause important damages for the body.
2. A blow that can cause not permanent damages.
3. A blow that can provoke the loss of consciousness and permanent damages (but not serious).
4. A blow that can cause serious permanent damages.
5. A lethal blow.







Some vulnerable points


Hitting the eye gives pain, lacrimation, dimming of sight. If the blow is powerful and dealt with the tip of a finger, it can also cause the breaking of the eyeball and the definitive loss of sight.


Hitting the ear can cause a painful shock to the eardrum. If the blow is particularly brutal, it can cause the concussion of cerebral mass and so death.


Breaking the nose (both with a punch and a knock) gives a really deep pain. It can cause lacrimation, blood discharge and loss of consciousness. If the blow is particularly violent and from the bottom upwards, it can cause the penetration of the bone in the cerebral mass, and so death.


A powerful blow in these points (always very painful) can cause the teeth and lips breaking, haemorrhages, dislocation or fracture of the jaw, and sometimes loss of consciousness.


The blow can be really dangerous if it is a punch from the bottom upwards (the traditional “uppercut”). Be careful: it can provokes loss of consciousness (concussion of the cerebral mass) and sometimes also death. The blow is more dangerous with bare hands than with boxing gloves...


The nape, behind the ears and the near areas (jugular, carotid and vagal nerve) are really vulnerable points, especially if the blow is a chop. If the blow is brutal, probably there is the loss of consciousness.


The blow to the throat is very dangerous. The consequences are suffocating sensation but also death.


Shoulders are subjected to dislocations and luxations, especially if they are hit with particularly penetrating blows, that give deep pain and temporary “paralysis” of the limb. A similar paralysis can be caused by a well dealt blow under the armpit, that is crossed by a really sensible nerve.


Deep pain, fractures, distortions: blows on fingers can cause these results. In this way it is difficult to use the hand.


A powerful and painful blow can seriously damage vertebras and their order, provoking also the paralysis. If the blow is powerful, the backbone can even break causing death.


A well dealt blow can cause the loss of consciousness, because it is a very sensible point. The most powerful blows (such as kicks) can cause injuries to the internal organs.


The inguinal area is very delicate. A blow in the testicles (very painful) can cause the breaking of them. Also the bladder and the pubic bone can be broken by a powerful blow (for example a kick). In these cases there is an internal haemorrhage that can lead to the loss of consciousness.


This is another ideal target, because you can hit it easily. The consequences of a well dealt blow are: deep pain, probable dislocation and possible fracture.


A strong blow can cause muscular spasm, difficulties in leaning the leg and so temporary loss of functionality of the limb.


This bone is not protected by a muscular area, therefore is particularly sensible. A blow to the shin (even if it is not powerful) gives always deep pain and sometimes also fracture.