Punching straight at Jiuwei acupoint neutralizes middle and low kicks.
In a world where personal safety is not always guaranteed, knowing how to protect yourself in a direct confrontation is extremely important. A common type of attack is the low kick, a kick that can be dangerous if not effectively countered. In this article, we will discuss a basic but highly effective self-defense technique to neutralize low kicks: Punch straight at Jiuwei acupoint
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Understand mid and low kicks
Mid and low kicks, as the name suggests, are kicks that target the lower part of the opponent’s body, often targeting the lower ribs, lower abdomen or even the genital area. These kicks are often performed very quickly, making defense and reaction difficult, especially for those with limited martial arts experience.
Punch straight at Jiuwei acupoint
The key to neutralizing low kicks lies in hitting the Jiuwei acupoint with a precise and well-timed punch. Jiuwei acupoint is located on the Conception Vessel, vertically along the middle of the chest and abdomen, about 0.5 CUN below the tip of the sternum.
How to defend
Before diving into this technique, it’s important to note that self-defense means being prepared but not inciting violence. In some situations, you may find yourself in a relatively vulnerable position. In these cases, maintain a calm demeanor and keep your hands at mid-level with your elbows hanging naturally at your sides. This position reduces the risk of being hit by surprise and increases your readiness to defend or counterattack.
Block and counterattack
Now, let’s discuss how to defend against low kicks effectively. If an attacker targets your lower ribs or lower abdomen with a kick, follow these steps:
- Use your hand (left hand to push away the opponent’s right leg kick and vice versa) to push the opponent’s kicking leg out quickly and decisively.
- Make sure you don’t push your feet too far or too close. The goal is to create enough distance for you to counterattack.
- When you swipe his leg, at the same time throw a punch straight at Jiuwei acupoint. The primary contact point on your hand should be the 2nd metacarpophalangeal joint.
- Always look the attacker straight in the eye during combat.
Practice hard. Practice makes perfect
To master this technique, practice with a partner or dummy. Always prioritize safety when practicing with a partner, controlling the force and stopping point of the punch. You can also use sandbags to hone your accuracy.
Please note, incorporate shoulder movement to increase the power of your punch and maintain a calm but cautious stance.
Remember, this technique is just one of many self-defense methods available, but it can be highly effective against low kicks. Through practice, you can develop the skills and confidence needed to protect yourself in real-life situations.
We hope you never have to apply this technique in a real-life situation, but it’s essential to be prepared for any unexpected challenges that may arise. Stay safe and practice hard to improve your self-defense skills.