Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Guide to Self-Defense Tutorials Online

Learning self-defense is as easy as browsing online. You can find a plethora of videos, articles and images dedicated to teaching the art of self-defense. This guide will discuss several different online tutorials rated for their ease of learning and likely effectiveness with a maximum of five stars.

The first batch of tutorials comes from a site called Self Defense Central. The web site boasts a variety of pictorial (with written instructions) and video self-defense tutorials. The web site also features articles on the topic of self-defense and forums for registered users. Each tutorial can be viewed for free on the web site without registration.


One of the tutorials from Self Defense Central is titled “Self Defense on the Ground-Attacker Choking.” This self-defense tutorial is pictorial with photos placed above each written step. It is easy to understand making it easy to learn. Basically you will loosen the grip of the strangler by using the force of your arms. However I worry about the true effectiveness of this self-defense move. You must be fast so that you can catch the strangler unaware which means those who are panicked or nervous may have a difficult time successfully pulling off this move.The attacker may very well become aware of what you are trying to do and tighten their grip around your neck.


Ease of Learning Rating: *****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: **


The next tutorial I will review from Self Defense Central is titled “Mini Video Lesson Knife Attack Straight Stab #2”. This self-defense move is more complicated than the first move but is clearly explained in the tutorial. This move is meant as a defense against an attacker attempting to stab you with their knife. In the tutorial the instructor speaks clearly and shows the move from both sides ensuring that the watcher fully understands the move. With lots of practice I can see this as being an effective self-defense move against a real life attacker. Of course if you are nervous you may have some problem with remembering each step. The length of time it would take to complete this move is also a factor in its true effectiveness. Strength may be of little concern as this defensive move will likely throw your attacker off guard.


Ease of Learning Rating: ****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: ****


One final self-defense move I will review from this site is titled “Mini Video Lesson-Gun Attack Rear-Low”. Again the instructions and actions in the video are clear and easy to understand. The tutorial is built upon a combination of self-defense moves in order to harm the attacker and strip the gun away from them. This self-defense move may be effective as the attacker will likely be stunned and your counterattacks will harm them allowing you to easily strip the weapon and gain control of the situation. The defensive move shown in this tutorial could very well save your life if you are ever in the situation of being held at gunpoint.


Ease of Learning Rating: ****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: *****


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The next website I will be reviewing is called Expert Village which claims to be the world’s largest “How-To” video website. I was able to find many different videos demonstrating self-defense moves on this website. The tutorials are made by different “experts” who submit the videos to Expert Village to be viewed for free. Keep in mind that you will have to view random advertisements popping up on the video screen on occasion which may become annoying and distracting.


The first self-defense tutorial that I watched on Expert Village was titled “The Wedge Move in Koden Kan Martial Arts: Free Online Self-defense Lessons”. This self-defense tutorial video was made by Madison Warner who has been a karate instructor for ten years. Madison demonstrates “The Wedge” move which is meant as a self-defense against a strangler positioned in front of you, the defender. This self-defense tutorial was easy to understand as the instructor demonstrated the move by herself and then with a partner, or “attacker”. There weren’t many steps which makes it easy to remember when faced by an attacker.


Ease of Learning Rating: ****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: ****


The next self-defense tutorial is titled “Self-defense Video: Defending a Punch” and was made by Jason Hall, a professional self-defense instructor. This defense tutorial will likely prove helpful when engaged in a fist fight with your attacker. The strategy is by far the simplest and easiest to understand of the self-defense tutorial videos already reviewed. While the moves may not need to be used often, or hopefully not at all, they may come in handy. You should keep in mind that when engaged in a real life fist fight with an attacker the blows may not be so “structured” and the above move may prove to be less helpful.


Ease of Learning Rating: *****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: ***


The last self-defense video I will review from Expert Village is titled “How to Escape From a Wrist Grab: Kung Fu Self-defense Moves”. This video was made by Sifu Dan Schmidt, a national Kung Fu champion. The tutorial demonstrates to the viewer how to handle a situation where an attacker grabs you by the wrist. The instructor explains the purpose of each step and makes it clear why each one is important. The moves shown in the tutorial are easy to imitate and act out and do not rely on strength for effectiveness. Each step was shown in this tutorial from the distraction to the defensive attack and then to the attacker laying flat on the ground. Strength plays no role in this self-defense move. With practice it can be an effective way to keep yourself from falling victim to an attacker.


Ease of Learning Rating: *****


Likely Effectiveness Rating: *****


When looking for a good self-defense tutorial online you should consider three things. 1. How easy is the video, article or pictorial to follow? 2. How effective would the self-defense move be? 3. Are the moves too complicated for real life situations? Learning self-defense is a smart choice. Online tutorials make learning convenient and easy.


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