Do you know how to defend yourself? Have you ever taken a self-defense or martial arts course? Maybe you have military training. Perhaps you are timid or shy but interested in learning how to take care of yourself? Truth be told, we live in a chaotic world and a precarious society. There is no way to predict when danger might rear its head and you may find yourself in peril. As such, it is important to know how to handle yourself and defend your life, if necessary.

According to Goshin Karate, Sing is an acronym and pneumonic device used to denote the four main areas of the body that you should focus on when encountering an individual who is threatening you or means to do harm.

While proper defense training often takes many sessions or even several years to achieve, here are four simple defense moves that will get you started, as well as make you stand up and SING.

Start with the solar plexus

The Solar Plexus is a complex nerve center, which is composed of an extensive network of ganglia and radiating nerves, that helps regulate the sympathetic system of the body and is located in the abdominal region. Specifically, it is where the celiac trunk, renal arteries, and superior mesenteric artery intersect and extend from the abdominal aorta. It is also commonly referred to as the celiac plexus, coeliac plexus, or pit of the stomach. By rendering a blow to this area, an attacker will be stunned and their diaphragm will spasm, which will result in difficulty breathing and the wind getting knocked out of them.

Moreover, the jab will elicit significant pain and throw the intruder off-guard. This will, in turn, give you time to employ Step 2 and yell for help, if required.

Proceed to the instep

Step two, in this case, involves the instep, which is the upper surface of the arched middle portion of the foot that resides in front of the ankle joint and extends to the toes.

By stomping on that region, the aggressor will be incapacitated and should not be able to pursue you once you break free. This is especially vital to your escape if you are in a remote or isolated area and nobody else is around to offer assistance.

Move on to the nose

The next area to focus on is the nose.

By striking the perpetrator in their beak, it will further incapacitate them and cause them additional distress. Moreover, it will result in a bloody nose and provide physical proof that a defensive maneuver was employed. Furthermore, this will also serve as evidence to help substantiate that an attack occurred and you defended yourself accordingly.

Finish off with the groin

The last move involves striking the attacker where it hurts most--the groin. Whether the aggressor is male or female, a swift kick to the nether regions will neutralize the threat and give you time to escape or seek help. This maneuver is considered foolproof in most circumstances. No matter the age, gender, physical prowess, or intent of the perpetrator, the force of a powerful thrust to this region will fend off a violent encounter like few things could.

In short, this step should stop the attacker in their tracks and prevent them from fleeing the scene of the crime until the police arrive.

Whether you are skilled in martial arts, trained in other forms of self-defense, or completely naive in respect to taking care of yourself, these techniques should help keep you safe and feel more confident. After all, knowing that you can safeguard yourself and protect your loved ones, in the event of a violent encounter, bolsters your sense of self-reliance, as well as fosters your independence and makes you feel more secure.

Most importantly, practically anyone can perform these motions regardless of their skill level, proficiency, or physical capabilities.

Even those individuals who are elderly, injured, sick, or disabled can utilize these techniques and easily make adaptations to accommodate their mobility issues if required. If a physical threat arises and you are not sure how to respond, just remember these four simple defense moves that will make you stand up and SING.

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