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Eye Gouge Study – Technique Of The Week

To many self defense systems, the eye gouge is one of the common go-to moves when protecting yourself from an attacker. Although eye gouging is illegal in MMA, they still happen. Today will be a study on the eye gouge, drawing information from MMA and other sources to improve your self defense game.

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What is an Eye Gouge

An eye gouge is an action to poke an opponent in the eye with the use of a your fingers.

Eye Gouge Techniques

Jeet Kune Do Finger Jab / Eye Jab

In Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, one technique that is often looked at is the finger jab. A technique slightly modified from Wing Chun’s bui jee.

Bruce Lee’s finger jab is slightly curled with all the fingers flushed together to prevent injury. The execution of this technique is similar to a jab in boxing. Primarily targeting the eyes and trachea of your opponent.

bruce lee finger jab eye gouge

Fu Jow aka Tiger Claw

Fu Jow or tiger claw is maybe one of the most popular techniques taught in women self defense work shops. Fu Jow has a kung fu origin, fingers are spread out and curled to a 45-90 degree angle.

The advantage of the tiger claw is that it covers a wider target area than the finger jab. Below is a video example of a tiger claw eye gouge in what seems to be a “rough and tumble” situation (not a self defense situation).

*Rough and tumble is a fighting style that involves “anything goes,” such as biting, eye gouging, and etc. click here for more information on rough and tumble.

Eye Flick

Technically not an eye gouge, the eye flick is an open back hand technique that involves flicking the back of your fingers towards the opponents eyes. The goal is to cause irritation or minor damage to the eyes while following up for a finish.

Thumb In The Eye

The thumb in the eye is best done after your palm makes contact with your opponents face, then guiding your thumb into the eyes. More useful in the clinch and grappling range.

When & How To Eye Gouge For Self Defense

  • After a stiff arm
  • As an alternative to a stiff arm
  • Off the Pawing Jab
  • While Clinching consider an eye gouge follow up after pushing the head or face when creating space
  • While Grappling only consider eye gouging from a dominate position such as the mount, guard, side control, etc. Don’t rely on eye gouging as a form of escape.
  • As a pre-emptive attack while the threat is still interviewing you as a victim. (as soon as you recognized the assault is viable.)

Stiff Arming & Pawing the Finger Jab

Below is a video highlight of Jon “Bones” Jones Pawing and stiff arming the finger jab. Not sure If they are intentional and accidental, but does provide a good reference on using the finger jab.

Common Reaction After Getting Eye Gouged

An eye gouge should be enough to end an attack or open an opportunity to escape. But for some reason if you need to follow up here are some common reactions after getting eye gouged.

  • Turning away/around
    • Kidney Punch
  • Same side hand tends to rise and cover the damaged eye
    • Kick or punch to the liver
  • Bending forward facing the ground.
    • Rabbit punch (back of the head)
    • Kick or Knee to the face

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Benefits of Jiu Jitsu

The benefits of jiu jitsu (jitz, bjj, gjj) reaches a different level than most martial arts in my opinion. The benefits cover a wider range of practical and functional use for everyday life. Jiu Jitsu’s common practices brings out 100% effort from its practitioners at every session. Jiu jitsu is for everybody and here’s why.

Benefits of BJJ – Joe Rogan

Comradery – Jiu Jitsu Family

One of the biggest benefits of jiu jitsu is comradery. You will meet people from all walks of life. Most will become your closest friends.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

“You don’t truly know someone until you fight them.”

The comradery is great for everyone, we all need each other to grow, for support, and to be tested. This is especially important for people that have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Check out the video below.

Overcome PTSD with Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is Fun

Jiu Jitsu as a competitive sport is fun for all ages, there are competitors ranging from kids to senior citizens. There is always Jiu Jitsu tournaments in almost every city around the world. There are also big prestigious tournaments were people from all over the world attend making it fun to travel and meet new people.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu For Kids

Jiu Jitsu teaches kids hard work, problem solving, patience, and etc. Jiu jitsu will install these qualities into you kids improving their character and work ethic at a very young age.

Self Defense

If you prefer boxing, kickboxing, or conceal carry as your primary self defense, Jiu Jitsu will be a necessary supplement to your skill sets. If the fight ever ends up on the ground, which most do, some knowledge of Jiu Jitsu will be necessary to get back up on your feet, where you feel most comfortable in protecting yourself.

For self defense, jiu jitsu alone can help you overcome bigger, faster, and stronger attackers through the use of leverage and space management. Being extremely close to your attacker smothers a lot of their striking options, which lowers the risk of getting hit. Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to control someone bigger and stronger with the least amount of effort, which is also used for finishing or disabling your attacker.

Physical Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

The physical benefits of jiu jitsu are very rewarding for your overall health. Although jiu jitsu doesn’t require much strength, you will be working every part of your body, developing muscle endurance, grip strength, cardio, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength.

Jiu Jitsu Body Transformation

Every jiu jitsu practitioners will experience a body transformation. below are a few pictures i found on the internet. click here to see more on google images

Jiu Jitsu Body Transformation

jiu jitsu body transformation

Mental Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

A huge benefit of jiu jitsu that changes many lives are the mental benefits. Most consider jiu jitsu as therapy, as a legitimate escape that effectively relieves stress and improves psyche.

One thing i found that jiu jitsu does for people better than other martial arts is humility. Practitioners develop a strong self-awareness from constant and unavoidable trial and error. Consistently re-calibrating a healthy self-perception of confidence and humility. Jiu Jitsu Instructors hardly have a high and might attitude. They act more like your friends and open minded to anything a student might teach them.

Other mental benefits of jiu jitsu is investing in focus, patience , attention to detail, and persistence. In fact, all these mental qualities are not only benefits of jiu jitsu but are also requirements to obtaining your black belt. Jiu Jitsu takes a lot of hard work. Only about 1% of jiu jitsu practitioners obtain a black belt. check out this thread for more info.

“Don’t fear failure. – Not Failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

Belts & Traits Of Jiu Jitsu

If you do decide to join jiu jitsu without the interest of getting your black belt, here are some traits of each other belt you can obtain and accomplish.

Blue Belt – can effectively protect yourself in a self defense situation. Should be able to control and dominate an average person no matter the weight, size, and strength.

Purple belt – A lot of UFC Fighters fall into this category. Jiu jitsu is adequate enough to supplement their kickboxing or wrestling. But not enough to make jiu jitsu a specialization in the UFC.

Brown belt – The minimal requirement to be considered a Jiu Jitsu specialist in MMA. Capable of defeating black black belts more often in sport jiu jitsu.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu – A Way Of Life

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15 Sparring Tips – Fight Skills Development

Sparring tips

Use Your Peripheral

The peripheral is the vision outside of the focus point, mostly from the sides of the eyes. It detects motion much quicker and it improving the response time. Don’t look at the eyes, hands, or even at the target your attacking. Stare through the center (usually the chest) and not at it. This will almost put everything in peripheral.

Slightly Raise Your Eye Brows

Raising your eyebrow helps increase perceptual attention. Increasing your ability to interpret any attacks or opportunities to attack.

First Defense Should Be Moving Your Legs

Using your legs has a higher percentage of successfully defending attacks than blocking or slipping. The goal is to be out of reach.

Hit First, Hit Fast, Hit Last

Action is faster than reaction. look for opportunities to hit first. And be cautious in not getting countered in the process.

Always Stay in Motion, Either Your Legs or Your Body

Constant movement makes you harder to hit. Moving laterally, in and out, and changing levels will not only make you harder to hit but may create opportunities to attack.

Let it Hit By It Self

Avoid mental processing which will delay response time or sabotage the opportunity. Be patient and when the time comes it hit all by itself.

Set Goals

Always set goals in sparring. It can be trying new stuff or improving the old ones. Goals give you motivation, focus, and allows you to measure progress.

80% Go-to & 20% Experiment

When sparring make sure you keep improving your A-game while also experimenting on new ideas or techniques. I recommend keeping it 80/20 to avoid altering the good habits you already built.

Keep it Honest

Don’t matter who you spar, keep it honest. Give nothing and take everything. This will help you prioritize your attention on attacking and the ability to take advantage of every opportunity. But you don’t have to hit hard, just execute at every opportunity. This will also keep a healthy perspective of what works and what needs more work.

Relax the Power, Practice the Technique

A good rule of thumb is to match your partners intensity. Keep it around 70% power. focus on technique, timing, and speed.

Spar with Hammers

This is related to keeping it honest. sparring a few of these will help keep a healthy perspective of what works and what needs more work. Remember, real gold don’t fear the fire. This is an essential part to getting better.

Confidence

No matter who you spar, you got to believe in what you got. Lack of confidence will only degrade your performance. Always respect your failures and seek to improve them but also accept them and move on.

Conserve your Energy

No matter how much stamina you have you don’t have an endless supply. Relax and pace yourself. If you are sparring in fatigue state most of the time, you will develop bad habits.

Don’t Unleash the Hulk

Your training partners are your friends. If you keep hurting them, no one will want to train with you.

Log & Analyze

Log your rounds and also analyze on how you did in sparring everyday. Write down your success and failures. This will help you review and analyze on what works and what needs work.  I usually do this in a digital form and email it to myself.

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The 8 Rules of Self Defense

The 8 Rules Of Self Defense

Study You local laws on self defense – Most martial artist ignore this rule. Important to understand what the law is on self defense and how it limits what you can and can not do. Do a google search on your state law’s self defense and read it.

Get your shit together – Examine your beliefs & values. Be crystal clear on whats right, whats wrong, and why when it comes to protecting yourself. Getting your shit together way in advance will help avoid hesitation.

Awareness – Most assaults are by surprise and when we least expect it. Minimize that window by monitoring your surroundings, reading body language, and listen to your intuition. Most times awareness itself is enough.

Avoiding – Avoid going to the wrong places at the wrong times. Avoid isolated areas. Avoid being the easiest target. It goes hand in hand with awareness. This is your first line of defense, where you are the safest.

Running – If conflict is unavoidable, running should be your immediate response. Running is a lot safer than sticking around trying to observe, to make sense of, or trying to talk you way out of it.

Fight – In predatory violence, victims are usually chosen by the situations difficulty. This is why awareness and avoiding is important. If you put up a fight, you will increase the difficulty, making your attacker rethink the whole situation and flee. Sometimes all it takes is a push or verbal command.

Hit Hard, Hit Fast, Hit First – If you cant run and the threat is viable, make the first move. An eye gouge or a kick to the nuts can be good starters and finishers.

Recover Your Safety – the main point of fighting in self defense is to retain your safety. Only do whats necessary. don’t seek revenge or get even. If an opportunity to run has present itself, take it. You are responsible for your own safety. Think about your responsibility to others, such as your family and how they depend on you.

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