Today I would like to talk about the idea of hard and soft striking in self defense. Particularly, I want to address the phenomenon of punching to the head. Punching to the head is common to many systems, yet may not be a particularly great idea in actual self defense. First, let me say that I do not make it a practice to rebuke other systems, or styles of unarmed defense training. Everything has it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses, and you can learn many valuable things from many systems if you approach them with an open mind. A punch is a tool, the same way that a kick, a lock, a throw or a screwdriver is a tool. Punches are very good for tasks for which they were designed, and not so good for others. For example - punches to the body are a great way to introduce a lot of force. Punches can create significant hydrostatic shock to the soft tissues and somewhat flexible ribs of the body. However, just as using a screwdriver as a pry-bar is likely to damage your screwdriver, punching to the head is also very likely to damage your hands. Here are a few things you should know:


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