When you are in the middle of a fight for your life, is not the time to decide which vital areas on your adversary to strike. This decision should be made well in advance. A great acronym to remember four specific striking areas is B.E.A.T. B.E.A.T is short for Brain, Eyes, Abdomen and Testicles. These striking areas should be used to distract your adversary long enough for you to exit the threat zone. They should not be considered blows that will incapacitate. They might, but most likely they will create a very short time period in which your adversary is not thinking about you but is thinking about pain. That is your window of opportunity. RUN!
I was first introduced the B.E.A.T model in Frank Albert’s great book One-Strike Stopping Power – How to Win Street Confrontations with Speed and Skill. This book is available at www.paladin-press.com.
BRAIN – Rock the brain and you reboot the computer. Slapping the side of your adversary’s head will usually get their attention and cause a distraction. If the distraction works, run. The best self-defense technique is running away from the threat. Remember that slapping someone is only a distraction; follow-up strikes are obviously necessary if the distraction does not work and you plan on winning this encounter. Always have a follow-up plan. Preprogram Murphy’s Law into the equation. Plan for the worst and when it does not happen, cool!
EYES – If they can not see, it is very hard to find you. We all should be able to agree that shoving your fingers into the eyes of someone that is attacking you will most likely upset them. It will also usually cause them to drop or let go of whatever they are holding and retract their hands back towards their eyes. Again, this is the golden moment for you to exit the threat zone. Do not stand around admiring your handy work, RUN!
ABDOMEN – Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? A good straight punch or better yet, a knee delivered to the abdominal region should do the trick. Where do you want to strike? Well, make it simple, and hit them around the navel region. Drive your strike through the navel; do not just strike the surface. Here is something to think about: Melchor Menor, a former two-time Muay Thai world champion was tested on the power of his knee strike. Menor delivered a knee strike to a monitored test dummy, and the power of his knee strike was equal to the power of a 35 mile per hour car crash. That would certainly cause some destruction!
TESTICLES – Ok, nobody really wants to talk about this one but grabbing the soft area of the testicles and attempting to rip them off will certainly get the attention of any would-be rapist. Obviously, this is a little more difficult if he still has his pants on. You will have to grab through a lot of cloth. The only problem is that the testicles are well protected by the large leg muscles and getting a direct hit is difficult. A simple strike or flick of the fingers into or towards the groin region will cause just about any man to take a step backwards, or at least flinch. That certainly does not put him out of the fight; however, do not be discouraged. Aim low and hit hard. If you do get a direct hit, you will have most likely hit payday. Stun and RUN!
So, there is the B.E.A.T. model. Train it, practice it and prepare yourself for battle.