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Using The Head Butt For Self Defense (instructional video included)

A very effective upper body weapon is the head butt. Head butting works great if an assailant is holding your arms, and controlling you. The forehead (front of the head) is the most durable part of the skull, so that is what you want to strike with. A well place forehead strike to an assailants nose and face can cause them to immediately release their hold on you. Head butting is so brutally effective that it has been banned from most combat sports.

How to perform a head butt:
  1. Position your head straight, with chin down, and shoulders up. This “locks” your head in between your upper trapezius muscles, and is important for maximum power, and to avoid a “whiplashing” effect on your neck.

  2. Grab the assailant and pull him into you as you drive your body forward, and use your forehead like a battering ram.

  3. Ram your forehead into the assailant's face.

  4. If the assailant is holding your arms, simply drive your forehead upward towards his face (as pictured above).

Target areas for head butting:

The preferred places to head butt an assailant are their nose, mouth, and/or temple. Do this by grabbing the opponents shoulders, and pulling him down towards you (with his face up), so your forehead can meet one of these vulnerable areas.

Warning! Never head butt the assailant on his forehead! This may result in dizziness or unconsciousness to yourself.

Below is a quick video of how to perform the headbutt.

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Lawrence Castanon

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How To Perform The Head Butt

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