Three in one Defense

Forward shifting with weight & force together

Strike to pressure point

Attacker's response

Three in One Techniques


   All martial arts teach single movements as the basics to their styles. When attacked with a front level punch to the chest; it is taught to block this in several different ways. As a persons skills improve, they are taught to step with the block. You can move forward, backward, sideways and in unison with the attack and blocking with the step. The next level of education is to return an attack with the attack or counterattack the attack. Such as, block with one arm and punch with the other arm at the same time as the attack. This is an effective use of movement and also, with skill, the counterattack can target a weak area of the attackers body that is created when the attacker's arm is punching. 

   Most martial arts styles stop here. Even in most sport fighting styles, you hardly ever see any combination movements done simultaneously. In most self-defense situations you do not have the time to get into a fighting stance and if you should, you would be telling the attacker that they need to attack with caution and with greater skill. In very few cases, the attacker may decide to retreat if you go into a fighting stance, but this you can not count on.

  Your ready stance in a self-defense situation should look non-threatening. I teach my students to stand relaxed, with their knees slightly bent and with their arms lowered in front and with their hands slightly touching. 

   In a  three-in-one defense; as the attacker attacks, the victim slightly turns their left foot 45% to the outside, the right heel kicks directly to the inside of the attackers left knee (which weakens his balance), the victim's left hand guides and traps or blocks the attacker's punching arm, all while the victim's right hand strikes a weak point.

  The example as shown on the left, shows a three in one technique to an attacker's front middle punch. The victim response is a combination of a right hand (fore knuckle) block (strike) to the attacking wrist, a left upward back hand strike to attacker's inside arm, with a kick to the attacker's knee. The follow-up is a fore arm strike to a pressure point area on the attacker's neck. The force of this strike is only enough to twist the pressure point area and not to cause any damage to the neck!