if you had to teach just ten "self-defense" moves to someone, what would they be?
i know i'm opening up the terrible self-defense can of worms, so let me try and clarify what i'm looking for:
i'm not asking what the best art for self-defense is. i'm talking about "basic delivery systems" like matt thornton talks about. relatively simple and isolated "moves" or techniques that you would consider most essential in surviving a fight in which weapons or multiple opponents might be involved.
(obviously "running" is everyone's first choice of technique , but we'll say it's not possible for whatever reason.)
i'm asking for ten techniques, meaning not only a mechanical understanding of how to perform the technique but also enough "alive" experience to know when and where to apply the technique.
here's an ad-hoc (and not seriously thought-out) example of the kind of thing i'm looking for:
1. basic open-hand slap
2. the sprawl
3. bridging and rolling
4. push kick
5. rear naked choke
this question is inspired by a discussion i had with an acquaintance of mine recently, who opines that wrestling and jiujitsu are your best options for self-defense. he says you should focus on learning some basic takedowns, the rear naked choke, the mailbox choke, the armbar, and the heel hook.
i should add that he has years of boxing experience, but still recommends wrestling and jiujitsu over boxing for self defense. i don't know how i feel about that, personally, so i wanted to get some opinions and maybe some pertinent links out of you guys.
so, which ten techniques would *you* most want to rely on or apply in a fight?
if you think you just need five, even better. think of five more you can *imagine* needing.