Hit Here and Hit Hard: Priority Targets

Life is unpredictable. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes you may be put in a dangerous situation where you are forced to defend your personal safety. When this happens, it is important to have some basic self-defense knowledge and techniques at your disposal. In particular, when facing a violent situation, knowing where to make contact with a body can make all the difference.  

In the case that you find yourself the victim of a street attack, you need to know how to inflict as much damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. Knowing the “Four N’s” of contact placement can help you better position your shots and neutralize an attacker in order to give yourself time to escape.


The “Four N’s” of an anatomical target are: 

The Nose

A powerful and well-placed strike to the nose has a good chance of breaking it, which will distract the attacker and give you time to make your next move. Busted noses usually bleed, so when coupled with the swelling and pain of the blunt force trauma, this will impair an attackers vision and allow you to escape.  

The Neck

Necks are a delicate part of the human anatomy, so being able to effectively strike one is a great asset in a street fight. Depending on the force of your blow, injuring an assailant’s neck can result in everything from discomfort and disorientation to unconsciousness and fatal injury.

Even just a well-aimed strike against the windpipe can result in intense pain and panic.

The Nuts

Men, as crude as it sounds, we are talking about testicles. It is well known that a shot to the groin can take even the fiercest man to his knees. So knowing where to aim should be a staple of your defense strategy.


Even a moderate blow to this vulnerable target can cause your attacker serious pain, so a solid strike to the region is one of the most effective ways to take your attacker out of the game.  

The kNees

Although this word technically begins with a “K” word and not an “N”, it’s close enough. Knees are complex joints with many interlocking parts, so a strong kick can be an excellent way to dislocate, disjoint, or otherwise tear this joint. Doing so will cause your attacker to collapse in pain as well as prevent them from effectively chasing you should they be able to get back up and try.

While no one hopes to find themselves in the middle of an attack, knowing basic techniques on how to defend yourself can make all the difference when it comes to your safety. Spend some time learning to understand the human body and where its vulnerable points are. That way, should you encounter a situation where you need to defend yourself, you won’t have to waste time thinking. You will, instead, be in a position to react effectively and give yourself a better chance of escape.

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing