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Flying knees and fists save woman from attack

April 23, 2010

Graphic of University of FloridaA 22-year-old student at the University of Florida fought off an attack in a parking garage Thursday with a flurry of strikes.

Local media are reporting that the woman was about to board an elevator when a masked man grabbed her from behind.

The woman rammed a knee into the perpetrator’s groin and punched him in the face.

According to reports, the criminal “staggered” away, knocking over scooters parked in the parking garage.

The most simple self defense techniques — knee to groin, punch to face — are usually the most effective. They are easy to execute, and as long as they hit the target, they will cause a flash of pain.

Remember, you only need to cause enough pain to cause the attacker to loosen his grip. Then you run.

Or, in yesterday’s case, the perpetrator runs.

More Fight-Back Files on Related Topics:

  1. This post includes a video that demonstrates kneeing the groin: Another sexual assault stopped by groin kick.
  2. This post covers the “vital points,” the places you need to hit to cause pain: Hit where it hurts for self defense.

University of Florida attack reported by The Gainesville Sun at


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