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Teen girl stops attack with head-butt

March 15, 2011

If you’ve ever had a squirming baby smack his head into your nose, you know that a head-butt can hurt like hell … and that’s a lesson to remember.

A teenager in the UK did pretty much the same thing to a man who attacked her at night along a roadside as she walked home. The man grabbed her from behind and put his hand over her mouth. She tried to kick him and slammed the back of her head into his face. That ended it, and she took off.

Local police told the Manchester Evening News: “Thankfully she had the presence of mind to fight him off and raise the alarm.”

The backward head-butt is a very simple self-defense tactic. Picture someone behind you at close range, his arms wrapped around your body in a bear hug. The back of your head is inches from his face, and the back of your head is much, much harder than his nose. Simply lean your body and head forward as much as possible and slam your head backward into his face, trying to hit the nose. Do it two or three times or until he lets go.

Here’s a video that shows the basic move at a slow speed … followed up by a groin strike and takedown.

Like all self-defense techniques, the head-butt is easier said than done. Get proper training gear and practice — or better yet, sign up to have a professional show you how it’s done.

But in a pinch, know that an attack from behind can be stopped just by using your head. Literally.

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