Thanks for the question. Actually, there is a technique that is pretty well-received in the self-defense classes. It's a take-off from Seisan Bunkai.
We pratice putting together three separate drills, with the idea of implementing a complementary final move only in real-life practice.
1) Breaking "bear-hug" type holds
2) Groin Strikes
3) Dropping the weight by collapsing to a squatting positionDisclaimer
As I state below, I am NOT an advocate for groin-strikes as the most practical self-defense application for women - in fact I discourage them. This IS however a potentially effective exercise.
In this exercise we practice breaking "bear-hug" type attacks from the rear, like the groin strike application from seisan bunkai. First, we work on dropping the weight by bending the knees and simultaneously forcing the arms out from the side while moving to the left or right to help break the hold. We use a cup so that we can practice actually hitting the groin area. (Surprising how quickly aim improves after a few tries!) We also practice attacks from the front (grabs) with groin strike applications. But we don't stop there - because I do emphasize that groin strikes are NOT the best self-defense move! (Missing target, not hitting hard enough, or even if the attacker is under the influence of something will make the strike less effective, if at all!) But in this application, the strike is only part of the move.
The "coup de gras" involves "collapsing" your knees and letting your weight drop to the ground, while keeping your feet under you. Sort of moving to a squatting position but very quickly and deliberately so that your weight and center of gravity go as low as possible as quickly as possible. This collapsing happens AFTER the groin strike, and while maintaing a strong grip on the target,
thus using the intended victim's full weight to inflict some serious pain in a sensitive area.
When we describe this move in class, any males in the vicinity usually cringe... somehow I think it would have an effect on even a scum-sucking dregs of society coked (or other drug) up cro-mangnon type (sorry Mike-san - can't remember that great phrase you came up with some posts back!).
Would like to hear feedback and/or criticisms of this one from any and all. Evan-san, I especially welcome your expertise on any kyusho aspects that could be applied here.
Thanks again for the topic!
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[This message has been edited by Lori (edited 04-26-99).]