OK to be fair the nice picture of Berenice Marlohe above is not there because my old Silat teacher used to throw lighted cigarettes into people’s faces to distract them, it came about because I typed nice eyes into goggle looking for an image. Anyway Berenice is still hot and so we will make do.
This week’s topic is the humble eye jab, which looks more like this:
Eventually I starting working my techniques off the Geoff Thompson fence and found that I could launch an eye jab off of either hand, with little or no preparation, making it hard for my training partner to stop if I launched it from conversation range. Conversation range is also called hands on range.
HRH The Queen demonstrates conversation range
Next we teach the “duelling eye jab drill” by gearing up two students with eye protection and allowing either both students to attack or one to attack and the other defend. This is a dual and somewhat distant from reality but I find it’s a nice game that builds confidence, so we include it in our training.
The last stage is to add the eye jab into our scenario training.
The downside of the eye jab is that fingers by their very nature are fragile and so the two variations I teach (straight and whipping) are performed in fast relaxed manner, with fingers slightly bent. Students are encourage to tryout different ways of throwing the eye jab and chose just one.
The interesting thing about eye jabs is that it takes little power and most people can do it with little preparation other than getting into the right mindset. The affect even if you don’t actually hit an eye (aim for only one), is your attacker will turn away, flinch or close his eyes, which may give you time to escape or follow up.
On last thing if you do decide to add the humble eye jab into your tool box, make sure you train safely and adhere to the law with regards to self defence in your area. It hurts when eye jabs go wrong and there may be other unplanned for costs!