Sucker Punch Self-Defense Tips

Want to know how to stop a sucker punch? Trick question! You can’t stop a sucker punch.

A sucker punch is a sneak attack. A surprise. That means you won’t see it coming. Which can happen to anyone! Heck, I’ve been sucker punched, sucker grabbed, sucker shoved, and sucker choked.

So, forget about stopping a sucker punch and instead, work on surviving a sucker punch. Here are three tips that might help. Watch the video or read the summary below.

Be careful out there!

Sucker Punch Self-Defense Tips

When it comes to self-defense, preventing trouble is always the best strategy. And if you want to prevent being sucker punched, instead of hanging out at a sports bar at two in the morning with a bunch of angry, drunk dudes, consider heading over to your grandma’s, locking the door, and knitting yourself some fancy mittens.

But watch out!

The truth is even when you spend time in safe places, hang out with people you trust, and pay attention to what’s going on in your environment, you can still get sucker punched. When that happens, here are three three tips to help you bounce back.

Tip #1: Put one foot in front of the other.

I have a buddy who got sucker punched the other day while waiting in line. Like most people, he was standing with one foot next to the other.

Ever been in line or at a concert and had some goofball bump into you and spill your drink? Of course. With your feet together, you’re basically asking to get knocked down.

Sucker Punch Defense StanceBut by simply setting one foot in front, you not only have better balance, you take up a little more space… which is great for self-defense!

It’s like driving a car. When you drive, you should always keep a safety cushion around your vehicle. More space means more time to see what’s happening and make decisions. A safety cushion also makes it harder for people to crash into you. So—

Practice defensive driving and defensive standing.

Here’s another way to think about it… if you see a punch coming, you’ll probably drop into some type of fighting stance and place one foot in front of the other, right? So, why wait for a punch?

Adopt a secret fighting stance wherever you go. Make it a habit to always stand with one foot in front of the other.

No, I’m not saying you should shuffle around in a fighting stance at the supermarket—that’s crazy. But by keeping one foot in front of the other, you’ll have a better chance of staying on your feet so you can run or fight back when you get blasted by a sucker punch.

It may sound crazy, but I even stand with one foot forward at the urinal. Do you know why? Because I once got shoved at a urinal. I hit my head on the wall and ruined a nice pair shoes.

Don’t let that happen to you! Practice defensive standing and keep your shoes dry.

Tip #2: Keep your hands free and up front.

If your hands are down, behind you, or in your pockets, you’re basically opening the door for a clear shot to your head. Stop that!

Sucker Punch Defense Hands PositionWhen you watch police officers, security guards, and bouncers, you’ll see that they all keep their hands free and up front. That’s because they know a situation can go bad any time and they want to be prepared to protect themselves and take control.

Now, you might think you don’t work in a high-risk situation, like a police officer or a bouncer, so you don’t need to worry about getting attacked, right?

Wrong! Life is a high-risk situation. Prepare accordingly.

Keep your hands free and up front.

Tip #3: Dress for success.

In this case, I mean wearing clothes that will allow you to defend yourself successfully.

For example, you’ll never catch me wearing a hoodie. Why? Because a hoodie is a perfect weapon… for the other guy. Any idiot can grab a hood and pull it over my head, swing me around, or choke me out.

Look—I’m the last guy to give fashion advice, but as a martial artist, I should also let you know that I don’t wear flip flops or those skinny jeans that hang down around your butt. Why, you ask? Well, first, because I’m over 40. Second, because I always want to be ready to run or kick.

I can’t imagine anything more embarrassing than walking down the street with my wife, getting jumped, and ending up on the ground in a pool of drool, wearing one flip flop, my pants around my ankles, and my own hoodie wrapped around my neck.

But, hey—you wear whatever you want. I’m just suggesting you wear clothes that can’t be used against you or keep you from defending yourself.

Final thought. All this talk concern about getting sucker punched might sound a little paranoid. You don’t want to live your life in a constant state of anxiety. Me either!

Here’s the good news—

When you make safety a habit, you don’t have to worry about it. You know that whatever life throws at you, you prepared yourself the best you could.

So, focus on preparation not paranoia. Put one foot in front, keep your hands free, and dress for success… then go find something else to worry about!

For more tips on surviving a sucker punch, check out How to Take Punch.