We do a lot of training courses here at Modern Combat and Survival.
In our various training materials, we’ve covered many very important aspects of self-defense and preparedness.
We’ve talked about everything from unarmed combatives, knives, and guns to dealing with multiple attackers.
We have prepared you for a variety of dangerous scenarios you may face.
But we have only touched on something that is an integral part of self-defense, or can be, and that many people have trouble facing:
It may be necessary for you to kill.
Very few people actually sit down to consider the various ways it’s possible to kill a human being.
When you understand them, however, not only will you be better prepared to defend yourself from a violent attack, but you’ll also be better prepared to deploy potentially lethal force in defense of your own life or the lives of your loved ones.
Could You KILL If You Had To? (3 Methods)
In self-defense, the goal is never to kill for its own sake.
No one who legitimately defends him- or herself says, “Now I will murder my attacker.”
But when a violent assailant confronts you with potentially lethal force, you must choose between being maimed, crippled for life, or killed… and striking out at your attacker with superior force.
Your attacker may die, and if he is exceptionally violent, it may be necessary for you to strike to kill against those vulnerable points that you know could end his life swiftly.
But you may have no choice.
No matter what form an attack takes, it invariably targets one or more of these systems (although you won’t necessarily be aware of this).
You don’t exactly have to be a physician, or really even understand anatomy all that well, to take advantage of these biological facts.
Just keep them in mind in general terms.
The three methods involve the different parts of the human body…
1. Attack The Nervous System
The website Medicine.net defines shock as “a critical condition brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body… [which] sharply curtails the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs [and] also compromises the kidney and so curtails the removal of wastes from the body.
Shock is a major medical emergency. It is common after serious injury. Emergency care for shock involves keeping the patient warm and giving fluids by mouth or, preferably, intravenously.
To horribly oversimplify, then, shock is really — for our purposes, anyway — just your body’s reaction to grievous injury.
- Being shot multiple times can cause shock.
- Being stabbed can cause shock.
- Being too cold can cause shock.
Experiencing any number of ordinary, natural medical emergencies can cause shock.
Even stress can cause shock, if the stress is powerful enough.
If you damage a person badly enough, especially if you do it suddenly and viciously, you will cause traumatic shock that will end that person’s life.
2. Attack The Respiratory System
Respiration refers to breathing.
A lack of air to breathe — either because there is no air, or because the body itself is being stopped from taking it in and exhaling it — will eventually cause a person to die.
Whether that death is caused by being held under water, by crushing the throat, or by forcing something down an attacker’s windpipe doesn’t matter.
You may have heard that there is a difference between a choke and a strangle, one being a method for cutting off blood flow to the brain (causing eventual unconsciousness and death if the choke is not removed) and the other being a means of cutting off air to the lungs.
There is some overlap here.
What’s important to remember, for purposes of this post, is that when you stop a man from breathing, you stop a man from living.
Getting choked out in a street fight, therefore, is something that could KILL you if the attacker doesn’t let go.
It also means you could take a life if you choke someone out and then don’t release them.
3. Attack The Vascular System
The vascular system refers to the various means of circulating blood and other fluids through your body.
For our purposes, attacking the vascular system means causing the body to lose blood, ideally at a very rapid rate.
The faster a human being loses blood, the faster that human being will be unable to fight you.
As described in our definition of the nervous system, blood loss also causes shock.
What this all adds up to is that putting a hole in a human being will cause that human to leak blood.
The longer he leaks blood, the greater the volume of that blood, the less effective he will be in fighting you.
If you are able to poke a hole or cut open the pipelines that carry blood in the body, meaning the veins and arteries, the effect is that much stronger and faster.
Veins carry blood back to the heart, while arteries carry blood pumped from the heart.
This makes arteries the most effective targets when trying to create blood loss.
A person with a cut artery can bleed out in a remarkably short period of time.
Death often results.
Cutting open an artery, in fact, can cause a spray of pulsing blood that looks like something out of a samurai movie.
If this happens to you, you’re in big trouble.
If you cause it to happen in a desperate situation, it might the only way you can survive an potentially deadly attack.