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Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense


Chapter 8

Sitting Attacks

When sitting, alone or with someone, you are open to attack, depending upon where you are. Awareness of your surroundings is essential and, as a word of caution, you should not be wearing flashy jewelry or other personal goods of value. The society we are living in is quite different and certainly more dangerous than the society we lived in just a few short years ago. Don’t advertise your valuables. It creates a target for would-be attackers. Sitting in the park or somewhere quiet, alone or perhaps with a friend, or with your mind somewhere else can make you most vulnerable.

The following techniques for defenses against sitting attacks use basic front, rear, and side maneuvers that apply as well when you are riding on a subway. The only difference is that you are sitting rather than standing.

Practice these realistic exercises with or without a partner. If you are working solo, use a mirror when possible. Having come this far in your training, you should be conscious of the visualization process and the understanding needed to practice slowly until your moves are smooth.

By this time you know that self-defense on the physical level is based on self-defense on the mental level. If you look for trouble, you will get it, and you may not be able to handle it if you are arrogant, regardless of your training.


When sitting on a bench or in a subway car,

execute techniques by leaning to the side if possible

and using your hands for balance thereby

making your heel strikes more effective.

Sitting Attack #1

Attacker comes straight in an attempted grab

1 – Scream, and with your fingers rigid, thrust fingers into the throat or eyes with deep penetration. The attacker will have to move backwards.

2 – Drive your heel directly into the groin by lifting your knee up to your chest and pushing straight out with conviction into the attacker’s body. If necessary, do it a second time.

3 – Stand and move directly into the attacker with a forceful elbow across the head. Any variation will be effective.

4 – Run

If you are with a friend, that person must run off with you. This is not as obvious as it would seem. They may be panicked and frightened. Regardless of whether your friend is male or female, you must remember that you are not trying to become a hero. It is at this point that people get themselves killed. They try for “overkill,” and it is unnecessary. The attacker is possibly mobile and will more than likely attempt to run off once challenged. Do not follow. Get to safety.

Observe the variations and maintain your conviction in developing self-preservation. Practice all techniques slowly until they are mastered. train with rhythm, balance, quickness, and volition.


When someone approaches

in a menacing manner,

begin your counter-attack.

Four Variations of Sitting Attack #1

Attacker comes straight in an attempted grab


You will notice blank numbers in the sequences. This is intentional. As you practice, improvise your own choice of technique. As you study the actual methodology of Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense, this is explained in depth, in the book. For now, just do your own “creative.”

Variation A

1 – Scream

2 –

3 – Thrust palm heel to nose

3 – Drive heel to groin

5 – Stand and thrust to eyes

6 – Run

Variation B

1 – Scream

2 – Thrust to eyes

3 – Stand and fire elbow to the jaw

4 –

5 – Stomp/scrape shin

6 – Run

Variation C

1 – Scream and spit into the attacker’s face

2 – Thrust to throat

3 – Stand and drive head butt to the face

4 – Knee to groin

5 –

6 – Run

Variation D

1 – Scream

2 – Thrust to eyes

3 –

4 – Punch to groin

5 – Heel to body

6 – Run

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About Stephen F. Kaufman

Author of the best-selling interpretations of Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," Sun Tzu's "Art of War," along with Lao Tzu's "Living Tao," "The Shogun's Scroll," "The Way of the Modern Warrior," and "The Sword in the Boardroom," which focuses on business management based on honesty, integrity, and morality for contemporary negotiations. Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman is the founder of Self-Revealization Acceptance™, the first, foremost, and original reality facilitation concept ever presented to the modern world in 1993, guaranteed to bring immediate and permanent results. Acknowledged as a founding father of American Karate, he was elected to the title and rank of Hanshi, 10 Dan, the most prestigious accomplishment in the martial arts world in 1991 by international peer associations. His karate martial arts system is recognized by leading world martial arts master to be one of the most realistic warrior methods in the world. He has received countless awards and honors for his work. He has been awarded the Platinum Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Martial Arts Pioneer award denoting 50 years of service to the art.

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