IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A STRIKING/PUNCHING HEAD. IT IS DESIGNED SOLELY FOR PRACTICING EXTREME SELF DEFENCE TACTICS. IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO TRAIN SPORT FIGHTERS OR OTHER MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEMS FOR STRIKING FOR POINTS WHERE COMPETITIVE RULES ARE INVOLVED. THERE ARE MANY GREAT STRIKING PADS AND TARGETS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
What if the options of escape or de-escalation are over? What if other tactics including using pepper spray or other weapons systems have not worked or were not available? What if you are too close (in combat distances) to use ranged strikes or stuns? Then going after high value cranial targets like the eyes and the ears of the attacker may be your best option. If you’ve never practiced it, it may not come naturally to you. But if you train effectively, you will be building blueprints for success during an actual attack. Targeting the eyes and ears in conjunction with other vital areas (base of skull, throat, neck, groin etc.) may be your best chance of winning the encounter.
Train for your day. Stay safe, it’s your right.
Warning: All the following or above mentioned tactics are extremely injurious in the real world which is why all trainees must understand the legal ramifications of using violence to prevent or extricate themselves or others from an attack. All users should consult the governing criminal and civil laws applicable to “self defence” and use of force in their region (as well as other jurisdictions when visiting) and fully understand other options of social de-escalation and escape prior to having to use violence to defend themselves.
Currently in the world arena of most martial arts dojos, and civilian self defence training programs, students who choose to practice eye gouges, must practice on each other to prepare for extreme situations. Aside from the obvious potential injury problems, this does not accurately reflect the required penetration of passing the frontal plane of the eye as trainees have to use a “touch drill only” on the closed eye of their partner. Sometimes students place their thumbs/fingers on the forehead of the “attacker” to prevent possible injury. The problem with that technique is that it sets incorrect landmarks and does not allow the student to psychologically or physically engage and attack the proper area therefore creating bad blueprinting habits. Safety glasses are sometimes worn which “allow” the student a chance to “touch” the “eyes”, but unfortunately this is counterintuitive (and potentially dangerous should the plastic lens or frame fracture). Also in the real world, if the attacker was wearing glasses, the trainee should learn to bypass the glasses (by angles/rips) and follow through with the proper eye gouge attack.
Until the design of the Eye Gouge Head by Blue Training Systems, there was no known realistic training head of similar design in the market. The Eye Gouge Head is made specifically for the trainee to be able to penetrate into the eye socket (orbit). It also allows the student to make contact with a realistic flexible eyeball when it is inserted for reality based training (RBT). The anatomically correct features of the head also give the student a chance to find natural anchor points and practice essential pressure counter-pressure principles. The Eye Gouge Head has an optional handle, which when attached, can be held by a partner to enhance the training experience.
Each Eye Gouge Head is made from extremely durable PVC plastic which lets the user practice causing blunt trauma injuries by impacting the head against the ground, cars, walls or other hard surfaces which one could envision using in their “attack zone”.
**Punching the Eye Gouge Head is not recommended**.
*As in the real world, punching to the head can cause significant injury to the hand as the human skull bones/plates are extremely thick and have much more mass and density than the hand. Therefore the risk of losing finite motor skills with broken/ dislocated fingers/connective tissue may prohibit you from using your hand(s) for important complex tasks such as manipulating firearms/weapons, using radios/phones, opening doors or accessing and using car keys etc. The Eye Gouge Head is therefore not designed or intended to be punched as would be a regular “striking dummy” used for traditional gloved or bare hand sport/martial arts training. There are many great striking dummies on the market for that purpose!