In this video I explain what an index position is before you strike. WARNING: You should never use what I teach unless you’re in a life or death situation! If you had a gun, would you pull the trigger? Actually, don’t ever use what I teach…you will kill someone!
What is indexing?
An index is a way to protect yourself and to also deceive your attacker, before you strike. Indexing helps protect your vital targets and helps to distract an attacker. Typical index positions include the hands up index, the “Jack Benny” or arms across chest. While indexing you should strike a vital target of your attacker and move through them while taking their space which will ensure a proper strike to incapacitate, render unconscious or kill the attacker. Make sure you “blade” your body to protect your groin and other targets. “Blading” consists of turning your body at a 45 degree angle to protect vital targets while staying close to your attacker so you can strike. You will only be able to index if your attacker is right in front of you and the attack hasn’t already happened.
If you could avoid the attack, then do it. Run away if you can, but be ready to eliminate the threat if retreat is not possible or you need to defend others. You should index to give yourself the opportunity to get in the first strike. You never want to be the one receiving a first strike, because that one strike could be the last thing you ever see. If you are in a life or death fight, then you better know how to win!