Friday, January 27, 2006

How to Win a Fight: Self-Defense Strategies for the Untrained Fighter

EXCELLENT article. Read it. It's supposed to be for an untrained man defending himself against a single attacker/opponent, but it's good advice for everyone. A lot of it will sound familiar, if you've been listening!:
First of all, wake up! Remember, it’s always easier to STAY out of trouble than to GET out of trouble.
Second of all, keep from getting hit in a vital area!
*Get your hands up in front of your face to protect your head.
*Keep your mouth closed with your teeth clenched. When your mouth is open you are ripe to get your jaw broken (which means you should forget about ‘talking trash’).
*Circle away from his power side (circle to the right if he has his right hand cocked back, circle to the left if he has his left hand cocked back).
*You need to be either two arms lengths away from him (outside of his kicking range) or all the way in tight against him (holding him in a boxing clinch). Anything in between puts you in range for his punches and kicks.
Third, use your strongest weapons against his weakest targets.
*Use the proverbial knee to the groin when you are clinching.
*Smash him with your elbows in the face, throat and neck.
*Kick him in the knee, groin or lower abdomen. Kick straight ahead using the bottom of your foot like you would kick in a door. Or kick straight back like a mule using your heel. If you are untrained, resist the urge to kick with the top of your foot like you are punting a football, you will probably use too much of your toes instead of your shin (ouch!).
*If you try to trade punches with him, you're probably playing right into his game.
Finally:
*Get a barrier between you and him (even if you have to run around a car).
*Yell for help. You can't count on people coming to your aid, but he might think someone will render assistance.
*Use a weapon. Hose him down with your pepper spray. Use a chair like a lion tamer. Throw ashtrays at him.
*Make your escape. Lose your ego and your attitude. Retreat and escape. Live to go out and party again next weekend.
*Better yet, start training tomorrow in a self-defense art or program.

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3 comments:

Joel Huncar said...

Excellent, I really enjoy excellent, well thought out, realistic fighting advice. I love the first statement "Wake up!" so true.

Respectfully yours,
Joel Huncar
Ravenwood Combat Arts
Cranbrook BC

Motohime said...

Simply amazing, very useful for people who don't have an actual fighting experience. I learned a lot from these advices.
-Motohime

Nathan at TDA Training said...

Isn't it amazing how you just apply common sense to any situation or problem, and it becomes workable?

Thanks to you both for the comments.