We see again and again that real-life Active Self Protection involves facing multiple attackers. So are you capable of protecting yourself? Train these principles on the mat to improve your skills and plan!
First video, with details on the incident: http://get-asp.com/enof
Second video: http://get-asp.com/lv8r
How do I protect myself from multiple attackers?
1. As a first point, we must reiterate that the best way to protect yourself from multiple attackers is to live a consistent lifestyle of avoidance, de-escalation, and escape. Your verbal judo must be strong, your willingness to avoid problems must be resolute, and your desire to escape potential danger must be honed. You win 100% of fights you don’t get into, and winning this kind of fight is difficult at best. Stay out if you possibly can!
2. If you can’t avoid the fight, then you need to begin the physical fight with attitude. All self-defense starts with attitude. The attitude that we always adopt is an attitude that we can and will stop the attackers from hurting us. (this is the core attitude we work from in Kenpo, taught to me by my teacher Lawrence Robinson and his teacher, Skip Hancock) Whether one or multiple attackers, we begin with the core truth that we have the right to protect ourselves from harm, and we will protect ourselves from harm.
3. The skill set necessary to protect yourself from multiple attackers is larger than the skill set necessary against a single attacker, which makes training important. You need to get on the mat and train! Skills necessary here include movement, multiple attacker engagement, awareness, and effective striking and manipulation of an attacker so that you can get them out of the fight quickly.
4. If you can, deal with one attacker at a time. Move so that you’re not in the middle and being swarmed, and take one down before quickly moving to the next. Use the principle of knocking the attackers “out of time” (or, in gun folk speak, disrupting their OODA loop) so that you can then transition to another attacker.
5. If you run, don’t just run away from the danger. Run TO something. Don’t simply run away. Run TO a place of better position where you can face fewer at once, or a higher spot to have an advantage, or to a doorway to go through to cause them to have to come one at a time. Run TO something.
6. This all requires good emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is the ability to internally present a situation to yourself such that you are powerful to successfully overcome it. To beat multiple attackers you must have strong emotional fitness!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.