We here at OMGFights care about our community so we put together a short tutorial on how to defend yourself if ever confronted by an attacker on the streets. Imagine you’re out one day or night whether you’re with friends, family or maybe out on a date and you are confronted by an aggressor; what do you do? Below are three of the most techniques that you can use to better help defend yourself if ever confronted.
Step 1. Walk Away
If ever confronted by a potential attacker the first thing you want to do is WALK AWAY! The easiest way to avoid confrontation is by not allowing it to escalate. A lot of street fights go down because two guys get in a pissing contest and at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it. Your pride and ego isn’t worth getting your nose broken, teeth knocked out or worse so if you have the option to walk away (or even run away) from a confrontation then use it.
Step 2. De-escalation
If a conflict is unavoidable then attempt to de-escalate the situation verbally. Speak in a calm manner and use “neutral body language.” Neutral body language is a non-defensive stance/posture that shows your aggressor that you are not looking for a fight. Many arguments turn into fights because someone says something offensive so do not let whatever the aggressor says to you get in your head. This is an attempt to provoke an aggressive response. Don’t fall for it. Maintain a calm demeanor and continue to attempt to verbally de-escalate the situation.
Protect Your Personal Space
If the confrontation cannot be verbally de-escalated then the #1 rule is to protect your personal space! The best way to protect your personal space is by not allowing your would-be attacker to enter it. The easiest way to do that is by simply putting your arms in front of you in a non-aggressive manner with your hands open and your palms facing forward. If the individual is approaching you and is about to come into contact with your palms then back up so the person cannot enter your personal space. This technique also puts a barrier up just in case the attacker attempts to punch you unexpectedly. Having your arms up greatly decreases the impact of a blow thrown to your face/head. Continue using a calm demeanor, but if a fight is imminent then check out the next steps.
Okay so now you know that the altercation is going to get physical! What you want to do is strike first! Strike hard! And strike fast! Remember this is a street fight and you have no clue what your aggressor’s intention are. Below are three striking techniques that may give you the upper hand in a street fight.
The Eye Jab
One of the easiest and fastest ways to subdue your attacker is using the “eye jab technique.” This maneuver can diffuse your attacker’s aggression with one strike and is extremely effective. If executed properly, it will leave your assailant unable to see and “if a man can’t see, he can’t fight” leaving you the opportunity to escape the situation. Check out the clip below for a better understanding of how to execute this move.
The Throat Strike
Another technique is the throat strike! Being that you already have your hands up, in a non-threatening manner, this is a very quick and effective strike. If executed properly it will leave your opponent unable to breathe and “if a man can’t breathe, he can’t fight” which will allow you the opportunity to escape the situation. Check out the clip below for a better understanding of how to execute this move.
So let’s say that your attacker has breached your personal space and the “eye jab” or “throat strike” are no longer an option as the individual is too close to you for you to execute either of those techniques effectively. What now? Well another great striking move when in close quarters is the elbow strike. If executed properly, it will leave your attacker incoherent or possibly unconscious allow you the opportunity to escape the situation.