AVOID >> KEEP MAX DISTANCE >> USE AVAILABLE OBJECTS
Now we come to the options when one is compelled to use one's body
OPTION 4 - LONG RANGE - USE LEGS TO DEFEND AND ATTACK
Legs are the longest weapons in our arsenal. The advantage in using legs is, one's vital organs are kept away from the aggressor's reach - which is very critical in facing attacks using sharp objects.
Legs are the largest group of muscles and bones in the body and can deliver a powerful attack or defense in any direction - Front, Side or Back.
OPTION 5 - MID RANGE - USE PUNCHES AND HAMMER FIST
If in mid distance, which is between kicking and touching distance, punches are effective.
But punches are effective only if it is delivered to the front. What if the aggressor is on one's side or back. Hammer fists are ideal for attacks to the side and back. I personally prefer hammer fists to punches because of its versatility and surprise element.
Most important - Go for the Chin. Hitting an aggressor on the body will NOT generally stop a fight, unless it is really powerful.
Some adapted kicks are also useful in mid-range, like a kick to the groin using the shin part of the leg.
OPTION 6 - SHORT RANGE - USE ELBOW STRIKES
In short range, elbow strikes are very effective. They can be very versatile in a vertical or horizontal arc.
Elbows can be used in any direction - Front, Side or Back.
Again - Go for the Chin. Remember we want to keep the confrontation as short as possible
OPTION 7 - CLOSE RANGE - When the aggressor is ON you, when his body is in contact with yours.
Close range calls for Head-butts, Groin taps, Knee kicks, Stomping, Eye gouging, Elbow pushes.
Even Biting, Choking and Shouting in the ears are damaging and provides the crucial window of opportunity.
Of-course the unsaid elements are COMMON SENSE, AGGRESSION and HANDLING SHOCK. We will be exploring those elements too in future blogs.
The next blog is on SMART STREET FIGHTING