In no case we should be the ones triggering a fight but it may happen that we are involuntarily involved in a brawl.
The personal defense scenario in which we imagine is that of a dispute already active where it is no longer possible to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner (read the article “Self-Defense: 10 correct attitudes during a quarrel”).
In the context of a dispute, our collateral involvement can be of various kinds:
- We ended up in the middle by chance (eg. during a dispute between drunken people)
- We are trying to get out from a dangerous situation for us and for those around us (eg. a friend of ours has been attacked)
Here are some tips:
- The first thing to do is quickly assess the situation, what level of violence is going on (pushes, slander, beating, sexual violence, etc.)? Can our intervention improve or worsen the situation? To what extent is it legal and reasonable to act?
- Let’s see how many people are involved and how many others can take action later, what are the risks we are running (obstacles, preparation of the aggressors, their psychophysical state, their armament, etc.)
- Making the necessary assessments, it is necessary to establish an action plan (read “Personal defense: the S.A.F.E. method”); we need to identify an optimal solution for us and those who are close to us (eg. a way of escape), as well as a safe mode to achieve it
- If possible let’s try to lower the tones at any stage of the fight (read “Self defense: 10 things to avoid in a quarrel”); offering a dignified and / or reasonable exit for aggressors, even after the earliest shots exchanges, can save our lives and / or that of all other people involved
- If we have to fight, we try to gain a strong advantage over opponents (eg. an improper weapon); the greater the advantage will be, the more we will have the opportunity to prevail or induce the aggressors to desist
- Do not let ourselves be surrounded, let’s choose a stable, secure and open position that ensure full mobility, away from possible dangers and, if possible, that provide an advantage (eg. with the sun behind)
- Let’s try to keep the guard high, a correct distance, a variable rhythm of pace, rational directions of movement and to never end to the ground; if the opponents are more than one let’s move laterally and curvilinearly, so that the opponents hinder each other (read “How to fight with more than one opponent at the same time”)
- We have to try to economize the forces, a normal confrontation consumes a lot of energy but a clash that can get involved with more opponents consumes exponentially more
- When we hit, let’s do it decisively, in sequence, on sensitive points and only after credible faints; let’s calibrate our aggression with the actual danger in progress, it makes no sense to strike to the throat who has simply given us a push as it makes no sense to be unsure against someone trying to pierce us or others with a knife
- Do not focus only on the adversary we are facing, we never cease to have a broad view (read “The overall view: see everything, do not look at anything”), pitfalls can come unexpectedly from every direction and at any time
- Always with the idea of saving the effort, when we manage to score a hit we will not stop attacking until the situation allows us to abandon the fight in total safety
- As soon as we have the chance to go away let’s do it, let’s eliminate every desire to fight (regret, rage, etc.); the transition from reason to wrong is extremely light (especially from a legislative point of view)
It should never be forgotten that no one learns how to fight in the street suddenly especially against multiple opponents (as often happens) or against prepared ones.
We need daily training, to be prepared for the fight (through sparring) and above all have tactics / strategy ready for the adaptation / application (through simulations of violent assaults as realistic as possible).
Let’s study, experiment, prepare our bodies and above all let’s learn to prevent the most common critical situations (maintaining rationality and serenity).
The world is not such a horrible place, we just need to be reasonable and pay the right attention.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.