Always be ready to fight: extreme conditions

After seeing how to handle with the mental and physical limitations typical of every self-defense situation, we continue with the condition in which we are absolutely less willing to fight: the one in which we are injured or ill.


  • We’ve been hit hard during an earlier phase of the clash
  • We have fallen or something has fallen on us
  • We have been attacked during a period of illness or injury

By foretold that in these extreme conditions, chances of prevailing deccrease drastically, the only thing left to us is to analyze the situation and react quickly:

  • What can we not use (hands, spatial intelligence, etc.)?
  • What can we use (limbs, weapons, etc.)?
  • How can we isolate the source of discomfort (at least in part)?
  • What advantage can we draw from the surrounding scenario to balance our “handicap” (terrain conformation, oblstacles, etc.)?
  • Which strategy / tactic / technique can we use to instantly (or almost) prevail over the opponent (pressure points, etc.)?

We are in a filed at the limit of possible but a last glimmer of lucidity can make a difference; let’s now see some practical examples of reasoning (where the only alternative is death):

  • We have a broken leg but we are still conscious, can we eliminate the limit imposed by the lack of balance and struggle on the ground (ending for example with a joint key or a strangulation)?
  • We have a fractured elbow, can we safely secure our arm and / or use it as a bait? Are we able to withstand the pain to fight only with legs and the other arm?
  • We have a wound in the abdomen, can we finish the fight before losing consciousness? Is there an improvisable weapon who can multiplies our strength and increases the fighting distance?
  • We have high fever and our balance is lost, can we move the fight to the ground or hold a stand on the opponent? Are we able to reach / grasp his vital points without having to spin empty blows?
  • We have a blurred vision, can we keep in touch with him so that we do not lose his spatial position? Can we “restore” the disvantage by eliminating the sources of light?
  • We’re stuck on the ground, is there a way to make our opponent fall down? Doing it stumble, subtracting his support plane (etc.)? Can we recover solid objects to launch?

It is important to say that these “solutions” can not be elaborated at the last moment (when the problem occurs), emotional stress and adrenaline will not allow us. We have to:

  • Study techniques / tactics / strategies to always have an option (preparation)
  • Train and simulate handicap situations in the normal workout (discipline)
  • Adapt the theory to practice as long as we are able to think, a moment just before the disaster “concretizes” (concentration)

In conclusion, it is obvious that talking about these things is very easy, execute them is another thing, we need a complete training, cold blood, and a steel made willpower.

Even if we really are on a plane of pure speculation is that which we must aim for, we must not lose ourselves, even in the most desperate situation.

In the next article in this series, we will expose a simple and quick reasoning to be memorized and put into practice in any personal defense situation (a sum-up of all we’ve said).

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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