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Another important point of any fight that ends up going physical is you must stop the threat and get to safety as soon as possible. Stopping the threat in the context of unarmed self-defense means you are striking the person overwhelmingly until you know that you are safe to remove yourself. Attacking until person does not have the will or ability to continue their attack or pursue you and you are preferably no longer in proximity for any new variables to be introduced (such as friends of the bad guy or weapons that you were not aware of).
When I analyze these self-defense situations I look at them with my core values in mind to see what can be learned:
If I remove myself when something is sketchy and manage my encounters so as to prevent avoidable violence at all costs, those instances I am forced to go physical should be fewer and when they happen I KNOW I am all-in because going physical was my only or safest option at the time.
You cannot afford to wait around and see if the person has a weapon, friend, or both. In this case, this guy who participated and possibly instigated the ego-based violence paid the price of getting shot in the face.
To show an example of someone finishing the fight & getting to safety, check out this video:
Important take-aways from her actions:
- Excellent use of a knee to the face/head. Probably the best knees I've seen in a street fight video.
- When she did enough damage she removed herself and got to safety-sprinting as fast as she could
When the fight was over, she was GONE. Sprinting to safety in this situation means leaving less possibility for other kids to jump in and come to the aid of their buddy who got mauled; she also outran the frantic staff member that was chasing her and angrily yelling, “Get that girl right now!”
Running away-would running mean she would get in more trouble? Sure, probably, but place yourself in her shoes… running in my opinion would be safer than allowing an enraged adult who yelled “Get that girl!” to tackle her on concrete.
Train smart, keep your ego on a leash, & stay safe.
NOVA Self Defense