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The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the systems on which it is based (like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) means that it’s not unlikely that you could end up facing a grappler if you were to get into a fight. The grappling moves an MMA or BJJ guy will use are pretty simple really, at least philosophically. He wants to take you to the ground, get you in a superior position, and beat the hell out of you. Commonly called the “ground and pound”, it’s done most effectively from the grappling move called the “mount position”. This is when your attacker is on top of you, straddling you, beating you to a bloody pulp with his fists while you cower on the ground and can’t do much to stop him. Or can you?
Unfortunately, if you ever find yourself in a real street fight, you always need to consider the possibility that you’re being targeted by more than one person. This is particularly true in the case of street crime, in that gangs of criminals often work together. Or you could simply accidentally back your car into a truck load of drunken beer buddies at the local convenient store and find yourself facing some big dudes who feel a responsibility to teach you a lesson. As you can well imagine, being in this sort of situation can be potentially life-threatening, so of course it’s crucial that you make yourself aware of your surroundings and also if anyone is trying to get in behind you to set you up for an attack.
When someone becomes a victim of multiple attackers in a real street fight, they are often held from behind while the rest of the group does all the punching and kicking. The only hope you have in this type of scenario is to reverse this dangerous setup as quickly as possible. Let’s take a look at one effective self defense technique for doing just that.
Most people trying to defend themselves in a fight end up using little more than barroom brawling tactics rather than real self defense techniques. Two fighters throwing haymaker punches from left field, all aimed at striking the head or upper body. If you’ve ever seen a real street fight in action, you’ll notice that these punches rarely hit their intended target and therefore do little damage. This makes this fighting methodology very ineffective as a self defense technique. But there’s a better way…
A self defense situation that involves multiple attackers is one of the most dangerous ones to be in. It’s bad enough if you’re facing an attacker on the street that’s stronger and bigger than you are, but when you’re facing a group of people, even when they’re smaller than you, a group like this can kill you. If a group of attackers is able to get you to the ground and start pounding you, the last thing you ever see may be their boots. Your main priority in a situation like this is to escape!
Escaping should not be thought of as cowardly. When the odds are not in your favor and there is a slim chance of winning such a street attack, only a fool would stick around to fight and risk being maimed or killed. Nearly every self defense instructor will advise his students to run from a fight whenever possible. While this is great advice, there’s one thing that many people fail to take into account; what if one of the multiple attackers runs faster than you do?