Dealing with a street attack
- Being taken to the ground is the absolute worst thing that can happen to you. It is not for nothing that I recommend studying both a striking art and a grappling art at the same time if at all possible. In a street fight, the ground, not your opponent's fist, is your biggest enemy. A fist can be dodged and countered. So can a kick. This is even true of a knife or a gun. The reason for this is that when you're standing up, you have a truly vast array of weapons available to you- forehead, fingers, fists, elbows, forearms, knees, shinbones, feet, even heels. On the ground, you're reduced to just two weapons- fists and feet. And your range for both are severely reduced.
- If you are taken to the ground, it's not the end of the world. It is still possible to fight from your back and in guard. You have to know how to keep your head about you, to stay mobile, and to keep your feet pointing straight at your attacker(s).
- No matter what, GET BACK UP. The longer you stay on the ground, the more strikes you will take. You are far more exposed on the ground- and simply in the act of going to the ground, you will take damage from hitting hard concrete with your spinal column and head and tailbone. If you are not trained in breaking your fall properly, this is going to be a very painful experience- hell, it's going to be painful no matter what, but if you go to ground properly, the pain is relatively fleeting; if you go to ground badly, the pain is likely to be permanent.
- Fighting against multiple opponents is incredibly disorienting and extremely difficult. Do not for one moment believe anyone who tells you otherwise. When you are in a fight, your vision narrows and your concentration is focused almost entirely on the dickwad in front of you. All you can think of is the guy in front of you who is clearly begging for you to apply some much-needed cosmetic surgery to his face using nothing but your bare fists. If you then get hit from the back or side, it is extremely confusing if you aren't used to it- and even if you have trained for such situations, it's still a challenge to adapt. This is why various systems, such as Krav Maga (both civilian and military), Systema, MCMAP, and hisardut explicitly aim to teach students how to handle themselves in crowds and against multiple attackers.
- NEVER be caught unawares. Mike made this point particularly well. The reason this couple got caught up in this in the first place- other than the fact that these young black thugs are better categorised as animals than humans- is because they lacked situational awareness. I'll make this really simple for you. If you're walking out at night, and you see a gang of black or Latino hoodlums hanging around, and you aren't sure that you could take them, walk the hell away. Trust me on this- you'll live longer if you just pay attention to your surroundings.
No matter what happens, GET BACK UP AND KEEP FIGHTING.