The five guys in the car made it clear to Will that they wanted to do more than just “kick his ass.”
He knew that if everyone got a piece of him, there might not be anything left when they were done.
When someone wants to make easy work of tearing you apart, they bring friends. Being outnumbered in a self-defense situation is the second-best way for the attackers to make up for a lack of strength, skill or nerve. Even if they’re not sure what to do they can weigh you down with sheer numbers… and there’s always that spare guy who can figure out how to kick you in the head once you’re down.
Self-defense against multiple attackers presents a number of unique problems that you must address in order to survive and win:
1. You’re Outnumbered…
Each of the attackers has only one thing to worry about — YOU. You, on the other hand, have multiple people to pay attention to and deal with. Being outnumbered is less of an issue of bodies than it is of splitting your attention while they don’t have to.
2. You’re Vulnerable…
If you hurt one of them, great — but as you do that you’ve got several other attackers punching or dive-tackling you. If we assume that everyone’s going to be attacking at the same time (and you should) then your one shot will be answered by one from each of the rest of them.
3. You’re Surrounded…
If only you had eyes in the back of your head and a third arm between your shoulder blades then you wouldn’t have to worry about who’s behind you. (A prehensile tail would be nice, too, but I digress.) Of course, the reality is that attacking you from behind is the best way to get to it. Especially if you’re busy with the guy right in front of you.
The goal of any sound defense against multiple attackers would be to handle these issues in a simple and unified fashion, which is what we’ll be looking at in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, this guy does a pretty good job of following the rules for self-defense in a crowd situation:
Though he’s lucky that the attackers are uncoordinated and are kind enough to wait their turn to get punched in the head one at a time.
We’ll take a closer look at what he’s doing right — and potentially wrong — next time.
What about Will? We’ll get back to him, too. Hopefully still in one piece.
TFT Master Instructor