The Fence

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself in front of a potential attacker who is constantly touching the fence and giving you signs that an attack is imminent and you can't bring yourself to attack preemptively, then you need to create a gap between you and him and take the fence to a conscious level. That means that he will realise that you are taking control. If he is trying to bridge the gap and take down the fence, but you are not prepared to attack then you MUST...

The cursory glance

Someone accidentally catches your eye, or you his. The glance becoming a stare, and progresses to a verbal exchange. This is the Pre-cursor to violence. Often, when you make eye contact with someone and it becomes increasingly obvious that you do not know each other, the ego clicks in and goes to work. The initial accidental eye contact becomes a fullyfledged staring contest. The eyes, being a sensitive organ, cannot hold a stare for too long without the occurrence of soreness, watering or...

Spin and choke

I have used this technique on a few occasions but only when I sensed the threat was not great or I had the element of surprise on my side. The spin and choke off the fence is a technique I used when I felt that a restraint was viable. Note I never tried to restrain anyone that was a high risk threat, it would be too dangerous, only use this if the threat is low risk and you feel you can get away with it. The illustrations show the 'spin an choke' much better than I can describe it here....

Posturing

Posturing is the all but lost art of beating people by means of psyche, winning with guile as opposed to force. It is the art of fighting without fighting. In layman's terms it means scaring the shit out of the opponent with 'blag', so that they don't want to enter a physical arena with you. For every fight that I've had where I employed a physical response, I must have had at least another three where I beat my opponent with posturing techniques, guile as opposed to force. Initially, in my...

Larynx grab restraint

I did use this technique a number of times, but only when the threat wasn't great. I used to psyche my opponents out more than anything -it can have a startling effect. This grab is especially effective when the opponent has his back to the wall. Grab the opponent by the throat, on the inside of the neck muscles so that your fingers close around the back of his larynx. Squeeze very hard and back the grab up with firm to aggressive verbal commands. It often...

Introduction

There was once a very famous Aikido player in Japan who spent his whole life studying Usheba's legendary art. Although he had dedicated his whole existence to this beautiful art he had never actually had occasion to test it in a real life situation against a determined attacker, someone intent on hurting him. Being a moralistic kind of person he realised that it would be very bad karma to actually go out and pick a fight just to test his art so he was forced to wait until a suitable occasion...

Escape

We all make mistakes, even monkeys fallout of trees, so there will be occasions when the option of avoidance will be lost and escape becomes the next option. In theory you would think that escape would be easy, it usually entails simply walking away, on occasions even running away. Not so People of this generation are seen as c9wards if the do not stand and face their problems 'like a man'. Ironically they are also seen as thugs if they stand and have a bloody fight to settle their differences....

Avoidance

Stress And Avoidance

Avoidance is the very first in a long list of tactical maneuvers aimed at 'not being there' when an attack is taking place. And it really is very simple, even obvious, but I find it is the 'simple' and 'obvious' stuff that usually gets overlooked and lands people in an affray that should never have occurred. These tactics are not to be read and stored, rather they are to be read and practiced over and over again until they are natural, everyday habits, like getting into the car and putting on...

Eye contact challenger

Firstly, In the case of the eye contact challenger, if you sense a rowdy individual s walk tall and hold yourself confidently. Even if you do feel daunted, act confidently -after all 'when ignorance is mutual, confidence is King'. Confident people are very rarely chosen as victims for attack. Whenever possible, avoid eye contact where you sense aggression, but do not bow your head, this can be seen as a sign of weakness and may draw the attacker in for the kill. The challenger's ritual can be...

The One in Ten Rule

One of my friends, a veteran street fighter used what he called the 'one in ten rule'. His theory and he made it work many times was that if you can find the leader of a gang of ten men, and control him, then you automatically controlled the other nine. He was a pub landlord and whenever he took over a new pub he'd find out over the first few weeks who the ring leader was, who played up, who was chancing their arm as it were. Once he knew he would choose the right moment and separate the one...

Verbal Dissuasion

When avoidance is gone and escape is no longer possible we are left with verbal dissuasion. Verbal dissuasion means talking the situation down. There is not a lot to say here that isn't obvious, other than the fact that you should never undertake mediation without some sort of protective shield, that shield is what I call 'the fence'. Now the fence is a whole subject in its own right and should be studied in-depth. For this I recommend that you read my book, or watch my video The Fence. I shall...

Pincer movement

Dissuasion

If more than one assailant is involved, it is usual for one of them to deploy the victim with distracting dialogue whilst the others move to your off side. Whilst the victim is distracted by the questioner, his accomplices attack. This was one of the most common attacks in the nightclub when I worked as a doorman and is a common, though, unbelievably, innate, ploy of gang robbery or rapes. The reason that so many people seem to get glassed or stabbed in the side of the face or neck, is because...

Returning the verbal challenge

Retaliation, however justified, will be seen by your aggressor as an acceptance to fight. From my experience, if you do not make a hasty retreat at, 'actual challenge', especially if you do counter verbally, more threats and a possibly attack will result. A non-counter and immediate exit on the part of the victim usually results in the challenger aborting, perceiving the response, or lack thereof, to be an embryonic victory. Therefore, if a verbal challenge is thrown do not counter. If you are...