As a cop, I gave this topic a lot of thought over the years and I’ve picked up a few techniques that actually work. I’ve been in dozens of fights and without a single exception every fight eventually went to the ground. Of course, for a cop, you aren’t interested in hurting the suspect (some of the time – it involves too much paperwork), but there are situations where it is life or death and you can’t use a weapon (I’ve got a couple wild war stories). However, as a civilian you don’t need to worry about not hurting your attacker.
In fact, the more damage you can inflict on your attacker, the greater your chances of escape and survival. The trick is to inflict sudden, immediate painful damage. A cop, if he can, usually gives an aggressor warning, “Police, don’t move.” Again, you don’t need to worry about doing this. Giving a warning only lets the other guy get set.
One thing an attacker relies on, either consciously or subconsciously, is surprise and shock effect. To the unprepared, it can paralyze you and make you a victim. The victim will simply strand there for a moment giving the attacker the necessary time to immobilize him. To the prepared, you can use it to turn the tables. By training yourself to immediately react, you can use your own surprise and shock effect against your attacker.
I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: Mental Preparedness. Surviving is about being prepared ahead of time and mental preparedness will get you through the hardest of times. You’ve got to be willing to do whatever it takes to survive a violent encounter. If you are squeamish about inflicting damage on a person you’ll go the way of the Dodo bird.
The following ideas and techniques should be used only in a situation where you are in danger of serious bodily injury or death.