Most conventional martial arts systems teach a myriad of mistakes. One of those mistakes is that you only need to use one move or one blow for a particular situation. What they neglect to mention is: what if that blow misses or that move doesn’t work.
In the dojo, all you have to do is repeat whatever you didn’t do right the first time. In the streets, a mistake can leave in the same situation that John the Baptist found himself in on Herod’s birthday (he had his head handed to him on a platter). There are ways to avoid such embarrassment.
First, learn a move that works. There are a lot of people teaching “martial arts” who have had absolutely no real life experience, including some who have never even been in so much as a fistfight. Would you take marksmanship instructions from someone who had never actually fired a gun?
Second, almost all styles of martial arts teaching various blows and strikes teach only one strike per move. In the real world, life can get really unpleasant miss or don’t hit hard enough. If, for example, you use three different movements to deal with one movement you vastly increase your chances of “getting the job done” and walking away unscathed.
One of those hostile movements could consist of as simple as someone grabbing you from the front, such as grasping your arm or shoulder.
How do you defend against such an attack?
Let’s start with what we call a “mirror grab.”
STEP #1: (Mirror grab means the attacker is either your left side with his right hand or your right side with his left hand)
Which ever side has not been grabbed, the other hand will come up in front of your face while the side being grabbed, the hand and arm will come across your body on the front side. For this demonstration, the attacker is grabbing your right elbow with his left hand.
STEP #2: Stepping into an L stance with your right foot. (Making sure your right foot is as close to being directly under your attacker’s chin as possible), simultaneously moving the hand from the side being grabbed too the opposite hip while lining your elbow and shoulder up with the attacker’s chin.
This move will automatically break the attacker’s grip whether he has grabbed the wrist, elbow or arm in general.
STEP #3: Because of the placement of your foot, elbow, hand and shoulder you are now able to strike with the back portion of the elbow directly under the chin driving the chin straight up, (Step 3a) allowing you to then strike with a side heel palm to the vagus nerve that runs downward from where the jaw and the base of the ear meet down in front of where the collarbone meets the sternum.
STEP #4: After striking the side of the neck, immediately grab the back of the neck using your strike hand and pull slightly towards yourself causing all the attackers weight to go to his leg (normally being the same side of the body that he has grabbed you from).
STEP #5:With your right foot, bring your knee up in a cocked position..and strike with the instep portion of your foot directly on top of the attacker’s front knee.
STEP #6: You do not have to run, confrontation is done, walk away keeping your eyes on your surroundings as well as your fallen attacker.
STEP #7: This exact same technique can be used with a strike from your attacker’s lead side, (meaning if he were right handed and standing in a left foot lead, striking with his left, hand) with a slight modification you would be standing in a mirror image stance. As the attacker strikes, your right elbow will come up to the outside of the attacker’s left arm.
Everything from that point on will match the remaining portion of the original technique.
STEP #8: Once again, exact same technique with a slight modification if the attacker were to grab your shoulder. Your right hand will come up to the outside of attackers left hand which is grabbing your right shoulder.
As stepping in with your right foot, your right arm comes over the attacker’s, grab hand. Everything from the point would be the same as the original technique.
Conclusion: Learn the right move for the wrong situation to begin with.