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#296662 - 10/26/06 05:28 AM Lots of attackers
pacifist Offline

Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 7
If you were being attacked by multiple people of varying sizes how would you defend yourself. You can't run away because they have got you trapped. Your only option is to fight. There is no wapon available and by the time help comes you'd be unconscious. I ask because my friend was attacked a while ago. Thankfully they weren't trying to hurt him too much.

#296663 - 10/26/06 08:55 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: pacifist]
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Registered: 06/17/05
Posts: 1993
Loc: Lorton, VA
This is all theory, since I've (thankfully) never been in this situation, however:

If surrounded by multiple attackers without the possibility of escape, you have to assume your life is in danger. (I'm assuming we're talking about several aggressors clearly communicating their intent to cause you serious bodily harm)

Grab the one closest to you, and do something so intensely violent and destructive, that it not only gives the others serious qualms about being next, but ensures that they never sleep properly again.

Just remember that they're not going to attack one at a time, like in a ninja movie. Don't wait for them to dogpile you before attempting to defend yourself.

When the cops slap the cuffs on you, make this your mantra:
"My life was in danger. They were going to kill me."

Protecting your life isn't only your right, it's your responsibility.

#296664 - 10/26/06 11:55 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: Zombie Zero]
Chen Zen Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 7043
Loc: Ms
Attack first hard and fast. Your simple punch to the nose isnt going to work here. I would try to break the first guys leg. As soon as I hit, whether or not he is broken Im hitting someone else. Knnes, elbows and headbutts. No more punching or kicking because the gap is being closed. Once its too close, tactics such as small joint manipultaion, choking and groin grabbing. If the opportunitie arrives then a good eye gouge or throat grab to crush his windpipe. You must understand that your life is in danger and since it is you must put there life in danger as well.
"When I let Go of who I am, I become who I might be."
Lao Tzu

#296665 - 10/26/06 12:48 PM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: Chen Zen]
jamesjj Offline

Registered: 09/01/06
Posts: 82
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I agree with everything said, however there is stuff i would like to add:

-Do everything possible to kepp the fight on your feet. If you go on the ground you can only deal with one attacker while the others are free to attack you.

-Jam your opponents, meaning keep moving and sidestepping so the one opponent is facing you and the rest of the opponents are behind. That way only one attacker can get to you while the others are rendered somewhat ineffective.

-Use your opponents as shields (refer to above) if you can get a hold/choke where you can put your opponent in front of you and still stay on your feet it will at least buy time till help can arrive

-Before you do anything else...RUN.
Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.

#296666 - 10/26/06 12:52 PM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: Chen Zen]
motobusmonkey Offline

Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 85
Loc: St Louis
I would attack the person who was most blocking my escape path... violently. Then, if you do manage to get past one, try to keep changing your position to put the attackers in a line(so you could hopefully fight 1 or 2 at a time, instead of 5). If you can keep them stumbling into each other, you might be able to get away.


#296667 - 10/26/06 03:08 PM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: motobusmonkey]
Joss Offline

Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 567
Figure out who the leader is and put him down him quickly and brutally.

#296668 - 10/27/06 06:57 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: pacifist]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
I think there's too many variables to say in detail. What's the environment like? How experienced are the people involved? How overwhelming are the numbers? How far are you from a safe area in public? etc.

Basically get the heck out of there as quickly as possible. Crack a few heads if necessary but fighting should be secondary to getting away because the longer you fight for, the more likely someone's going to tackle you or get you in a full nelson or similar hold from behind. If this happens, you're done for. Back against a wall is a good idea if you can't escape easily but tackles and pins against a wall will still work on you.

If you're in a situation like this, you've made A LOT of mistakes before-hand. Your awareness of your surroundings and your attitude are probably all messed up. People mostly get into this situation if they are gangsters themselves or if they're involved with a gang or get into an argument with a gang member. If so, you might want to rethink your lifestyle and hang around with a better bunch of people and move house to a safer area (Your safety is worth the commute).

Edited by Leo_E_49 (10/27/06 06:58 AM)
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#296669 - 10/27/06 08:06 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: Leo_E_49]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
I dislike "what ifs"....

What if multiple attackers are surrounding you and you can't call for Superman...

Hopefully you have created a will and have life insurance.

I supposed you'd have to go down fighting. Just be prepared for pain and a nice stay in a hospital.

I would make an attempt to straight blast while charging forward toward the smallest individual. Perhaps the momentum and the blast will create an avenue of escape whereby I can CONTINUE running like hell away from a damned certain ass-beating. This strategy HAS worked before.

Also (if I have room to maneuver), I may clinch with one and manipulate his body to keep him between myself and any partners until I can create an open angle toward an exit.

Having the right mindset may help. They have to KNOW that if they choose to attack, that you're taking (at least) ONE of them with you. And you MUST get this point across both verbally and by your body language!


#296670 - 10/29/06 06:26 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: JKogas]
paradoxbox Offline

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 590
Use a weapon. Gun is preferable, but knife is also ok. Target vital areas. Neck slashes, stabs to the kidney/liver area, stabs to the thigh, etc. Any outstretched hands or limbs coming toward you get cut and then the person doing the grabbing further attacked until they are wounded enough until it's safe to move to the next person. Throw objects at their heads to distract them as you attack. Yell at the top of your lungs also.

Don't let anyone grab you. That's the most important part. If they have weapons such as clubs or bats or skateboards, take those people out from a distance if you can (with rocks or other objects you are holding).

It's either you or them, play time is over. Kill or be killed, don't look back because if you lose you won't be doing any more thinking.

Running is one way of dealing with it. A lot of people who run also get the worst of it in their back. Or they trip and fall face first and then get pummelled. Fight back and then make yourself scarce once your odds are a little more even.

Never ever be without some kind of weapon. I don't know about you guys but in the last 2 years the crime in my city has skyrocketed to the point where I will never go without a very big knife on my person at all times. Just tonight some thugs were screaming and yelling outside my house and I guess broke into the store across the street from me (That's what I assumed when I heard glass breaking anyway). Used to be a fairly peaceful area.

Carry a knife like a CCW holder carries a pistol. It's secret, it's always with you and it's used only as a last resort and to hell with anyone who don't like it.

#296671 - 10/29/06 11:59 AM Re: Lots of attackers [Re: paradoxbox]
Chen Zen Offline
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Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 7043
Loc: Ms
Thats not a good idea. A gun is one thing, but a knife? No way. Once you introduce a weapon into the equation the danger goes up considerably, especially against multiple opponents. While you are working on one, its likely that you could get disarmed by the others. Now not only do you have multiple enemies, but they are armed too. And ready to kill you.
"When I let Go of who I am, I become who I might be."
Lao Tzu

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