My instructor asked the class the other day, What is your first reaction when attacked? Since I have been lucky enough to not have been attacked in the street I didn't know what to say.
I began thinking, what are the techniques that I'm good at that will have the most effect in a life or death situation?
I came up with three techniques that I drilled on.

1. Get off the line, from the side kick low at his base.

2. Follow up with my pointy elbow using my hips to propel the attack to the head.

3. Then if needed the palm heal strike to finish.

This sounds so by the numbers. I guess I really want to know from you all is how to be fluid in our reactions to attack.
What are your bread and butter techniques that In a tight spot come to mind?

Thanks, Mark