How to defend yourself in an extreme street fight

At some point in your life you will find yourself in a situation where you have to defend yourself against one or more opponents. How to defend yourself in an extreme street fight?

At some point in your life you will find yourself in a situation where you have to defend yourself against one or more opponents. In street fights there are no rules and indulgences; if you find yourself in this position, you need to do everything possible to protect yourself and prevent serious injury. Keep in mind that excessive use of force is illegal but allowed in self-defense, so remember that your goal is to protect yourself and get out of a dangerous place.

1. How to repel one opponent

Leave or run and hide if possible. Your best defense is to avoid a fight.

You must know how to defend yourself. In the event that you cannot escape and must stand up for yourself, self-defense skills are essential. But keep in mind that the rules of martial arts may not help you, as sometimes even black belt holders can get seriously injured in tough street fights without rules.

Try to dissuade the attacker from fighting.

Try to remain calm. The calmer you are, the better you will be able to find places to escape through and capture this moment.

Don't forget that the notion that size is not related to strength is a myth. In fact, it matters a lot. Don't be fooled into thinking that you can take on a man twice your size just because you have certain martial arts skills.

2. How to fight off multiple attackers

As with a single opponent, try to get away or run away and remain calm.

Try not to anger the group of attackers even more; shouting insults, you can provoke their attack.

If possible, try to find out why they are trying to attack you. But be aware that if you talk too much or ask too many questions, you may piss them off even more.

If you're not good at fighting, stand with your back to the wall so the group can't surround you. This way you will be able to go left or right and get through one attacker instead of the whole group.

3. How to respond to the attacker

It will be useful for you to know about some basic techniques that you can use for self-defense:

Try to hit the attacker in the ribs. Contrary to popular belief, it can actually hurt.

It is best to hit the solar plexus or under the nose. Never aim at the eye socket: this is the strongest part of the face and you can break your fingers. If you hit the solar plexus, you will have a lot of time to run away (as well as stun the enemy and get a chance to hit from behind), and a blow to the nose can knock out the attacker. Any of these methods will work.

When an attacker wants to punch you, turn around to dodge the punch, then grab his arm and strike at the elbow joint.

If an attacker (or attackers) tries to choke you and pin you against the wall by squeezing your throat, do the following. With your left hand, hold the hand that is squeezing your throat. Then with your right hand, hit the opponent hard on the elbow joint. After that, hard (but not too much) hit the attacker in the neck, then push him against the wall and run away in an instant. If you want, you can press the opponent's hand to his back.

4. Advanced Tactics

The following techniques will help you gain an advantage, but you should understand that this may not be enough. Only use these advanced tactics as a last resort.

Roll the attacker's arm back (not enough to break it) and hold it in that position. He will be in a lot of pain and he won't be able to do anything to you. At this time, you will have a chance to escape.

If you are into martial arts, use this move as you were taught as it is widely used in martial arts (judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, etc.).

Hold the neck. First, try to get around the opponent from behind. When possible, grab the middle part of the head with your left or right hand (approximately at the level of the nose).

Hold a little and let go. But be careful: when you do this, you can still be attacked.

Some karatekas have learned that in order to break free from a hold, one must step on the opponent's foot, causing him pain. If someone tries to do this to you, jump back slightly without releasing the grip. But the successful execution of this trick still requires practice.

5. How to defend yourself while holding on horseback

Holding on horseback is extremely dangerous. In this position, you lie on the ground, and the attacker on top of you is on his knees. At the same time, he has more control and opportunities to strike, while you are very limited.

You must know what to do. The key action to prevent this situation is to block the opponent's punches. If you do get knocked to the ground, you need to kick as hard as you can with both feet in front of your opponent's thighs to attack. Then get up and run wherever your eyes look.

No need to try to attack immediately. This will make you more vulnerable, and lying pressed to the ground will seem like flowers.

Find a way to escape. The attack may not work, so running is the best option in your case. Here are a few ways to do this:

Use "back door exit". Try to crawl out from under the attacker, moving down.

Push your hips up and to the side.

Block off the space between you and the attacker with your arms or elbows to free one or two legs.

Turn face down. Then the attacker will be on your back, and so he will have much fewer opportunities. Lying on your stomach, you can feel your opponent's grip loosen, and you can get out by standing up and "chicking" him off his back, or using the "exit through the back door."

6. How to break free from a neck hold

6.1 Learn how to break free from a neck hold, as this is a common move in street fighting. Some of the tricks are listed here, but the best defense is to stay alert and avoid capture in the first place. If you know you're being approached, you can turn around and prevent this stunt.

6.2 When the attacker is just starting to grab the neck, try to "dive in" and block his arms. This may be enough to break out of a possible capture. But the longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to free yourself.

6.3 Protect yourself. Being trapped can block your air or circulation. So first of all, you need to defend yourself.: Press your chin to yourself.

Turn your head towards the attacker's chest to protect your face from fists.

Grab the attacker's arms (which are clasped together as they do a grapple) and pull down. The pressure will drop immediately.

6.4 Do not straighten up. Bend your legs and spread them relatively wide. You need to stay steady in order to attack back or break free when you get the chance.


6.5 Use your free hands to protect your face from blows.

When attempting to break free of a hold, try some of the following methods:

Step on the attacker's foot. Do it instantly quickly and accurately. When performed correctly, this trick will hurt the attacker, and this will be enough for him to loosen his grip, allowing you to break free.

Strike from above on the inside of the thigh or in the groin area. Then pull the opponent's head up (by the hair, eye sockets, etc.), push him away from you and run.

Pinch the attacker in the face. He may be hurt and you will have enough valuable moments to break out of the grip.

Move your head up and down quickly. In this way you will puzzle the enemy; once you've done that, lean forward sharply. Your opponent will fall.

Grab your opponent's arms and slide your head under them, then break free. To do this, you need to catch the moment when the opponent’s grip is weaker, or for something to temporarily distract his attention (for this, a good blow to the ribs or groin may be enough).

Use two of your hands against one of your opponent's hands. With all the strength of both hands, pull off one wrist of the attacker. It is VERY hard to do a good neck grab or choke with one hand, so pulling back with one hand will immediately feel less pressure.

Instead of one hand, you can pull back your finger. Grasp your finger with one hand and bend as much as possible. With this technique, you can easily break the attacker's finger.

7. How to get out of the shoulder or elbow lever

It is very painful to get out of the elbow or shoulder lever. Here are some ways.

7.1 If the opponent is about to make a hold where the arm should be straight, bend it. If he wants to leverage with a bent arm, straighten it out.

7.2 Prevent elbow or shoulder leverage by holding on to your belt, trousers, skirt belt, etc. until the opponent has executed the hold. That way he won't be able to straighten (or bend) and twist your arm. Of course, to do this, you need to be extremely careful and recognize the intention of the attacker to leverage the elbow or shoulder.

7.3 When the attacker has performed an elbow or shoulder lever, try the following methods:

Pretend to punch the opponent: he will be distracted and loosen his grip. Use this moment to release your shoulder or elbow leverage. Actually punch your opponent or kick him and use the moment when his grip loosens.

7.4 Try to pull the arm back as sharply as possible. Sometimes, due to surprise, the opponent may let go of your hand and give you a chance to run away.

7.5 When attempting to free yourself from the elbow or shoulder lever, be extremely careful, as your attempt may also result in a broken arm.

8. How to block punches

8.1 Learn to recognize when your opponent is about to punch. As with most techniques, the ability to predict the movement of an opponent is a significant part of self-defense. Signs to look out for include:

Clenching the hand into a fist; Grinding of teeth, movements of the jaws, expressing anger; shallow breathing; the enemy seems to be squeezing out air; A sharp extension of the leg forward; Lowering the chin (to protect the throat);

Shoulder drop (starting punching stance) Turning the body to the side, away from you.

8.2 Move. Before the opponent made the decision to punch, he had already decided where he would strike and thought out his strategy. In turn, you have half a second to dodge this blow. So if the enemy wants to hit you in the head, deflect it a little and he will miss or at least hit you not so hard.

8.3 Aim with your hands in the same direction as the opponent is throwing the punch. This helps to predict the opponent's next moves. Your assumption should not be made at random - it should be justified.

8.4 Try to block with your shoulders rather than your palms, as the latter method will only reduce the opponent's range of punches, but will not affect the original goal.

9. How to block kicks

9.1 Blocking kicks is the most difficult technique in wrestling. But still, if you successfully grab your opponent's leg when he tries to hit you, you can knock him to the ground.

9.2 Block the kick with the palms of the hands, not with the part of the arms where there are muscles. You can get seriously injured if your opponent kicks your muscles.

9.3 Dodge blows. This means that you should avoid punches like this:

Dodge your opponent's trajectory; Bend down quickly;

Jump back; Step aside.

9.4 Remember that by jumping, dodging, moving from side to side, you will be able to avoid blows more effectively than constantly ducking.

9.5 Be unpredictable: the opponent must not guess how and when you duck and dodge. Don't do it in a specific pattern.


When you go to dangerous places, you should have one or two friends with you. This may be enough for nothing to happen to you.

Fight only as a last resort. Talking the enemy out of the fight and leaving the place are the best options.

Use the techniques and tactics that work best for you, according to your physique and physical capabilities. Thin people with a light weight can run better and dodge more easily. A large and heavy person can block blows and use force more easily than dodge.

Do something unexpected and unusual. If an interesting thought comes to you at a critical moment, try it. Surprise always helps.

If the attacker shows you his weapon in his hand or pocket, give him whatever he wants. Your life is more important than all the values ​​in the world! You must understand that the attacker is likely to use a weapon if you make him angry or upset, so try to please him as best as possible.

Speaking of weapons, it is always more useful to have something with you than to go to fight a stranger in the street empty-handed. Even a stick, stone or umbrella can make a huge difference.

Try not to look like a victim. Stand straight and keep good posture; so you really will have a more menacing look. Walk with one hand in your pocket. Street gangs like to attack people who are easily offended and show signs of vulnerability.

If possible, try to avoid areas where there are street gangs.

Be polite to people. Don't let the other person have a grudge against you if you can build a friendship with the person instead. Don't act like you're afraid of others, as weakness attracts street thugs looking for victims.

Try to calmly and confidently dissuade bullies from fighting. Remain unperturbed. The less fear or anger you show or feel, the less your opponent can control or "read" you. The angrier you are, the less control he has. Confuse him!

Learn to spy and hide.

When the bully is just bluffing, don't intentionally try to piss him off, as he may come up and actually attack. Or if you are very good at when a person is bluffing, then by angering him, you will violate his plan of attack, the moment of surprise. But only do this if you know how to protect yourself. It's not a very smart move.

Focus: this is not a joke!

Self-defense classes can do you good.

If you see that there is no way out, try to strike first and fight until there is a loophole through which you can escape. Then get out and run away with all your might.

Try to scare your opponent by throwing a stone over your back. If there is a wall behind you, throw it hard on the ground.