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Self Defense Secret Lets You Beat Multiple Attackers Empty-Handed

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For many people in the martial arts world, it is pretty much common knowledge that, in order to fight multiple attackers, you basically should find something — anything — you can use as a weapon.

Because even something as small and ordinary as a garbage can lid or your belt can actually serve as an “equalizer” in a fight.

But, there are times when multiple attackers will surround a person and there is nothing handy to use as a weapon. No stray sticks, rocks, or even so much as a belt or object of any kind.

In cases like that — where you are being attacked from all sides by two, three, four or more people, with no weapon in site — what do you do?

The answer is simple:

You just “zone around” the nearest guy, and use him as a sort of shield from the others.

Then, while the others can’t really get at you (not while the thug you grabbed is in their way), you take him down, and “zone” around to the next guy — using the same strategy.

And you just keep doing this — one guy at a time — until you’ve finished them off or have made an escape route.

This may sound overly simplistic, but it works.

Because they can’t get at you with one of their own in the way. And you’re simply using the energy of the crowd against them — taking down each person one at a time.

One of the best ways to train this is to get four or five of your friends (the more the better) and have them sort of slowly walk towards you — like zombies from a horror movie — and you practice grabbing onto the first guy and throwing him in the way of the others…and then moving to the next nearest person.

And then just keep doing this over and over again…from one guy to the next…without getting touched by any of the people closing in on you.

The key is movement and being aware of your surroundings.

Trust me, the more you practice this, the easier it’ll be to deal with multiple attackers.

Sifu Matt Numrich is one of only a few instructors with Full Certification in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and also the Filipino Martial Arts. His students include everyone from Federal Air Marshals and military elites…to small children and 65-year old ladies. Matt also offers free weekly street-fighting lessons by email at

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  • Posted On January 15, 2007
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