1. The Assumptions of Combat
When defending yourself there are assumptions that every close combat student should make. The assumptions are your attacker is physically superior to you, armed, intends to seriously injure you and there are multiple adversaries. Naturally every combat situation won’t involve all or any of these factors but it’s safer to assume they will happen. The reason is it does no harm to assume these factors and they don’t happen whereas if you don’t make this assumption and they do happen you’ll be severely injured. Lets examine each of these factors in-depth and why these are important assumptions to make.
2 . Your attacker is stronger than you
Attackers target victims that are physically weaker than them. The reason is weaker victims are easier to physically dominate and overpower. Therefore it’s reasonable to assume that when you’re attacked your assailant will be faster, stronger and more athletic than you. As a result you shouldn’t rely on techniques that need great physical strength, athleticism and speed to work. Our physical abilities diminish with time so despite being able to perform certain feats when you’re younger you might not be able to later on. Also attackers due to adrenaline and drugs often during the short duration of an assault become incredibly strong and pain resistant. So relying on superior physical attributes can prove disastrous.
3. Your attacker is armed
In many assaults attackers use weapons on their victims and if they don’t use them they’re at least armed with one. This makes defending yourself much more difficult especially since many attackers don’t use their weapon until after the assault begins. Meaning if you assume because you don’t see a weapon that you’re attacker is unarmed and he isn’t you will be injured or killed. That’s the reason in Guided Chaos we only employ strategies that will keep us in safe positions to defend ourselves if a weapon comes out after the initial assault.
4. Your attacker intends to seriously injure you
Criminals attack with a purpose ranging from robbery, rape, kidnapping, torture and murder. Much of the time they intend to seriously injure their victims to intimidate them and gain more control over them. That’s why it’s so problematic to apply “safe” “non-injurious” tactics on attackers. These tactics MIGHT work on an attacker who’s halfheartedly resisting you. They won’t work on a criminal psychopath under adrenaline who’s intent on killing you. Therefore, don’t assume your attacker isn’t trying to injure, maim or kill you. Assume the worst and prepare accordingly.
5. Your attacker has accomplices
Always assume that you’ll be attacked by more than one person even if they aren’t present at the onset of an attack. One of the biggest problems with martial arts training is they train you to deal with one attacker without giving any consideration that another attacker might intervene. This is one of the main reasons why in Guided Chaos we don’t advocate grappling with your attacker. Despite it’s effectiveness in controlling a single attacker if another person begins attacking you, you’re in a vulnerable position. Keep in mind this is extremely likely as a common ploy is for criminals to interview victims then attack them and have their accomplices gang up on you.
6. Final Thoughts
The assumptions I outlined are intended to give you the greatest possible chance of surviving an assault. Again adhering to them doesn’t mean they will always happen but that it’s safer to assume they will be. As a civilian it’s not your job to deal with the varied situations a cop or security professional faces. They have to restrain dangerous subjects without seriously injuring them. You aren’t under the same obligation and might only need to fight for your life once. Give yourself the greatest chance of survival and be prepared for the worst circumstances. . Don’t engage your attacker assuming the best only to find he’s armed and has friends ready to stomp you into unconsciousness. At that point it’s too late to change tactics and save your life.