Hockey Fight Self Defense Technique

Hockey Fight Self Defense Technique

Photo from theguardian​.pe​.ca.

If you’ve ever watched an ice hockey game, then you will have noticed that when a hockey fight breaks out, it’s an all out close quarters combat brawl. In fact, fighting is even more difficult due to the fact that the players have several layers of clothing and padding on them, thus making it hard to inflict any real damage on their opponents. Furthermore, you’re trying to launch an attack at a time when you’re balancing on two blades, both of which are on a very slippery surface.

Obviously guys who play ice hockey have had to master some nasty fighting techniques. They also need to deal out as much punishment as possible before the referee steps in to restore law and order. The good thing is we can learn a lot from the fighting experience of these players. To help you on your way, here’s a great self defense technique which is just as effective on the streets as what it is in a hockey fight.

Self Defense Technique Taken from Ice Hockey Fights

Getting caught up in a clinch is a typical scenario in practically any real street fight. As you may well have experienced, when you’re in this position, you and your opponent are both struggling to become the dominant person. This is also when you will have only a few seconds in order to gain control of the offense before your opponent gets an opportunity to land a punch on you.

When a hockey fight breaks out on the ice, the best way for one player to gain dominance is by taking advantage of their opponent’s clothing. This same technique can be used for self defense even if you’re only ever involved in a common street fight. Here is what you need to do:

1. When you’re locked in a clinch with your opponent during a street fight, you need to use your non-​​dominant hand in order to reach over their head so that you can grab hold of their shirt as far down as possible.

2. If you manage to do this successfully, you simply need to pull his shirt up and over his head so that it covers his face, and at that point you can pull the shirt to the side so that it’s tight against his face. Of course this automatically gives you control over his body, and remember, a person’s body always follows the direction of their head.

3. Once you have this sort of leverage over your opponent, you’ll be able to throw him in any direction, be it over a chair, or even into anyone who may be trying to assist him. Of course your biggest advantage is the fact that your opponent won’t be able to see anything which is going on, so of course he’ll have no idea as to where you intend striking him.

4. When you have your attacker at this sort of disadvantage, you need to use several close combat self defense techniques in order to inflict some serious damage. In other words, you should be willing to use elbow strikes, knee strikes, and even a head butt or two, and you should only stop dishing out the punishment once you feel sure you’ll have sufficient opportunity to get away.



  1. k9rico says:

    Are you serious? pull the shirt over their head? I have seen tones of fights on the streets and oddly enough…they ususally pull their shirts off frist so there goes your brilliant fighting technique. How about training in Muay Thai or another art that teaches how to fight/​defend from very close quarters.

    • If you\‘re in a situation where you\‘ve let the guy in front of you build up enough aggression to pull his shirt off, then you\‘ve failed already. Tearing off your shirt is a sure \“street sign\” that he\‘s going to throw down and you are legally in self defense mode.

      And hey…you kind of just proved my \“brilliant fighting technique\” (thanks!) I mean, if he wants to help me out by pulling his shirt over his own head while I hit him in the process, I\‘m all for that. Unfortunately, it sounds like you\‘re more used to sport training which doesn\‘t take into account real street fighting scenarios like this.

      My suggestion is to branch out beyond the \“my master can beat up your master\” mentality and train in other fighting systems that will give you a better perception of how to react to real fight scenarios.

      (And perhaps use a little more professionalism when you comment on this blog. Thank you.)

      • Mike Hamm says:

        Is it improper to stick your finger in your opponants eye if in a nasty street fight or rolling on the pavement? I\‘m a Canadian boy that\‘s played many levels of hockey, having over 100 fights in 10 seasons it was considered show boating to shirt a guy! Street fighter or martial artist? I would like to hear your views. Thanks.
        Mike Hamm.. (Hammer)
        Toronto .

  2. Steve says:

    Nice share!
    In a normal bar fight this is very effective, considerations of using the attacker\‘s clothing should be given light in the study of self defense.

  3. Darrel says:

    I have seen and read a lot of self defense post and all I can say is that self defense has now been a part of our society. It is not just something to waste time on but something that will keep us alive…and of course martial arts can be one way of staying fit and healthy.

    • It\‘s true Darrel. Unfortunately, it\‘s become more important than ever to learn how to defend yourself. During hard economic times, crime will increase and criminals get bolder and more desperate.

      Always better to be prepared and not have to use your self defense techniques than to WISH you knew the \“dirty tricks\” to use when you really need them.

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Asinta says:

    Cool. Pulling the shirt over the head? That almost seems like common sense, I never would of thought of that. Go Jeff Anderson and his wierd side-​​kick. lol

  5. Dimitris says:

    greetings from Europe!

    I exercised kung fu for many years…
    I tried also kick boxing…and had some months of training in Judo and BJJ…

    Unfortunatelly the mentality “my master can beat up your master” (nice expression!) or…\“my martial art is the best\” that send a lot of experienced athletes to hospitals with broken jaw after a street fight…

    it is very bad to THINK that you know how to fight.
    It is even better to base your reactions at your instinct and your reflections rather than base your life in predifined movements like dance…imagine trying to dance Tango with a partner that does not know to Tango.…and your partner has the first move…and you never saw this move before at your class…for sure you will loose at this \“dance contest\”.
    Alternatively just open your eyes and do not stay a passive follower of a specific maertial art system.

    Congratulations Mr.Jeff for writing about self-​​defence in the right direction.

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