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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.