How to Fight: Powerful Combo Self Defense Technique

Most people trying to defend themselves in a fight end up using little more than barroom brawling tactics rather than real self defense techniques. Two fighters throwing haymaker punches from left field, all aimed at striking the head or upper body. If you’ve ever seen a real street fight in action, you’ll notice that these punches rarely hit their intended target and therefore do little damage. This makes this fighting methodology very ineffective as a self defense technique. But there’s a better way…

How to Fight Using a Powerful Self Defense Technique Rotation

People naturally “head hunt,” or target the head for punching, because they instinctively know that strikes to the head can knock someone out. A knockout is the surest way to end a fight, right? After all, if you’re attacker is unconscious, he can’t attack you anymore.

However, when two people trade blows on the high-​​line (the area of the upper torso), their own bodies will actually work against the self-​​defense goal of ending the fight quickly. You see, when our head is attacked we instinctively cover up in self defense. We’re programmed to duck our heads, tuck our chins, and hunch our shoulders. As a result, most blows on the high-​​line will glance off our raised arms and shoulders, or even off the head itself, delivering no real knock-​​out power.

Attack Beyond the High-​​Line for Self-​​Defense

The first important point in understanding the role of high-​​line attacks in self-​​defense is that you should NOT focus only on the high-​​line. You wouldn’t fight someone using only your feet, fighting for position while throwing only kicks, would you? That would look and feel ridiculous. But if you wouldn’t focus on just the low-​​line, why would you focus on just the high-​​line?

Self-​​Defense with the High-​​Low Combo the Tandem Attack

The more effective self defense technique strategy is to use both high-​​line and low-​​line attacks together in a real street fight. You see, when your opponent senses he’s being hit in the head, on the high-​​line, he’ll cover up. This will naturally open up his defenses for a low-​​line self defense technique such as a kick or a foot sweep. Go from high to low to high as you attack, always drawing his attention from one line to the other so you can exploit the opening that follows with your strikes.

The Key to Ending a Self-​​Defense Incident Quickly

Most important of all, is that using combination high-​​line and low-​​line attacks like this will end a self-​​defense altercation very quickly. This is because your attacker cannot sense and react instinctively to both high-​​line and low-​​line attacks. While he’s trying to deal with both the high– and low-​​lines, he’s absorbing strikes, and every time he senses danger in one direction, he starts taking damage in the opposite area. Going from low to high and then low again will overwhelm his central nervous system and shut it down. He’ll end up curling into a fetal ball, desperate simply to protect himself from your strikes, no longer capable of attacking you at all, allowing you to escape — the ultimate goal in self defense.



  1. Mr. Cloonan says:

    Your argument here is not valid as it assumes the defender is quicker and more agile than his/​her attacker, thus able to take the initiative, which is not always the case.

    • Not sure what you mean here. This self defense principle isn’t about being faster or more agile than your attacker and there’s no assumption of this. In fact, you should never assume anything in a real street fight.

      * Never assume your attacker doesn’t know how to fight

      * Never assume he’s not armed

      * Never assume his buddies are going to just “watch”

      In basic terms, this self defense video is about chaining your attack to take advantage of your opponent’s open areas. And even going further, actually CREATING those open areas by striking in one zone and following up in another.

      Make sense?

  2. raphael plassi says:

    lovin this

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