When the situation gets really bad and you have to act quickly and violently to defend your self against some serious numbers, clinching one of your opponents and making him your human shield is the best tactic yet found.
There may come times when the situation requires you to use a different tactic. For example when attackers won’t give you time to communicate and jump on you right away; when a weapon is introduced to the scenario or when you were ambushed by the group and you need to orientate and get back control of the situation.
For situations like this I would highly recommend familiarizing your self with the Thai Clinch.
When the fight is on and ten thousand fists in the air are swinging toward your face, it is time to let Mr. Clinch step in the fight.
This is an excellent way how to survive the whole pack of wolves coming going after your butt.
The main idea behind using the Thai Clinch when dealing with more than one person is that you can use one of your opponents as a human shield to prevent the other ones from reaching you.
Their attack will lose some of its power as they will not want to accidentally hit their friend (whom you’d be hurting a lot) and also the frequency of their attack will lower as they would have to keep moving and readjusting in order to get around the human shield to be able to attack you, what would give you time and space to regain mental control over your self.
Now let’s see how it is done:
The MOST important thing is to get the clinch to be able to control a guy and use him as a shield.
At one point it means that you have to get to a closer proximity from one of your opponents. You either let him come closer or you proactively get to him and take his neck.
Either way it is you who must be in control so if you are letting a person in your close quarters, expect that he may try to strike you unexpectedly, what would need you to cover and then take an aggressive action towards him, so always have your mind and weapons ready to go.
Here on this video from Luke Holloway from Raw Combat International you can find so slo-mo enters to the clinch and also some follow-ups.
As soon as you clinch a guy, you have to start moving (remember the very first part) so it is essential that you train your clinches and become comfortable in movement and control of both you and your opponent.
When you are successful and you get to take the clinch (or at least some sort of it) be sure that the guy you are holding won’t give up just because you have him. He will be in a very uncomfortable position and will try to get away from you.
That is when your knees and elbows come in the game.
If you watched the video above, you could have seen coach Holloway feeding the Japanese guys some solid elbow combos. You have to implement that.
Apart from moving, you have to continuously strike your human shield to keep him loosened up and under control.
It may happen that your shield will get damaged so much, he will give it up and fall on the ground. That is not a bad thing, only a sign that you should use the opportunity that one of the guys is down and now acts like an obstacle for the guys coming to get you, or, if you can’t leave, to take another human shield available… what brings us to:
For the sake of effectivity and preparedness, I would recommend you to train two types of transitions.
First transition would be to learn how to get on the back of the person you are already clinching.
You could see one technique how to do it in the mentioned video, when Luke Holloway goes under one hand of his human shield guy, shoves it over and regains his control from the opponent’s back.
This is a great skill to have when for example you want to access and use your gun (OR the gun of the one you are clinching) or just to prevent the guy from hurting you back (just turn his weapons away from you) or simply choke him out to tell others that you are really a nice guy.
Second transition I recommend is taking the clinch on the other guy.
When your human shield suffered too much damage, or is too tired to follow and falls down, it is time throw him back to his friends and either run away or, if the threat is still active and in numbers, to take a new fresher guy.
It would mean to drop the one you already had and aggressively close the distance between the other one and take him to clinch, what may leave you open and vulnerable for a while.
That is why you have to practice it.
What I like to do is to throw the damaged shield to the attacking person (or group) and as they try to dodge or catch their falling partner, I aggressively step forward and throw a quick jab in the face of the guys that is closest to me. This way I get him to flinch and create a split-of-the-second time, to reach for his neck as I twist and pull him towards me.
Throw some elbows and knees immediately to show him who leads the dance.
Once you reach the point from which you can escape or acquire dominant position of advantage, just throw or kick the guy to his friends and do what is necessary.
Remember that you clinch will suck and it will be very hard for you to move and control a resisting human being if you will not train this.
Get familiar with the clinch and overall human body mechanics. It is a very powerful tool every self-defense practitioner MUST know.
You have received quite a few tips about how to defend your self against multiple attackers and it would only be fair to let you finish the story from the beginning of part one on your own. I am sure you don’t remember it anyway :D.
What I recommend is to go through the three parts again couple times and start training this. Include every point we covered and create different scenarios for your training.
From the videos of reality based self defense experts you’ve seen you should already have a pretty good picture about what to do.
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