Tuesday, 9 February 2010

How to Take your Opponents Back

The last article talked about one of the most practical ways in which one can quickly take control during a self defense encounter, which is to take the opponents back

Taking the opponents back as discussed should provide plenty of opportunities to defend oneself and should always be strived for if possible.

What are the ways in which this can be achieved though? Simply trying to move behind an opponent will not work, especially if dealing with multiple attackers. One has to take there opponents back via some other route. Below are a few ways in which this is possible.

After a strike – Probably one of the most common ways of taking an opponents back is after one performs a hard strike to the side of their face, which causes an opponent to turn their head. It is nearly always the case that the body follows in the same direction so when the head turns, the body will follow, presenting the opponents back. Hard hook punches are good for this.

Side stepping a strike – After your opponent strikes, side step the attack rather than moving backwards. This may provide an opportunity to take your opponents back, especially if one side steps outside of the opponent, rather than inside. This is one of the reasons why it is stressed so much on this website to learn to move to the side of an opponents attack rather than just moving backwards.

After a sprawl – A tackle is a common attack which one of the best defenses for it is the sprawl. If the sprawl is performed correctly you should land on your opponent’s upper back, which is a great position to be in order to take control of the situation. Just make sure that you don’t fall to the floor with your opponent, if possible.

Via the clinch – If one tries to take an opponent’s back from a distance away, it is very hard indeed. However, when clinching an opponent one has a chance to pull there opponent towards a certain direction which allows for an easy route to their back. Hopefully the clinch is practiced by all and the value of using it understood. Obviously, clinching and opponent who has friends behind ready to do damage to you may not be a wise option, but sometimes one does not have a choice and finds themselves in that situation so its best to learn how to cope with it in the best way possible.

Taking the opponents back should be a result, not an aim. This means that one should take the opponents back when it is presented. One should not aim to try and obtain this controlling position but should definitely take the opportunity when presented. The aim is always to defend oneself as safely as possible, and if caught in a position where fighting is a must, to end the conflict quickly. However, when you do have to fight, taking the opponents back will provide one with a good chance of getting out of the situation with little injury, so when practicing self defense and you are presented with your opponents back, take it!

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