Pincer movement

If more than one assailant is involved, it is usual for one of them to deploy the victim with distracting dialogue whilst the others move to your off side. Whilst the victim is distracted by the questioner, his accomplices attack. This was one of the most common attacks in the nightclub when I worked as a doorman and is a common, though, unbelievably, innate, ploy of gang robbery or rapes. The reason that so many people seem to get glassed or stabbed in the side of the face or neck, is because...

The Fence

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself in front of a potential attacker who is constantly touching the fence and giving you signs that an attack is imminent and you can't bring yourself to attack preemptively, then you need to create a gap between you and him and take the fence to a conscious level. That means that he will realise that you are taking control. If he is trying to bridge the gap and take down the fence, but you are not prepared to attack then you MUST...

Avoidance

Avoidance is the very first in a long list of tactical maneuvers aimed at 'not being there' when an attack is taking place. And it really is very simple, even obvious, but I find it is the 'simple' and 'obvious' stuff that usually gets overlooked and lands people in an affray that should never have occurred. These tactics are not to be read and stored, rather they are to be read and practiced over and over again until they are natural, everyday habits, like getting into the car and putting on...

Verbal Dissuasion

Aggressive Aikido Techniques

When avoidance is gone and escape is no longer possible we are left with verbal dissuasion. Verbal dissuasion means talking the situation down. There is not a lot to say here that isn't obvious, other than the fact that you should never undertake mediation without some sort of protective shield, that shield is what I call 'the fence'. Now the fence is a whole subject in its own right and should be studied in-depth. For this I recommend that you read my book, or watch my video The Fence. I shall...

Spin and choke

Chock Aikido

I have used this technique on a few occasions but only when I sensed the threat was not great or I had the element of surprise on my side. The spin and choke off the fence is a technique I used when I felt that a restraint was viable. Note I never tried to restrain anyone that was a high risk threat, it would be too dangerous, only use this if the threat is low risk and you feel you can get away with it. The illustrations show the 'spin an choke' much better than I can describe it here....

Larynx grab restraint

Larynx Grab

I did use this technique a number of times, but only when the threat wasn't great. I used to psyche my opponents out more than anything -it can have a startling effect. This grab is especially effective when the opponent has his back to the wall. Grab the opponent by the throat, on the inside of the neck muscles so that your fingers close around the back of his larynx. Squeeze very hard and back the grab up with firm to aggressive verbal commands. It often...