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Fighting Multiple Attackers
Practice against two, three, or more opponents.
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• Part 1: Introduction
• Part 2: Tactics
Greg Walker of Full Contact magazine once asked Rickson Gracie, considered the best fighter of the legendary Gracie Jiu-jitsu clan, "what is your favorite multiple-opponent technique?"

Rickson's response: "My Sig-Sauer P220 .45 caliber pistol [laughing]. It is the best 'technique' in this situation, I believe."

If the "lion" of the Gracie family is so concerned about multiple opponents, what chance do you have in fighting multiple attackers? Plenty, if you train for such incidents first.

Bad Situation

Any time you get into a fighting situation, it's not very good--you risk getting injured or even killed. Even if you're victorious, you might have to hurt someone--rather badly--and face potential legal consequences.

Any time you're faced with fighting more than one person, that bad situation doubles or triples with each additional opponent. What should you do?

Don't Fight if Possible

If possible, don't fight 'em. Use the non-fighting levels of the force continuum: negotiate, bluff, run. As in the now infamous "hockey dad" case, fighting instead of walking away could land you in prison. Against multiple opponents, it could land you in the morgue.

Many multiple opponent scenarios start with an altercation with one guy, and then his buddies come over to back him up. Defuse the situation with the first guy, and his friends might back down.

If Fighting, Fight to Win

You won't have the luxury of holding an opponent down until he gives up--in a multiple-opponent scenario, his buddies will be stomping you as you pin him. They might even kick the guy you're holding a couple of times too, for letting you get the jump on him.

Instead, you'll have to take the fight out of each aggressor until all of them aren't fighting anymore, or until you can escape. This can be as simple as defeating their leader or the most aggressive opponent. Taking out a gang's leader, or best fighter, may make the other members rethink their attack.

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