BEAT THE BULLIES WITHOUT HURTING THEM
Everyone who is trained in Muay Thai should be able to defend themselves against a bully or unarmed assailant of some kind.
You can put them in the clinch and blast them to smithereens, or you can leg kick them into oblivion.
But let’s say that you don’t want to do that. Maybe you’re not in the mood for leg kicking or clinching. You just want to put space between you two and leave.
Today we’re going to demonstrate the defense against two common attacks you’ll face on the street: the push and the choke.
SELF DEFENSE SERIES: 2 ANTI-BULLY DEFENSE TECHNIQUES
PUSH & CHOKE: DEFENSE AND OFFENSE
Do not underestimate the potential damage of a push. If you’re not cautious of your setting, who knows what you could trip over! You could get pushed over a chair, pushed into glass, or pushed onto the road. This is why the push defense is vital. Furthermore, this windshield-wiper technique allows you to take an angle and push your opponent out of the way.
The push and push defense is something everyone should learn. Why? Because the push is the ultimate neutralizer in a fight.
The push creates distance and off-balances your opponent. The defensive mastermind Giorgio Petrosyan often uses the push to thwart his opponent’s attacks. On the other hand, the head-kick master Peter Aerts was a master of using the push to off-balance his opponents right before kicking their heads into another dimension.
The choke, on the other hand, is far less dangerous. The assailant is giving you both of their hands. You are not in any danger whatsoever if you can defend the choke properly, take an angle and push your assailant away like you did in the push defense.
The push and choke defense are two essential techniques for self-defense. If you’re pushed into a scuffle on the street, you bet your ass your assailant will use one of the two.