Why You Wouldn’t Beat Multiple Opponents • Martial Arts Explored

Why You Wouldn’t Beat Multiple Opponents • Martial Arts Explored

Would You Survive Against Multiple Attackers? I would bet that anyone who started martial
arts, early on still as a novice imagined himself defeating multiple attackers. After all this imagination is fueled by hundreds
of action movies where the main hero beats sometimes even more than 10 attackers. For an inexperienced person it would seem
that having the upper hand in martial arts or combat sports against multiple opponents
would make the whole difference, yet it is not how reality works. Unfortunately, not everyone who practices
martial arts realizes this even after years of training and still believe that they could
easily beat multiple attackers. This belief could be fatal if such a person
would actually be attacked by more than one person. To bring clarity to the subject of multiple
attackers, I’ve interviewed two self defense experts: Bruno Orozco and Paul Sharp, on whos
thoughts this video is mainly based and with their help we will take a look at The Reality
of Multiple Attackers. It is interesting, that very few martial arts
even address the question of multiple attackers. Probably the only martial art that I am familiar
with that spends a great amount of time on multiple attackers is Aikido. Unfortunately Aikido suffers from lack of
pressure testing and alive resistance, which would be experienced in a real situation,
thus being able to defend against multiple opponents under Aikido conditions would not
prepare us for a real multiple attackers situation. Nevertheless there is something valuable that
this system offers, since as Bruno Orozco says:
“The secret of fighting against more than one is to never lose mobility.”. When training against multiple attackers in
Aikido you are forced to always move, always noticing the positions of the attackers and
choosing a place where you are most difficult to reach, in order to not be overwhelmed. This skill could be applied to an actual situation,
yet there is another key component which is missing in Aikido’s training methodology
and that is striking. As Bruno points out:
“Always change your position and knock out as quickly as possible one aggressor and then
the following and then the next one. For that techniques such as boxing and muay
thai is ideal as one strike is faster than a takedown, armlock or other similar techniques. So we have to know how to hit well, quickly
and appropriately. And striking is the only way to accurately
deal with more than one opponent or attacker. Because in reality no one runs towards you
with open arms so you can throw them away. That is Aikido fiction.”. While Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is extremely effective
against a single opponent, many people point out that it is not suitable for dealing with
more more than one opponent. Bruno agrees with this point by saying:
“What a grappler is looking for is full engagement, to have a one on one contact. And you can’t be with an aggressor for more
than four seconds. For example in my system we measure the time
of a defense, and it can’t last more than three seconds. So we have to hit quickly in areas like esophagus,
neck, genitals, solar plexus, using elbows, headbutt, knees, but never lose your mobility. Never over engage. Hit fast, hit hard and move.”. Paul Sharp also offered some insights that
would be very valuable in such a situation: “You gotta fight one person at a time. You have to use a person that is in front
of you. You have to use them as a shield in front
of the other person or people. So as much as possible I will use footwork
or control of their body by getting good position. I’m gonna use that control to keep them
between myself and the other attackers until I can figure out a way of escape or a way
to arm myself.” I hope that those who are watching this video
can understand the complexity of such a situation. While the strategy applied in it may sound
easy to understand, we have to keep in mind that all of this would be happening in a chaotic
situation, where multiple people would be approaching the defender at the same time
trying to hurt him. In such a situation to be able to always move,
use others as barriers, find an escape route, or hit the right targets requires a huge level
of mastery and without proper and intensive training is almost impossible to do. Here, Paul Sharp also commented on the level
of danger of such a situation by saying: “Realistically, you might get beat to death
if you try to deal with multiple attackers empty handed. That’s reality. Your brain can only take so many kicks or
punches. If you are on the ground and you have multiple
people kicking and punching you, you’re in trouble. That’s some serious body damage that’s
occurring. So you have to isolate the guy in front of
you and keep him in front of you so that the others can’t get to you. And then as soon as possible get out of there. Find a way of escape. And if you can’t find a way of escape find
a way to arm yourself. You’re gonna need it. And then go like a berserker, because the
clock’s running down on you. Once multiple opponents get involved the clock
starts running.” To add to what was said, most martial arts
don’t train even with a single opponent who would be going in with full resistance
and intention to hit. To imagine what it would mean to have more
than one such person without any restraints can already open up our eyes to the reality
of multiple attackers. It is also important to recognize that the
strategies offered by Bruno Orozco and Paul Sharp are something that is rarely addressed
in martial arts, especially such advice as using improvised weapons as a means to defend,
since many martial arts primarily rely on their physical skills and body to defend. To remind everyone of various possibilities
is essential. One more such strategy was also offered by
Bruno Orozco. To quote him:
“Who hits first – hits twice. And so in that sense defense is not defense,
but 100% offence. This concept in martial arts where you only
defend yourself if you are being attacked is completely unreal in street fights. Because if the aggressor hits you once, he
will hit you two times and then three, until you are on the ground. So you have to finish the fight before it
even begins. And that concept is not sports like or even
within martial arts as such. Because we do not work with a concept of a
duel, you want to have the advantage at all cost.”. I hope this video helps remind everyone that
reality of fighting and self defense is not as pretty as in movies. It is often enough a matter of life and death
with a huge amount of unknown and unpredictable variables. For someone who lives in a fantasy that it
is simple to beat multiple opponents just with martial arts and fightings skills, it
is a fantasy which may be fatal. It is most important to stay humble and to
realize the seriousness of such a situation, to address the reality of it and to know and
practice the offered advice by Paul Sharp and Bruno Orozco if we want to raise our chances
of survival. Do you agree with the points mentioned in
the video? Was something important left unsaid? Let me know in the comments. If you want more videos like this one – subscribe
to the Martial Arts Journey channel. This was Rokas and I wish you to own your

100 thoughts on “Why You Wouldn’t Beat Multiple Opponents • Martial Arts Explored”

  1. This is the last editorial I am making to sum up the knowledge I've gained through this last year. Now on Wednesday I am finally flying to US to start my intensive MMA and BJJ training so much more live footage and interviews are to come. Very excited about that and I'll see you all soon.

  2. The term "to use martial arts only as a defense" as you have mentioned has been misintrepated. What it actually means is that you must not use your martial arts skill to bully or provoke or disturb someone or commit crimes like extortion, robbery, beat up your spouse etc. It does not mean that you must not attack when your life is being threatened. So the term is meant to be metaphorical, not literal. Thank you.

  3. it depends also on the place or how limited you are in moving around . what i have learned is you can not stop moving. also there are videos on you tube were people have defend against up to three or four people more than that yes it is imposible. i do not think it is imposible to defend against small groups large groups. but it also depends on there determination and will to keep fighting. and this goes for all areas of martial arts you have to develop that mind set of not giving in.

  4. As i've been saying for months, you want to save aikido (or make it functional), make it offensive. When i did sport karate , 20 years ago we used to do 2 on 1, and you got a beating every time, this was due in part to being way to tired, you work twice as hard fighting 2 people, 3 times as hard fighting 3 and so o, you have to, just to keep them at bay. Art of war says it best ' best defense , is attack' or 'when planning defence, plan attack', and my favorite ' plan your attack, as dark as night' it means, do anything to win.
    Nice of the UK Government to disarm the honest 99.9% of the population, really gives the criminals a fighting chance.

  5. The few times I've gotten into a situation with multiple attackers, it was tense but not as complicated as you think it is. Perhaps we are over thinking what will actually happen with multiple attackers, groups and crowds of people are not that intelligent when acting together.

    The only thing that really agrees with my personal experience and your theory is that a person needs to be open to deploy whatever response fits the situation. I've attacked the first attacker, I've done ikkyo in response to an attack, I preempted an attack with a verbal threat, and I've also used my own weapon as a pre emptive threat without using it.

    The point is, you don't know what's going to happen, and no amount of training will tell you what will happen. Not even the "real self defense" instructors. It's often misleading when saying one is real and one is not. The truth is, no one knows until it happens. I agree that conceptually that aikido randori is a good theoretical starting point. But you have to expect the unexpected and be decisive in your action once you move.

    I live in Texas, so my reality is a gun fight. lol. For real, road rage or bar fights usually end up with a gun fight. So no martial art, MMA or TMA, is going to prepare you for being shot at. It's all a wash at that point, and you'll need other training. Like how to shoot a gun during stress environments. Even then, it's a very high risk situation. Good luck!

  6. It's amazing to see your intellectual evolution over time. It's rare to meet someone who's honest about their mistakes and genuinely interested in improving themselves, even at the cost of their egos. Seeing so many proponents of fake and untested martial arts who're simply ideologically unbending, even in the face of evidence, you truly are a rare bird.

    You have my respect for that.

  7. Never go to the ground, always escape, gouge eyes, kick balls, head butt, punch adams apples and run, if they are holding you grab a single finger and break it to get lose but don't ever ball up and let them beat you, kicking a person in fetal position doesn't take any energy so they can kick you all day if you ball up, in the instance you are bald up and getting kicked grab an ankle or a knee and roll with it as hard as you can to drop that kicker on to his face or his back or into the way of the other attackers and if you can roll through onto your feet, do it and run.
    Kicking shins and knees slow your opponents in the fight and make fleening easy as well and people rarely expect leg kicks in a fight because brawls usually degenerate into punching and wrestling immediately and leg kicks are great for maintaining distance and slowing down your opponent which are crucial in a multiple Fighters scenario especially when it's time to escape.
    Also full Nelson's and headlocks are extremely common in street brawls where one guy can get a hold of you and the others can kick and punch you so knowing a proper Escape for the Full Nelson is critical as well as knowing how to counter and Escape headlocks.
    Bas Ruttens self defense is fun and informative, if you haven't seen it I highly advise it because you will laugh your ass off and enjoy some excellent information

  8. Well if your first reflex is to clinch or attempt a takedown you will never be able to take multiple opponents.


    So MMA people need to stop acting like they're the supreme authorities when it comes to self-defense. MMA appears to be the best… until weapons and multiple opponents show up, MMA reflexes actually make you easier to kill.

  9. The answer lies in many criteria. You covered up most of the main tactics like the most important one that you need to rely on striking and not grappling or position yourself where other attackers would have harder time reaching you (for example if it's a narrow space, try to have one attacker in front of you and other(s) in the back). Also I might add that try to use the element of surprise if possible finish the fight before it started, how to do that is that aggressors mainly rely on intimidation like trash talking, threats and the power of numbers you can count that it is a form of intimidation as well, so it could be best to stay confident and don't give into their intimidation, since you will have to rely on striking one way or another, be the one to strike first, probably at the strongest looking (the leader of the flock in the other words) and be sure to knock the guy out at least, the other might get intimidated and stand down.

    Also you need to take note in other criteria like never underestimating guys just because they are street hoodlums, just because you know martial arts, doesn't mean you will be stronger than your opponents are even on 1v1 situation, he might be familair with martial arts, or they can also be good capable fighters, just like the endless debate of which martial art is better and most martial artists agree on one thing that it depends on how the fighter is experienced in his field. It also depends on how many attackers you are facing because let's be honest, you might beat 2-3 maybe 4 guys but there can be one that can knock you out and that's the end of that so again it can depend can you risk standing your ground or should you make a run for it, because not only your fighting tactics are limited but the time till you get exhausted is also limited.

    Basically the odds are stacked against you and you need to find ways to increase your odds if possible .

  10. Don't play games if you're getting jumped. Run away if you can but if you aren't fast it's time to throw down. Kick to the groin. Chop to the throat. Eye pokes. Pull hair down into a knee. Don't wait to see what's going to happen. People get carried away in groups and will hurt you

  11. When I was in university I experienced bullying, one of which I was attacked by more than 2 people, at the time I didn't know what to do, I just looked for a wall so I could fight them as best as possible, they continued to beat me, my punch in vain and all I could do was approach one of them so that I could elbow his face and throw a few blows aside then I ran away. The conclusion i cannot fight an enemy that exceeds 2😂😂😂

  12. This reminds me of a drill I used to do in various martial arts classes that I have been active in. One person would stand between two other attackers, who were told to attack from whatever angle they wanted and whatever type of attack as long as they would surround and attack as close to simultaneously as possible. After trying it a couple of times being in the center, I was able to figure out a strategy, which was move out of the way (somewhat of a retreat) and try to get them to follow me in as close to a one-by-one manner as possible.

    It was then that I would keep one attacker in front of me in order to hold the other at bay, and if successful, I would get my nearest opponent into a chokehold or various other holds that would allow me to control my own mobility as well as my opponent's so I could use him as a shield. I would then drag them a bit with me to provide a chance to escape while remaining protected by my "shield." My range of thinking was basically to practice a scenario where I could use the human shield method in order to either escape or incapacitate my first attacker who was already in my grasp at this point, and then do what I had to in order to end the fight that had at this stage become one-on-one.

    I always found this training very helpful, and thankfully I've only had to use it in an actual fight 2 against 1 all of one time. It didn't look pretty or fancy, but it was effective for me, and that's what matters. Sometimes there are those who train and are really skilled, but don't realize that a serious fight for your life isn't going to look good or turn out as planned, and that you won't look cool or fancy, even if you've honed your technique, at least not typically. A real fight is probably going to look sloppy because that's what a real fight is: A chaotic and dangerous brawl where the best looking attack isn't what will prevail, but the one that connects is what matters. It's good to have structure and training, just don't expect it to look as good in the street as it does in sparring.

  13. There is an anecdote in Japan about two Judokas defeating several attackers. The first and last attacker where defeated with projections. The rest with strikes.

  14. there is a martial art that includes improvised weapons: bartitsu! (i know it sounds like a joke, but google it, it's real)

  15. For all the Krav Maga haters out there, everything mentioned in this video is what our instructor conveyed when dealing with multiple agressors

  16. I am a kalripayttu practicer
    My practice idea is.
    I practice forms(kata) and I meditate that time I think only defending multiple attackers in street . until my fear is gone. Try this tell me your opinion (sorry for my English I don't know much)

  17. There is team MMA, and sometimes MMA matches, when 2 people fighting against one. So, some of the MMA fighters adressed it.

  18. Great boxer have little problem knocking out street toughs I know this from watching great boxers in my neighborhood of Bed- stuy brooklyn knocking out two, three or even four street toughs at a time. This style of boxing is known as 52 blocks boxing.
    Rokas I hope you been skipping rope and studying great boxers.

  19. Well if your first reflex is to clinch or attempt a takedown you will never be able to take multiple opponents.

    So MMA people need to stop acting like they're the supreme authorities when it comes to self-defense. MMA appears to be the best… until weapons and multiple opponents show up, MMA reflexes actually make you easier to kill.

  20. Overly simplistic conclusion. Stand up grappling moves like armdrag are very usefull, smaller closed space also increases importance of stand up grappling

  21. I can only speak for myself but I think it's almost impossible to deal with multiple attackers. I have a lot of Martial arts training, I am a kickboxing coach and I used to own an MMA gym. Years ago when I was much younger and stronger than I am now at 55 years old, I was confronted by three drunk assholes while leaving a sports bar, I was with my wife and I had no illusions of my chances against 3 guys so I tried to walk away and as I did one of them tried to hit me so I hit him, hard and knocked him out, at that point the other 2 beat the hell out of me and the third guy I knocked out woke up pissed off and joined in. I tried to fight back and protect my wife who was trying to help me but was only getting in the way.
    When the police came there were 3 of them and one of me so the cop arrested me, but he saw through their bullshit and drove around the corner
    and let me go, telling me to go straight to the hospital. I got 12 stitches over my right eye and was bad bruised up for about 10 days but I feel lucky I did not get brain damage. No martial art can prepare you for this kind of situation, but my training did help me with movement and slipping punches and I knew not to go down or it would have been much worse. My advise is to avoid these situations at all cost, a bruised ego is much better than brain damage, just walk away.

  22. RUN! If can’t run, knife, if can’t knife, improv weapons, if can’t improv, fight dirty, if can’t fight dirty, what long series of bad decisions got you here!!!??

  23. It is untrue that there is no striking in Aikido randori. You are misrepresenting, yet again. Bruno himself is an excellent Aikido instructor who teaches striking in randori. The facts are that dealing with multiple attackers is difficult and very dangerous…but survived regularly and thus should be trained.

  24. I think you're underestimating grappling for multiple attackers. A person can be choked out in a matter of seconds from a standing guillotine. A move you're more likely to succeed in than a ko punch. Same thing with a rear naked choke getting their back after an arm drag. It's not as if all the moves are on the ground. Nor do you have to remain stationary during the chokes. Swinging the person to unbalance them is pretty common once the choke is applied. This creates a moving target as well as the other person being placed between you and other attackers while literally covering a massive portion of your striking targets through use of the choked opponent as a shield.

    I get that you can still be hit while your bodies normal defenses are occupied by choking folks but I don't think think grappling is as bad for multiple attackers as it's made out to be. My bouncer friends use the tactics I've discussed here pretty regularly to deal with these situations.

  25. Ninjitsu does many drills with multiple attackers and it echoes the things said here such as keep moving and using the other guy. You really should look into it.

  26. The Use of Weapon including improvised weapons is if great help and targeting vital areas to eliminate an enemy fast

  27. Rokas or rochas… I like your channel coz u look like a cute blonde twink doxy faggot with a tight ass. Even though I am a straight guy but I wish to stick my hard stiffy deep in ur ass while kissing you

  28. Something seems fishy about your sources in this video. Self proclaimed "self-defense experts" are rarely any good and rarely do any actual pressure testing. I'd like to see what these guys can actually do before I trust their word.

  29. Two very critical and vital points here:

    1) Fighting against multiple opponents is impossible but it is an impossible we have better to include in our training regularly if our interest is self-defense . No matter the techniques and strategies. Being attacked by multiple opponents is unfortunately not a far-fetched scenario. I witnessed many "one vs. one" fights that then ended up as "two vs. one" fights. At the end we are very likely to end up beaten to pulp but, at least, we fought or try to escape or both.

    2) Attacking first. Extremely important topic. It takes a psychological training since normal people are (thanks God) inhibited by doing it. Nevertheless, imho I must admit that at least a couple of times I would have been much better off by attacking first. It is sad to be written but, I think that is better to go on trial for a questionable case of self-defense than ending up in hospital if not much much worst

  30. The Jitsu Foundation has multiple attackers scenarios on their gradings, as did a Jujitsu style I studied in the UK many years ago, though they've folded and closed now.

  31. Personally this is part of the reason that I feel, so far as fundamentals are concerned, Tae Kwon Do combine with Hapkido does actually provide a good base for multiple attackers.

    Now, while it lacks the ground training of other martial arts, there's a far larger focus on footwork and positioning (which many martial arts don't put as much emphasis), it also provides far more powerful options with the use more flexible use of kicks, while also adjusting to more powerful hits. If you break a rib with a good back kick or even just throwing a simple roundhouse it at their knee. You can put someone out of commission in a few seconds.

    Unfortunately many dojangs are just businesses and in it for the money.

  32. The reason why I think bjj is so important vs multiple attackers, is because if you do end up on the ground you know how to get up better then anyone. After you get up, best bet is to run. If you can't then striking comes in to play. So focus on both. Solid leg kicks are great, compared with some western boxing.. hands seem to be more consistent then feet when it comes to KOs, if you leg does get caught/you lose balance you are gonna end up on the ground..

    Best bet is to avoid these situations and bad areas. If you do enter such a situation run. If you can't. Strike first hard and know how to grapple to not get taken down or to get up quickly

  33. I once got attacked by 5 teenagers at the same time… I started running but they were catching up so i turned arround did and started fighting while trying to still move away… Ended up using mostly punches kicks and sweeps… In the end i did a judo throw to one of them i to another one of them, got both arms caught by thr sides but since i weighted way more than them and was strongerr i pulled them to the ground and kept running…. After that it was pure park our

  34. Multiple attackers is the most difficult and probably the most common scenario for street attack. I've been there numerous times and I've been lucky. IMO these notions of KOing the first guy and then the second are very optimistic. The first shock you get when facing multiples is the fact that they rarely stand and engage you, why would they, they have the numbers to attack in flurries from behind and to the side. They work as a team, distracting and attacking, pushing and pulling, grabbing and then when the opportunity arises, unbalancing you or knocking you to the ground where they can stomp you. Individually, they are usually no match for you, their techniques are sloppy, they often close their eyes or turn their back but none of this matters. They have the numbers and they are willing to escalate violence much more readily. Targeting is very difficult because of the above , avoiding being triangulated and rapid disengagement are key, not seeking targets, keeping moving, trying to escape. Techniques that work well with a constant rolling guard and dynamic shifting footwork are best – headbutt, short elbow, hard shoves and slamming. The best instruction I've seen out there on groups is Kevin Secours. Here's my little sumary – https://youtu.be/q_P1O1LvnxU

  35. In tang soo do we learn to fight multiple people we are told to line them up and take them 1 at a time

  36. This is actually something my old master would talk about for why he likes Hapkido so much. His Hapkido is about grab something, try and snap something, move on. If you get a break, cool, if not, move on

  37. All of those quotes ring true in my experience. I actually have had to deal with multiple attackers in my life (packs of bullies in school) and it was only by being more aggressive and vicious than my attackers while staying mobile and on my feet that I managed to get out of those situations.

  38. The only martial art that I've seen that even pretends, in 2018, to allow one to defend against multiple attackers (excluding aikido, obviously) is David Falcaro's Sogobujutsu https://www.youtube.com/user/sogobujutsu . I don't even think my System of Strategy/Aikiheiho pretends to allow one to defend unarmed against multiple attackers.

    Both martial arts (Sogobujutsu and Aikiheiho) emphasize weapons, weapons, weapons: get a CCW, carry a pistol with you at all times whenever/wherever you are allowed to "pack", and use improvised weapons ASAP if you are outnumbered and initially weaponless. I think, in the end, even if you have a Crocodile Dundee "That's a knife!" knife on you and multiple people attack, you're likely going down: you may take a couple with you, but if they brought "party favors" to the "party" too, it's going to get ugly and bloody quickly. Your best bet is a semi-automatic, and, even then, if they draw theirs first and have you "covered", it could end with your death. I'm becoming more and more a fan of Metatron's "Always Wear Stab-Proof Under-Armor" and James Williams's "Always Be Packing" as the only true way to defend against multiple attackers as my Bayesian priors converge more and more with what I think is external physical reality through YouTube channels like yours.

  39. I agree with Bruno. I would add:

    1) The best defense against multiple (and single) attackers is situational awareness. Seriously, pay attention to where you are, who is around you, and what's going on.

    2) Related to #1, run. Your chance of surviving an attack by multiple assailants is 100% if you're not there for the attack.

    3) Use your words. Surprise people who want to surprise attack you. They generally don't want targets who see them coming. Or if you encounter someone who wants a fight, you may be able to talk your way out.

  40. Good video/message.  Systema has a big emphasis on multiple attackers and crowds, more than anything else I've seen.  Most styles never address it at all.

  41. One, you strike and don't grapple; two, you move around a lot; three, you don't defeat multiple attackers, you survive them. The obvious solution is to go into a doorway or something where you''re only facing one at a time.

  42. The guy in this video does a good job of dealing with multiple assailants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYx_vYcj4eA It can be done and I've done it myself when I was young, however, you have to be mean and fast and willing to dish out nasty punishment and you really want to start hitting them while they're still talking tough!

  43. I find it interesting that you've polarized from one extreme to the other.
    Modern aikido is definitely lacking as a complete martial arts. But it and budo do have things to offer.
    The founder of aikido practiced atleast 5 different arts, his family had money so he could pay as well as his isolated time in the mountains. He did weapons and was mentored and given given instructorship in dato ryu jujutsu. He developed his own skills through decades. Thus he as a fighter was more complete than the majority of his disciples.
    *Another factor I find lacking in your analysis in the effectiveness of aikido, martial arts and the possibility of effectiveness is subject mastery. Many people lets say train 90min 3x week in fighting. In 1yr that is only 234hours. I respect Paul a lot, he is the real life Batman. He coined the term FightChurch. That's spending the whole day training. Likely sundays. Let's say 6hours. 6x52weeks. That is 312hours in a year. Add the 234+312=546hours a year rounded to 550hours. A lot by 98% peoples standards today. That person would be on an extreme level by most peoples standards… likely his training would be his life, limited friends, limited outside life, not to mention in 2years or 5years or 10years his skill would by most be amazing. BUT In the past there were "Warrior classes" in certain cultures, professional soldiering. If a person in the old days did FightChurch everyday for 6hours… thats is 2190hours in a year. 4x what that so called extreme student in the above example. 2190hrs vs 546hrs. In a single year. Many of these warrior cultures took the boys at 7yo or so. That means by the time they were 12yo they have 11000hours of warfighting on them. Add 5years, 11000+11000hours. Years of training and actually breaking, killing, etc. This is the average "warrior" in that culture. What of the best in those cultures? I'm talking about cultures who have refined such things for hundreds of years. Not a single outlier, but generation upon generation.
    Most people will never make 2000hours in their style or art, let alone break a single bone or take a life. How many arms have students actually broken? How could someone today actually think they've mastered something without doing it? Bone breaking? Throat grabbing? Etc. Most of these cultures that could have warrior classes had slaves. Slaves and Convicts. Those were often the test subjects.
    Maybe these martial legends have some semblence of truths in them, vs the modern practitioners and mma purists belief that they're all myths.

  44. https://youtu.be/HEjflWAdbiM

    In this video there's a prime example of what you've said. He hits fast, hard, one at a time and gets away with it. Sure, knocking out an opponent with a single hit is not as easy as it looks, but it may be your only chance.

  45. I think there is a reason why kata (originally invented as "strategy book" of sorts vs multiple opponents) imagines at most 4 attackers. That would be more or less the absolute maximum(meaning you are grandmaster of sorts) you can take on if the opponents are not a lot weaker than you and no weapon is involved. Also a very usefull move almost overlooked is : showing. I push the attacker in some direction to 1.) unbalance him (ideally pushed into the path of the other charging dude so they trip over each other) 2.) Creates time and space to power up more powerful strikes, usually from the rear hand/feet (jabs don't do much unless you are mike tyson or muhamad ali). Other less taught skill is: the headbutt: you hit the other dudes temple of nose with your forehead. I know from experience that this works really well as an unexpected move. Easy to defend against BUT easy to get surprised by in the same time.. Than if you have the option and space and stamina to do it (long narrow street required): you defeat the first dude or push him away and start running. They will chase. But nobody runs in perfect synch. So you pick up some speed and in short time they group will split, based on their running speed. The closest to you will be the enemy groups fastest runner (also that means he is the fittest, so the most dangerous). You turn and deal with him, but main focus is not to be bogged down. Deliver the most damage you can in a flurry than immediatly start running agains. Rinse-repeat.

  46. I've done exercises at my Ju Jitsu club where we go up against multiple people. Until you do it, you don't realise how tough it is to buy yourself even just a second of breathing space, and that's with people who don't intend to do any serious harm to you. You spend a lot of time moving around the mat playing keep-away which is another luxury that I doubt would be afforded to you in a real fight. You also fatigue very quickly which is something else to consider, you will always get tired before your attackers.

  47. First off Kung Fu San Soo is based on multiple attackers because in war there is always more than one attacker that's why we don't compete in the MMA you're not at our level.
    Don't believe it? Then ask yourself who taught the United States military since 1964 the answer is Kung Fu San Soo same martial art the Secret Service uses it's not for competition.
    Asking this advice from Sports entertainment is about as intelligent as taking political advice from Rosie O'Donnell.

  48. Also very misunderstood is many Karateka think that a kata is a set series of moves to fight multiple attackers. If this was the case, all the attackers would need to be in the same starting position and you would need to have Spider-Man senses to tell when the attacker is coming from behind to spin round and deliver your punch or kick with perfect timing. It’s not their fault for believing this as they are only following what they have been taught by some delusional ‘black belt’ instructor.

  49. Martial arts can’t prepare you for multiple attackers or knife Defense. It’s far too chaotic.

    They can teach concepts, like make sure one enemy is in the way of the other, identify the weakest link and burst through, etc etc, but these are just concepts. There’s no way to train them consistently or ensure they’re effective.

    Any art that claims to offer defence from multiple attackers or knives is selling nothing more than a false sense of self security.

    The biggest criticism I see about jits is that it’s useless against knives and multiple attackers. To which I say so is everything else, aside from luck.

    Oh actually there is one martial art for multiple attackers and knives – you need a black belt in the 100m sprint.

  50. You have to consider multiple attackers who know how to fight. If they do then the continuous movement concept is still important but will only change you chances of winning from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 1000. In other words there is no sure way to beat multiple attackers who know how to fight. You must get out if there ASAP. If they are not fighters then there are still many variables. How fit they are, how strong, how big, how fast, etc etc. I suggest mastering one on one combat first, which can take years, and just keep the multiple thing in mind, just in case. ‘Uh oh, there are more of them, I’m out of here”. Also JJ is more about grappling, which is terrible for more than one bad guy. I keep saying that aikido should not be mentioned in discussions of real fighting. It is only about training and show. Aikido can be good for many things, but not for street fights. Ok, I may be better than nothing because any training keeps you fit and fitness, in itself helps in a fight, but so does ballet

  51. https://youtu.be/DcaOr1TBA1w

    Most effective technique for dropping someone quick. Works better than most techniques I use but can kill someone so be careful. Plenty of other videos explaining how. If you chop and push through the neck it's almost always a KO or at least make them dizzy and out of it wide open for more

  52. Great video! Paul Sharp is a personal friend of mine and definitely knows his stuff. This is the main reason learning to use weapons is so important. It a situation were you have 2 or more attackers you NEED a weapon and intense training in its use. I'm not talking swords and bow staffs here. I'm talking a gun and a good knife. Also there is a huge difference in a few small drunks and 2-3 committed, athletic attackers. Back in the day I use to throw out this challenge to the Aikido guys: Lets meet, sign the waiver and run some tests. Me and 2 of my students will attack and lets see if you can defend. We will do the first run on out 20×25 mat and the second run inside of a bathroom. 8×10. If you win I'll pay all expensive plus give you $1,000. The video will be posted to youtube 3 different accounts, twitter, google, instagram 2 different accounts, facebook 5 different accounts. I haven't had a single taker in 11 years. If you ever start thinking you can survive such an attack without a weapon or running away I'd suggest you step away from the IP man/Steven Seagal bullshit and watch some prison or gang fights.

  53. This might be of interest regarding this discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsxLSmWHqwg&t=597s

    It's in French, however – in short, MMA fighter puts on protective gear and invites rando's on the street to punch and kick him while he's down.

  54. For a first strike wouldn't going for a headbutt or a straight punch to their nose be the best bet? It's a lot easier to break a nose than get a KO, not to mention it's faster and takes less room allowing you to either throw them into the others or go for another strike to someone else so you can make your escape. With a groin shot people can push through the pain but there's not a whole lot you can do if you can't breathe well and your eyes are watering.

  55. I have been in numerous Multiple attacker situations, with weapons and without. The 2 most severe involving weapons were home invasions, one when I was 19, another when I was 30. I won without injury both times, the second home invasion ended in me being charged with section 18 GBH for thrusting one attacker through the eye with my blade. The court case was dropped and I was not convicted. The records are public.

  56. martial arts generally dont work against multiple attackets.

    there is a mid ranked krotty teacher who had the snot punched out of him by multiple islanders.

    he MAY have been able to deal with one but not more.

    -no names to protect the person but he

    is in KNZ-

  57. -Have a good footwork.
    -Manage distances well.
    -Have an excellent cardio.
    -Never stop moving.
    -Always seek to fight 1vs1. Never place you in a position of 1vs 2, 3, 4 (try to place your opponents in a row).
    -Punch and kick as hard as you can: look for each hit to be a KO.
    -If you have to use grappling, use quick takedowns, never full engagement.
    -If you go to the ground, try to get up as soon as possible.
    -If they surround you on the ground or stand up, put yourself in berserk mode and charge/get up against a single opponent to get out of there.
    -Anything from the environment that you can use as a weapon or barricade (bottles, sticks, stones, a car, a garbage bag, etc.) USE IT.
    -Never stay: when you find the space flees! If you are with a family member who can not run like you, try to shoot down as many opponents as you can to win a more "safe" escape, carry your family member/friend as best you can and leave.
    -Always remember to see if someone pulls out a gun.
    And as my grandfather told me many years ago (as Orozco says, which is funny since he is Latin American like my grandfather and me): "who hits first, hits twice".

  58. Pressure knockouts

    Learn those, practice them for years and with a little reality, it's the simplest effective method

  59. I could not agree more with what is stated in this vid. I have trained in several Art forms and the idea of multiple attackers has seldom come up. "Keep moving" is definitely key to survival in a fight. In training my students, I am always getting them to be moving and to use an opponent as a shield. Fight fast, fight hard. Multiple attackers will not give you a chance so you need to create and maintain every opportunity. I also like that you emphasized escaping! Do what you need to do to escape. Then run like hell!

  60. In Hapkido (traditional style), the focus is to take down the attacker in one motion, thus being prepared for the "plus one", i.e., other attacker(s). More advanced techniques involve throwing the first attacker into the way of the second, i.e., maintaining mobility around all of them. The intent is to disable each attacker in as little time as possible, and then be ready for the next attack.

  61. keyword "SURVIVE" DON'T worry about winning all your fights, in this case, surviving with minimal damage is victory. Don't focus on too much, approach it 1 person at a time. in most cases if you hurt one of them bad enough visually the others will back off its just animal instinct. good luck and be safe

  62. There is a video on YouTube " When martial arts fantasy becomes reality "
    Just watch it and try to reach the level of those

  63. Dude, I get that you hate traditional martial arts but don’t be a Donald Trump. Karate teaches bow, swords, nunchucks, sai, boat oars, sticks , Tonfa and a range of other weapons, so how can you say that it doesn’t teach people to think about using weapons. Also, those self defence instructors are using wing chun methods to deal with multiple opponents, could it be that it’s because the studied wing chun? Like not going to ground is the biggest traditional thinking out there, it’s why the Gracie’s were so effective, they fought were no one else wanted to fight. Yes I hear you on the pressure testing, but the other shit was rubbish.

  64. Hello, u are right when u say the taekwondo and boxe is the best u have to know in múltiple atackers, only persons who never fought in the street thinks martial arts in the street help for any one, is better u have a good left punch , some people have an natural brutal k.o. power punch, that is more important than a ju Jitsu or judô or karate or kunf fu Black belt, the easy way like u said is tryimg to k.o. one of the opponent, u try the smaller one first, to have capacity in well around with no one behind, ser if u have safe way to sell behind in diretion to freedom, never stop walking behind and punches to the neck like u need that shot to live, when u are in a ver, try to have the floor out behind u and bottles around, Ebert marcial arts who take mas finish the opponent on the floor dont result in a street fight..ź

  65. I was a police officer for many years.I never felt very worried when confronted by an aggressive person if I had a good partner. Two on one if you do it right is so grossly unfair it just works. You both have to be experienced and be absolutely committed to what you are going to do and also if it goes wrong run away like a girl. So the other side is that I knew if I was on my own and there were 2 against me I had to put one down before the fight started or scare one so bad he would hang back. 2 on one when the two are committed is really about a 10 to one odds.

  66. I know martial arts but I rather use weapons if dealing with multiple thugs.
    Do not fight if you are in a disadvantage.

  67. I'm always a little sceptical when people say to beat multiple attackers you need to take them out quick by hitting the throat, groin, etc. These targets are generally hard enough to hit in a one on one fight and having additional opponents typically limits your options (or at least it does in the re-enactment battles I've participated in) and I'm bold enough to suggest that if you can't land an attack one on one you're going to struggle to land that attack against multiple opponents.

  68. This is one of the many drawbacks of watching too many Kung Fu movies.😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

  69. Rokas, we're all enjoying your journey. It took courage and integrity to acknowledge Aikido's shortcomings especially after the investment of so many years in it.
    Alot of good points in this vid. I've saved to my library. Well put to say that this is not a duel and that He who hits first, hits twice. Continue to walk the earth my friend.

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