(ModernSurvival.org) – Violent clashes between extremist groups seem to be spiraling out of control in America. Far-left Antifa and BLM have engaged in open fistfighting with their rivals, the Proud Boys on multiple occasions across the country. While most of these conflicts have been dispersed by law enforcement without serious injuries, the confrontations appear to be escalating.
Proud Boys and antifa activists clash in Portland with tear gas and explosive devices https://t.co/54hjjq7cLI
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 23, 2021
The war between the extreme leftist and right-wing groups went beyond typical street fighting over the weekend. According to NBC news, the violent activists deployed bear spray, explosives (fireworks), and even firearms in their most recent skirmish in Portland.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured during the exchange Sunday evening. But, as these fights appear to be increasing in both number and scale, one has to wonder just how far out of hand they will get. The police have already stated they won’t “necessarily intervene” in these Portland clashes.
For survivalists, this is a reminder that when push comes to shove, we may be on our own to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, the very defensive instincts that may be required to save oneself can also be dangerous without the proper knowledge and training. Read on to find out why.
Your Defensive Instincts Could Get You Hurt
Self-defense is incredibly important, especially given the state of the world today. Knowing how to properly fend off an attacker, be it in a dark alley or the chaos of a riot, can keep you alive. Unfortunately, sometimes our natural instincts can do more harm than good when we’re forced to defend ourselves.
In the following video, Aja Dang shows how to overcome your natural instincts and fight off an assailant trying to choke the life out of you:
It takes six seconds to choke a person unconscious in the right hold, so knowing how to escape in a hurry is vital. There isn’t time to think about what to do; you have to act. Knowing exactly what to do could save your life—and it might not be what you expect.
The Right Way to Escape a Chokehold
The natural instinct is to fight when being choked, but unless you can ensure an attacker will release you after one blow, this isn’t the right course of action. Remember, your attacker could be hyped up on any number of substances such as drugs, alcohol or high levels of adrenaline, which could reduce the effectiveness of your blows. Escape first, fight second.
To escape a two-handed chokehold from the front, tuck your head down (so that your jaw is on your chest), rather than pulling at the attacker’s arms. Duck and swing your head through their arms. Be sure you duck far enough that their arms do not block your path to freedom. This move puts the strength of your entire body up against the strength of their thumbs.
If the attacker comes up from behind and engages a chokehold (essentially, a headlock), you don’t want to rely on pulling their arm down. Instead, step forward with one leg and then step backward (between the attacker and your forward leg), with the other. This will allow you to duck out of the choke and push away. The key is to step away from the attacker’s elbow cradling your head, otherwise, you’re helping them make the hold tighter.
Survival often comes down to who wants it more—and who has the necessary skills to react appropriately when needed. This is why practice and training are so important. When seconds matter, muscle memory can save the day.
For more information on how to fight off an attacker, click here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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