When learning how to defend yourself, one of the most dangerous scenarios you can train for is defense against multiple attackers. The Krav Maga techniques that we drill are well-suited for this dynamic tactical threat. If you’re in a fight against multiple attackers, there are a few things to keep in mind that can minimize your risk of personal harm.

Don’t Get in a Fight With Multiple Attackers

The easiest way to figure out how to defend yourself against multiple assailants is to avoid the situation altogether. De-escalate if you can. Run away if you must. The bottom line is that you want out of this situation if possible. The odds are heavily stacked against you.

If It Can’t Be Avoided, Remember Krav Maga’s Principles

If you’ve spent any time learning the basics of Krav Maga, you undoubtedly know that this discipline uses fast, brutal techniques. Get in range, strike hard, get out of range, and always look for an escape. Don’t worry about playing nice when it comes to practical methods of knowing how to defend yourself, either: eye gouges and groin shots are acceptable and even encouraged when your life is at stake.

Use a Force Multiplier

If you can grab a weapon, do so. Pool cues, loose boards, bricks, and billiard balls can all be used to maximize the brutality of your attack. Just remember one of the core principles of how to defend yourself in a fight: once a fight moves from hands to weapons, it’s weapons the rest of the way.

Control Your Position

When using Krav Maga against multiple attackers, an important part of coming up with an on-the-fly strategy for how to defend yourself is to keep your feet moving and mobile. Don’t get drawn into the center of a circle of attackers, stay toward the outside, and try to eliminate their angles by moving yourself to place one of them in front of another. If you can stack them, you reduce the number of aggressors you’re effectively fighting at once.

Stay on Your Feet

If you become a grounded, immobile target, your aggressor's attacks become much easier for them to pull off and more devastating for your safety. If you should find yourself on your back your options for how to defend yourself become much more limited, but try to guard your face and neck and kick out to your attacker’s groin. Above all, get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Train for the Threat

These are only a few of the strategies you can use to minimize the danger posed by multiple attackers. When you’re ready to fully learn how to defend yourself in a fight, we’re ready to help. Call or stop by a Krav Maga Worldwide location today, and register for the training that may one day save your life.

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