Below are some kind words unedited from one of our new students on how he defended himself against a nasty confrontation.
An Urban Krav Maga and Mark O’Neil testimonial:
After having attended Sussex Urban Krav Maga for 4-5 weeks I was mugged at UKF bass culture (a London music event at Alexandra Palace) on the 25th of November. The techniques I had learnt even in this short period undoubtedly protected me and prevented a severe beating as suffered by others targeted during the same evening by the same gang – here are the details of what occurred:
10 000 people attended the event and the incident occurred during Nero’s set, so the arena was packed tight with people, it was dark lights were flashing and the music was incredibly loud, unbeknownst to me the gang of 5 were pointing out their targets and pushing through the crowd until they were surrounding them, one directly behind and the other four within one or two people on all sides. I was wearing a gold chain given to me as a special gift for my 18th birthday – a silly choice given the escalated price of gold and the nature of the event – but something I’ve worn every day since receiving it so I didn’t think! This was the gang’s target and many other people outside when I went out after were reporting chains being snatched.
The lad who had moved directly behind me grabbed the chain, I felt this and began to turn to my right straight away, he turned to run away into the crowd as his hand pulled on the chain to snap it, as the chain gave way his right hand was to the right of my neck because I had turned, I grabbed over his knuckles with my left hand, twisted sharply outwards and pulled his arm towards me – as per a knife to the neck from the rear drill from the class. This flung him to the floor and left him lying on his back, head at my feet and legs away from me – looking shocked. Had it just have been him I would have very easily managed to take my necklace back and prevent him from following me using any of the finishing techniques we had practiced – however I then got punched in the side of the head from my right. I let go of the first lad who I had thrown to the floor and turned to the directing of the punch realising there was another person involved to my right, he swung again and I had already adopted the rhino defence as we were told that if there were multiple assailants or when a punch was being thrown that the best way to protect your head was to adopt this defence. I drove towards him with my elbow up and his punch went behind me, his right arm colliding with my left, when I felt this collision I opened up and grabbed behind his head in a muay thai style clinch, I pulled his head down and kneed him to the forehead sending him falling into the crowd, I was then punched in the back of the head by a third attacker his punch connected hard and his hand slid past my right ear, I rotated to my left quickly and threw a punch as I turned – connecting well with his jaw and knocking him unconscious to the floor. By this time a 6ft circle had appeared in the crowd inside in which only me and the remaining boys were left the first lad I had thrown had got up and run, the remaining two pushed me across this circle from behind and ran away into the crowd leaving me and the unconscious lad in the circle – I shouted loudly after them words to the effect of “come on then I’ll have you” to ensure that they wouldn’t come back and then turned my attention to the lad lying face down to my left, he was lying face down and was beginning to stir, I jumped on his back and pulled his right arm out and behind him – I bent his wrist and locked his arm behind him as shown to us in the class, picked him up to his feet and walked him 30meters to the side of the venue where the security were. I explained that him and four other lads had just mugged me and he was escorted to the front door where he was handed over to the police – upon searching him the police found 4 mobile phones and 6 wallets in his possession and he was arrested.
Several other people outside also identified him as one of the muggers that had attacked them – however most of the lads outside had extremely swollen faces, bleeding lips and signs of having sustained a lot more damage – one lad described them snatching his chain he turned to grab it back and was then beaten to the floor and had his wallet and mobile taken – this left me certain that had I not acted in the way I had and known how to act I would have suffered a similar fate – unfortunately I did not manage to recover my chain and as the police were unwilling to enter the event or stay until it closed they did not catch the other participants – I did however report the crime and was able to give full descriptions of all involved.
Had I not attended Sussex Urban Krav Maga – I would not have been able to bring the first mugger to the floor, I would not have been able to defend myself against, or distance myself from, the second mugger, I would not have turned to strike the third mugger I would have definitely just attempted to hit the floor to get out of trouble – as per the other victims of this group. In short I would have lost my mobile, wallet and keys as well as my necklace, I would have sustained a lot more physical damage and I definitely would not have managed to get one of them arrested or have been able to describe or identify any of the gang – I think everyone can benefit from knowing how to react in these situations, I strongly believe that knife defence is something everyone should learn and having even the smallest amount of knowledge and practice made a huge difference for me.
Thanks and kind regards
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