Flash Counterattack

When escaping a mob situation, a ruthless, all-or-nothing attitude is…

When escaping a mob situation, a ruthless, all-or-nothing attitude is essential for success. The “Punch and Cut” was demonstrated on a striking dummy wrapped with a pork roast. The initial straight-line punch flows quickly into the downward cut to the face and mobility-killing comma cut to the quadriceps.

One of the most terrifying crime trends to emerge in recent months has been the “flash mob” robberies. Originally a semi-spontaneous performance gathering coordinated through social media, the concept has been perverted by criminals who now use it to surround and overwhelm unsuspecting victims.

From a self-defense perspective, the flash mob is an extremely difficult problem. Any time you face multiple attackers, the danger level increases significantly. Against a coordinated mob attacking in unison, you face a serious, potentially lethal threat.

There has been a lot of discussion in the firearms world regarding flash mob defenses. In the chaos of a flash mob, bad guys and innocent bystanders are dynamically intermixed, making clean shots extremely difficult. Even if you are able to get shots on the right targets, unless you’re carrying multiple magazines, your success may be very short-lived. This is where a knife has distinct advantages over a gun in that it is extremely selective and never runs out of ammo.

When violent flash mobs first started making the news, I began experimenting with my instructors and private students in our weekly training to determine what tactics—if any—would improve one’s chances of survival in such situations. We found that the tactics we typically use against a single attacker limited our focus and left us vulnerable to attacks from the flanks and rear. Simple, vicious, offensive tactics and dynamic movement worked best and seemed to offer the best chance of success. I have refined those tactics into one basic technique I call the “Punch and Cut.”

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