How to Redirect an Attack
Uncategorized / March 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to protect yourself when facing a scary opponent? Someone larger and more powerful than yourself? How do you stop the attack? Answer: you don’t. Instead, redirect the attack. A rushing attack, or a pushing attack, should be redirected away from the target: your body. A redirect uses a small amount of energy to move a mass from hitting you and placing it where it may be under your control. Think of a forty-foot boat about to hit the dock; you will not be able to stop it, but you will be able to guide or redirect it to a safe settlement on the side of the dock. Different from a parry, a redirect not only moves the attack off its intended target, it places the attacker at a disadvantage. Is the attack real? Any perceived threat can be scary and cause fear. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an attack is imminent or that a response is needed to protect yourself. Try to maintain a confident demeanor (this will improve with training). You will be shaken. If the person is a stranger, ask, “May I help you?” Their reply will most likely giv eyou an…