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Self-defense in tight spaces


Personal defense in tight spaces.

Personal defense must be thought of in tight spaces and places and this is the reason why you have to train in a short space.

Because you have to train in a small space!

The environment around you greatly influences combat strategies and capabilities.

I do not want to go into the substance of the issue of light, climate, noise, clothing, etc. but now I want to focus only on the aspect of the space of movement.

Just practice and explain the techniques and actions in large spaces, because people get
to it”, think they can jump, turn, move, back away, etc., but unfortunately it’s all bullshit!

In the personal defense the attacker is aggressive and ruthless,wants to close the matter in no time so it will be very violent and with a tactic brought to zero.

The choice of the location of the aggression

Consider that if someone wants to attack you or steal your wallet in addition to choosing the victim will try to do it in a place that does not allow you to escape, in an argument you will probably be in a parking lot between cars or a local.

When I personally happened to be attacked in a room I found myself between sofas and a table, there was no space, indeed if you move too much you risk tripping.

That day what saved me was the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or at least a ground fight system because that’s what happened, after dodging a punch (fortunately) and brought to the ground, mount and triangle from the Mount while trying to climb and go to sleep, I did not throw a shot but dodged his Power Punch And I hooked it up bringing it to the ground.imageSomeone says or will say “But you don’t have to go ashore in self-defense“, means that he has never really fought because the reality is that you often end up on the ground, but you do not have to explain that if there are more than one it is not convenient to end up on the ground because everyone knows it.

These are trivial phrases that do not solve the problems of self-defense.

I talked about this in an article but you must know that if your strategy must not go to the ground with more opponents then you have to hit and move but if you do not have space???

Where you’re moving.

A tip escapes, do not be closed in a corner with multiple opponents, try to keep them in line but it will not happen often that you have three opponents and you are in a park or a football field where you can move a lot.

I describe some typical situations where there is little space like:

  • you are in a parking lot with multiple attackers,
  • you’re in a car,
  • you’re in a club jumping on other couches where there’s other people,
  • you’re on a bus full of people,
  • et cetera.

What I want to tell you runs away because three against one is not a joke even if you know what you do and in a tight space worse.

Three against one means a lot of movement, you can’t stand still, so after a few seconds you’re already hyperventilating you start not moving anymore and you’re fucked.

Use your energy differently always consider hitting hard first because if you immediately hurt one of them the psychology of the other changes, you never hit and run away.

Self-defense in tight spaces

Now to give you some examples where you need to think about training with different features like:

  • in a garage
  • in the cellar
  • between two cars in a parking lot
  • in a coach
  • sitting on a bench
  • in a corner
  • between two walls
  • inside an ATM
  • in a bar
  • in a bathroom
  • et cetera.

You have few steps in certain places, learn to do the right ones, learn to exploit what surrounds you in that environment, a wall, a car, a chair, a bench, etc.

Now I want to put you a new variable to reflect on, the position of ascent or descent as if you are on the garage ramp or leading into the cellar.

A tip, do not stay low, because you are more exposed to kicks and you are below, with a blow you make a flight back of meters because you have no support to restore balance.

For this reason, the positions of the Indonesian Silatwere born, because of the territorial characteristics of Indonesia where the clashes took place.

If you train in self-defense do not train in contexts that will never happen, of course you have to train a lot in the gym and also in large spaces, but do not forget to train in a short space because it is the situation that if you have the misfortune to be attacked will happen.

Self-defense in tight spaces

In these years I have built the black box which is a square of two meters by two meters (4 square meters) all covered on the ground and on 4 sides with eva material up to 2 meters high where you can perform sparring sessions where you have no room for movement.

It’s a close fighter where you’ll find that in a little space:

  • when you work in the black box that even kicking is complicated,
  • your defensive system is to be adapted,
  • when you do knife sparring and you don’t have space you have to be precise with your body and hands to deflect and dodge the blows and
  • one thing to be reckoned with is you getting used to using the wall.

“Will you get hit so many times in the black box?”

Yes!! but you will learn with time to adapt your movements and the positions of your body and it is something that no one can explain to you why from that distance all your bio-mechanical and instinctive responses need to be adapted and modified because there is no space.

This is the distance of close combat.

Now you don’t always have to do this kind of training but it’s something that if you don’t practice you do incredible damage because hardly in a personal defense situation you will have the space of a ring

In a street fight situation you are more likely to be in a room with tables and people around, between cars in a parking lot, etc.

Self-defense in tight spaces

This type of training you have to do for different specialties:

You do specific sessions and then without limit that is if you are standing and you end up on the ground continues if the one on the ground pulls out a continuous knife. ah ok you didn’t expect it?

It can happen, so when one is on the ground if he insists on stretching his hands towards the pockets or towards the ankle it is not to take candy or pull up his socks so be careful.

Even the fight on the ground on the street must be adapted to the concept of the street.

Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport



The black box teaches you how to adapt your technical arsenal in a very limited space.

This type of training is very useful because it immediately creates the feeling of no space, the feeling you feel when you have a very aggressive opponent who attacks all the time, which presses a lot.

Good workout in little space!!

Stay Tuned!

Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport!


Con una passione per la difesa personale e gli sport da combattimento, mi distinguo come praticante e fervente cultore e ricercatore sulle metodologie di allenamento e strategie di combattimento. La mia esperienza abbraccia un vasto panorama di discipline: dal dinamismo del Boxing alla precisione del Muay Thai, dalla tecnica del Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all'energia del Grappling, dal Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) all'intensità del Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Non solo insegno, ma vivo la filosofia di queste arti, affinando costantemente metodi e programmi di allenamento che trascendono il convenzionale. La mia essenza si riflette nell'autodifesa: Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Dirty Boxing, Silat, l'efficacia del Jeet Kune Do & Kali, l'arte della scherma con coltelli e bastoni, e la tattica delle armi da fuoco. Incarno la filosofia "Street Fight Mentality", un approccio senza fronzoli, diretto e strategico, unito a un "State Of Love And Trust" che bilancia l'intensità con la serenità. Oltre al tatami, la mia curiosità e competenza si spingono verso orizzonti diversi: un blogger professionista con la penna sempre pronta, un bassista dal groove inconfondibile e un artigiano del coltello, dove ogni lama è un racconto di tradizione e innovazione. Questa sinfonia di abilità non solo definisce la mia identità professionale, ma dipinge il ritratto di un individuo che nella diversità trova la sua unica e inconfondibile voce e visione. Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport! Andrea


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