Streetwise: How do you Defend Yourself Against Multiple Assailants?

One of the biggest dangers in urban environments is an attack from multiple assailants.  It is not just something you see in video games and on the news. It is a serious threat that comes in many forms to lurk around dark corners as well and on well-lit streets. Therefore, anyone who is serious about their personal safety and that of their loved ones should be trained to defend themselves.

While having access to a firearm and being trained to use it is certainly an advantage should you encounter a violent situation, there are times when you might be caught without one. Should that be the case, knowing how to react when unarmed is essential to your safety.

How To Defend Yourself Against Multiple Attackers


The first thing you need to do in order to put yourself at an advantage during an attack is maintain a constant awareness of your surroundings. Always be on the lookout for unusual activity or sudden increases in people, and pay attention to your intuition. It is always right.

Awareness is the greatest self-defense tool that you possess. The priority in any violent situation is to avoid and escape. Being aware of your surroundings allows you to be pre-emptive and spot most confrontations before they start.


Take a deep breath and remember your training. If you find yourself caught and need to defend yourself, the first thing you need to do is assess the situation and develop a strategy.

In situations of intense stress, your behavior is far more likely to be based on past experience and training, so rely on it.

Training teaches you control, and controlling your environment will allow you to set up a strategy for the best possible advantage in a fight. In order to do that though, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

1.     Is there an escape route?

2.     Is there somewhere nearby with more light?

3.     Are there any natural barriers like cars, walls, etc?

4.     Are there any weapons of opportunity available like bricks, bottles, or tables?

Identify the Leader

Who is the strongest or most vocal in the group? This person is your main threat and should be neutralized first. To effectively take the leader out of the game, create a visible injury. Doing this can deter the other attackers in the group and give you time to formulate your next move. Plus, often removing the leader from the equation can eliminate a group’s willingness to fight.


When you are faced with a violent situation where you need to defend yourself, rules of etiquette are thrown out the window. Instead do what you need to do to take your attacker out.

What are some good methods to start?

1.     Target the “Four N’s.”

2.     Make your first strike very visible to the entire group.

3.     Use what you have available as a weapon.

When defending yourself, the objective is to be effective; don’t worry about looking good. Instead, use the resources you have available and remember your self-defense training. Your goal is to immobilize your attackers and get yourself to safety. Knowing how to protect yourself is key to surviving so learning self-defense now could put you at the best advantage in the worst situation.

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing