Basic Self-Defense Techniques: The Matador Defense

December 13, 20121 Comment

Evasive footwork is one of the most important, yet “basic” things you must master when learning martial arts for self-defense.


Because in a self-defense situation you are rarely in a duel. Instead you will meet guys that rushes in and tries to take you down quickly.

So, how do you find a solution to a guy that bridges the gap aggressively?

In this video, Coach Jim McCann will share with you a simple yet effective strategy that can help you get a jump on a guy that closes the distance and rushes in.

One of the solutions to this is what he calls the “Matador Defense”.

In short, you “Cut the Angle” and open the door on the opponent, then use your hands to pass him by… just like a matador. Then learn how to move effectively at all times from left lead and right lead using this technique…

If you have MMA or grappling experience, you may be thinking:

“Why Not Sprawl?”

Coach McCann shares that when you sprawl you’ve submitted to a grappling endeavor, which you want to avoid in a fight because there can be multiple opponents or weapons involved.

In short, if you can help it, grappling should be the “last resort”…

Have a look and let us know what you think.


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