I couldn’t see out of my left eye and didn’t know why exactly (might have been destroyed or something else, didn’t know at the time). Turned out whatever I’d been smashed with cut a gaping hole above my eyebrow and the blood was pouring into the eye and blinding it. Had no defense for that of course because I still don’t even know who hit me or with what. A moment afterward I was shoved backward onto a couch, where a guy choked me with one hand and started punching me with the other. I’ve trained choke defenses a thousand times and time kind of slowed down, like I was in the Matrix or something, as my instincts kicked in. I plucked the choke with one hand and kept it pinned to my chest so he couldn’t get his hand back, and stood up / started moving forward and punching him with my other hand. As soon as the “who’s the aggressor here” situation changed - the whole point of KM’s mentality and counters - he started trying to block my punches instead of hitting me, so I eventually let his other hand go and shoved him away from me. After that he ran away, probably assuming he’d go to jail if he were still there if/when cops showed up, and I ended up taking a cab to the ER where I needed 9 stitches (hurt more than the blow that caused the cut actually). It was the first and only time I’ve used KM in real life and was very grateful to have trained choke defenses to fluency.Why go Krav Magra when Bas Rutten teaches you everything and is much funnier.
Seriously though, the side step and scoop is probably the best technique. Bas Breaks this down pretty well. Someone (another drunken Marine) did this to me onetime because they thought it was funny. I grabbed his genitals. That worked too, but someone who is really determined might have been less receptive to this if they were legit trying to kill me.
A rear naked choke gives you about 6 seconds or less before you are out if they know what they are doing.
Any martial arts you practice and which emphasizes violence of action is going to give you a fighting chance.
Bas on the McDojo people:
Michael: how did you solve that situation?
I like Bas’s general idea there but I’d add a groin strike with my outside hand as I rotated into the guy’s arm. Rear naked choke, if you have the wherewithal to realize what’s happening before you pass out, can also be ended with ear tears or eye gouges depending on what the bad guy’s head position is.