Recently have begun to ponder about a concept of what I think is often overlooked or not considered at all in many self protection discussions. It may appear on the surface to be one of those really odd insights of highly unlikely attacks such as "how do we defend against a flying kick in the street or a skilled katana attack?" yet in reality is quite possible. So possible in fact, that I have seen it happen twice. Once while driving past the incident and second in a crowded and very upmarket shopping mall in Florida. This attack was an opponent running. The first was literally a chap running towards someone, clenched fist at his side, ready to attack.
How does one defend against such an assault where the whole body is turned into a weapon and how many have really trained for it? I have not that's for sure. Now in the second instance it was a guy who was running through a mall having stolen an IPad straight out of the hands of an off duty policeman at the Apple store. Although his intent was not combative but rather to escape, he was also tall and athletic, how would you stop someone like this if in front?
Sounds a little contrived when you think about it, but when you consider most combative training is done from within bad breath range from a more stationary start it becomes, in my opinion anyway, far more complex and dangerous. Would you meet force with force at the risk of bouncing off a Goliath and breaking open your head on the tarmac? If you did hit hard enough to render the assailant unconscious, what would you do about the rest of his body already in motion going towards you?
Now the closest I have figured to solving this is to step off line at the last moment and attack from an angle. Now may I add in another problem that results from this. What if you are with someone else such as your partner? Now this would not be as big an issue had the threat presented itself in a more trained for scenario. It is easier to move, angle off or preemptive strike from such scenarios. From a running attack, moving off centre at the last minute may simply send the attacker sailing straight into those you wish to protect.
Now, I am sure many people on this forum know of Dan Innasanto. You may also be aware of the tests which he conducted in the 70's whereby it was shown the distances which were needed for police to draw their weapon and shoot a running knife wielding attacker. The results, which you can check out on YouTube, showed some interesting results. I don't want to open a whole debate on pistol craft but the results are interesting on what needs to be done to protect yourself against a charging attacker. The offices end up doing the same and steeping off the line of attack to avoid the charging attack at 10 feet and above.
With this information, you got to wonder what bodyguards do in such situations so as not to get stabbed themselves but still protect their employer. Should we not learn such principles to protect our loved ones?
Hope this causes some discussion as I genuinely find it quite baffling.