Work the angles
Never face an attacker head-on. When a matador faces a charging bull, he waits until the last moment, steps to the side, and attacks the bull with the banderoles . By stepping to the side, you effectively eliminate any threat from the attacker’s far side, and then you concentrate your attack on the attacker’s near side using a low, middle, high attack sequence.
- Attack low. Side kick the side of the attacker’s knee. The knee does not bend sideways, so it will easily break when hit from the side; one-legged attacker is not much of a threat.
- Attack middle. Knee or punch the attacker’s stomach or lower ribs; broken ribs make breathing and moving difficult.
- Attack high. Attack the neck with a knife hand, or the head with a palm heel. A knife hand attack to the throat will injury or collapse the windpipe and hinder or stop breathing. A knife hand attack to the side of the neck will collapse the carotid artery and cause a knockout. A palm heel attack to the nose will incapacitate or knock out the attacker. A palm heel attack to the chin may shatter teeth, break the jaw, or cause a knockout.
Keep working the angles so the opponent never has an opportunity to formulate an attack. If the attacker is off-balance, any attack will be less effective than it would have been had the attacker had a firm stance. At the same time, insure you always have your balance and a firm stance so you may effective block attacks and initiate attacks with power.