Man punches two other males as they enter within striking distance. An example of how at this close range there is not enough time to react to a sucker punch. Most people are generally not able to predict the exact moment a strike will be delivered from the hands at waist position.
- Male 1 wearing white shirt stands stationary while male 2 approaches at a quick walking pace with confident and aggressive body language.
- Both males with hands at waist and normal standing posture, no preliminary combative stance.
- Male 1 immediately strikes male 2 to the head with his right hand, thrown from the waist.
- Male 2 falls to the ground. Male 1 stands over him.
- Male 3 approaches and pushes the arm of male 1.
- Male 1 punches male 3 from the waist without warning, he falls to the ground.
- Male 2 appeared to expect success (submission) with verbal confrontation and posturing. He may have also been considering a sucker punch perhaps after some escalation/intimidation. This is indicated by his closing the distance without an immediate physical attack.
- When standing at striking range with no defensive posture, either person can feasibly land the first strike if they can avoid telegraphing their intentions.
- Telegraphing includes the adoption of a defensive stance in order to prepare for a possible attack.
- For this reason it can be tactically advantageous to strike early while both are in a non-combative stance.