Bystanders assist arrest with effective control

A police officer struggles to arrest a man by wrist control alone. Two bystanders intervene and clinch with the man around the upper body. One of the former bystanders transitions to control the legs, and together execute a very effective takedown and control of the man. Throughout the takedown, the police officer continues to attempt some kind of wrist/arm control.

Slam while applying submission from ground

MMA fighter attempts triangle choke from bottom ground position. His opponent raises and slams him into the floor, resulting in a knockout. This is exceptionally dangerous and would most likely result in death on a hard surface.

This can be avoided by using techniques which break the posture of the person attempting the slam and bring them back to the ground, or by abandoning the technique as below. The slam is attempted by the same MMA fighter as the above video:

Two knocked out as they approach man

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.


  1. Male 1 wearing white shirt stands stationary while male 2 approaches at a quick walking pace with confident and aggressive body language.
  2. Both males with hands at waist and normal standing posture, no preliminary combative stance.
  3. Male 1 immediately strikes male 2 to the head with his right hand, thrown from the waist.
  4. Male 2 falls to the ground. Male 1 stands over him.
  5. Male 3 approaches and pushes the arm of male 1.
  6. 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.