Police officer uses a snapdown to control person resisting arrest. He initially grabbed the wrist only to prevent escape, then clinched and executed a snapdown, controlling the man with transitions and body positioning on the ground.
Security guards take down a man who has invaded the field at a soccer match. The guards hit him with their batons while restrained, and the crowd intervenes and attacks them in return.
The chief mistake by the guards was failing to appreciate how their actions may appear to bystanders.
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.
A man is seriously injured, possibly killed with a hammer. This illustrates how deadly such an item can be, and why a person wielding something like a hammer must be treated as a deadly threat.
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:
Complacent police surround man and fail to maintain a safe distance or keep their weapons ready. The man is able to close the distance and stab multiple police, possibly killing one before he is finally shot.
A passenger intervenes to choke out a belligerent drunk man who is arguing with airline staff. The choke quickly and effectively ends the confrontation.
Multiple prison guards fail to control inmate with attempted wristlocks and OC spray. Inmate achieves what prison guards cannot and takes down a guard by grabbing their legs.
Pain compliance (OC spray and baton) are ineffective against this man, and the police involved lack the skills/ability to physically control him. Backup arrives to assist, but it appears that the man could have overpowered the two police officers in the meantime had he decided to.
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.