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How to deal with a Group Fight? Talking with Peter Consterdine.


Mob fights? We asked Peter.

Peter Consterdine is a renowned martial arts expert and one of the most respected figures in the self-defense and martial arts world. With over 59 years of experience in the industry, he is a 10th Dan Black Belt in karate. Over 10 years of door work in Manchester and a consultant police instructor to some 12 police forces.

Founding member with Geoff Thompson of the British Combat Association.


Peter is widely recognized as an exceptional instructor, coach, and author, having authored several books and instructional DVDs on self-defense and martial arts. 


And, he was one of the first ever to point out the necessity of specific training for real-life self-defence situations. All based on his own experience at the door and as a bodyguard. 


In this YouTube video, Peter shares his wealth of knowledge and experience in fighting multiple opponents. He discusses the principles and shares practical tips and techniques for staying safe in one of the most dangerous real-fight situations.


Whether you're a seasoned martial artist or a complete beginner, this video is sure to provide you with valuable insights and practical advice on how to deal with group fights. So, sit back, relax, and learn from one of the best in the business.


Although Consterdine acknowledged that there are many different scenarios that could arise, he provided some useful insights and strategies to help anyone facing this situation.


Consterdine explained that the ideal scenario for dealing with multiple opponents is when they are all close together and within touching distance.


In this situation, preemptive action is key. He recommends starting with a slap, which flows into a central hit, and then finishing with another central hit. These three hits should be within half a second, which is possible with the right training and practice.


The principle that Consterdine describes is based on pistol competition, where shooters have to hit a series of targets in a specific order and within a specific time frame. The sequence is based on cadence, which is a rhythm that helps the shooter manage recoil and maintain accuracy.


However, Consterdine also acknowledges that this is a perfect scenario and not always possible.


If the first hit doesn't have the desired effect, it's important to maintain a cadence and keep moving. The goal is to preempt each opponent one at a time, rather than trying to fight multiple opponents simultaneously.


Another technique that Consterdine recommends is intercepting opponents before they reach touching distance. He talked about a drill where one opponent comes from the front and another from the back.


As they approach, he explodes with a falling reverse punch that takes him a long distance, and then he steps with his back foot to deliver a second punch to the other opponent.


This technique requires can be very unexpected for your opponents coming from an unusual distance before they can attack.


In conclusion, while there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we should work on one solution per each most common scenario.

Preemptive action is the key to Consterdine's self-defense tactics.

With practice and dedication, anyone can develop the skills necessary to handle multiple opponents and stay safe in dangerous situations.