Defending Yourself Against a Mob

By on January 6, 2013

Scenario #1

The world as we know it is no more.

A disastrous event has taking place living millions dead and millions without power, food, water, or even shelter.

You are all alone in the dark hunkered down behind a couch and hear a storm of belligerent people outside your home shouting that they need to find food and water quick and will do anything to get it.

They are moving closer to your home.

You know they are coming there.

You peak out the window to see nearly everyone armed with some sort of weapon.

The leader of the group looks like some guy the Hells Angels would be terrified of.

In fact, you also notice that many of them are still wearing prison jumpsuits.

Murderers, Rapists, Muggers…

What are you going to do?

Do you know what TO DO?

Scenario #2

It is 11:30pm and you are out on the town with some friends.

You are at a nice open bar talking and drinking and having a great time.

You are only on your second drink when you notice there are a few people standing outside.

Nothing unusual, except something just doesn’t seem right.

You finish your second drink and ask for another. You look back and now there are a few more people standing around.

They appear to be secretly talking and keep looking back at the bar.

A few minutes pass as you continue talking with your friends.

Again a look back, and now you notice something is really wrong.

There are 14 people standing outside the bar and now they are getting loud and coming towards the bar.


They are about 20 feet away from you when you notice people screaming and see a few with weapons.

What do you do?

Now these are just two scenarios out of a million. But things like this happen all the time. Anyone who’s serious about real survival needs to learn and be able to defend themselves (and their loved ones) from a violent attack from multiple attackers. Turn on the news and you will be completely bombarded with stories of violence due to “flash mobs” and multiple attackers.

So what can we do when attacked by multiple assailants?


Like everything, it all starts with awareness. Mentally prepping and awareness for multiple attackers is actually not that different from dealing with a single person. But if you are not aware of your surroundings, then needless to say, you will most likely be caught in the problem. So be aware of your surroundings at all times.

And keep an eye open for any potential ‘flash mobs’. A flash mob can literally overtake an area in a matter of minutes. So be on the lookout for an unusual increase of people in a certain area. And trust your intuition. It is always right.


The next thing we need to do is of course assess the problem. We call this Threat Assessment. Threat assessment is a very important part of reality based self defense training and should be a part of everyones knowledge.

It is simply being able to read a person/persons and tell what is going to happen next. Immediate threats must be evaluated in terms of the threatener’s emotional/physiological readiness for action. The most important source of information will be the threatener’s behavior and body language. Followed by what they actually say.

Look for early warning signs of a potential attack like,

  • Repeated phrases
  • Weight shifting (forward to grapple, back to kick, back and forth for circulation)
  • Unusual sweating
  • Opening and closing hands or shaking them to restore circulation
  • Shallow mouth breathing
  • Taking of jacket or other restrictive clothing
  • Clenched teeth
  • Eyes darting back and forth
  • Raspy voice
  • Shoulders hunched forward
  • Knees bend
  • Chin ducks
  • Target glance
  • Reaction hand distraction


The bottom line is that, when it comes to violence, things go wrong. No matter how good you are at physical combat (martial arts / self defense) you can get hurt or even killed in a violent confrontation.

Remember this: ANYBODY can find themselves on the losing end of a physical altercation.

It’s knowing what you can do to break free when someone has gained the advantage that will keep you from being hurt. You need to learn how to escape and evade (E&E) a bad situation.

I always tell my students, the best physical self defense technique is Sprinting & Running. Don’t stand there and try and be a tough guy. Whenever I go anywhere, I am always scanning my environment for potential threats, and places that I can make an escape. I also look for places I can hide just in case I can not escape.

Knowing that I might need to escape fast from a situation is also a reason why I practice Parkour (Google it). Not free-running, Parkour. Th difference is that free-running usually involves flips and fancy crap. My only goal is to get the heck out of dodge. And yours goal should be the same.


Last but not least is to diffuse the situation. If you can’t get away and avoid a bad situation, your next goal is to try and diffuse it before it gets violent.

Telling the group or the leader of the group to F’ off is really not going to help here. That may sound like common sense but seeing what people actually do during confrontations, you can tell it is not.

You need to approach the situation calmly and with respect. Try and find out what you can do to help the other person/persons. And always give the people your full attention while still employing a non violent type posture. Remember, it doesn’t have to end in a bloodbath. Try and always end things peacefully.

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STAY PRIMAL, my friends

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About Coach Karma

Coach Karma L Senge has been in Personal Protection / Self Defense as well as the Fitness & Nutrition world for over 31 years now and continually teaches around the world. He has held seminars for many government agencies around the world as well as seminars for civilians. He currently teaches seminars in the United States, Europe, India, and throughout Central America. As well has oversees many training groups around the world.
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