Control is established by a strong, confident presence, the application of calming words, control holds, punches, kicks, strikes with environmental objects, or any other technique that incapacitates the person’s physical ability to attack.
CONTROL OF THE SITUATION
You control a situation by your confident presence, calming words, use of your surroundings, strategic positioning in relation to the threat, help from a friend, and an understanding of your own physical vulnerability.
CONTROL OF YOUR ACTIONS
Sometimes a defender, out of fear, anger or lack of confidence, will overreact and use more force than a situation requires. So this doesn’t happen to you, know that when you’re in command of both the situation and the attacker, you’re more likely to control yourself, even when you discover that the threat has a high tolerance to pain.
A martial arts friend says, “Fighting is about chaos and your objective is to bring order [control] to it.” Th is objective and mindset must guide your actions so that you do what needs to be done for your safety and with minimum injury to the attacker.
Note: Although many of the techniques in How to Fight the Pain Resistant Attacker are designed to debilitate an assailant who hasn’t responded to other control measures, you must always strive to affect minimum injury. It’s the legal thing to do and it’s the honorable thing to do.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here, and that’s okay. We all need to be reminded from time to time of these three control factors since they are never more important than when dealing with a violent person who doesn’t react to pain.
It’s easy to become conditioned to the way training partners respond to our techniques: their frantic slapping on the mat, the way they cry out in agony, how they clutch desperately to whatever hurts, and their comments about your mother. Your training can so condition you to this that when a street attacker doesn’t respond similarly—he only mildly reacts or he doesn’t react at all—it can cause that aforementioned physical and mental freeze. It’s happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to others.