FightStoppers – Looking at the “One Strike Stop”

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Let’s look objectively at the material & analyze the good, bad, & in-between.

Everyone, or I should say, anyone with a brain should know that in self-defense we are not looking to ‘win’ but to survive.  Our ego is the least of our worries.  In certain circumstances a pre-emptive strike is the only chance between escaping danger and being caught in ‘a fight.’

Paladin Press brings 6 self-defense professionals together to give us their “Go-To” technique.  You may click on the thumbnail to see the video.  Let us know what you think by commenting below.

fightstopper 2 lee morrisonLee Morrison – I’ve always enjoyed what Lee brings to the table & consider this to be the best of the 6 videos.  His “One-Stop” strike resembles a Wing Chun chain punch straight to the jaw –  making sure that it is quick & linear, non-telegraphed and with “enough juice to shake the brain.” I certainly can’t disagree with that!

fightstopper 1Mark Hatmaker – Mark’s video gave us a different feel to the confrontation.  Whereas Lee’s “One-Stop” focused on ending a fight, Mark’s emphasized more of a hit & run element using a back-hand (“eye-whip”) followed by a quick palm-heel combo.  He notes that in a true self-defense situation, use “anything around you as a weapon.”  And while this is certainly a valid, Bas Rutten-style scene escape – one would certainly hope that the attacker doesn’t run you down and make you pay for the preemptive assault.  If you choose to rely on this method, make sure the follow-up strikes do some damage.

fightstopper 5Wim Demeere – Demeere’s choice is a classic one-two combo in quick succession (lead hand-to-downward hooking punch).  While I like the distraction-punch combo, I don’t find that it works well for most people.  Ideally, it’s a shot to neck (or side of the head) that can render someone unconscious in a blink of an eye – on the other hand, most fights do not start with the attacker as a stationary target.  Also, it is harder, if not impossible, for a smaller guy to follow-up and (quite importantly) find his mark with his “fight-stopping shot.”  Lastly, you have to be very careful that your initial strike doesn’t back up or create too much movement in your opponent, thus reducing your chances to hit with the “fight-stopper.”

fightstopper 6Dan Shreiber – While many YouTubers have said that they disapprove of Dan’s headbutt and body-slam method, I think that it is an interesting and effective way of dispatching someone QUICK.  If you honestly ask yourself, “Where do men fight most often,” you’ll come to the answer that it’s usually at a club, bar, sporting event or somewhere where alcohol is served.  It’s usually loud and people have to get close or lean in to the other person to hear what the other is saying.  The only fault that I find with this technique is being able to accurately hit with the head and causing enough trauma that the fight ends there.  More than likely, you’ll have the advantage of being on top but the disadvantage is that you’ll likely be pulled into an exchange.

fightstopper 4Joseph Simonet – Simonet’s method of dealing with an attacker is simple, direct and I respect it highly.  In my opinion, Simonet is ‘spot-on’ when he says that the hands should be open in order “to be seen as the defensive dude.”  The technique is a one-shot-blast straight through your opponent [striking to the chin].  The image that springs to my mind is like a football “stiff arm” but given with massive speed, power and attitude.  He also goes to say that if caught on tape or viewed by others, the strike could be explained as something else [e.g. a quick shove] Brilliant!

fightstopper 3Bill Kipp – Kipp’s (of Fast Defense) method of stopping a fight with one blow was a bit “hit AND miss” for me.  His delivery system is a horizontal elbow direct to side of the face.  And although he says, “I wouldn’t use this as a preemptive strike, only if I wanted to take the guy out”… it automatically misses the point by drawing you into a fight whereby a punch exchange is almost certain to occur.  The other problem with this delivery (especially the way Bill Kipp does it) is that he steps in, telegraphing the elbow strike.  What I like about the technique is that the elbow IS utilized.  Elbows are strong, reliable, and deals a great deal of damage.  But while it certainly is a “Fight Stopper,” it isn’t deployed in the fashion that I find reliable.

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5 Responses to “FightStoppers – Looking at the “One Strike Stop””

  1. Great post! I like the fact that this is a collection of different approaches under one topic. Very nice, and I must look at doing a similar format with some things I’ve been meaning to write too as I found it very interesting. Thanks for the read and the inspiration! Excellent as ever.

  2. Via Facebook ‘Street Combatives’ Group

    Tony P. writes:
    Yes good idea with the videos, I am a believer in the one punch knockout and it is pretty much the way for me every time. If the first strike doesn’t do it well it will do damage and the possibility of stopping the opponent is increased by the surprise factor. You know this anyway great blog love it

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    Andrew H. writes:
    The issue for me with the one punch strike is the risk. Because of the suprise factor the risk of Serious injury is there. However in steps the pure genius of the power slap

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    Stevie F. writes:
    Soem of those people I like some I can take or leave. Have to agree with both Andy and Tony, certainly agree to many people teaching the Pre-emptive strike with no real understanding of the Law and the realitys of the justice system, “Someone ‘GETS IN YOUR FACE’ so you head butt him to save yourself, hmmmmm” ..Its possible you maybe able to claim self defence under common law but you would always struggle to prove Actus Reas ‘The guilty mind’, its is possible but not as straight forward as so many instructors claim that it is and that is purely cause they haven’t been there or stood in the dock or been involved in cases regarding Pre-emptive strikes. Loads and Loads of people have claimed Self defence when it came to a Preemptive strike, recently a firend of mind did just that and is now serving 6 years in prison because ‘A bloke got in his face a gobbed off a bit’ so he gave him a left hook to the chin, knocked him out, bloke fell backwards down some steps and hit his head. Luckily the bloke didn’t die but he could of and only spend 4 weeks in intensive care instead. Jury didn’t believe his actions were reasonable whether he was threaten or not And on the flip side it can be the greatest method of Self defence, someone pulls a blade for instance and the opportunity presents itself to strike and run, MAY save your life. So there is huge arguements for both, but I have very much been on the Police and Military side of teaching and am an expert witness for the use of force in the north east, and really have only recently passed couople of years started venturing in to the civillian side of Combatves / Self defence and I was so surprised how many ‘instructors’ knew so little about the realities of legisation and the justice system.

    • Tony P. writes:
      Yes always comes back to” honest held belief”. I am not sure about a head but being a universal solution to pre emption, more suited to certain situations however a slap will be far more palatable from a legal stand point. Saying that any port in a storm.

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