The Fence – Fending off an Attack Before it Begins
If you’ve watched The 3 Main Postures video, you have some knowledge of what the Fence is and why we use it – but let’s go a little deeper, shall we?
The Fence, or versions of it, is as old as physical conflict itself. But it wasn’t until the amazing teacher, author and martial artist Geoff Thompson (Coventry, UK) and his club really started to bring it into popularity as an effective way of managing the dynamics of physical altercations. As a doorman (aka. bouncer), Geoff was able to learn quickly just how effective and important this technique can be.
WHAT IS THE FENCE?
The Fence is a temporary barrier we use to keep a potential attacker under control. All the Fence postures that we recommend start off with the body in a non-threatening position, with the purpose being – to lessen the aggression/intent of the person trying to harm you and to by you time to scan for help, plan an escape route, find an improvised weapon, and/or prepare to pre-emptively strike. [READ MORE]