Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Split and Stack Strategy

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Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense looks at four important factors that will help us when dealing with multiple assailants using the split and stack strategy: angle, distance, speed and accuracy. Alessandro demonstrates how these work against single and multiple assailants in unarmed self-defense and discusses how each skill can be honed in practice. In this video, learn self-defense against multiple attackers.

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8 Responses to “Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Split and Stack Strategy”
  1. Joseph

    Part of my self defense strategy has become unarmed defense, hand-to-hand skills, or simple defense of either using a kubotan or pepper spray.

    When I was younger living in a large city I was mugged multiple times. One mugging, by two people, one with a knife, I barely escaped; I utilized a strategy that was really too risky but fortunately by a miracle survived. So do I need a gun-yes!! But for the other muggings good hand skills sufficed and the things mentioned above would have been a help.

    The scenario of an one assailant coming at me, and has a knife, would be met by me with a gun. If he drops his knife before he reaches me, but continues to come at me( and he is basically my size), a gun would not be justified and so good hand skills would be much needed.

    I especially like that PDN is teaching both, unarmed and armed, and is becoming the place to go for all my self defense needs.

    The above demonstration may look simple but there is so much there. Things happen so fast that you need to be prepared to move fast. Moving fast means that you really have not much time to think, so practice has to be to the point that you move unconsciously, and do things by habit, to be accurate.

    Something is immediate of the imminent threats and needs to be handled first. Using a method-stacking angle- seems like a good way to deal with one threat at a time, if possible. Also in the above threat he moved in to the assailant. I like this demonstration, it got me thinking, as do many of the PDN videos.

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    • TB

      Joseph, in your situation, the bullet would have left the chamber before the attacker could drop the knife.

      The law does not require you to wait to get injured before responding with deadly force. If a reasonable person would believe that they are at risk of GBI (great bodily injury) or death, then deadly force is justified.

      You need to get that clarified and change your strategy accordingly because you are literally betting your life on it.

      I would recommend that you read Law of Self Defense 2nd Edition by Andrew Branca. This should put you in the know and dispel any myths you may have about what you can and cannot do Re: deadly force in self defense.

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  2. Joseph

    Part of my self defense strategy has become unarmed defense ,hand-to-hand skills, or simple defense of either using a kubotan or pepper spray.

    When I was younger I was mugged multiple times. One mugging, by two people, one with a knife, I barely escaped; I utilized a strategy that was really too risky but fortunately by a miracle survived. So do I need a gun-yes!! But for the other muggings good hand skills and the things mentioned above would suffice.

    The scenario of an assailant coming at me, one who is equal to me in size,etc., and has a knife would be met by me with a gun. If he drops his knife before he reaches me but continues to come at me a gun would not be justified and so good hand skills would be much needed.

    I especially like that PDN is teaching both and is becoming the place to go for all my self defense needs.

    The above demonstration may look simple but there is so much there. Things happen so fast that you need to be prepared to move fast. Moving fast means that you really have not much time to think, so practice has to be to the point that you move unconsciously, and do things by habit to be accurate.

    Something is imminent and needs to be handled first. Using a method-stacking angle- seems like a good way to deal with one threat at a time if possible.

    The video got me thinking as all PDN videos do.

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  3. DStory

    if anyone attacks me on the street i will always take it as they mean me bodly harm and will always respond with deadly force. i am almost 60 years old and anyone younger than me is normally faster, stronger than i am.

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  4. Will

    I studied Aikido for many years, as well as combat jujutsu, and one solid useful point of both was Randori training, and that was basically stacking attackers in front of each other to put them in each others way, the most important part was moving, and not allowing yourself to become the central target of several attackers (there is no defense for multiple attackers from several different directions other than movement) and the idea of precise fast and decisive strikes is a very good plan of action without it you’re going to have serious problems without taking your attackers out of the fight….video gave good advice…keep training!
    like they say, you never rise to your expectations, you fall to your training…

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  5. Ed

    I too think it is a good video… Stacking your opponents is the way to go, that is what I trained for when I did TKD in my day… However… both of them are armed… at my age, and considering I would be accompanied by my significant other, I woulds use deadly force unless I see them surrendering their weapons and their pep…

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  6. Nadi

    Theory, no solution. Compliant slow motion attackers. He did not solve the problem he talked about a theory and did nothing at combat speed. And more importantly what is his operational experience in such encounters. You need to upgrade your trainers.

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