Needing to Fight Your Way Out of a Violent Riot

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

From a discussion at my forum

Marc is doing beautiful job covering contact weapons and edge weapons foot work, for when things are very close, and you are not strapped. And I threw in on the positioning concept, because ultimately movement must have purpose. In the middle of a mob that has set their sights on violence on me…..I need to get out of there. If they are not going to let me leave and they are committed on attacking me, I may have no choice but to fight my way out of the situation.

I do not want anyone to think that I am ignoring movement while fighting with a firearm. With the significant threat of death and grave bodily harm to my loved and I, at my age, at my size, at this level of disparity of force against me, and at my skill level with hand to hand, knife, and contact weapons, I will mainly be relying on my firearm, my positioning, and my skill with a firearm, while moving dynamically, while moving in a controlled manner, and while stationary. I cannot go toe to toe with the mob and I cannot just out run them. Just running from a violent mob is like running from a pack of feral dogs. It is not going to go well.

I will most likely need to fight while maneuvering, possibly dynamically, to set the tone that their mortality is also at risk. I need to deter the largest portion of the mob that I can. Eventually the mobs guns are going to be deployed. Then I will need to fight once I have landed in my position of tactical advantage. Here is where my accuracy level needs to be at the highest level I can achieve. One shot/one hit is what I am going to need or I am going to run out of ammo. If the threat remains, I will then need to fight while moving to the next position of tactical advantage. The best solution may be “move stop shoot” or accurate fire with controlled movement, one shot/one hit, all while ultimately looking to get the hell out of Dodge.

If this very unfortunate situation ever came to reality I am going to be very happy with the type of well rounded training I have been doing.

You are going to need to be smart. You are going to need to be fast. You are going to need to be accurate. And most of all you are going to need to be well rounded.


By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concept

At my forum we were discussing footwork that my be helpful if you are unfortunate enough to get caught up in a violent riot. Here were just some of my thoughts.

My footwork at my age is not going to help me against a bunch of 20 year olds. I am thinking what I need is outstanding positioning.

I have written so very much over the years, but the one subject that I always wanted to write about, but could never figure out how to articulate, is about the importance and concept of positioning. “Concept” is the only way I can explain it. It is the act of placing yourself in the most tactically advantageous position possible. There are so many things to consider, that it is literally impossible to convey it by the written word. At least it is for me. The situation is the dictating factor and the environment is the most important of the many factors.

Positioning seems to me to almost be instinctive. I have no idea where I picked it up from, but it comes to me with almost zero conscious thought. It comes as easy as taking a step or taking a breath. Not only have I never figured out how to write about it, I have not even figured out how to teach it. The most beneficial aspect of the concept of positioning is that it can help you completely avoid the confrontation. If that does not work, it can help you deter the attack. A position of tactical advantage is not just obvious to you, it is obvious to your adversary. There are times where all you need is for them to recognize the obvious. “Good ground” may be all that some of us can hope for, but “good ground” can mean everything.

Funneling your opponents, having the high ground, having your back covered, having your flanks covered, obstacles that slow the pursuit, obstacles that divide your adversary, creating exposure for your adversaries, lessening the exposure for yourself, having additional positions to be able to maneuver too, and having an escape route are just a few elements of the concept of positioning.

When I was young, my footwork was my claim to fame. I can no longer out run a gang of 20 year olds, but with a sharp mind, I can definitely out maneuver them.