Look for pre-assault cues. What notice did the recipient of the initial strike have that they missed?
Watch for things that are consistent across many videos including: poor quality grappling, wild striking, verbal cues, unused escape routes.
Notice how sloppy real fights are. Be careful to avoid saying things to yourself like “I’d just do X.” X often doesn’t work unless you have practiced it against a resisting & free-thinking partner.
Watch the video, then think when or if you would have attempted to access a weapon. Many times the “proper” weapon access time comes and goes in a matter of seconds. You must do it in a way that the draw is not capable of being fouled, but wait long enough that the action is warranted. Accessing the weapon too early or too late can have equally dire consequences. We think after an honest assessment you’ll find that sometimes you may be asked to handle problems without weapons.
The fight is started at the beginning of the video
This isn’t a great fight overall, but there are still some lessons to learn. The first, stay on your feet and keep moving. We also see a great example of why you need to fight within your abilities. If you haven’t spent a lot of time learning how to throw kicks with power and balance, just scrap them completely. Kicking is a difficult thing to do well, and everyone thinks they are better than they actually are. Either learn to do it right, or don’t trust it. You can see how easily this guy catches them and one of the four takes a major spill due to his lapse in judgement.
The other main lesson in this video is mobility. I spend a significant period of time in our managing confrontations class discussing mobility. We talk about how to achieve it, how to keep it, and how to use it. Having solid mobility in an encounter can be the difference between a win and a loss.