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.
0:05 – Grooming gesture by the mouth
0:15 – Blocking the exit / blocking door close
0:16 – Definitive weight shift, loading hip
0:22 – Furtive head movement
0:29 – Hand moving away just barely preemptively
This one is pretty violent. The attacker went to jail shortly after this with nice video provided of the whole attack. Still…a later conviction is little recompense when someone is doing the jig on your face and chest.
Watch for the signs, think about them, work your default movement at the first sign of movement, and be ready to regain initiative through violent aggressive action. Put them on their heels, defend through strikes, clinch, takedown, break limb, run away, shut door, pull pepper spray, etc. All may appropriate actions but are useless if you get dropped on the sucker punch.