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I agree 100% with Van that we need to ingrain a few really solid moves that we do thousands of times so that they are instinctive and immediate.
Defending The X is the first reactive option, and probably the least desirable as it is the most tenuous. It involves holding your ground and fighting from your existing position, probably because you have no distance advantage (he is just outside of arm's reach), no spatial advantage (you do not have the option of moving off his line of attack), and no initiative advantage (you are reactive, not having anticipated and prepared). While this is certainly an unenviable place to be, we cannot ignore the possibility of being there. If so, our first consideration, after the fight begins, will be to gain an advantage either in the spatial or interval areas.
Moving Off The X.
The X of course is the intended target's current position.
By employing various movement methods, one can evade an adversary's initial attack and counter him before he can recover. Generally a reactive concept, it is usually most applicable when the operator is in a poor position with regards to initiative, but has some distance available as well as some space available. And these do not need to be extreme as one can apply the get off the x concept in a hallway with the proper techniques.
By understanding these concepts, and organizing your training around them, the speed with which you are able to perceive the appropriate response and put it to use will be faster. And that will increase your chances of prevailing in the fight.
I understand getting off the X from the defenders point of view. But what does the bad guy think you are doing? Does the BG (obviously only at first) think you are running away and calling him/them the victor? In other words, does blasting off the X look agressive or submissive from the BG's point of view? Does blasting off the X in the direction of the adversary increase your appearance of aggression or is the BG mostly befuddled (major reset of the OODA loop) as you invade his sense of security.
The reaction differs with direction.
From my research,turning and running away, as in to 5,6, or 7 o'clock, actually seems to most likely provoke a predator vs prey reaction with the bad guy giving chase to the good guy.
You can change is loop by moving away. You DESTROY his loop by attacking him.
This is actually two questions about your perception of the bad guy. It is either about ego or tactics. If our own ego is under control then it becomes a tactical question. What matters concerning the bad guys thinking/ego is that it gives you a tactical advantage either to draw him in where you want him or persuade him to cease the attack.
He probably expects you to either 'freeze,' 'backpeddle,' or turn and run. If you're with family, running's out of the question for most whether armed or not.
The untrained will most likely freeze in a state shock or denial, "this cant be happening!"
When my wife was in her early twenties, she was the victim of road rage. The car she "cut off," passed her and at a stop light; several thugs pulled her out of her car window by her hair and beat her. This was in the 1980's.
It honestly comes down to you recognizing what is happening BEFORE you are looking up the muzzle of his gun or inspecting the shiny edge of his knife.
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