Street fights are almost always emotionally driven. Blauer refers to them as “Rage Attacks.” During this type of emotional, explosive surprise attack, the body’s natural response is a startle-flinch. Blauer contends that any stances, strategies, tactics or drills designed to protect yourself should be consistent with this.
In the case of the sudden two-handed chokehold, your hands will automatically come up and index the attacker’s hands. Once the initial startle-flinch is over, Blauer suggests you drop a free hand and launch a vertical elbow strike from inside the attacker’s arms. Whether or not this first elbow connects, the attacker’s death grip will mostly likely be broken, as your arm and shoulder will dislodge the grip. Now you’re in a great position to drop another elbow, strike, rake or pursue any other attack from the inside.
The two most important elements in street self-defense are acknowledging the body’s inevitable flinch response and using primal gross motor tactics to gain position. There is virtually no likelihood of successfully implementing complex motor skills in the first few seconds of an ambush-type attack.