Notes for the Street-Offense Workshop

Keys to success in Street Offense:

Observation, Readiness, and Action.
Each key can be broken up even further.

This is a conversation.
This is not about absolute solutions.
This is not about pencak silat or even the martial arts though it is based on my approach, which is from the martial arts.

What to watch for:

  1. Being watched, followed, triangulation by multiple people, them acknowledging others, sometimes verbal and sometimes visually. (This is more in a mugging, sucker punching, or grabbing type situation.)
  2. Verbal engagement (not always directed at you, maybe at someone you’re with), movement directed at you.
  3. Things that are out of place
  4. Listen to that small voice in your head that tells you something is wrong, out of place, or worth attention.

Places to of particular concern:

  1. Blind corners
  2. Places where you don’t face higher volumes of people
  3. Things you take for granted as safe
  4. Bars/clubs
  5. Not a complete list

The points of engagement:

  1. The eyes
  2. Verbal Confrontation
  3. movement
  4. physical contact

Body Language:

  1. Pre-conflict: Aggressor Posturing and pre-attack signs
    1. Steady fast walk
    2. Target glancing
    3. Looking through you
    4. Blading their feet
    5. Clenching their fists
    6. Looking at or acknowledging someone else
    7. Being animated or irrational and then calming down
    8. Slouching forward with hands in front
    9. Tipping chin up and sticking out chest
  1. Pre-conflict: Actions you should take
    1. Observe
    2. Look around, Up, and down
    3. Environment and person
    4. Be ready
    5. Know that anything can happen
    6. Act quickly (use surprise)
    7. Use Self-Offense
    8. Make space
      1. Use footwork
        1.  Sempok
        2. Shuffle
        3. Explosive Entry
      2. Use hands
        1. Zoning
    9. Make a barrier
      1. Use Environment
      2. Use your hands
      3. Use your elbows

Against Hook Punch, straight punch, shove, chest bump


  1. Standing your ground if possible
  2. Tipping your head back
  3. Verbally engaging

Actions to take:

  1. Create space
  2. Step backward left, step backward right
  3. Hands up to create a barrier
  4. Zone
  5. Deflect and step
  6. Be offensive
  7. Check their hands?
  8. Explosive Footwork and entry



  1. Receive and counter

Multiple Attackers

  1. One at a time


  1. Keep from being lifted
  2. Put weight on them and sprawl
  3. Put back leg
  4. Forearm to jaw and grab other arm
  5. Break grip on leg with free hand


  1. Avoid kicks by moving
  2. Attack the base
  3. GET UP!


  1. Shield with elbows
  2. Keep head up
  3. Make opportunity to double hammer strike the chest
  4. Grab the head and take away tripod
  5. Buck and roll

Grab On Upper arm and Wrist-Escort

  1. Pulling away

Actions to take:

  1. Use surprise
  2. Drop your weight
  3. Thrust downward then use the elbow
  4. Be Pre-emptive

Other Topics:

  1. Use Environment
  2. Use extreme violence
  3. Readiness to use force necessary
  4. There is no one hit finish


  1. Bulges from the shirt
  2. Shine, glint or reflection
  3. Their body language
  4. All previous aspects
  5. Hiding their hand
  6. Reaching behind

Actions to take:

  1. Close and engage hand (determine reality of escape)
  2. Don’t rely on own weapon
  3. Use elbow

Improvised Weapons

  1. Plastic Bag
    1. As sarong


  1. Sewing Machine
    1. Kick Destructions
  2. Folsom Shank
    1. Zoning


  1. Slap
  2. Peel
  3. Jamming
Sean Stark
Founder of Pencak Silat Pertempuran. In looking for a martial art that was practical and artistic I found Pencak Silat. In silat I found an art that's organic nature allowed me to change it to make it culturally realistic and still allowed me to have the benefit of art and body culture.

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