Escape to get to safety or ETGS is self defense concept I picked up a little over eight years ago through a Jujitsu instructor I was training at the time. Since learning it I have taught and advocated the use of ETGS when I teach self defense classes as it easy to remember, but the concept also provides a road map & plan of attack if the individual is faced with an attack or violence.
The idea of ETGS is simple and that is in a self protection scenario where avoidance & de-escalation is not possible and you are being assaulted; counter attack by going straight for these targets and attack them with full commitment:
- and Shin
Attacking any of those targets mentioned above with aggression, with high amount of force and repeatedly can slow down the attacker's momentum, and once that has been achieved, immediately break contact and get to safety. Nevermind trying to grapple or trade punches like boxers do; take out the attacker's vision (by attacking the eye), disrupt the attacker's breathing (by attacking the throat), disrupt his balance and mobility and be aggressive all the way through until the threat is neutralized.
A question I'm often asked is: "What type of strike should beginner's learn and train for ETGS?" and my recommendation would be to start with a straight eye jab followed by a quick knee to the groin. Nay sayers underestimate how effective a straight shot to the eye can be, there's been quite a few cases in professional MMA fights where a fighter's momentum is literally stopped due to a quick jab in the eye by his/ her opponent. The same goes for groin strikes however having said that, both moves are no 100% guarantee that the technique will immediately incapacitate an attacker. Adrenaline, drugs in the attackers system and also the attacker's mindset to keep going can fuel his intention to keep going no matter what.
Hence the same mentality must be embraced with full conviction by the defender in fact, even better to maintain the "fighting mindset" and aggression several steps higher than the attacker. Bottom line keep going and do not stop until the threat is down. Still not convinced that an eye jab can put a man to a stop? Watch the video below: (Background story: A U.S. Special Forces member gets called out to fight by a member of the Peruvian Special Forces and the bare hand duel ends very quickly once the eye jab lands)
ETGS, eye, throat, groin and shin or Escape to Get to Safety if forced to fight go for the eyes, the throat, attack the groin and shin viciously and quickly make your escape. Stay safe!
Strength & honor