4 variables to remember during a melee attack

You’ve been to this house many times and never had an issue, so you assume this will be just another routine call. You even think you could get away with talking the parties down, so you won’t have to write a criminal report. But today is different. John Doe, who is usually cooperative, has had a little too much liquid courage and decides to take a swing at you. Things quickly get out of hand.

There are four variables that come into play during a melee or close-quarters combat: distance and timing, footwork, head movement, and blocking and deflecting.