So, armed with this knowledge, how do you deal with being surrounded or swarmed but multiple assailants?
The answer lies in the problem. You can only deal with one attacker at a time, so only deal with one attacker at a time. Easy right?
Well, it's not easy, but it may not be quite as hard as you think. The secret lies in keeping your 'one' attacker between you and the rest of the bunch. The more attackers there are, the harder it is for them to get at you when their 'buddy' is in the way. You may find that your 'one' attacker is getting shoved out of the way by his (or her) buddies. Sometimes they may even trip over each other.
If one of the others gets to you, that person becomes your 'one'. The key is to keep moving, circling around your attacker keeping their body between you and the rest. The danger lies in someone else getting behind you. The idea is to strike or attack your 'one' and then keep moving. Stick and move.
|You don't want to be the guy on the ground|
Luckily, this is a skill you can practice and improve on in the dojo. Practice keeping the center of an area and start with one attacker. Then add in a second, and a third and see how long you can last, keeping one between the rest, switching between attackers as needed. You will move a lot, but envision wherever you are standing as the new center. Or don't even worry about any center, just keep one attacker between you and the rest, the idea of the center is only a good idea if it helps you visualize what's needed.
Gang violence and swarming are sadly becoming more commonplace. Gone are the days of the one on one 'put up your dukes' style of conflict resolution. Most people who attack as a group are cowards on their own. Disable or hurt one or two, and the rest may lose their motivation, giving you a chance to get away.
There are a lot of unrealistic videos out there on multiple attackers. I found the following clip which demonstrates some of the concepts I've been discussion quite well. It's not in English, but it's real footage. Enjoy.
I wholeheartedly recommend adding multiple attacker drills into your training.