I have two questions. The first is it normal to forget certain aspects of a self-defence encounter. In two encounters when I had to use physical force to defend myself and in the second encounter defending someone else there was a period during the encounter which I cannot recall. For the one encounter I can't recall the start until I had the other person pinned on the ground. This was many years ago and I could never remember anything from walking next to the person until I had them pinned to the ground a few meters away.
The second was an incident which happened last night. I was at a meeting. A man came in late whom I did not know but had a "funny" feeling about. Towards the end of the meeting he got up and stormed to the back of the building. I got up because I knew he was going to cause trouble. I remember seeing him go to a walled off section where he grabbed a cricket bat. From there he must of proceded again to the front of the building. I don't remember anything from the moment he had his back to me in the gap between the two walls until I was standing at the front of the building holding onto him from behind with my arms under his shoulders pointing up. He was swinging the cricket bat becuase there was someone present in the meeting whom he wanted to assault. I was able to restrain him and prevent the attack.
It concerns me that there are times during both of these encounters that I can't remember. I'm not sure what my thought processes were to get to the position I was in. It concerns me becuase if I can't remember what I was doing I can't think what to do in the future to do better and I'm also not sure if I am thinking and reponding correctly during the situation.
The second question is regarding my position with the guy in the most recent attack. I was able to get behind him and grab him in a grip which I think is similar to a standing Full Nelson except I didn't apply any pressure to his neck and kept my forearms/hands up around his face. Should I have applied pressure to his neck similar to a Full Nelson. Were there advantages or dissadvantages to not doing that and keeping my forearms and hands pointing upwards.I felt I had control of him. I was watching the bat but didn't feel that he could effectively. We were moving the whole time but I was ready to use my holds on his shoulders to manipulate his movement and check his balance. I was also able to keep him far enough away from anyone else so that he couldn't harm them with the bat.
Thank you for any insights or input.