Footage of a recent event in Dublin.
WARNING: Bad language and real violence throughout.
Observations and Thoughts:
1) The guy at the start has some impressive kicking skills, but I think we’d agree this is not an environment for such methods.
2) We see improvised weapons throughout. Chairs, glasses and bottles are used as projectile weapons. This an aspect frequently overlooked in self-protection training (both use and avoidance). The chair missed – full credit to the kicker for his Matrix-like body shift – but it was thrown with considerable force and could have done a fair bit of damage had it hit anyone (third parties included). One of the men in black (assumed bar staff) takes the bottle in the side of the head and disengages. The bottle is also used more than once.
3) At 9 seconds you can see one of the staff effectively use a chair as a shield against an unidentified thrown object (pulled out of the garbage by the person all in grey).
4) As mentioned in Point 2, at 49 seconds the thrown bottle lands at the feet of one of the staff members. He quite rightly keeps his focus on the group (tunnel vision in effect?), but the fact the bottle remains in place gives one of the group the opportunity to pick it up and use it again to injure one of his colleagues. That said, the fact people are drinking outside gives a wide range of improvised projectile weapons to pick up and use.
5) There are many people watching and one can be heard to say, “call the Garda” (police) and another saying “they are on their way”, but most watch on. I can also imagine how many different versions of this event will be reported to police afterwards. Especially when people are drinking and because it takes place on a junction of a street and therefore not all will have seen the full thing. While it’s unclear what this event was all about, I think it’s a fair assumption the staff of one venue are acting to deal with potentially unruly customers / potential customers? However, it seems it degenerated into a “gang fight” up the street from the venue, and both parties could theoretically find themselves on the wrong side of the law, had it not been filmed, and if the perception from another vantage point was the staff were pursuing the group (which would no doubt be their story). You can see one staff member try to encourage his colleagues to disengage (26 seconds).
6) At 1:05 one of the staff gets grabbed, and just two second later he’s getting hit by the entire gang. Thankfully, they are not armed at this point and the blows are ineffective. It could have ended very differently through, and it shows how quickly things can go south when grappling begins and when third parties are involved. Some of them fall to the floor, but it seems the intervention of others allows all involved to quickly regain their feet (view partially obscured).
7) The staff retreat when safe, and it seems other members of the public encourage the group to move on.
8) I also think it’s a fair assumption that alcohol is playing a major part in this too.
I’m always a little wary that posts like these can become “Monday morning quarterbacking” while we all calmly state what “should” have happened from the comfort of our electronic devices. Always very different when you’re in the middle of it. However, they can also be good case studies in some instances. For this one, I think the use of projectile weapons is worthy of note. As is the use of improvised weapons to protect from them (chair as a shield). This is also yet another illustration that grappling is to be avoided, if possible, outside of the one-on-one consensual context.
All the best,