Two knocked out as they approach man

Man punches two other males as they enter within striking distance. An example of how at this close range there is not enough time to react to a sucker punch. Most people are generally not able to predict the exact moment a strike will be delivered from the hands at waist position.


  1. Male 1 wearing white shirt stands stationary while male 2 approaches at a quick walking pace with confident and aggressive body language.
  2. Both males with hands at waist and normal standing posture, no preliminary combative stance.
  3. Male 1 immediately strikes male 2 to the head with his right hand, thrown from the waist.
  4. Male 2 falls to the ground. Male 1 stands over him.
  5. Male 3 approaches and pushes the arm of male 1.
  6. Male 1 punches male 3 from the waist without warning, he falls to the ground.


  • Male 2 appeared to expect success (submission) with verbal confrontation and posturing. He may have also been considering a sucker punch perhaps after some escalation/intimidation. This is indicated by his closing the distance without an immediate physical attack.
  • When standing at striking range with no defensive posture, either person can feasibly land the first strike if they can avoid telegraphing their intentions.
  • Telegraphing includes the adoption of a defensive stance in order to prepare for a possible attack.
  • For this reason it can be tactically advantageous to strike early while both are in a non-combative stance.