When you are able to close the distance between you and the attacker, you want to make sure to stay as close as possible to him/her, that way if strikes are being thrown. The strike will not have power which will cause very little or no damage. To reinforce distance between the two of you, you want to make sure to wrap your arms around the waist as tightly as possible. Do not give the attacker the chance to escape and create distance to throw punches. Once you are in close, do everything you can to stay tight and work to get the attacker to the ground.