This situation is where one combatant is knocked down, and the other remains standing up. I will demonstrate how to get back to your feet safely while an opponent is standing over you throwing punches and kicks.
Step 1: Opponent Pushes You Down
You and your opponent are getting into an argument (image1). Your opponent gets angry and pushes you (image2).
Step 2: How to Break Your Fall
Anytime you're falling make sure you bend your knees (image1). Tuck your chin in to your chest to break your fall (image2). Your hands are going to slap the ground at a 45 degree angle.
*NOTE* DO NOT break your fall by slapping your forearms/hands against the pavement when breaking your fall on a hard surface like the street or sidewalk, . You can injure yourself. Just bend your knees, tuck your chin, and roll on your back. You should ONLY use your hands/forearms to break your fall (like I demonstrated on the video) on a soft surface.
Step 3: Opponent Tries to Punch or Kick You While You're on Your Back.
Do NOT try to get up (just yet) if your opponent gets too close to you. Up kick (or bicycle kick) your opponent's face if your opponent is trying to punch or kick you (image 1 and 2). You can also kick towards your opponent's knee (image3).
Step 4: How to Sit Up
Now it's time to sit up once your opponent backs off a bit. Rock yourself up, and tilt your body to one side. Put your right hand close to your hip, left elbow resting your knee, hand in front of your face to protect your head and face. You're now in your protective position (image1). If your opponent rushes you with punches and kicks you can fall down to your back with your feet drawn up ready to up kick (image2). Once your opponent backs off then you can return to the seated position (image 1).
Step 5: Knee Kick
Now created a little more space between yourself and your opponent. You can create a little more space before you stand up. Balance the weight on your left foot/right hand, and throw a kick towards your opponent's lead knee with the bottom of your foot. Keep your hand in front of your face for protection.
Step 6: Time to Stand Up!
Now that your opponent retreated a little now it's time to stand up! Balance the weight on your left foot and right hand, and lift yourself up off the ground. Make sure your left hand is up the whole time.
Step 7: Ready to Fight!
Now straighten up your body to your fighting stance. This move is done very fast. You can drill this move with a partner or solo.
Make sure to check out my video on the "Intro" page of this instructional. I also have this video in the "video section" of instructables.com.