The Rules of a Street Fight
The first and most important rule of a street fight is, there are no rules! It took a long time for me to grasp this concept and I didn’t really understand it until I attended the MovNat Combatives certification last Spring. I have trained in many martial arts which include TaeKwanDo, Karate, Boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, and Aikido. They are all formal systems of fighting, each having their own set of techniques and rules. The problem is these rules will not help you in street fight. I will be honest, I have been lucky and smart enough to have never been involved in a fight. However, I have seen my share of fights in person and in videos. I have seen the way certain fight scenarios play out and what works to protect yourself. MovNat Combatives helped to solidify all of the most effective ways to defend yourself and others. Trust me, you don’t want to stand in front of someone and trade punches like a boxing match. The techniques of MovNat Combatives are simple and effective. If a technique can’t be learned in 5 minutes then it’s probably too complicated to work in a real life situation.
Here are a few tips to help keep you safe if you ever ended up in a confrontation. If it looks like a situation is headed towards a bad place and you will not be able to talk your way out of it, these tips can help.
1) Escape! If words are ineffective, look for a way out of the situation. If the option is there, take it. It is better to run than to receive a serious injury or die.
2) Keep your hands up and ready! If there is no opportunity for escape, make sure to be in a position where you can defend yourself. If possible, try to hold your hands in a ready position without looking threatening.
3) Attack vulnerable areas! When everything else fails, you were unable to avoid the situation, you couldn’t diffuse the situation with words, and escape was not an option, attack the vulnerable areas. Look to resolve the situation as quickly as possible so you can find safety.
Fights do not happen like Hollywood movies, where people wallop each other with fancy kicks and punches for 10 minutes. It usually goes quickly with attackers looking to knock you to the ground and kick you. If they have accomplices, they usually get involved too. I hope you never, ever end up in a situation where your safety and life are threatened, but if you do, I hope these tips can help. If you would like to learn more, contact me for lessons in combatives.