Author: Manny OG
Street Fighting Stats:
Once again, this is what 20 years of extensive research – we’re talking FBI files… CIA white papers… hardcore police reports… and real street-fights caught on video… shows to be true. So we want to assure you that we haven’t just made this stuff up.
Anyway, here’s “just the facts” and some uncomfortable truths… and they’ll help to start clearing things up for you.
1.) He’s So Big
Your adversary will most likely be taller and larger than you. Now again, I want to point out again that everything here is based on probability. For example, Shaquille O’Neil is probably not going to be confronted by someone bigger and stronger than him as there are maybe 3 other people on the planet that fit that description. Anyway, statistics show that you’re most likely to be drawn into a confrontation with someone bigger than you — and the reasons may be obvious. Your adversary likes the idea that he will easily be able to harm and control you with little or no injury to him that anyone seriously threatening you and your family will be bigger than you.
There is one exception to this rule – it’s something called “Small Man’s Syndrome or the “Napoleon Complex”. This is when a smaller man attempts to enhance or maintain his self-image by continually challenging larger men for the most minor of reasons (even NO reason). His small stature makes him a highly sensitive person — a hybrid of a bully and an emotionally highjacked individual — who reacts with violence to the smallest of real or imagined slights.
2.) He’s So High. That’s right, over half of the time your adversary will be high as a kite on drugs and/or alcohol. Of course, that’s a two-edged sword. You’ve got a better chance at winning against a high-flyer — chiefly because their reflexes are so poor. But on the other hand, if he wasn’t so high, then the fight probably would never have occurred. But then again… uh… you never know.
3.) The Haymaker.
If you allow him to initiate the fight, 90% of the time your opponent will throw a looping right hook – a “haymaker” — to your head. Like we said, most guys on the street have two moves — a right haymaker and a left haymaker. And since most people are right-handed… well… you get it — what an arsenal!
This one fact alone can go a long way to being prepared — and it’s why a lot of experienced fighters will automatically begin to circle toward an opponent’s left side before a confrontation even
begins. Why? Well, it’s tough for a right-hander to get a good haymaker shot if you’re on his left side And if he turns to try to get a good shot – just continue to circle to your right so that you can stay on his left side. An old boxing trick that’s simple.
So, as you can see, having even a few dirty tricks up your sleeve can go a long way to winning a fight. Most guys you’ll meet are very limited in their number of options. Use that fact to your advantage.
4.) One, Two, Three You’re Out. The average fight is just 3 to 8 seconds long. We know we already mentioned this, but I just want to continue to impress you with this.
Like many people, we were shocked to discover this as – after watching many action movies in our youth – we were convinced most fist fights raged on for hours. Nope… it’s more like, wham… bam… boom… fight over. Once you realize how fast it’ll be over,
you’ll be far less likely to politely allow your adversary to “hit first” – which is a bad strategy, my friend.
5.) Ground Fighting.
We want to further clarify of one of our previous “fight myths” which states that most fights do not go to the ground. While it is indeed true — most street fights do NOT go to the ground – that’s only true for fights lasting less than 12 seconds. And most fights last only 3-8 seconds (remember wham… bam… boom?). So our research shows that a second number 13 there’s a high probability the fight will end up on the ground.
What does this mean for you? Well… it couldn’t hurt to have a few ground fighting tricks up your sleeve.
6.) Getting Hurt. The longer the fight, the higher the chances of serious injury or death. Yep, the longer it takes you to end it, the better chance of you getting really hurt or killed. Unfortunately, many martial artists make the mistake of “displaying” their skills. We mean… sure… they paid good money to learn those fancy moves. They’ve even got a pretty belt to prove it. So please, could everyone form a little circle to watch some cool reverse roundhouse kicking skills.
Meanwhile, his adversary moves in and lands a couple simple well placed shots and suddenly this “martial artist” is on the ground unconscious. His opponent’s technique may not have required a lot of skill, and was not very “pretty”, but that doesn’t matter. At this point, he can only hope that his adversary and his buddies don’t decide to start stomping on his head. Because lying on the ground unconscious does not necessarily mean your opponent is done with you.
So get this idea in your skull – end the fight as quickly as possible for your own good.
7.) The Melon Shot.
More often than not, your adversary will be a “head hunter” – meaning that he will almost exclusively be targeting your head. Now I’m not suggesting that the head is not a good target, but for Pete’s sake, it isn’t the only target.
What’s more is that the head is often the best-defended target, which means you should look for numerous other targets around the body (target awareness). The smart fighter will typically attack open “high-value” targets, like the groin, inside knee, neck, outside thigh, etc. I’ll cover some more targets later on, but my point is that your opponent will most likely be head-hunting and that you should consider many other targets.
8.) The Classic Shove. Important to know this. A shove is typically an initiation for an attack This is extremely common for the “Emotionally Hijacked” or the “Bully” and its purpose is to build up his confidence and ego to just before striking.
It’s rare that a “Predator” will use this, as he’s very careful not to announce his intentions (“hello… I’m going to rob you… but I’ll start it out with this little shove.”). No. A predator’s main strategy is surprise.
Anyway, if an adversary shoves you, look out! Statistics show that it is highly probable his next move will be a strike — and typically that strike happens within a second or two after the shove.
Now a common question that we’ve received is: “so what should I do if someone shoves me?” Okay… let’s be clear about this. You’ve got some solid info on your side – namely that you’re probably about a second or two away from getting hit. You don’t have to be a seasoned cage fighter to figure out that standing there and doing nothing is not your best course of action – unless of course getting hit upside the head with a haymaker is your idea of a viable strategy. You’ve got other options — and believe it or not, simply running is one of those options.
Regardless of the option you choose, you must use the shove as a “trigger” to prompt immediate and decisive action.
9.) Admiring Your Work. Here’s another stunning fight fact. MOST rookie fighters will suddenly stop their attack to “assess” the damage – especially if they are winning the fight. Bad move.
It’s a big-time rookie mistake and it often plays out something like this: an Emotionally Hijacked person shoves you. You wisely recognize that you’re about to be hit, so you strike first with a forearm shot to the side of the neck (nice choice) – then you stand back and wait for this bum to crumble into a heap — calling you “master” and begging for mercy.
Don’t count on it!… more Hollywood baloney!
Stats prove that, given the chance, an opponent will often quickly recover from his initial shock and dismay — then start to return
fire. That’s bad news for you because by stopping and “accessing” the damage, you’ve literally given away a couple of your most important tools for winning this fight – surprise and continual pressure.
So here’s a piece of advice. Once the fight is on, do NOT stop until the threat is removed — whether that threat is removed because you’ve escaped… because your adversary is on the ground writhing in pain… or because he’s unconscious. No matter, you’ll want to get out of there as quickly as possible. Do NOT wait for him to recover… do NOT wait for his pals to show up… and do NOT wait for emotionally “pumped up” bystanders to attack you. Do what you got to do, then leave the area as quickly as possible.
Fighters who “strike and assess” can (and do) end up hurt or dead.
10.) Beginners Can’t Hurt You.
As we’ve already suggested, most adversaries you’ll face will NOT be well-trained fighters. This is good news, because it means that having some fundamental fight knowledge will put you one or two steps ahead of your opponent. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t be hurt by an untrained fighter.
We have witnessed complete rookies (with no fight experience at all), worm their way out of “impossible” Brazilian ground fighting holds.
We suggest that even highly experienced fighters should always avoid trouble if they can – even against an inexperienced fighter – as there is simply no guarantee of the final outcome. Understand that ALL personal combat is a desperate life-and-death struggle where anything can happen.
So you have to assume that your opponent will fight for his life, just as YOU should fight for yours. There is no such thing as a
“casual” ass-kicking. It’s an all-out fight or nothing — and the end result can mean serious permanent injury or death.
11.) The Stomp. One of the latest dancing crazes is called the “head-stomp”. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a dance on your head. Because research shows that if you get knocked down to the ground — especially against multiple attackers — your head is likely to be viewed as a rugby ball in open field.
Experienced street fighters know to stay off the ground and on their feet – or else!
Of course ground fighting can and does happen, which means that you should include ground techniques in your arsenal that focuses on a number of ugly techniques designed to get an opponent off of you quickly so that you can get back onto your feet.
12.) The Block-head.
If you’re busy blocking incoming blows, you’re in a bad position. Because that’s the exact opposite position you want to be in. You want your opponent to be attempting to block – not yourself.
Having a mindset of blocking punches and kicks means that you are on the defensive… reacting rather than acting… pedaling backwards… off balance… and not able to effectively counter attack.
Now with all due respect, we’ve seen a LOT of martial artists endlessly practicing parries (which is the redirection of incoming shots), and blocks. Experienced street fighters rarely concentrate their efforts on “blocks and parries” but instead defend their soft targets with space or the proper execution of an offensive attack. This is why in Silat Sharaf we detest the word “DEFENCE”. We believe in forward attacks with intent and in constant motion.
Now, we’re suggesting you make no effort to block because there IS value in it. But, you won’t win a fight with blocking and parrying alone, and, if you find yourself doing this, it usually indicates you’re in big trouble.
13.) You Will DEFINITELY Get Cut or Stabbed. Almost any street fighter worth his salt will advise you to run like hell in the face of a knife (with a gun you sometimes want to actually close the distance).
Understandably, there are times when you can’t simply run away. You’ve got your family, or girlfriend, or other loved ones with you.
But know this: If you’re forced to fight a man armed with a blade, you WILL be cut. It’s that simple.
Don’t waste your time trying to avoid getting cut but rather use it to concentrate on eliminating the threat. And the threat is NOT the knife but the person holding it.
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