The Complete Fight Guide: Lesson 9

Author: Manny OG

An experienced street fighter in his element will often win because the fight now comes down to: THE 4 D’S!
Deception and Distraction – a well-placed attack can easily defeat conditioning and training. A well-trained ground-fighter hasn’t trained for a vicious eye-gouge.
Disruption – forward blitz that gets him peddling backward.
Destruction – using high damage potential strikes at high-value targets.
This hasn’t changed since fighting was invented. Once your work is done, you’ll want to get out of the area as quickly as possible. Don’t wait for him to recover … don’t wait for his buddies to show up… and don’t wait for emotionally “jacked up” bystanders to attack you. Do what you got to do, then leave the area as quickly as possible.
Let’s further flush out this formula for prevailing in a fight. There’s 5 in the formula… but just knowing the first two will put you far ahead of the game.

Surprising your opponent by attacking first is the great equalizer for a weaker opponent and can often mean a quick victory.

1. Combat Awareness – This, is knowing when a fight is imminent. It’s a skill that few beginners seem to possess as the average guy doesn’t get in a lot of fights. It’s common to simply “deny” the obvious danger and ignore the flashing red signals your own intuition is sending out to you. If the fight is imminent this kind of denial can place you in a bad spot. Avoid this blinding denial so you can make “total commitment” to flight or fight. The key to combat awareness is to recognize (and not suppress) your own intuition telling you that a fight is imminent. The most powerful tool in your fight arsenal is your BRAIN – listen to it. Keep your head up, eyes open, and always aware of what’s going on around you.

2. Preemptive Attack (Hit First) – Surprising your opponent by attacking first is the great equalizer for a weaker opponent and can often mean a quick victory. You can use deception, distraction, or just immediate action to get the job done. Decisiveness is the key here as your objective is to “strategically end the threat”. Notice we didn’t say that your goal is to “beat someone up”. Your goal is to END the fight – not participate in it. Unfortunately, there’s often a strong emotional desire to “teach him a lesson”, and it’s a nice thought, but goes against your primary goal – to end the threat. Avoid the romantic idea that you will endure a long courageous battle to emerge the victorious gladiator who dramatically wipes away a drop of blood from the corner of your mouth while swooning women throw roses at your feet. Simply remove the threat and get the hell out.

3. Sustained Continued Attack – This means fighting without pause – a forward pressure blitz. Now the word “blitz” did not
originate from the NFL. No. It comes from the German word “blitzkrieg” and it accounts for the wild success that the Nazis had early on in the war. Essentially the fighting style consists of concentrating your forces on a small vulnerable area then attacking all out without stopping. Concentrate your efforts on your opponent’s weakest areas – then stay with it. Don’t stop until the job is done. As already mentioned — rookies tend to stop and admire their work – they commit the sin of “stop and assess”. Big mistake. Keep the pressure on until you END the fight or escape. Don’t stop and let him regain his composure.

4. Target Awareness – We have already covered this pretty well – but here’s some more. This is a way of overcoming (not “reducing”, or “ignoring”, or “managing”) your fear by focusing on exposed targets. This gives you the kind of positive mental traction to constructively engage your thoughts. As previously mentioned, if you can simply look at your opponent as a series of multiple targets, it will keep you from “freezing” and losing focus. Ignore the insults and mad doggin’ and keep your attention on open targets. If you’re not skilled with an arsenal of fight techniques, then just use any means necessary to attack the most vulnerable targets (remember… the face is rarely an open target). In one of the “underground” fight reviewed in our research, a fighter used a simple hammer blow to the side of the neck to end the fight instantly. His technique and skill weren’t pretty — but the fighter was clearly focused on a target and used any means at his disposal to attack that target. And because of this, he won. The clever fighter focuses his attention outward.

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Don’t stop until the job is done.

5. Violence of Action: Do something that demonstrates to your opponent that you have a total disregard for his well-being. The objective here is to trigger your opponent’s own “internal dialogue” through a display of extreme violence.
Because snapping the idea into his head that he may have made a HUGE mistake – that he may actually be hurt or killed by you – you trigger his internal dialogue. This leads to hesitation, doubt, distraction, and “back peddling” – all good things for you to take advantage of with continued forward pressure.
And the more adept you are at choosing an appropriate “tool” to strike an open target, the quicker you can convince your opponent that he’s in trouble. You’ve got to let your adversary know that you are willing and more than able to hurt him – which means that learning and understanding specific fight techniques is key. Now, you’re in control of the fight.

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