Author: Manny OG
This is a 10 Part Series giving detailed guide to fighting, in the ring, the dojo or on the streets. Read and absorb the following information carefully with an open mind, it will enlighten you.
Top Fighting Myths
1. Martial Artists Win Street fights: Listen, we don’t like to “knock” the martial arts. They all have something valuable to offer. We owe them a debt of gratitude for getting us where we are today, and they’re better than nothing. BUT…unfortunately, many of the arts being widely taught today are ancient arts, developed for another time and place in history, for specific conditions and circumstances that simply do not exist in the world you’ll be fighting in today.
As one instructor put it: “Martial Arts is what you do with somebody while street fighting is what you do to somebody.” we wish we could take credit for that quote.
Okay…. There are really 4 types of martial arts schools out there:
True Martial Arts – This is learning the “art” for its own sake. Think of it like learning to sculpt or paint because you enjoy it as an artistic discipline – not because you’re looking to become a highly-paid advertising mogul…
MMA Schools – Refers to “sport fight” training – which is NOT the same as studying street fighting. Remember that the ultimate goal in sports combat is NOT the same as a real street fight. In street fighting the goal is to “end the threat as quickly as possible” – in MMA it’s to “make money as quickly as possible”. Promoters don’t want every fight to end in 3 to 6 seconds (as most street fights do), so they strip away the most effective fight moves.
Martial Combat – This is the type of training (also known as true street fighting) that I cover in this guide. Martial Combat has one goal in mind – to end the threat as quickly as possible. There are NO rules – and every confrontation could end in serious injury or death.
“Belt Factory”- We’re betting this is the kind of training with which you’re most familiar. Which boy hasn’t dreamed of one day emerging from a Dojo wearing a black belt and kicking ass on anyone who dares cross him? Which parent hasn’t believed that the local dojo will help their son learn to defend himself? Well that’s just plain false security because “belt factories” aren’t teaching an invincible Martial Combat street fighting system. Nope… sorry… they are teaching Martial Arts. Nothing wrong with that, but one has little to do with the other.
Statistics show that your average “store front” black belt does not have a much better chance at winning a street fight than any other average guy.
Shocked? Well don’t be. Most martial arts concentrate on discipline and complicated “fine motor” techniques that go straight out the window when the “adrenaline dump” hits.
2. The 5-Minute Fist Fight: This is a big one and it’s important that you get this Hollywood version of fighting out of your head. We’ve all been exposed to movies where the hero is endlessly fist-fighting. Yes, one big-gulp and large popcorn later, he’s still going at it.
But here’s a reality check for you. Nearly every actual street fight lasts for no more than 3 to 8 seconds! That’s right. It’s all over with in less time than it took for you to read this paragraph. Once you understand this, you can appreciate just how little time you have to recognize what’s going on and take decisive action to win. The key is what you do in the time leading up to that 3-8 seconds burst.
Two men fighting street fight
3. The Man-To-Man Fight: Another grand illusion. Most guys imagine (and train for) a fight against one man. Well you can’t
depend on that. Stats prove that more times than not your opponent will have “back up,” friends willing to help take you down and kick in your head. This is why it’s critical that you first make quick and effective decisions early on to end the as fight quickly as possible and prepare for more than one adversary.
4. The Convenient Fighting Environment: Dojo training often lulls one into the sense that you’ll always have plenty of fighting room… that your opponent will calmly approach you, bow, and ask if you’re ready… and that the ground will always be nicely padded. The reality is different.
We’ve found that most fights occur in tight quarters (a bathroom, between cars, etc.), with little or no room for flying kicks or fancy moves. There will be little or no light, furniture will be in the way, and rough concrete floors to strip meat off your bones. Ouch!
5. Most Fights Go To The Ground: Most guys are surprised to discover that this is a myth, but it is. In fact, most street fights and personal combat situations do NOT end up on the ground.
Yes, someone ends up on the ground alright, and it’s the loser – with the winner (or winners) standing over him stomping on his head. So why is this myth so common? Well, it comes from the study of police reports. You see, most cops who struggle with an adversary end up on the ground.
Now hold on – doesn’t that contradict what we just said? No, it doesn’t. Because the goal of law enforcement is to “contain, control, comply” (also known as the 3 C’s) – which, by the way, requires more skill than simply winning a street fight. In other words a cop can’t simply eye jab, ear slap, then move in for a knock-out head butt because a dangerous criminal is resisting him. No, an officer’s goal is NOT to end a fight in 3 seconds, but instead to use “reasonable and proportionate escalation of force” to control and contain his subject.
We’re not suggesting you totally ignore ground fighting, but you should spend 80% of your time training to fight on your feet.
6. Your friends will back you up: Ha! We’re sad to say this is not true. We’d all like to believe our buddies will back us up, but research shows that they’re more likely to pick their noses than pick a fight. In fact, crowd behavior studies show that the more friends and bystanders are hanging around, the less likely it is that you’ll get help in a fight.
Now, on the other hand, if you have just ONE friend and no crowd of bystanders, you actually may get some help. But the facts have shown over and over that individuals inside a crowd are less likely to act.
A “gang” mentality is different. They will back each other up because it’s part of their “job.”
7. Ignore them and they’ll go away: This is a common tactic, especially with women who feel they’re being followed. They simply put on the blinders and hope for the best. “Oh goodness, I hope that bad man goes away.” Bad tactic. Don’t ignore a predator you suspect is “scoping” you. Believe it or not, your best bet is to let him know that you ARE aware of him.
Look at him directly. Watch him. Let him know you’re aware of his presence. Once a predator suspects you know his real intentions, it strips away much of the motivation to attack since the element of surprise has been taken away – and surprise is one of the predator’s most powerful tools. He knows he can’t surprise you, and now you’re perceived as less of an easy mark.
Of course eyeballing a bully will have the opposite effect and will probably result in the “what are YOU looking at?” response. So this tactic is to be used when you suspect a predator.
8. All You Need Is One (Or Two) Fighting Techniques: This is a common theory that has some truth to it. But I want to dispel the foolish notion that knowing less is better than knowing more. This just isn’t true. Because following this kind of logic would indicate that, for example, you’d be better off using an uneducated bag-lady as your investment broker than a guy with a Master’s Degree in Finance. We’d put our money on the Master’s degree, but that’s just us.
Well, the same is true with fighting techniques. You’re better off knowing more than less, as it gives you the flexibility of using multiple methods to attack specific targets. Remember… one of the most crucial keys to fighting and winning is proper target acquisition. In other words, you’ll be far more effective with a crudely executed, but accurate, kick to your opponent’s nut-sack than you’d be with a really pretty roundhouse kick that missed the mark.
9. All Military Fight Systems Can Be Trusted: Let me tell you a “dirty little secret” about some military combat systems being sold today. Recently there’s been a rash of “experts” who’ve “trained” the military in their secret system.
Here’s the scoop. They’ve offered a few military guys some free training in their system. That’s it. Free seminars or workshops to military personnel are almost always a marketing ploy and a “resume building” exercise. They can now turn around and advertise that their system is used by “military experts.” Keep your eyes open for this nonsense. Just because someone trained military personnel does NOT make their system special.
Another thing, most soldiers will admit that much of the hand to hand stuff is absolutely worthless to them because 100% of their job is to fight at a distance using hi-tech weaponry — NOT hand-to-hand systems.
This is exactly why we’ve personally sought out special military units that indeed depend heavily on hand-to-hand fighting.
And believe us, these guys exist. We even got some of them to talk. They sneak around behind enemy lines quietly “taking care of business” without firing weapons and drawing a bunch of attention to themselves. Real live bad-asses that’d make Rambo look like a pussy. My father in-law, for one! Wink.. wink!
Sport fighting vs. Self defense
10. Sport Fighting Is Just Like Personal Combat: Many think that a trained boxer, cage fighter, Mixed Martial Artist, or kick boxer is the same as being a trained street fighter.
Not true. Let us ask… who do YOU think would win a spontaneous street fight — a champion MMA fighter or some ex-con street-brawler raised in the toughest area of east LA?
We’d put our money on the ex-con. Because as brutal as it may appear, a MMA fight really IS different than a street fight.
First, a pay-per-view “cage” fight (also called a mixed-martial-arts or MMA fight) is about making money for the promoters. They can’t allow every fight to be over within 3-8 seconds. They’d lose their audience — and advertisers — fast. So, in an MMA fight there’s no quick “fight ending” moves allowed — which is what a street fight is ALL about.
Also, promoters have got to take some effort to protect the fighters. They wouldn’t be “sanctioned” for long with a continuous stream of dead bodies being hauled out of the ring.
So, here’s 16 moves that are outlawed in most sanctioned MMA fights – which also happen to be some of the most effective moves in street fights:
Groin strikes (the ever popular “sack-attack”)
Throat strikes. (Which can easily be lethal).
Grabbing the trachea.
Biting (alright… Tyson DID! Try this once).
Clawing, twisting, or pinching the flesh.
Stomping, kneeing or kicking a grounded opponent.
Strikes to the spine. Or back of head (also easily lethal).
Striking downward, using the point of the elbow.
Head butt (think of a “bowling ball in the face”).
Kicking the kidneys with the heel.
Grabbing the clavicle.
Small joint manipulations (such as fingers)
Weapons, and improvised weapons.
Multiple attackers (except in WWE).
11. The One-Touch Death Move: This is a close cousin to the “One Touch Knock Out”, both of which are very misleading. It’s time to stop concentrating on specific fight techniques and begin focusing in on key targets and strategies.
For example, it’d be tough for someone to sell you a “trademarked death blow” that was nothing more than a simple shove — wouldn’t it? Yet this would indeed be a highly effective “death move” if your opponent happened to be standing at the edge of a high cliff.
You see our point. Yes it is possible to kill an opponent with one punch. In fact, as there are situations where as little as 5-pounds of pressure can end up in death. But what we’re teaching you here is what’s “probable” and not “possible”.
It’s why you don’t see basketball players taking most of their shots from half court. Sure, it’s possible they’ll make it, but a good driving lay-up is far more probable. If you follow some basic fight principles (which we’ll cover in a little bit) it’ll be highly probable that you’ll win.
Oh… and by the way… there are no “trademarked” fight moves – only trademarked fight names. And anyone can trademark a name.
12. The Predictable Reaction: We hear this nonsense all the time and what’s scary is that plenty of fight systems on the market today are based on this myth. It goes something like this; Hit him here, and he’ll do this… then strike him here, and he’ll do that… then throw a blow here, and he’ll drop to the ground like a sack of potatoes. And that’s it… you win. Don’t believe it. Our research shows that you’re in for a big surprise if you buy into this regimented “step-by-step” theory of fighting. People – especially those facing a threatening and volatile situation – are wildly unpredictable.
13. The “Undefeatable” System: This is another good one. A series of fighting techniques that can’t be beat — yeah right. Don’t believe it. As we’ve pointed out, fighting has more to do with proper target acquisition (i.e., hit him in the side of the neck where all the blood and nerves to his brain run), than it has to do with any specific moves and techniques (i.e., a spinning roundhouse kick). So the idea that a collection of techniques is “undefeatable” just isn’t possible.
Here’s a question: What happens when two students of this “undefeatable system” meet in a fight? Hmmm.Guess that means they’ll be kicking their own asses.
14. The Floating Warrior: More Hollywood cult crap that you shouldn’t buy into. There is simply no internal meditation or external training method that can defy the laws of physics. We’ve seen companies actually selling videos on how to “will” yourself lighter (or heavier) so that you can float away, or can’t be picked up, or some such thing. Well here’s a shocker… there’s never been ANY proof that any of those techniques have ever worked.
But hang on… the laws of physics are different than the laws of the human mind. Because surefooted confidence, clearly telecast “alpha signals”, and forcing an opponent “back on his heels” can go miles to (1.) persuading an adversary (especially a “Predator”) that he shouldn’t mess with you or (2.) ending the fight with YOU on top.
We’ll talk more about this in a bit, but for now, forget about floating through the treetops.
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