Author: Manny OG
The “Four Ds” of Street Fighting
This is exciting “bread and butter” stuff about actually winning a street-fight. The best part is, unlike “sport fighting,” these skills have very little to do with size, strength, and physical skill.
Deception is not some wishy-washy theory, it actually WORKS in the real world.
Deception plays on simple human psychology. The idea is to trick your adversary into thinking one thing, then suddenly turn the tables on him. The result is confusion, hesitation, and panic. Here are a few classic deceptions techniques that really work;
Verbal Deception: The idea is to deceive your opponent by verbally
expressing the exact OPPOSITE of your real intentions. A LOT of guys commit the mistake of announcing their real intentions. Do NOT tell someone you’re about to “kick their ass” and make threatening movements if that’s what you’re really planning to do. A better plan is to tell him that you’re “not looking for a fight,” or “don’t want trouble,” or even that you’re “injured and can’t fight.” The more he has settled into this mindset, the greater will be his surprise and panic when HE is suddenly under attack.
Begging: “Please, don’t hurt me.” The more you can get him to believe he’s the guy in control, the more effective this deception stuff will be. The idea is to set him up for the “big surprise.” Then, put him on the defense, and “back on his heels.”
Complying: At the very least you should act like you’re complying with his wishes. For example, if some guy asks you to “step
outside,” you already know what’s up. So is it really necessary to “step outside” and “put up your dukes”? No. A better strategy would be to act like you’re going along with it, then launch into an attack or simply escape.
This is your life, use whatever dirty tricks you can muster to end the fight before you end up in the hospital or the morgue.
The good news is, in a fight, you can take advantage of this human limitation by redirecting, or “distracting” your opponent’s attention away from you so you can catch him off-guard.
The bad news is that distractions are often only effective for a split second or so, which means that unless you have an immediate follow-up plan in a fight, the distraction is futile.
Cigarette: Before a fight, flicking a lit cigarette into your adversary’s face will definitely distract him for a moment. The key phrase here is for a moment. Deception and distraction tricks are to be used only as simple mechanisms to give you one or (at most) two seconds to launch your attack or escape. But when a typical fight only lasts up to 8 seconds, a second or two is a huge amount of time.
Throw loose change on the ground: Believe it or not, reaction to the sound of coins hitting the ground is practically hardwired into the brain and creates a major distraction which is mainly audible — so unless you’re fighting a stripper — tossing dollar bills (even twenties) won’t work.
Spill or throw your drink: This is one Hollywood trick that actually works. First, there’s the shock of ice cubes and cold liquid hitting the face… and second, there’s the instant (and temporary) blinding effect. This can be the most effective method in giving you a couple seconds to do what you got to do.
We’re sure you can probably think of a dozen more simple distractions off the top of your head. But you’ll need to keep an open mind and use what’s available to you at the time.
This is any tactic or technique that messes with your opponent’s plan of attack. Regardless of who your attacker is he’s threatening you because he “envisions” in his mind’s eye everything ending up okay for him. You need to screw up his little plans, take away his options, and “convince” him as quickly as possible that this fight could end very badly for him.
Here are a few ways to “disrupt” his plans:
Surprise: The quickest and most effective method to surprising your adversary is to initiate the attack – i.e. “hit first.”
As one world-class street-fighter put it, “you need to demonstrate, to your adversary, that you have a total disregard for his well-being.” This is a nice way of saying that you should try to hurt him. Why? Because the psychological effect is to strip away his will to fight and get his “internal chatter” going.
Close the distance: If there’s no escape and you’ve determined that a fight is imminent, you should move-in (as long as he doesn’t have a knife).
You do NOT want to close-in, then pause and do nothing. You should move in with the 100% intention of attacking.
By closing the gap, you effectively neutralize the attacker’s two main weapons, the left, and right haymaker. This is a major disruption to his strategy and he’s forced to stop and consider a new strategy, while you’re busy attacking with forwarding pressure.
Keep yourself in a fluid state and fire continuous shots at open targets, never “letting up” your attack until he’s been removed as a threat or you’ve had the chance to escape effectively.
This involves breaking down your opponent physically to remove him from the fight. This is not as simple as “kicking his ass.” The better you understand his vulnerable targets and the specific striking techniques to attack those targets, the more effective a fighter you’ll be.
The two most critical elements for effective Destruction are, 1) target selection and, 2) how you’ll strike that target. The key is to attack the targets that’ll give you the most bang for the buck (i.e. targets that’ll produce instant results with high-damage potential).
Even an unsuccessful attack on a high damage target “disrupts” your opponent’s evil plans.
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