Learning Self-Defense Part 1 — Ten Self-Defense Tactics That Will Get You Killed on the Street

Every time I browse through self defense or combatives training books and videos, I am struck by the fact that 99.9 % of the instructors have no idea whatsoever what happens in a real fight, much less what traits or concepts will help you win when your life is on the line.

They seem to go through life without having anything to do with violence and instead of at least researching what experiences others have made, they just recycle some ancient martial art or martial sport or, even worse, come up with a senseless series of complicated movements that don’t accomplish anything more than wowing spectators at a martial arts expo.

Since most people don’t know the difference between effective and dangerously ineffective techniques, I’ll list a few of the things I’ve seen being taught that are contradictory to what can be used successfully in real combat and in tomorrow’s post I’ll list the top ten ways that street fights tend to be won. Tomorrow’s top ten list should form the basis of any training to survive street attacks.

First of all, effective self protection is not:

1.loudly shouting “NO”
2.being focused on defense
3.being overly concerned with NOT hurting your attacker(s)
4.something that (“legend has it”) an old Asian guy used 50 000 000 years ago when his neighbor tried to rape his water buffalo
5.what has been “proven to be street effective” in a cage with rules
6.what your instructor saw in the movies last weekend
7.blocking and “redirecting energy”
8.kicking your opponent in the head (while he is standing)
9.tying someone into knots with joint locks

The more of those points are present in a system of combatives or self-protection, the less you can rely on it to save your neck when your back is against the wall. In Part 2 of this article, I’ll list “The Top Ten Ways Street Fights Tend to be Won,” which you can compare to this list and see what you should be learning, if your value your life . . .

That’s it for today, until next time, go out there and be awesome!



PS: If you want to learn TRULY EFFECTIVE STREET FIGHTING TECHNIQUES, my four-video set Self Defense Street Fighting will teach you how to head butt, eye gouge, bite and tear the flesh of anyone foolish enough to attack you on the street, be sure to check it out!


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