Below you’ll find part 2 of yesterday’s inside look at real self-defense and what it takes to be safe and successful.
A Fair Fight Goes South – Dealing with Multiple Attackers
I admit this is a tricky subject. How do you fight off more then one attacker?
For this type of situation it’s more about tactics then anything else. You need to move quickly, punch or kick, then turn and attack whoever’s next in line.
I should also point out that taking the fight to the ground is pretty much out of the question if more then one person is involved.
I’ve done this and had success but at the same time I’ve also been hit with bottles, stabbed, had a girl try to gouge out my eyes and so on.
I wouldn’t recommend it. Keep the fight standing and if it’s a losing battle then do enough to create an exit for escape.
I has that happen to me once. The fight started with I think 2 guys and in no time turned into me vs. 15 people.
I knew I couldn’t win against those numbers so I did enough to create an opening and took off running.
That’s one of those “live to fight another day” moments. Do what you’ve gotta do then hit the old dusty trail.
But if that day should ever come, you’ve got two choices: Stand there motionless and get hurt/killed or get in there and rumble.
You might still get the crap kicked out of you sure but At least you’ll go down fighting.
The Best Martial Arts for Real World Street Self-Defense
Yes, the mental aspect of a street fight to me is the most important. Many others agree.
However, with all that said, those who possess real skill, skills that work in real situations, the kind of skills a descent MMA student would have for example, can be not only effective but also really dangerous.
Look, I’m not trying to crap on other martial arts styles. Yes Kung Fu is cool looking, I get that, but cool looking and what works in a street fight are two very different things.
I’ve studied martial arts my whole life. Since I was 10 years old. I’ve trained in Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo and on and on.
Not only have i studied a bunch of different styles, I’ve also had plenty of time to test each of them on the streets in all types of encounters.
Yes I do consider myself to be an self-defense expert. My expert opinion when it comes to REAL self-defense, and I mean as real as it gets, the following styles have proven to be the best hands down:
Brazilian “Gracie” Jiu Jitsu
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Aside from these three other styles that work well are Judo, Sombo and Western Boxing. For those in the know these are all styles of fighting you see being used in events like the UFC.
These styles make up what is now considered modern MMA. They work in the cage, that’s been proven time and time again, and they also work on the streets.
Of course having the skills of MMA is one thing, being able to use them in a real fight is a whole different story.
Put a guy (or gal) into a street fight with a fast to react mindset and arm this person with solid MMA skills and you’ve got yourself a very dangerous person who’s gonna win more often then not.
I’ve seen good MMA students and fighters make even the biggest, meanest looking thug look like a child in street fight.
Heck I saw one UFC fighter, a really good one who shall remain nameless, knock this guys teeth across the parking lot then proceed to beat the holy hell out of his homie all in the span of about 25 seconds.
Bottom line_____If Attacked MMA Can Save Your Life…If You Believe It Can..
If you train hard, do what your taught, take notes and keep in reasonably good shape, the cards are in your favor if something were to go down and you needed to fight for your life.
One last thing I’d like to say before I head out is this: Great skills are only as good as the one using them.
The stuff I teach my students, from a grown man all the way down to a 7 year old child is battle tested and ready to use.
I know these moves work, and I believe in them, but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what I believe in, or anyone else.
What matters is this: Do you believe in them? I ask these because all the skills in the world won’t do you any good if you lack the confidence to use them.
Train hard, learn the moves (and believe in them too), ask questions, take notes.
Do all you can do in training so you know, in your heart of hearts, if someone attacks you, you’re going to beat the daylights out of them.
Get to that point of self-belief and don’t worry, you’ll be more then ready.
On top of this super long blog post I’ve included some training videos. I feel these vids are more then appropriate for most self-defense scenarios. Check ’em out.