How to Street Fight Like an Expert

A street fight is a dynamic and unpredictable sport. If you want to win a street fight, you must learn how to apply the three key distances of combat. These are;

Kicking Range – this is the furthest distance of unarmed street fighting. Since you are at a distance, you will only use your legs to strike your opponent.

Punching Range – also known as the mid-range of unarmed street fighting. Here you can effectively use your hands to defend yourself.

Grappling Range – this range is further divided into two different planes (vertical or horizontal). In the vertical plane, you can generally deliver impact techniques like elbow and knee strikes, head butts, gouging and crushing tactics, biting and tearing techniques.

In the horizontal plane, you are ground fighting with your adversary.

What it takes to win a street fight

There are seven defensive techniques that you will need to master to win a fight. These are;

Stance – the strategic posture you assume prior to or during a street fight. This is your fighting vehicle that maximizes both the offensive and defensive capabilities of you your fighting arsenal.

Mobility – the ability to move your body quickly and freely while balanced. This will require using strategic footwork skills to transport your body through the different ranges of both armed and unarmed combat.

Attacking – offensive action designed to physically control, injure, cripple or kill your assailant in a real street fight.

Distance – this is the space between you and your opponent. You must be able to manipulate and exploit distance or range to your advantage.

Blocking – your various defensive tools designed to intercept your assailant’s oncoming blow during the street fight. Avoid reflexive blinking when a punch or kick is thrown at you during a real street fight.

A split-second blink could leave you vulnerable to the opponent’s blow. Blinking is a natural reflex. As a matter of fact, the eye blinks every two to ten seconds. However, reflexive eye blinking during a physical attack can be eliminated with proper self-defense training. For example, during sparring and full-contact simulated street fighting sessions, you must make a conscious effort to keep your head forward and your eyes open amid flying blows. This skill, of course, will take time and above all – courage.

Parrying – your various defensive tools that redirect your assailant’s blows.
Evading – defensive maneuvers designed to strategically move you away from your assailant’s blow.