There is a big difference between fighting in a competition & fighting some thugs off on the street, & 'how to fight' isnt an easy question. But in this article we are going to talk about the discipline of self defence in general, & some underline aspects you should look for in any martial art or self defence discipline.
Now many of us want to learn proper self defense or 'how to fight'. & for many different reasons.. maybe you want to kick someone's ass in particular? Maybe you want to be able to protect yourself & your family? Maybe you want to learn a new discipline. Or maybe you just want to feel more confident walking down the street with your girlfriend.. Whatever the reason may be, there are a few different things to consider when choosing what you should learn & practice, whether you want to know a proper martial art, just few self defence moves, or some ruthless street fighting technique. The same guidelines should apply to all.
•All moves & techniques should be simple & easy to execute - any technique that is over-complicated will be much harder to perform effectively when you really need to "open a can". & you dont want to injure yourself trying to perform some complicated, unnecessary maneuver either.
•Optimise your strengths & target your opponents weakness - you need the know-how to be able to handle yourself against any type of attacker. big? strong? fast? armed? a group? a seasoned martial artist or fighter? anyone... anything!
•The main aspect should be self preservation - you want to be able to protect yourself & your loved ones, get home safe at the end of the night or out of the ring uninjured.
•You need both technique & physical training - many of the traditional martial arts rely on perfect technique, & many guys today rely on just being fit & strong. But you need both, the skill to know what 'move' to apply in what situation, plus you need the strength & speed to effectively execute your badass technique.
With those few things in mind, there are many great programs out that will have you blocking punches & throwing kicks like Bruce lee. But it doesnt always work like that on the street.. or at a bar.. or down an alley.. its a different game! & the average thug or an predator will never attack unless they have the advantage. So luckily there are also very good real-life street fighting guides that will make you more formidable in any scene, some of it may even save your life.
& remember, with great power comes great responsibility
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