Can you physically defend yourself in a street fight? What is the best way to learn "how to fight...defend yourself"?

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    Mar 25, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    I'm big and strong and never feel threatened. But I would like to know that I know the moves if I ever need them. I want to learn. How?
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 25, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    Try Taekwon-do
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    Mar 25, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    I learned kick boxing as a kid - after being targeted by a bully. IT WORKED!
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    Mar 25, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    I've been taking a Muay Thai class and tried a Ju Jitzu class as well and not only are they great self defense classes but amazing work outs, and some of the guys who go make some great eye candy...and getting to wrestle around with them isn't so bad either icon_smile.gif
  • groundcombat

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    Mar 26, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    I think Rhodie mentioned some good points with BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts classes. Although I wouldn't take my new BJJ belt out on the street lookin for trouble. The "streets" can unpredictable and dangerous environments so the best idea is probably to avoid people who are crazy don't have shit to lose in life.

    In case you haven't figured it out, I'm speakin from experience after taking a mean blind-sided sucker punch a few months ago. Ain't too many martial arts that can help you with that (or even worse a knife or gun).

    EDIT: But there sure ain't nothin wrong with signing up for any of those mentioned classes and having some fun rough-housin and learning a thing or two about yourself!
  • duglyduckling

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    Mar 26, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    just for comedy:
    BJJ is soooo gay...

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    Mar 26, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    wait wait wait...what are boyfriends for again?

    just kidding, i have never had to defend myself before (as an adult) but i have won every fight i ever entered as a kid, so i'm pretty sure i could hold my own icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 26, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    MikePhil saidTry Taekwon-do


    My feeling on Taekwondo is that if you are going to learn a martial art, it should be from a nation that has won a war in its history. icon_biggrin.gif

    I find Aikido to be very practical in terms of defense and training is not hard on your joints.
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    Mar 26, 2008 1:36 AM GMT
    You know what. Never had to. when one lived inner city. I would walk everywhere, day or night. Cut though park, up lane ways the lot. The few times one has been approached. One said: wait for me to take off my shirt, as I don't want you too bleed on it. Off he went no fight.

    The other time, when approached by two young guys demanding my wallet. This pissed one off. That one got so angry, and demanded You come here and I'll give you something. They went running. So you don't have to know how to fight. But growing up in the bush, and on a farm. One grew up wrestling with cattle, and my mum. So I do know How to fight.

    Go for lessons, if your life has not tort you this.
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    Mar 26, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    Honestly you have to pick something for you. If caught fighting there isn't a he started this with the cops... they don't give a shit. Learning a style of fighting you have to pick something you are interested in. It is good to kick your ass kicked because then you know what it feels like and are not afraid of the unknown to me.

    Joshua
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    Mar 26, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    Tackle below the knees!
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    Mar 26, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    I recommend you start learning Mauy Thai like Rhodelifter. I've got some experience in it myself, but a street style mixing kick boxing, boxing and mauy thai and street fighting. Being the youngest of five, with 3 older brothers, it became essential for me to learn how to fight, lest I be crying like a sissy before dinner. Of course, families were different in the early eighties, and boys were expected to be boys >) Anyways, I learned my brother's Mauy Thai when I reached my early teens, with initiations similar to, but exactly that of gang fights, but more like tests of skill and strength. From what I've experienced, the best way to learn how to fight is to fight. Otherwise, like learning a foreign language and not using it for a long period of time, you lose it. Not saying you should go out and pick a fight, but if you want to learn the hardknocks of self defense in a real world scenario, than you've got to defend yourself in the real world, when the occasion arises.

    But fighting doesn't solve everything. I learned the pen is mightier than the sword since the years I spent fighting off bullies and homophobic assh*l*s. If you can make the tension drop with words and kindness, than by all means do so. There's a thin line between being foolish and being brave. Pick your battles wisely... don't let them pick you.
  • liftordie

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    Mar 26, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    if i ever got accosted on the street and it came down to me or them...it would definitely be them. i have been known and fully believe in not FIGHTING FAIR. i will take my car keys and stab u in the neck if it comes down to it!!!icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 26, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    liftordie saidif i ever got accosted on the street and it came down to me or them...it would definitely be them. i have been known and fully believe in not FIGHTING FAIR. i will take my car keys and stab u in the neck if it comes down to it!!!icon_twisted.gif


    this should re-enforce my earlier point. don't be caught effing around with crazy people. his determination of a "me or him" situation might come a lot earlier than you think it is.
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    Mar 26, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    I've taken several martial arts, including Wing Chun, Karate, Judo, and I'm taking Krav Maga now. I've also trained in several weapons forms, nunchaku, escrima, long pole, bo staff and katana.

    Of them all, I'd say Wing Chun and Krav Maga have the most practical use. Krav Maga isn't really a martial art in the normal sense in that there arent really any strict forms. Wing Chun is a close combat hands on style. It was developed by a chinese nun, who watched a snake fighting a crane...if you believe that sort of thing. She developed it to protect her monastery against invading armies.

    uhh...what was the question?
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 said It was developed by a chinese nun, who watched a snake fighting a crane...if you believe that sort of thing. She developed it to protect her monastery against invading armies.

    icon_eek.gifAre you sure you didn't see this on kung fu theater or something??? Was it called the Flying Wing Chun Nun?

    flyingnun.jpg

    I think it is in syndication now. "look! its a snake, no it's a crane, no! it's the flying wing chun nun!!
  • Timbales

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    Mar 26, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    I can handle myself. Learning how to keep my guard up and throw a punch helped. Honestly, I think looking like you know what you are doing is just as important.
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    lol...umm...you could be right about that. I sometimes blur fantasy and reality...

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    Mar 26, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    Hmmm. A street fight huh. I've been in two street fights and that's as many as I ever want to be in.

    The first street fight...I GOT MY ASS KICKED. It was embarassing to say the least. I had the spirit to fight but not the moves to pull it off. It was at a party that eventually wound up being outside. I held my own for a bit but the guy was packing some major mass. I got a few good hits but they weren't good enough. A good punch across my temple and I was out. I should've weaved but instead I bobbed. Needless to say I lost. Had a nice shiner and a knot the size of a melon on my head with a couple of bruises on my shoulder since he gave out some nice shoulder shots. I knocked one of his teeth out, though. LOL.

    The second street fight I got into I was alot more prepared. I tried my hardest to avoid the fight (I didn't try that tactic in the last one) but the guy left me no choice in the matter so I didn't hold back. It was pretty much blow for blow and he had me beat in the arms department. Knowing this I switched up moves and used my legs instead. I have very long legs with very big feet (I wear a size 15 in most mens shoes) and I was lucky enough that he kept hunching down. He swung and missed and I managed to pull a classic kick to his jaw follwed up with a simple side sweep. Never fall down when in a fight. I ended up tap dancing all ove his chest.

    I got such a rush from it and it felt good but if I could avoid fighting altogether then that would've been great too.

    I noticed no one mentioned theuse of weapons in a street fight. Also isn't it illegal to use jujitsu and those other fighting methods in a public fight? aren't people who know the stuff instructed not to use it or am I mistaken?
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    illegal? no...unless you are so deadly that the government has you on it's list of illicit weapons.

    its not promoted within the art to use them in street fights. you are always instructed not to start fights and to try to talk your way out of them first, but it's not illegal.
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidlol...umm...you could be right about that. I sometimes blur fantasy and reality...
    I like kids with big imaginations! its cuteicon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    Oh. OK.

    I always thought that that dojo or the classes instructed people to never use what they learned. I always thought in the long run a person could be sued for the knowledge and techniques used in astreet fight and that the dojo/class could also be held liable.

    Thanks for clearing that up.
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 said
    Of them all, I'd say Wing Chun and Krav Maga have the most practical use


    Everybody have fun tonight
    Everybody Wing Chun tonight
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidI've taken several martial arts, including Wing Chun, Karate, Judo, and I'm taking Krav Maga now. I've also trained in several weapons forms, nunchaku, escrima, long pole, bo staff and katana.

    Of them all, I'd say Wing Chun and Krav Maga have the most practical use. Krav Maga isn't really a martial art in the normal sense in that there arent really any strict forms. Wing Chun is a close combat hands on style. It was developed by a chinese nun, who watched a snake fighting a crane...if you believe that sort of thing. She developed it to protect her monastery against invading armies.

    uhh...what was the question?


    exactly, thank you
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    Mar 26, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    KissingPro said[quote][cite]tommysguns2000 said[/cite]
    Of them all, I'd say Wing Chun and Krav Maga have the most practical use.

    exactly, thank you


    I answered your question in there..