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Self Defense Tip: Are You Training Realistically?

Recently, a student sent me a video of a street fight where one guy sat on the ground and motioned for the other guy to come towards him. The guy who was standing jumped on the grounded guy and knocked him out by repeatedly kicking him.

Starting a fight from the ground may seem weird, but certain martial arts incorporate these practices. The problem lies is the fact that what you practice is what you will do in a real confrontation.

Believing that this training would be effective as a result of practicing with cooperative partners, it proved to be a failure when facing an opponent who didn't cooperate. Relying solely on belief is insufficient when training for a real fight!

Real fights involve a range of attacks such as punches, elbows, kicks, stomps, knees, takedowns, throws, submissions, and more. It's crucial to prepare for these varied situations, as neglecting certain aspects can lead to injury or even death in a street fight.

So, what should you do?

  1. Learn and Practice: Familiarize yourself with techniques like punching, elbowing, kicking, knee strikes, takedowns, and submissions. Practice these on your own, on heavy bags, and with a partner. Note: For safety, avoid practicing eye gouging and biting on a partner.

  2. Defense Practice: Develop defensive skills against various attacks by having partners attempt techniques on you at a slow, controlled pace, gradually increasing to full speed.

  3. Slow Sparring and Grappling: Engage in gradual sparring and grappling sessions with a partner to integrate strikes, takedowns, and submissions. Increase the tempo gradually until you reach full-speed sparring.

  4. Mock Street Fighting: Simulate street fighting scenarios with your partner. Start with standing striking, move to ground fighting, and vice versa. This drill enhances endurance and simulates the unpredictability of real-life encounters.

If you want assistance setting up a training program for you and your partners, feel free to contact me. I'm here to help.

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Lawrence Castanon

Author, The Short Fight


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