How To Survive and Thrive In a Street Fight in 8 Simple Steps

by Brett on May 6, 2008 · 152 comments

in Manly Skills


Let’s say you’re out with your buddies (or maybe a lovely young lady) having a good time, when all of a sudden some jackass shoves you. You didn’t do anything to instigate the guy, but it doesn’t matter.

There is a special breed of males, that when inebriated, start fights with random people. This breed, when found in their wild habitat, are often accompanied by their similarly boneheaded buddies.

Or perhaps you and your posse end up in a rumble with the Socs because one of your buddies killed a Soc while trying to save Ponyboy from being drowned by a douche bag Soc. Man, I hate them Socs. Stay golden Ponyboy.

What can you do to prepare for a street brawl and protect yourself in this type of situation? Here are 8 simple steps you can follow to avoid ending up in the emergency room after a street fight.

1. Wake up! When someone threatens you, snap to attention. Be aware of your environment. Look for objects that you can use for weapons. Searching out a place to escape to is especially important if you’re outnumbered.

2. Try to defuse the situation. Try to talk with the guy and calm him down. If you did something unknowingly that offended him (like looking at him funny), then apologize. Don’t let your ego get in the way of apologizing for something you didn’t do. Your first goal should be to avoid fighting. Maintain confident body language. Don’t show the guy you’re afraid.

3. Walk away. If talking to the knucklehead doesn’t work, start to leave the scene. But maintain alertness and walk away backwards, still facing your opponent. If he’s a no-good, yellow-belly rat, he’ll attack you from behind.

4. Assume a fighting position. If the jerk is still threatening you and you have nowhere to go, assume a stable fighting stance. Spread your stance to about shoulder width-apart and slightly bend your knees. The goal is to maintain balance so you don’t end up on the ground. Keep your hands up to protect your face and clench your teeth. A solid punch to an open mouth can lead to a broken jaw.

5. Defend yourself. The goal is to defend yourself from violent and unjustified aggression, so don’t be afraid to fight dirty. If you have any object to use as a weapon, use it. This can be anything like a chair, a bottle (extra man points for first breaking the bottle and then thrusting the jagged part at your opponent), or a 2X4. Here are some other techniques that could be used in this sort of situation:

  • Knee to the groin. No explanation needed as to why this is effective.
  • Low kicks to the knee, groin, or abdomen. Kick like you’re kicking down a door, using the bottom of you foot. A solid kick to one of these areas can incapacitate your attacker long enough for you to get away.
  • Headbutt to the face. Your forehead is one of the hardest bones on your body. Use this to your advantage by headbutting your opponent hard across his nose. If done correctly, you can do some serious damage.
  • Throw a punch. If done correctly, an overhand punch can put your attacker out of commission.

6. Take punches effectively. While you should do your damnedest to avoid getting punched, you can’t avoid them all. If you have to take a punch, strive to absorb it in a way that minimizes the impact and damage..

  • A punch to the head. Move towards the punch, tighten your neck muscles and clench your jaw. By moving into the punch, your attacker may miss the mark wide to either side. Absorb the punch with your forehead (remember how hard it is?). If your attacker hits you there, his hand will be hurting, and you’ll have minimized the damage to yourself.
  • A punch to the body. Tighten your stomach muscles, but don’t suck in your stomach. Try to shift so the punch lands on your obliques rather than directly in the stomach or vital organs.

7. Give your best war cry. While defending yourself, make as much noise as possible. There are two reasons for this. First is the intimidation factor. Yelling may distract and intimidate your attackers, leaving you a better chance of getting in some good blows or getting away. The second reason is to draw attention. The more people who gather around you, the easier to call a douche bag’s bluff.

8. Make your escape. After you have incapacitated your attacker using the methods described above, get the hell out of there.

Inspired by The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and Man Skills.

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101 Andrew May 5, 2010 at 12:51 am

lol im 6″2 260lbs big arnold swarinerger (spell ckehc lol) lokkin mutherfucker and im 17 so i get made fun of alot. people try to beat me up usualy 2 to 6 people at a time i have never lost. so basicly pick up some fucking weights and if you dont have a bag hit a brick wall alot is wolfs law little breaks in the bone when it heals it will calsify (grow bigger) and your punches get alot harder so dont be someones bitch bulk up.

fluffy out

102 J.K. May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

Several years ago I was in a pub having a pint and tossing some darts. These young kids were in the next lane learning how to drink and getting obnoxious. At some point I asked one of them to watch where they were walking (into the dart lanes) and as I turned away he hit me on the side of the head with a long neck bottle. The bottle broke and I saw stars but didn’t go down. It took a brief moment for me to clear my head and turned to face him. His eyes got huge and he rushed me trying to tackle me around my waist. Again I didn’t go down but took a few steps backwards and backed up against a wall. At that point I looked down at my attacker, who still had me around the waist and realized that I was still holding three needle sharp steep tip darts and was looking at his left ear, neck and one of his eyes. Realizing that I had one or two kill shoots available to me or at the least could really mess this guys up, I turned and handed my darts to a bystander. At that point the bouncers showed and pulled us apart. Questioning the people around us, they told the manager that had I not only not thrown a punch, but willingly gave away my darts. The other guy was banned from the pub and I was looked at as keeping my cool and not turning a little brawl into a murder scene. Weapons can certainly be useful, but keeping your shit together, more important!

103 JG May 6, 2010 at 3:47 am

Cupped slaps to the ears could disorientate the already tipsy drunk and rupture his ear drums causing incredible pain, giving you enough time to run away.

A quick knife-chop to the neck will drop him. Exhibit A:

And always go for the eyes and testicles.

104 Ben May 20, 2010 at 3:28 am

Keep. your. chin. tucked. close. to. your. neck. as. possible.

PUtting out your chin is a very bad thing to do when in a fist fight. Tucking your chin will take away his ability to deliver a solid uppercut and limit his options to hooking to the jaw.

105 Ryan Danley May 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Bottom line… If it gets real serious, make sure you are the one that gets to go home that day. I’ll take the consequences over the grave any day…

106 Sam May 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

Also, always remember to keep your hands up. Hold them so your elbows are around stomach level, fists at chin level. This allows you to protect your entire torso and face with minimal movement.

And don’t forget shock value attacks–saying or doing something completely retarded and unexpected can sometimes make their jaw–and their guard–drop long enough for you to finish the fight or escape.

107 Lawrence A. June 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hey Guys,
Thanks for all the advice. I am currently being targeted by a group of about 5/6 lads who stay usually in a small gang along with their classy ladies.
One has taken a dislike to me and yesterday insisted that I “Go off camera2 to fight him. I am 38 and he is 20, obviously he had his 3 “cousins” with him who I imagined would only be to eager to step in should I have got the upperhand down some dark alleyway. Also I was carrying things that I do not want to lose.
So I stood my ground whilst on camera and tries to calm the guys anger, after which I said I would press charges if I was attacked, they guy kept telling me his name and about his time in prison so it wasn’t difficult to work out who he was.
We reached a stand off and parted although threats were made to me that are sitting nicely.
Anyway I am not running from my town centre yet as I spend a lot of time on the street I imagine I will have to face these guys again and I am looking up on the net for tips as to how to fight. I know I can fight when I really need to but when some idiotic moron is yelling at me because his Dad never understood him I find it hard to get angry or aggressive.
Has anyone thought of quoting the bible? That would probably scare these guys off more than any switchblade?
Anyway good luck and remember what Jesus says – to paraphrase – “If the enemy strikes your right cheek, offer him your left one”?. Well, watch this space fo more from the road.
Lawrence A.

108 Englishbob July 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

I don’t recommend blocking a punch with your forehead or moving your head towards it. Tough one to pull off right and you may just take it on the nose or in the eye. Keep your chin down and you will likely be hit on the forehead anyway. Hands up high as street fighters are probably headhunters and hit your man with elbows rather than fists.

Fists have a lot of little bones and ligaments and are fragile. Your elbow has one sharp bone that is virtually guaranteed to cut your man. Thrown correctly it will break something in their face. I also recommend throwing the first blow if possible – a single elbow to the face will end most fights.

To learn elbow strikes and other effective fighting techniques take a course in Muay Thai.

However, as the author says the best thing is avoid street fights altogether as they can result in either hospital time, prison time or both. Really not worth it.

109 blake s July 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

you forgot 1 step you have to throw something like a tissue at his face or stun him by hiting his ears with ur hands then pull out it stuns for a second then deck him

110 TODD July 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

All I can say is God created man but Sam Colt made ‘em equal!

111 chase July 29, 2010 at 6:43 pm

always avoid a fight it can lead to death or jail but if u havet to bust some ass!
and afraid to walk away and look like a little bitch…better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6

112 Greg Hall August 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Best not to get into any stance that gives the game away.
Look into your everyday stances being your self preservation stances surprise is a big key in winning self defence situations if you messed up.

Your game plan as always should be to stay away from places where trouble is a regular occurrence if possible.
Get away from a potential situation if possible by being switched on and seeing the signs before trouble kicks off.
Then if that has failed look to control the situation by using dissuasion, talking it down be careful with your choice of words your tone of voice and body language.
Everyone has an invisible space that they consider there own space so try to control that space with your hands again not giving the game away.
Control the adrenaline, look for tell tale signs that trouble is immanent use an action trigger. A good one is ask a question then its also a brain disengagement.
Then if you need to hit them so hard there ancestors feel it.
If you haven’t finished it with the first shot fitness mindset and impact are the key ingredients!
Keep it simple!

Hit First Hit Fast Hit Hard and Hit Last!

113 watch pacquiao vs margarito August 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

This is a win win solution steps in a street fight.nice article you’ve made.Actually I have experience this twice I’m doing walk always it is because to exercise my body. You gotcha my answer.

114 emma October 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

to make them go all dizzy keep slapping them in the face and their eyes go all watery then while they r runbbing their eyes form a fist with your hand n punch their neckso it will cause a blockage in the throat then knee them in the tummy then while their down kick them in the tummy again several times and stand on their ankle :)(if it is a girl and girl fight instead of kicking them in the tummy pull their hair real hard)

115 David October 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

The ideas here are good. Lets be honest, though. The best way to survive a street fight is not to find yourself in one. You can’t always do that I know, but self defense is about situational awareness. If you would’ve been paying attention to your sorroundings you might not have placed yourself around that rowdy drunk, or that group of guys acting wild. You can’t always avoid them. Sometimes they are where you have to be, or just want to be. Like a concert or a sporting event.

So you can’t avoid some tough guy and he’s pushing a confrontation. There are things you don’t want to do or allow done.

First, don’t let someone that you think may cause you bodily harm within an arms reach. Its better to have more distance, really, but you can always step backwards to make sure the guy can’t just reach out and grab/hit you. Common sense, really.

Second, don’t let the bastard hit you first. If you wait to find out how serious this guy is, you might not have a chance to fight back. It only takes one well placed shot to get knocked out fellas. Lets not be crazy here. If you see a pro fighter get knocked out in one punch, please understand your chances of being knocked out in a single shot are much higher. So hit the guy first. Confirmation of his attack equals pain for you. I’m not going to wait if I feel like I’m going to get hurt.

And the last thing I want to talk about is stance. If you live in states where there is a duty to retreat before defending yourself (hello Maryland) you shouldn’t ball up your fist and start dancing around like your’re a pro boxer. One of the best stances here is a simple double palms forward pose, with both hands about shoulder height, the lead hand only an inch or so in front of the rear. Think of telling someone to calm down. You can even say that. But really in this stance you’re ready to both defend and attack. You’ve already created space between yourself and your attacker, and now with your arms up you can either bring your arm back to do an mma style punch defense(sort of like answering a phone, but you don’t cover your ear with your palm, and you bring the inner biceps up to the chin) to protect your head from an oncoming attack or you can use your already raised hands to land a few preemptive strikes. And the beauty is that to onlookers and people who may not hear whats going on but can see whats happening it appears as if you’re trying to defuse the situation. Again, its like your putting your palms forward to the guy and saying “whoa, calm down, man”. But you’re actually in a much better stance to both defend yourself and attack, while still appearing to be taking a passive stance in general. This could also lull your attacker into thinking you’re more scared than you are, making him feel over confident. Just don’t get into a boxers stance and let everyone, including the guy you want to hurt, that you’re going to fight. Thats stupid.

And one more thing. Use palm heel strikes. Imagine someone telling you to ball your fist and punch a brick wall as hard as you can. Yeah right. Thats broken bone city. Imagine someone telling you to hit the same wall with a palm heel strike. You’d be way more confident considering you won’t be afraid to break as many bones, and you’ll put more behind it. And you’ll be safer. Check Bas Ruttens Pancrase fights for the best in Palm heel strikes. You tell me after watching that its not effective.

And remember, a big six foot something guy might be stronger than you, but his eyes aren’t. His nose isn’t any tougher. Neither is his throat, his genitals, or his shin bones(unless you’re fighting a thai boxer), or his ears. So think about what would hurt you, and do that to the other guy in a hurry.

116 Peter October 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Blocking is always an action you should avoid, work to parry, subtlety is the key as it unbalances your opponent and gives you more control over the situation.

Blocking early interrupts their action and can work against a completely clueless opponent but it allows them to react if they know what they are doing.

Leading with your head is very risky against an educated fighter, “Moving your head towards the punch, tightening your neck muscles and clenching your jaw. ” could very well get you knocked out as you have no ability to roll with the punch or “rock back”.

If however you make use of Mendoza’s parry you could guide the punch and use cribbs technique to break the small bones in the hand instead of rocking back.

The first step I would probably look into for these situations would be work from systems that are directly applicable to a street fights, Savate (Defense Dans la Rue) Pugilism (Bare Knuckle Boxing) etc.

117 markus December 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Always keep your chin tucked in remember legs shoulder width knees bent slightly and twist your hips a little when u punch to put force behind it when u see he’s open throw a stinger of a punch otherwise quick jabs to make him come forward or back of

118 PaaDee December 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

So, I’m sitting down outside last night after the pub about 30 metres from it, preparing myself mentally for the seemingly epic half mile odd walk home when two young , 19/20, chaps engage me in a dialogue before landing a straight to the nostrils, I ask him why he did this, I was talking to his girlfriend. Giggling i ask if he hits every male she speaks to, hits me again. Now Im not a violent man, in fact the entire idea repulses me but hit me twice for nothing. nah mate. so i gored the fucker against a car and started brawling, his mate had began at this point to hit me also. Gotta say alcohol does cushion the blows plus unleashes drunken monnkey! So anyway ended up flooring the pair of them. dusted myself down and headed home. Like i said i dont like violence but did get a good feeling defending myself from arseholes. If you find yourself in such situations and fighting is the inevitable route my tips would be to have greater stamina, I was exhausted after but they were worse, get them on the ground as soon as possible, through a sweet hook or wrestling, ground and pound can be good in one on one if faced with a group throw to floor and kick , i dont like kicking when someone is down but if they have two people fight as dirty as you need to be. Also it is wize to note that if you manage to get the upper hand dont go over board. once they are tired and hurting they will soon feck aff!

119 Dean January 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Wow, I’m shocked so many guys mentioned knees to the groin/genitals. I thought there was usually a gentleman’s agreement not to go near that area, even in a street fight.

120 Eric January 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Id advocate a stance with your arms in front of you, palms facing forward, your “main” hand behind your first.

This is not threatening, yet keeps your hands and arms in a position to attack or block.
Dont lock out your arms, it makes them slow and easy to snap at the elbow if somone has any form of martial arts training (its a simple thing to roll somone into a arm lock and break bones).

Bend slightly at the kness, like a spring, lower your centre of gravity slightly, this will help you retain you balence and SPRING forward, with great speed. Almost every drunk man will throw a haymaker or a wild swinging punch. These are slow, terribly slow. Simply “spring” forward and slam the heel of your main hand into their nose/face. Its almost impossible to land a haymaker vs somone who is facing you and uses the method described above. At this point your insider their reach, have likely broken thier nose and can do whatever you so wish, you will have gained 1-3 seconds of “free” fight time, an uppercut with your back hand or a elbow to the jaw should end it. If somone grabs your leading hand and pulls leap into the pull and do as described above, people expect resistence to a pull, not an acceptance of the pull.

Fighting is a bad idea, unless there is no other option and your life in danger (or the life of somone your with). If you must fight, you want to end it as quickly and violently as possible, this is VERY important in a if you have several opponents, if you drop the first guy in a brutual and messy fashion (getting a horrifed scream of agony usually does the trick, say by compound fracturing his elbow, stamping his knee so it breaks backwards or dislocating his shoulder). Hopefully this will shock the others, or make them aid their ally and give you time to escape.

Once again, fighting is stupid, and should never occur unless to save ones own life, there are too many ramifications otherwise.

121 tommy January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

this is really going to help me later thanks for the tip’s dud if i ever get in a fight i’ll use this and hope to win alote of peopel mess with me so now i have an edge to get back at them but only if thay try it again

122 tylerboy January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

when ur in a fight in highschool or work or what ever dont DO A HOOK U ALL WAYS SEE IT COMING what u should do is a kinda left jab jab then pull back and smack him in the face as HARD AS U CAN then a left hook
now then a right uper cut this is coming from a kid so u dont have to listen im 15 as well ….. remember no rechreat no surrender put his ASS DOWN

123 Adarsh January 31, 2013 at 11:06 pm

i got all the moves from this web

124 Sam February 7, 2013 at 12:40 am

Firstly, prepare. Learn how to fight.
Secondly, have clear principle on what constitues a credible threat. If you do have a confrontation, even if it’s only verbal, have the fight and leave OR leave straight away. Don’t hang around waiting for his mates to have a go are worse to be blind sided once you have had afew more drinks.
On a personal note; I have a friend who was afraid of fighting and confrontation despite being able to handle himself very well. So instead of avoiding it he bacame a bouncer and surrounded himself with it. After a few months a look from him was all it took to settle a drunk down

125 jerry March 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

carry weapon and don’t brandish it use it to save your limb of life. Think like a grown up.

126 Jay Arms March 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Good advice. Only thing I disagree on is “clenching” your teeth. You can get a broken jaw just as easily that way. You want to have your mouth shut and your teeth touching but not clenching down, that is too excessive. Also, keep your chin down. When you have it sticking out it is a way bigger/easier target which makes it more likely for a knock out.

127 staci May 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

i love the part about ponyboy the outsiders are my fav movie it really sends a message tht just b/c someone doesnt have as much money as u dont mean there less than a person as u are

128 scaman May 24, 2013 at 1:48 am

Here are the mistakes most guys make that get them hurt (or killed):

#1: You train with someone who doesn’t fight regularly. Of, worse, a black belt who has never actually hit another person save his own hide. (That’s about 99.99% of the black belt “teachers” out there.)

#2: You train for years in a style that doesn’t actually work in the real world. Hospitals are filled with guys who confidently dropped into their fancy stance at the start of the fight … and ended up on the ground a second later gettingg the crap stomped out of them.

#3: You never learn even the basics of the “fighter’s mindset”… that special vicious way of thinking that actually turns you from a mild-mannered human into a lethal beast in the blink of an eye.

129 David Chauca May 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

move your head towards a punch to make it hurt less or miss? seems legit.

130 aki May 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

a knee to the abdomen, a hard hook to the jaw is enough.

131 JayManPWR May 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

Just like to had two things. First, normally, wannabe-street-figthing-douchebags don’t know how to fight! So, they will unlikely throw direct punches at you (which are in fact the most effective punches), preffering showing-off how “rad” they are and throwing hook punches, which they pump from way behind them. It’s then pretty easy to anticipate the punch and avoid it.
Second point, if your douche is using a weapon (baseball-bat, golf club, even a knife), the word of advice is “stay close to him”. The only way such a weapon can be useful is if the attacker has room to swing it. So whenever someone tries to hit you with such armory, just ram him, stick to him, and punch and kick like you never punched and kicked before. And to quote my old self-defense teacher, “the best way to avoid a punch is to not be there when it comes!”

132 Ed Manley June 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

Break a bottle and try to cut your opponent? That’s your advice? After you get your ass kicked you get to go to jail. Then he’ll sue you. Unless you truly believe that your life is on the line (it rarely is in a fistfight) that is some really bad advice.

133 Mycroft June 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

Don’t be afraid to fight dirty. Your assailant has the element of surprise, and you need every advantage you can find to counter his. As a wise man once said, “If you’re in a fair fight, your tactics suck.” Or something like that…

134 JB June 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I reserve two tactics for life threatening situations:
(1) karate chop to the throat– a swift, hard blow across the adam’s apple.
(2) fist or curled knuckles up the nose. These two will incapacitate if not kill.
As the author stated, make sure you are ready to fight.

135 Steve June 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Unless you really, really know what you’re doing, DO NOT snap into some kind of karate/ninja fighting stance! That immediately ups the temperature of the situation and if you can’t really do it, you’re just going to look like an idiot while getting your ass kicked. Get far away or really close, as punches will either 1) not land or 2) won’t have maximum impact if you close in. Forehead smash to the nose is usually a trump card, likewise, knee to the groin. Also, most street brawlers are not experts; getting punched is usually more frightening then deadly. Keep cool, he is probably not going to kill you with a couple punches. That said, get away as fast as possible.

136 Gary June 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

Fight or Flight………..Grab a handful of change from your pocket, throw it very forcefully at his face then drop kick him in the nuts and casually make your escape!

137 beason June 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

it’s been years since i’ve had to fight. i agree with keeping the chin down. i would alway turn my left shoulder towards the person and hold my right hand up high so they could see it clearly. when they focused on the right i would throw the left and hit the right eye (twice), this normally resulted in a cut over the eye and the fight was all but over at that point .

138 John June 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

I’m 6’3 300lbs, in pretty good shape for my size (can do plenty of pushups and work all day long outdoors). I’ve never once had a guy challenge me to anything other than a drinking contest. Most might say it’s because of my size (which I’m not denying to some extent), but it’s more to my demeanor and how I treat others. I’ve never had to be in a real fight in my life.

139 Aaron June 11, 2013 at 12:52 am

I’m 6’6 and about 115 kilos. I’ve got a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate and worked as a bouncer while at uni. Being a big guy and a bit of a jokester I’ve had many incidents of shoves, threats and general intimidation and am proud to say I’ve never been in a fight. The key parts of this article are the first three points, be alert, diffuse the situation and/or get out of there. Check your ego and keep it in your pants, the risks are too great. While working as a bouncer I saw many fights, two standout in my memory, a drunken kid who got sucker punched while out celebrating his 18th birthday and received permanent brain damage, and a drunken tussle between two guys I later learned were actually good mates that ended with one of them getting thrown down on top of a broken bottle, he died in hospital.

140 Johnny July 21, 2013 at 11:25 am

6’4, 96 kilos indestructo cleverguy here.
Alright, folks, i manage to easily avoid the fights most of the time but there was that one time when my joke got a little too personal. Guy was about 6’2 so it wasn’t that kind of “UNFAIR” fight. Just he hit me first while i was waking up and thinking the possible solutions. Not that i have not tried talking sense into him before it. SO yes, it basically was my mistake, i don’t see many people brave enough to face me 1 on 1, so it was kind of surprise attack really. He throws a punch, a rather weak one to my chin, it slides through, i do a step forward and accidently hook his neck with my arm, since then i did not know what the fuck was going on and even laughed a lot as far as i can remember because the situation seemed really funny to me. Second punch went into my skull, couldn’t feel much but still. I did not sleep enough at times so i was hardly realising what’s going on, tried to tear up the distance and talking sense into him once again, we put our arms onto each-others shoulders, so i remembered what the Clinch is and i wanted to proceeded to putting my knees as high as his chest repeteadly and with enough force to make him feel it but he interrupted me with his one and only successfull punch to the face as he freed one of his arms. After that he probably saw after looking into my eyes that i was laughing still, he finally started to talk sense once again, so i let him go, and we walked down the street together apologising. Good memory, i enjoyed the fight. The guy that hit me in the skull broke his 3 fingers. So, the question of the day is, how to make sudden fist to the face(or anything, really) wake you up instead of getting disoriented? Experience-only thing?

141 codyc August 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

Always keep the hand you hit weakest with by your face just in case they fake the punch so then you can parry it and hit them with your stronger hand

142 Ed August 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

I disagree with a few things in this article.

For starters, I know punching is manly… but it is not the best way to hit someone. Instead of aiming punches at someone’s head, there is a better technique. Open your strong hand so it is flat (like someone doing karate would). Keep your fingers together, but your thumb up.

With your arm bent, strike your opponent with the edge of your hand between somewhere between the knuckle of your pinky finger and your wrist. I stress that your arm be bent because it generates more force than a fully extended arm, and allows for rapid reflexes to hit again and again.

Aim these blows with the edge of your hand at your opponents extremities. If you are an average strength man, a blow with the edge of your hand onto the extended arm of an opponent has a very good likely-hood of fracturing and/or severely breaking their arm. This cannot be accomplished with a closed fist. The small point of a chop from a bent arm, though, does major damage to a small point (thus generating the pressure to break things).

This is why if you punch a wall you’ll break your hand, yet karate guys can chop through wood and cement blocks. It is all about getting your blows down to the smallest area possible.

Also, re kicking.

Never kick straight forward unless you have a straight shot to a guys balls or head. Side to side kicks with your foot 4-10 inches off the ground, aimed at their shins are far more effective. Same principle as the punching: use the edge of the foot and gun for a fracture. Try to target their plant leg. If they have their weight on one foot, that leg is more likely to snap.

143 Adam W August 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Nice website, just starting looking at it.

As for this article…. no one is going to learn how to fight from reading a webpage or the comment section.

If you want to learn how to fight, train to fight at a local Muay Thai, boxing, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. Spar hard. If you focus on grappling, then round it out with some striking. If you focus on striking round it out with some grappling. In 3 months, you’ll be much better off than you are right now. In 12 months, that much better. A couple years, and you’ll actually know a few things.

144 zuzi October 3, 2013 at 4:19 am

@ the end of the day the dude that acts the craziest…will win. No one wants to deal with a maniac!

145 Clay November 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Uh, well….fights don’t usually go down like that. I’ve seen a few of ‘em in my time. You can also see thousands of live brawls on Youtube. From what I can tell it is usually the aggressive mean guy that tends to win. Shockingly, the big guys don’t fare too well in all out brawls. They are strong but their bigness seems to slow them down. It’s usually a quick, hard barrage of punches that ends a fight and it happens very quickly. These are not the recess fights at school when we were small and the punches did no damage, these are hard punches that can really hurt someone. It’s usually the 160 to 170 pound athletic guy that tends to win most of them. People tend to lose fights because they are intimidated, or they stall. Don’t stall. Once you know the fight is on and there is no way out, do not hesitate. Three or four quick punches to the face will usually put the guy on the ground. If you are not good at wrestling, keep moving. Do not let it go to the ground. People who go to the ground also go to the hospital.

146 Ahmed November 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

let your dark side work … don’t freak out
attack there head and legs … the critical points nose … neck .. eyes …

147 Brandon R. December 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

Here’s the advice I gave my little bro should he find himself in a self-defense situation.

1. Kick the inside of the knee with your heel, driving the force downward and toward the outside of the knee (kicking “through” the knee, if you will).

2. Knee them in the groin, hard. Raise up on your toes slightly as you do, and again, drive the force through the target.

3. Punch them once or twice, hard and heavy, with downward force, on the jaw, nose, and eye area.

4. Find a corner. Ram their head into it.

5. If they haven’t dropped yet, use a simple hip throw (pushing on their chest and head while tripping them with your leg, using your hip for leverage) to put them on the ground, then run away.

148 sin February 10, 2014 at 12:58 am

I’m a very average guy physically. Almost in bad shape, but 12 years ago I was in the army and was in very good shape (because I was paid to be, lol). Anyway long story short my most simple advice is to allways keep a mindset that you will not be KOd. I’ve been jumped a few times, and beat up kinda badly. But each time I kept talking shit to the 3-5 guys and at some point tgey just had to stop as apposed to killing me. I never got in a fight againts only one guy, but if I did I would kick him in the nuts, jump on him and hit him with wild swings like gorillas and chimpanzees do. Plain and simple. Im also willing to try my best to bite a hole in a person’s face or bite a finger off. Just remember to tell the judge ” I was so scared, I tried to get away but he wouldn’t stop, I just reacted”. This might turn your felony into a misdomenor.

149 trisha March 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

yeah so this girl at school is trying to fight me or something and I don’t even know why. and today I sent some friends over to her house to get a couple things that she borrowed and hasn’t returned (for two months). yeah I got my stuff back but my friends said that she told them that I was “going I get it SO bad tomorrow at school”

so now my pathetic weakling self is trying to learn how to fight.

any suggestions?


150 jc March 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Best advice is to simply not frequent questionable drinking establishments. Any less than savory bar you should be with 2 to 3 buddies at a minimum. Too many knuckleheads thrive on outnumbering people when fighting and beating them senseless, or worse…to death. Especially over stupid stuff.

However that still leaves random public scuffles, whether it’s at the mall or walking home down some dark street. It’s not so much the issue of going toe to toe with one person, it’s the lynch mob mentality these days with multiple assailants.

In most cases pepper spray is pretty effective at immobilizing a threat or two with proper aiming. At least when you are outnumbered or out powered that could just be your saving grace to get away.

KaBar makes a neat little knife that’s wickedly pointy and about the size of a credit card. Perfect to conceal as a last resort slasher if it gets to the point of death or great bodily harm (ie: when you have 4 guys beating the crap out of you).

Of course, in America legally obtaining a permit to conceal a gun is another option. Argue all you want about it, but quite honestly I’d rather take my chances with the legal system than trying to fight off several drunken or high hoodlums who are likely assaulting someone for the fun of it with no cares about the repercussions or if I live or die.

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