I remember my Shotokan instructor telling me, “no matter how good you are or how many trophies you win, on the street in a “real fight” you never fight fair”, good advice and words that, I took to heart.
A “real fight” without referees and judges, calls for a different mindset than a competition between two athletes squaring off in a ring for points. In a real fight anything goes and your very survival may depend on you not playing by the “rules” if you fight to survive you fight dirty.
I remember reading an old proverb that said “he who strikes first wins”, if you feel that you’re backed into a corner and the only way out is to fight, then never be afraid to throw the first punch.
Strike without warning, allowing no time for preparation or defense from your adversary. This is called a sucker-punch – if you must fight, it is a powerful weapon, use it without hesitation. An upward palm strike up and under your opponents chin also works nicely and is less likely to damage or brake your hand.
After throwing the first punch don’t just stand there – keep striking until your target is no longer a threat.
Forget all those Chuck Norris movies where he allows his opponents to get back up on their feet after being knocked down. If he goes down (or is still standing), finish the job while he is still in this most vulnerable position after being struck with the sucker-punch.
This one should be obvious. Never fight “nice” be violent, fight like your life depends on it, because it does. You’re not fighting to get the other person to submit or “tapout”. You’re fighting to save you skin.
Bite, gouge the eyes, pull hair, rip at the throat, attack the groin etc. Fight like a crazed madman or woman.
Weapons of Opportunity
Anytime that you’re in a situation where there is a chance of aggression toward you by someone, start looking for anything that could be used as a weapon. These are weapons of opportunity and are usually within arms reach, you just need to think outside the box.
Common items such as a pen, keys, rocks, ash trays or even a rolled up magazine can be used as effective weapons to attack vulnerable parts of the body.
Use A Distraction
Humans naturally protect their eyes; most will flinch, cover or even close them as a protective measure against perceived danger. We can use this to our advantage.
Throwing anything toward the eyes will move your opponent off guard and into a vulnerable position allowing you opportunity for an effective attack.
Have you even been in a fight? What happened? What did you learn?