Real Street Fights: Destroy Your Opponent With “Chop Kicking”!

street fight training / best street fight techniques: chop kicking

Jeff Anderson

The thing about martial arts is that there really are no new techniques.

There are only new ways of applying them to destroying your opponent.

Loren Christensen is an experienced martial artist with DECADES of time and training spent in self-defense and law enforcement work.

I figured if anyone had some interesting stories to relate about martial arts techniques and REAL fighting on the street, it would be Loren.

Here’s a story he related to me about something called “chop-kicking” that I’m reproducing here in his words.

Destroy Your Opponent With “Chop-Kicking”!

street fight training / best street fight techniques: chop kicking
street fight training / best street fight techniques: chop kicking
Loren Christensen

Several years ago, I befriended the former editor of Karate Illustrated magazine, Renardo Barden, who had moved to my city to finish a novel.

We used to fish for trout together in one of the many rivers in the Pacific Northwest, and he would tell me stories of martial artists he had met in his job.

He was especially impressed over a kickboxer who was skilled at chop-kicking his opponent’s legs with his roundhouse kicks.

The fighter told him that when the muscles in either the front or back of the upper leg were struck at an angle, it shocked the muscle fibers and debilitated the victim.

Thinking this was interesting, I chop-kicked a training partner’s leg with my shin the next time we sparred.

Here’s what I learned…

Lesson #1: He’ll Go Down… HARD

To my amazement, both of his legs crumpled and he crashed to the floor (he was sort of mad about this, but that’s another story).

Although my kick was fairly controlled, it definitely took the fight out of the guy.

Since then, I have kicked others with it and every one of them dropped.

I don’t know if the impact is really shocking muscle fibers, but it definitely buckles the legs.

A friend of mine, a veteran kenpo instructor named Frank Garza, favors this kick and, in fact, had used it during a sparring session the night before I contacted him for his comments.

“It works great,” he said. “I prefer to hit the back of the leg at an upward angle with my shin because it seems to send a shock all the way to the hip joint and tightens the tendon to the butt.”

Lesson #2: Chop-Kicking Kills Legs

A chop-kick can more easily penetrate the leg and therefore transmit shock to the muscles and bone.

I have hit sparring partners, and I’ve hit people I was throwing out of a club where I worked as a bouncer.

All of them would start limping immediately and complain of a pulled hamstring muscle.

A downward strike to the back of the leg doesn’t seem to have the same effect, probably because the upper leg is much more muscular than the lower leg.

“When striking the front of the leg, the quadriceps,” Frank continued, “I prefer to use a downward angle with a shin kick. It seems to me that the muscles are weakest near the knee. It’s also an easier target to hit, and there is less chance of the kick being grabbed as is the case when kicking closer to the hip.”

Lesson #3: The Upper Leg Is WEAK

In conclusion, Frank noted that, “It’s interesting that even though we can condition our shins to take impact, it’s much more difficult to condition our upper leg to take blows.”

As mentioned, it’s a common reaction for your kicked opponent to drop to the ground when struck at an angle in the thigh.

Many of the guys I’ve hit with it couldn’t continue sparring because of severe cramping or an intense weakness in the limb.

Another reaction is for the recipient to bend over at the waist and lift the struck leg in an attempt to protect it.

Though he hasn’t fallen to the ground, he is virtually helpless and may be hopping around on one leg.

If you get a hopper, consider chop-kicking his support leg.

Hey, make life miserable for the guy and he might think twice about trying to hurt someone else!

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Lethal Force: Could You Use These 3 Methods Of Potentially Deadly Defense?

Jeff Anderson

We do a lot of training courses here at Modern Combat and Survival.

In our various training materials, we’ve covered many very important aspects of self-defense and preparedness.

We’ve talked about everything from unarmed combatives, knives, and guns to dealing with multiple attackers.

We have prepared you for a variety of dangerous scenarios you may face.

But we have only touched on something that is an integral part of self-defense, or can be, and that many people have trouble facing:

It may be necessary for you to kill.

Very few people actually sit down to consider the various ways it’s possible to kill a human being.

When you understand them, however, not only will you be better prepared to defend yourself from a violent attack, but you’ll also be better prepared to deploy potentially lethal force in defense of your own life or the lives of your loved ones.

Could You KILL If You Had To? (3 Methods)

Lethal Defense Killing Techniques
Lethal Defense Killing Techniques

In self-defense, the goal is never to kill for its own sake.

No one who legitimately defends him- or herself says, “Now I will murder my attacker.”

But when a violent assailant confronts you with potentially lethal force, you must choose between being maimed, crippled for life, or killed… and striking out at your attacker with superior force.

Your attacker may die, and if he is exceptionally violent, it may be necessary for you to strike to kill against those vulnerable points that you know could end his life swiftly.

But you may have no choice.

No matter what form an attack takes, it invariably targets one or more of these systems (although you won’t necessarily be aware of this).

You don’t exactly have to be a physician, or really even understand anatomy all that well, to take advantage of these biological facts.

Just keep them in mind in general terms.

The three methods involve the different parts of the human body…

1. Attack The Nervous System

The website Medicine.net defines shock as “a critical condition brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body… [which] sharply curtails the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs [and] also compromises the kidney and so curtails the removal of wastes from the body.

Shock is a major medical emergency. It is common after serious injury. Emergency care for shock involves keeping the patient warm and giving fluids by mouth or, preferably, intravenously.

To horribly oversimplify, then, shock is really — for our purposes, anyway — just your body’s reaction to grievous injury.

  • Being shot multiple times can cause shock.
  • Being stabbed can cause shock.
  • Being too cold can cause shock.

Experiencing any number of ordinary, natural medical emergencies can cause shock.

Even stress can cause shock, if the stress is powerful enough.

If you damage a person badly enough, especially if you do it suddenly and viciously, you will cause traumatic shock that will end that person’s life.

2. Attack The Respiratory System

Respiration refers to breathing.

A lack of air to breathe — either because there is no air, or because the body itself is being stopped from taking it in and exhaling it — will eventually cause a person to die.

Whether that death is caused by being held under water, by crushing the throat, or by forcing something down an attacker’s windpipe doesn’t matter.

You may have heard that there is a difference between a choke and a strangle, one being a method for cutting off blood flow to the brain (causing eventual unconsciousness and death if the choke is not removed) and the other being a means of cutting off air to the lungs.

There is some overlap here.

What’s important to remember, for purposes of this post, is that when you stop a man from breathing, you stop a man from living.

Getting choked out in a street fight, therefore, is something that could KILL you if the attacker doesn’t let go.

It also means you could take a life if you choke someone out and then don’t release them.

3. Attack The Vascular System

The vascular system refers to the various means of circulating blood and other fluids through your body.

For our purposes, attacking the vascular system means causing the body to lose blood, ideally at a very rapid rate.

The faster a human being loses blood, the faster that human being will be unable to fight you.

As described in our definition of the nervous system, blood loss also causes shock.

What this all adds up to is that putting a hole in a human being will cause that human to leak blood.

The longer he leaks blood, the greater the volume of that blood, the less effective he will be in fighting you.

If you are able to poke a hole or cut open the pipelines that carry blood in the body, meaning the veins and arteries, the effect is that much stronger and faster.

Veins carry blood back to the heart, while arteries carry blood pumped from the heart.

This makes arteries the most effective targets when trying to create blood loss.

A person with a cut artery can bleed out in a remarkably short period of time.

Death often results.

Cutting open an artery, in fact, can cause a spray of pulsing blood that looks like something out of a samurai movie.

If this happens to you, you’re in big trouble.

If you cause it to happen in a desperate situation, it might the only way you can survive an potentially deadly attack.

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Real Street Fights: Throwing Your “Combat Switch” For Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers!

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense

Jeff Anderson

Facing multiple attackers is the most dangerous thing you can do.

That’s because if they get you down on the ground, they could easily stomp you to death.

Facing one guy isn’t necessarily a life-and-death situation, although it could be.

Facing a bunch of people at once almost certainly is.

To succeed, you’ve got to be able to throw your “combat switch.”

You probably have a vague idea that this is the combat mindset you need to be truly ruthless in a life-or-death fight.

But how exactly do you go about developing that, and what does it really mean to you?

I spoke with my friend Ron Grobman about this, and here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.

Throwing Your “Combat Switch” For Multiple Attackers!

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense
Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense
Ron Grobman
Ron Grobman

Your combat switch is that change in your mindset that is going to help you unleash your full power and your full potential.

Throwing that combat switch is what will help you destroy the person in front of you.

So, this begs the question:

  • How do you establish that switch?
  • How do you develop it?
  • How do you identify what it is and then incorporate it in your training?

Here are three tips for developing your combat switch, including two drills.

1. The Hallway Drill

The first of the two drills is called the hallway drill.

Think of it as running a gauntlet.

You have to have a number of training partners to do this drill.

  • The training partners form two rows of people, creating a hallway.
  • The person doing the drill has to make their way through the gauntlet.
  • The whole time, the people on either side are striking at them, hitting them, grabbing them.

The person going through the hallway can fight back, and their goal is to make their way through the gauntlet.

You can scale the intensity of this drill based on how much force the participants are willing to use.

(Obviously, it would be easy to get hurt doing this, so take that into consideration when determining how much force to use.)

2. The Ring Of Fire

The second drill is related to the first, but with some variations.

It’s called the ring of fire.

You get enough people together so that they can surround the student with their arms interlaced.

(This isn’t a fighting drill, because the people in the ring have their arms locked together and can’t fight back.)

The student’s job is to use sheer brute force to break through the ring.

Meanwhile, the people forming the ring do their best to stop that person.

The drill trains you to use brute strength against a seemingly impossible blockade.

You have to bust out despite them stopping you.

3. Learn That Nothing Is Impossible

The two drills just described put you in a mindset that helps you develop your combat trigger.

They do this because they teach you to do extraordinarily difficult things.

Getting beaten by 20 people while you are fighting back is amazingly difficult.

Busting out of a circle of people determined to stop you is likewise difficult.

Once you’ve proven to yourself you can do these things, you train your brain to “throw that switch” and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals.

You learn that you are capable of these great feats, and you learn the attitude that you have to have in order to do so.

When you have to fight, you fight, even if the task seems impossible.

It hinges on fear and anger.

When fear turns to anger turns to determination in the face of impossible odds, you learn to completely unleash yourself.

That is your combat switch.

Learning to throw it, and developing it through this type of training, could save your life.

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Women’s Self-Defense “Folk Hero” Fights Off Rapist, Becomes A Meme

Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush

“Not today, motherf—er!”

Those are the words that Kelly Herron screamed as her “battle cry” when she was attacked without warning.

(I first told you about Kelly on our email list a few months back – and I’ve got an awesome follow-up for you today. First, though, let’s talk about how she fought off a much larger attacker and became an inspiration to other women who could be attacked.)

The homeless sex offender who dragged her to the floor of the bathroom beat her bloody as he tried to rape her.

But Kelly Herron wasn’t finished — not by a long shot!

And while her attack was horrific, it is also the story of…

How A Woman Fought Off A Bathroom Ambush – And Became A ‘Folk Hero’

Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush
Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush / Women’s Self-Defense

Kelly Herron was standing in a public bathroom off a Seattle running trail when she realized she was in danger.

“As I was drying my hands, I became aware that something was wrong,” she told the news.

That’s when Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered sex offender, attacked this 36-year-old marathon runner.

Gary Steiner

Steiner had been hiding in a bathroom stall in the ladies’ room, just waiting for a victim!

He immediately took her to the floor of the bathroom, wailing away on her with his fists.

Kelly fought like a woman possessed.

At one point, she crawled into a bathroom stall, on her back, and tried to kick the door shut with her foot.

Steiner climbed under the stall door from the next one and began beating her in the face.

Kelly started to feel like she was going to black out.

That was bad, because as soon as she was subdued, Steiner intended to rape her.

That’s when Kelly had what she later described as a “moment of clarity.”

She thought to herself,

Kelly Herron“This doesn’t have to be a FAIR fight!”

So she started to claw his face.

Fighting her way clear like a demon, Kelly punched him again and again, telling herself never to give up.

Finally, she managed to escape the bathroom.

A passerby, who had a carabiner keychain, used it to lock Steiner in the bathroom until the cops could arrest him.

And just like that, this lone woman had not only defeated a street ambush… but she had managed to get her scumbag attacker CAUGHT!

Better yet, Kelly Herron’s story beautifully illustrates three tips you can use to prevent an attack by a bigger, stronger attacker – or, if you can’t avoid it, fight it off!

1. Search Your Surroundings For Ambushers

Kelly’s “sixth sense” told her something was wrong when she was standing in the bathroom.

The problem with that kind of intuition is that it’s usually too little, too late!

What she should have done was check the bathroom when she first entered, to see if she was alone.

A quick glance under the stalls would probably have shown her Steiner’s pants and shoes, which would have looked out of place in a ladies’ room.

You should get in the habit of checking your surroundings wherever you are, including when you get into your own car (to make sure nobody’s hiding in the back seat).

2. If You’re Attacked, Fight Like A Rabid Animal

This is the thing Kelly did “most right.”

She fought, and fought, and fought.

In describing the fight on her Instagram account and in interviews after the assault, she spoke several times about the mindset she had.

She refused to give up… refused to let Steiner have his way with her… and refused to become a victim!

When it was over, she posted the picture you see here of her stitched, scarred face.

She wasn’t looking for sympathy.

She wanted people to know that you CAN fight back against an attacker… and that mindset of survival and determination is what saved her from rape (and worse).

3. If You Go “Out” Or They Take You Somewhere Else, It’s Over

Kelly understood this, and it’s why she got the “burst of adrenaline” to finally fight back and escape Steiner’s grip.

She knew — and spoke about the fact — that if she blacked out, she was going to be raped (and maybe dead).

That very real fear is what gave her the power to keep on fighting past her “limits”.

And that, honestly, makes her one hell of a woman.

But that’s not the whole story.

After Kelly’s attack, she “sparked a boom” (according to a Reuters news story) in women’s self-defense classes.

Better yet, her cry of, “Not today, motherf—er!” became a meme, inspiring many other women to get trained to defend themselves.

“…After [the] publicity about the attack, women have flocked in unprecedented numbers to the same course that helped Herron, and internet searches for the course have increased tenfold, according to Jordan Giarratano, owner of Fighting Chance Seattle, the karate and kickboxing school that prepared Herron,” wrote Daniel Trotta and Tom James for Reuters.

To me, that’s the BEST part of Kelly Herron’s story.

Not only did she fight off a bigger, stronger attacker… but she inspired countless women in her area to go take the same class that helped her fight back.

Now, I have to ask…

If you were attacked, from out of nowhere – and by a bigger and stronger person – would YOU know what to do?

Did you know that there’s a single move that will work for a much smaller person against a larger attacker, allowing you to practically take their head off?

I know… because I’ve used it myself, and it worked for me every single time.

If you’d like to learn more, check out this video – but be warned: like Kelly Herron’s attack, it’s pretty graphic.

Just remember that if she can fight off a vicious attacker, so can you.

You just need the tips and tactics to do it if some scumbag ever targets you.

That’s why I say, at the end of all my emails,

Prepare. Train. Survive.

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