Real Street Fights: 3 Tips For PREVENTING A Fight!

Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack

Jeff Anderson

I’m not a lawyer.

I do know, though, that one of the ways to survive a self-defense altercation during the legal aftermath is being able to show that you tried to prevent it.

This means de-escalating the process of the “street interview.”

It means disrupting that process where a thug sizes you up and things escalate until they get physical.

Staying out of jail is part of the survival equation.

To do that, you’ve got to know how to prevent a fight if you can.

I spoke with my friend Matt Numrich about this, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Tips For PREVENTING A Fight!

Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack
Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack
Matt Numrich

Most of us know about verbal de-escalation.

Backing somebody down verbally, refusing to throw a punch, and assuming a passive stance all help not to escalation a situation into something physical.

We’re not replying with something harsh.

We’re being almost apologetic, and we’re going as far as we can to stay on the legal side of defending ourselves.

There are some things you need to remember when it comes to preventing a fight, however, beyond verbal de-escalation.

1. Can You Just Leave?

Whether you go ahead and get physical or not, I always judge by this thing:

Could I leave safely from the situation without it getting physical?

For instance, if I’m going ahead and I’m walking down the street and I have two guys, one get in front of me, one get behind me, and they ask for my wallet, could I leave that situation safely?

Could I just literally, whether it be walk away or run away from the situation safely?

Probably not.

If the people want to go ahead and mug me they’re going to go ahead and mug me, or they wouldn’t have asked for my wallet in the first place.

On the other hand, once again, use the old parking lot kind of situation.

If I’m walking by somewhere, and let’s say someone thinks that I put a ding in their car or something like that, could I leave that situation without it getting physical?

  • Could I escape the situation without getting physical?
  • Could I leave the situation safely just by walking, either that or running away?

In my mind, that’s going to give you that answer to whether that preemptive strike is that the right thing to do.

2. Is Your Ego Pushing You Into A Fight?

I’m not going to lie to you.

Every single situation is a little bit different.

I think so many times our ego gets in the way.

Because our ego gets bruised, that’s what we want to defend.

There’s a big difference between defending your ego, as opposed to offending your physical life, or physical harm being done to you, or someone you love.

Learning to conquer your own pride, to back down even when you think someone is trying to goad you, can be the biggest battle some people face.

But refusing to let people push you into a fight you don’t have to have is a big part of preventing a lot of altercations.

3. Spot Pre-Fight Indicators

Even if we decide to walk away from a situation, if someone comes up in an aggressive standpoint I’m never, ever going to turn my back on that person until I feel that I’m at a safe distance.

When you become aware of a potential threat, you should be looking for pre-fight indicators the entire time.

Those indicators will warn you that, despite what you’ve done to de-escalate, that the fight is on.

Obviously, we don’t have time to go through all of them.

The number one indicator, though, is that if you are backing away and the person is closing the gap, that is a huge indicator they mean to attack you.

If you’ve gone ahead and you’ve taken your two, three, four steps back and all of a sudden the person starts inching their way on in, that’s a huge red flag.

Could they be coming on in to try to intimidate you and they have no means whatsoever, no desire whatsoever, to physically attack you?

It could happen.

The fact is, though, that if someone is decreasing the distance more and more, chances are good they mean to attack.

Another thing to watch for is rate of talk.

If you’re trying to de-escalate verbally and they keep ramping up, talking louder and more quickly, that’s a red flag.

Finally, watch their facial expressions and their skin tone.

The redder they get, the darker they get, the more you should be concerned that your de-escalation is not working.

Keep all these factors in mind.

If you can’t prevent a fight, if you can tell the fight is on top of you, you have to be prepared to fight back.

That’s why we train… and it’s why we train to prevent fights whenever we can in the first place.

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Real Street Fight Training: 3 Tips To Punch Faster And Harder!

Real Street Fight Training -Hit Harder In A Fight

Jeff Anderson

To defeat an attacker, especially one that’s bigger and stronger than you, you need to know not only the instant destruction points that will take them out quickly, but also the close quarters tactics that will allow you to hit with extreme power.

It’s easy enough to learn those targets, and with practice you can become a master of technique for close counter strikes.

But what’s the secret to developing bulldozer-like power that will make your enemy see stars with every punch or kick?

Einstein had the answer when he came up with his formula:

Energy or power equals mass times velocity squared.

What this means to you is that velocity — or speed, not size and strength — is what matters when it comes to creating maximum power.

So, how can you train for speed and deliver more power in all of your strikes?

Not long ago I spoke again to famed martial arts expert Loren Christensen about how to increase your fighting speed.

Here is a run-down of what he had to tell me.

Street Fight Training: 3 Tips To Strike Faster And Harder!

Real Street Fight Training -Hit Harder In A Fight
Real Street Fight Training -Hit Harder In A Fight
Loren Christensen

There are a lot of myths about fighting speed.

If you look up “speed hitting” on YouTube you see a lot of really ridiculous stuff.

You see guys turning their hands like little eggbeaters.

If they were to bend over and put their arms in a tub of potatoes, they’d make mashed potatoes.

The person they’re doing it on goes, “Whoa! Whoa!”

He backs up and he’s all amazed at the speed.

The puncher is doing it fast, but how effective is that?

(There’s one style that does that quite a bit.)

It is just speed for the sake of speed, without having any thought of hitting hard or hitting to a specific target.

Then there’s the other kind of speed.

That’s speed that complements other elements, such as your body alignment, your skeletal alignment, your balance, your ability to penetrate into a target, your fighting strategy.

When you can complement those elements with great reaction speed, perception speed, and physical speed, THEN you have a NASTY technique.

Self-defense is all about accuracy.

It’s all about dropping people by hitting specific targets.

There are also vulnerable targets you can hit.

Even if the person can’t feel those blows, he will still react to them because they are targets that debilitate, or cause unconsciousness, or cause a person to lose the stability in their legs — that sort of thing.

So it’s all about targets.

More importantly, it’s about penetration to vulnerable targets.

Here are three tips to get faster:

Tip #1: Don’t Go Too Fast Too Soon

The biggest mistake people make in training is by going too fast too soon.

It is easy to do, but you don’t want to start off that way.

Slow down so that you can learn all the nuances of the technique, or combination.

You want to make sure you have proper hip rotation, which is really key.

You also want to make sure that you have good body alignment, that you have good balance and penetration, that you’re closing or crossing the gap properly and safely, and that you’re escaping after you do your damage.

Tip #2: Make Your Exit As Fast As Your Entry

Another mistake is if you come at your attacker and hit, hit, hit, and then stay there and admire your work.

Get out of there.

That guy may have absorbed your attack.

He may have eaten your blows and is not affected by them, and he starts hitting you back.

So get in there, do your thing, and move back out.

Tip #3: Slow Down To Get Faster

The fastest way to fix these things is simply to slow down.

Part of being mature and wise in the martial arts is to control yourself.

Take your time.

You’ll get faster sooner if you go slow in the beginning.

Create that physical pattern that comes from doing repetitions, and specifically combinations.

Do the combinations over and over and over again and pretty soon you’ll find yourself starting to speed up just a little bit.

If you have a partner and he says, “You’re looking pretty good. I think you can pick up the speed,” or you can be really honest with yourself in the mirror, then you can slowly start to speed up.

Slowly start to pick up your speed so you don’t lose your accuracy.

If you start to have problems, slow down again.

That speed will come faster if you take your time building it up.

How Do YOU Train To Increase Your Speed And Power?

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