Real Street Fights: Self-Defense Training Is A WASTE Of Time!

Real Street Fights Self-Defense Training FAIL

I’ve taken more than a dozen martial arts over my lifetime.

From Kung Fu to Karate to Mixed Martial Arts, to Krav Maga and WW2 close quarters combat… I have to say, I’m a pretty decent “fighter.”

I’ve had my own experiences in bar fights and in scraps… even in dealing with gangs, believe it or not.

I have some “street cred”, in other words.

But… honestly?

I think most self-defense training is actually a waste of time.

So hear me out, because I’m going to explain…

Why (Almost ALL) “Self-Defense” Training Is A Life-Threatening WASTE Of Time!

Real Street Fights Self-Defense Training FAIL
Real Street Fights: Self-Defense Training FAIL

Ok, before all you Bruce Lees out there get your tighty-whiteys in a wad, notice I said “almost all”.

Yes, I’ve trained in many martial arts and self-defense systems that had GREAT moves that really work.

And ANY time you can get physical with another human being, it’s better than counting on your 27th viewing of a Jackie Chan movie as all you’ll need.

But the real questions I need to ask when it comes to preparing for a violent street attack are…

Are you even training AT ALL?

And if so, HOW do you train?

For the “not at all” crowd… are you hoping that you just won’t ever be caught without your gun or your knife?

Well, I have to tell you, my friend…

…when it comes to a REAL street fight, “hope” is not a solution!

When some attacker gets in your face, puts his finger in your chest, and tells you he’s going to beat the ever-loving sh*t out of you, you’re going to wish you knew a few simple moves to respond!

(No worries. I have a simple fix for you here in just a minute. But first, on to dealing with my 2nd question…)

Unfortunately, based on the people I’ve talked to, if you ARE training to fight, you’re most likely training in the relaxed atmosphere of a local martial arts school.

You’re working with people you think of as “friends”… and you’re NOT really getting your head bashed in, or stomped on, by your training partner’s buddies with their size 11 steel-toed sh*t kickers!

Punching the air… kicking some foam pads… “pulling” your punches when sparring so no one gets hurt… learning that if the “bad guy” attacks *this* way, you respond *that* way… and so on.

Well, have you ever heard the phrase…

As you train, so shall you fight?!

Bottom line… if you’re used to “fighting” your buddies while scoring points…

…If they let you take breaks when you’re tired… and call “time out” when you might actually be hurt…

…Then I hate to say it, but that’s just not gonna save your arse when you’re facing someone who uses “fighting” as his career skill the way you and I may use a hammer, computer, or whatever.

Oh no my friend… real thugs out there are “training” a whole lot different than the “martial arts schmoes” they’re targeting…

In prison, these scumbags aren’t practicing katas.

They’re fighting for their lives.

They’re learning the right time to strike — when you least expect it.

They’re learning how to hide a weapon — and how to use it.

In other words, criminals are “training” by getting their knuckles (and their boots) bloody in actual street combat!

On the street, they’re getting real-world experience in how to make people like you and me — honest, law-abiding folks — victims!

All those fancy martial arts moves will only get you KILLED in a real street fight.

You’ll fight as you’ve trained — and that means they aren’t worried about you hurting them at all.

They know you can’t stop them… and now YOU know it.

But the good news is that you DON’T have to train day in and day out just to defeat these thugs.

You also don’t have to go out and get into real fights to have a chance to take on real criminals.  (“PHEW!”, right? hahaha)

Here’s what I’ve discovered in studying… training for… and getting into real fights…

It all comes down to knowing how to throw “the switch” in your mind in a fight!

You see, your best weapon in any attack ISN’T your fists, feet, elbows, etc.

It’s your BRAIN!

What I’ve come to understand over the years is that most people – even trained martial artists – focus too much on “defense”.

“Defense” kills!

The only way you can hope to survive a brutal attack – especially from someone who is bigger, stronger, and more experienced than you – is to…

First know WHEN you’re actually in a “fight”…

…and THEN be able to take that FIRST SHOT!

Yes, I said it.

YOU take the first shot!

NOT doing so will likely make you a crumpled, bloody mess – unconscious on the floor – while everyone around you just watches, afraid.

But if you can learn to spot the “hidden signs” of a fight…

…If you can identify WHEN that thug is going to strike, (I even use a little trick that MAKES him give himself away!)…

…then you can “flip the switch” and take him down with some VERY simple, easy movies.

If you want to test yourself on this, go ahead and watch this video of a “real attack” caught on camera…

(Warning: The video is violent. No blood or gore… but hard to watch for some.)

As you watch it, see if you can tell the point when the victim should have realized that he was NOT going to get out of fighting this hulking mass of brutality.

If you watch closely, you’ll see when he “should” have struck his aggressor to avoid what comes next.

Now of course, when you DO decide to strike, you have to know HOW to hit with enough power to knock even someone THIS huge down to the ground, right?

I get it.

That’s where “self-defense training” comes in, eh?


A “KI-AI!” karate punch into his thick torso is only gonna piss him off – right before he mops up the floor with you.

(Spare me the hate mail all you board-breakers out there.  Yes, I’m sure that YOUR secret kung-fu monkey-punch is an instant man-killer! Ugh!)

If you want, that page also has an offer for a free DVD where I show you how just a few simple moves (that I’ve used in real fights against much larger attackers) is all you really need.

These moves have worked for me — and they’ve worked EVERY TIME I’ve had to use them.

You don’t need to practice these more than a few times, and you don’t need a padded training partner either.

You can do it right at home.

If you’re curious, you could check out what I teach people using this special link…

Either way, please take my warning seriously and think more about the “mental” side of fighting.

It will absolutely save your life!

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Real Street Fights: How To Combat FEAR!

Jeff Anderson

Most of us don’t go around fighting people.

It’s natural, therefore, to feel fear when you suddenly find yourself face-to-face with an aggressive attacker…

…Especially someone your brain tells you is a real threat because he’s larger, stronger, or more experienced, right?

Want to know how to face fear head-on… and even use it to your advantage?

I spoke with self-defense trainer Matt Numrich about this, and here’s a quick run-down of what he told me about dealing with fear in a fight.

How To Make Fear Your B*tch In A Real Street Fight!

Real Street Fights: Conquering Fear
Matt Numrich

When it comes to defending yourself in a real street fight, fear is a tricky thing…

It can be your worst enemy and cause you to doubt yourself and your ability to survive the attack – effectively causing you to hesitate… and we all know that hesitation kills.

But fear can also be your best friendIF you know how to harness its power and use it to your advantage.

Not only that, but it’s super easy to do, and here are 3 quick tips to make YOU the master of your body’s natural response when you’re facing an attacker with no way out…

1. Meet Fear Head-On… At Its Source!

In a confrontation, people go back and forth between two extreme emotions…

They’re either feeling fear or they’re feeling really, really angry.

And in fact, it’s not unusual to go back and forth between these two emotions when you’re looking at the potential of having to defend yourself.

But both fear AND anger can get you in trouble:

If you let anger get the best of you, you’re going to do some pretty stupid things.

You’re not going to have control of yourself… you’re not going to make the right ethical calls… you may take things way, way too far – potentially even ending up killing someone accidentally because you were out of control

But on the other end of the continuum is fear.

Fear causes hesitation – and hesitation can get you killed.

The good news is that fear is nothing more than an emotion when you really get down to it.

And emotions are something you can control.

The key is to analyze your own fears on the deepest level you can so you can find your own “fear triggers”.

That’s going to be different for different people – some may have experienced a traumatic experience in the past… others may be programmed by years of negative self-talk… or bullying.

Either way, when you strip it all away, it all comes down to one thing…


Ultimately I think that’s why most people want to learn self-defense techniques – and learning how to fight does have that power, but ONLY if you follow these next 2 steps…

2. The “Missing Link” Most People Don’t Address When Facing Fear In A Real Street Fight…

Remember the first time you got in a car to learn how to drive?

You almost certainly had a certain level of an anxiety or fear when you first got behind the wheel, right?

Whether that was in drivers ed class or your parents maybe took you out for the first time, your heart was probably racing a mile a minute and you were scared to death about scratching the paint on dad’s old 1974 Dodge Dart.

Now let’s jump ahead a few years…

Now when you get in your car, you can do so without your heart jumping up into your throat, right?

Why is that?

Why do you feel so differently now, as opposed to that first time that you did it?

It’s because you’ve had all this practice now.

And that’s the “missing link” that few people who are facing their fears ever realize about eliminating its negative effects: it takes PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

I know, sounds simple… and it is… but there’s actually one more important piece to the puzzle…

3. “Practice Makes Perfect”? No… “PERFECT Practice Makes Perfect”!

Practice by itself isn’t enough to overcome your fear in a real street fight.

You can perform millions of punches and thousands of kicks and blocks, but these won’t help you overcome fear if:

  1. Your techniques aren’t effective in a real street fight (without rules!); and
  2. You don’t practice your techniques under realistic conditions that simulate a real attack

You see, it’s not about the fact that you’re practicing; it’s about HOW you’re practicing.

Bottom line is you have to use scenario-based training – putting yourself through realistic simulations of what you’ll face on the street.

Once you’ve done that many times, once you know what to expect, fear won’t cripple you.

In fact, the natural adrenaline rush you’ll get from that initial “fear” your body senses can be USED to increase your strength and power when you finally realize it’s “go time” and make your move.

This type of training isn’t that hard to do – and can even be fun.

That’s why I took a good hard look not just at the techniques I’ve trained my students in… but HOW we train them.

This was the whole foundation of our Fearless Street-Fighting video series and I’ve seen it create amazing results in those who have trained with it.

But no matter what you’re training in, stop and think about whether the tactics you’re learning – and the way you’re training with them – are doing enough to help you control fear in a real street fight… and use it to your advantage!

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[MMA Streetfighting] “Bagel Boss” Viral Video Fight Footage Teaches 3 Deadly Lessons

MMA Street Fights: Bagel Boss Short Man Viral Video Teaches Deadly Lessons

They call him the “Bagel Boss.”

He’s the 4-foot, 11-inch guy who got in a HUGE fight at a bagel shop recently…

…and then became FAMOUS when the video went viral.

A lot of people think the video is pretty funny.

It isn’t funny at all.

That’s because the video — which shows Chris Morgan of Long Island getting tackled by a fellow bagel shop customer — is actually a warning.

It shows just how WRONG a street fight can go.

And, honestly, if Chris Morgan’s attacker wasn’t such a nice guy. . .

… this little dude could EASILY be dead!

Worse, the next time you get into a confrontation with someone, YOU could end up dead too if you make the same mistake!

(And no, I’m NOT talking about how Morgan lost his mind when he thought people were making fun of him!)

That’s why we need to talk about. . .

The Street Fighting Lessons We Can Learn From The “Bagel Boss” Viral Video

MMA Street Fights: Bagel Boss Short Man Viral Video Teaches Deadly Lessons
MMA Street Fights: Bagel Boss Short Man Viral Video Teaches Deadly Lessons

Chris Morgan was in a bagel shop trying to buy a “caw-fee” when he decided the girls behind the counter were making fun of him.

He went nuts, ranting and raving about how girls on dating sites won’t swipe-in-whatever-direction because he’s so short.

People make fun of him all the time because he’s small, he says.

But he didn’t stop there.

He got crazier and crazier, to the point that other customers started telling him to calm down.

That’s when he got aggressive.

He “chested up” to one of the other customers — a dude so much bigger that Morgan is barely taller than the guy’s belly button:

MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Chests Up With Attacker
MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Chests Up With Attacker

Then he started demanding that the bigger guy “meet him outside.”

“Go ahead and attack me!” he shouted. Go ahead and attack–”

(He was immediately attacked.)

You can even see the look of, “I’ve made a horrible mistake” on his face a split-second before he eats floor.

MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Realizes He's Made A Terrible Mistake
MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Realizes He’s Made A Terrible Mistake

In interviews after the assault, you can tell Morgan is bothered by the fact that the bigger guy was on top of his back and, in Morgan’s own words, wouldn’t let him up.

He was very aware of how helpless he was down there. . . and that’s when I realized there was nothing funny about this viral video at all.

MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Attacker Shoots For Takedown
MMA Streetfight Viral Video: Bagel Boss Attacker Shoots For Takedown

The incident teaches us three things, in fact, and they apply to you and to me. . .

. . .just as much as they do to a five-foot-nothing angry guy who’s cruising for trouble (while writing checks with his mouth that his @ss can’t cash).

These lessons apply to EVERY street fight, but they go DOUBLE when you’re dealing with somebody who’s bigger than you.

(And, let’s face it: for the little Bagel Boss, that’s almost every person he meets.)

1. NEVER “Chest Up” To Anyone

As many times as I see this happen, it always makes me shake my head.

There’s something about guys that makes them want to puff out their chests and get up close to other people.

They stare down the other guy while DARING them to “make a move.”

Well, when you’re chest to chest with somebody (the same way Bagel Boss went chest-to-belly-button with his attacker), you’re making it HARDER to defend yourself.

He can throw almost anything at you — a wild hook, a haymaker, a sneaky uppercut from below your eye line — and you won’t see it coming.

You’ve GOT to get your hands out in front of you and prevent him from going chest to chest. . .

. . . and you definitely don’t want to initiate a “chest-up” yourself.

2. Mind Your Balance

You can see it on his face when “Bagel Boss” gets attacked:

He’s completely lost his balance.

His attacker rushes forward, disrupting Morgan’s balance and pushing him off his feet effortlessly.

The thing is, little guys can be very hard to knock down because their centers of gravity are lower.

The smart ones will attack a bigger man’s knees and ankles, because a bigger guy can be thrown off balance pretty easily himself.

In a street fight, you’ve got to mind your own balance while looking for opportunities to take HIS.

That’s because, if you get pushed off-balance, he’s going to take you down. . .

. . . and then, when he mounts you, you’re very nearly DEAD.

3. If You’re Mounted, You Have Only One Chance

You could hear it in Chris Morgan’s eyes when he complained about the attack in interviews after the video was taken.

His attacker was lying on top of him and Morgan was utterly helpless.

If this had been a vicious street fight or a gang attack, and not simply a “nice guy” taking down a bully in a bagel shop, Morgan could easily have gotten killed.

When a guy has you down and is lying on top of you like that, he could suffocate you, stab you, or invite his buddies to kick you to death.

You’ve got ONE CHANCE to fight your way out of that situation after you make that mistake. . .

. . . and if you screw it up, you may never get up again.

Remember that the next time you’re visualizing what you would do when you find yourself in a street fight — especially if the guy coming at you is a lot bigger than you.

Just because he’s bigger doesn’t mean you can’t beat him… but there are right ways and many more wrong ways to do it.

Here’s another, very graphic video of a face-to-face confrontation.

Sadly, the victim didn’t realize he was in a fight until it was too late.

If you watch the video, though, you’ll see the danger signs… and the results were disastrous.

The lessons you can learn from that video, just like what we can take away from the “Bagel Boss” and his mistakes, could save your life in a REAL fight.

I should know — because I’ve used it myself more than once, and it worked every time.

Stay safe out there.

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The #1 Biggest Mistake People Make When Training To Defeat A Violent Attacker In A Real Street-Fight!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

In the street, “win or lose” is actually “live or die”.

Too many people lose sight of that fact.

And you can’t survive if you’re focused on “defending” against your attacker… right?

So why do so many people make this mistake when training for “self-defense?”

I had a conversation about this with my friend and founder of Target Focus TrainingTim Larkin, and here are the lessons he shared with me…

The #1 Mistake People Make When Training To Defeat A Violent Attacker In A Real Street Fight!

The Biggest Street Fighting Mistake
Number One Street Fight Mistake
Tim Larkin
Tim Larkin

Forget “self-defense“!

“Offense” is what wins fights… plain and simple!

If you’re focused on simply “defending,” then you’re just prolonging the inevitable unless you can take over the offense and inflict that first real injury on your attacker.

In other words, until you launch a strike that causes a traumatic, uncontrollable response in your assailant, you’re not truly “fighting to survive”.

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to defeating an attacker in a real street fight is that…

“Injury is the alpha and omega of violence; it’s where it starts and ends.”

Consider for a moment that you’re breaking some gangbanger’s nose after he got up in your face to threaten you…

His body’s physical reaction is something he can’t control.

His head instantly explodes with blinding light — his vision, breathing, movement, and even his thinking are all suddenly destroyed.

Your blow forces his body to contort against his will, and where he was once strong…

your attacker is now crippled and confused!

In the end it doesn’t matter what broke his nose:  a fist… a boot… the heel of a hand…or the edge of a doorframe.

All that matters is that his power and dreams of turning you into lunchmeat are shattered as you’ve rendered him blind and vulnerable.

It’s now a simple thing to “injure” him again.

(And again!)

So how do you train for that outcome?

1. Always Work Toward Accuracy First

Most people you see in real street fights are swinging blindly at their attacker.

A wild strike to the head is not the same as a targeted strike to the nose.

Just as if you train with a handgun to get a one-shot stop instead of unloading an entire clip of “spray and pray” bullets, you want to focus your training on striking your target with extreme accuracy.

The more you train to strike accurately, the more accurate you’ll be when it matters.

2: Focus On The Body’s Most Vulnerable “Destruction Points”

The key to the scenario I just unfolded is in “where” you struck this gangbanger to cause an uncontrollable reaction.

There are several of these debilitating “destruction points” all over the body and they don’t even require you to hit hard to take out a much bigger and stronger attacker.

Learning the vulnerable points of the human body, such as from Target Focus Training’s videos, will make it possible for you to do this.

You need to start every attack with debilitating injury –– not with moves, techniques, stances or theory.

Violence begins and ends with ruined anatomy.

Any training that does not start there is useless for survival.

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