Real Street Fights: Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons!

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You’re probably no stranger to the idea of using something as an impact weapon to strike an assailant.

But there is a right way and lots of wrong ways to use them for the greatest effect on the street.

Sure, you could do your basic caveman strike, but wouldn’t you like to have some actual technique behind your methods?

I talked to Brian Stein about using impact weapons in a street fight, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons In A Street Fight!

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Street Fights – Impact Weapons Tips
Brian Stein

Impact weapons are often recommended because, if you aren’t already carrying one, you can easily find one.

These are all around us.

They’re all hard, they’re all strong, and they’ll all do serious damage to whomever you hit with them/

This is just a matter of physics.

A rock, a brick, a piece of wood…

…Impact weapons are everywhere!

Any rigid metal or plastic object that can be held in the hand can be used as an impact weapon.

It could be a flashlight as easily as a pen, a marker, or a purpose-built impact tool.

You could use a roll of quarters.

In a real emergency, you could even use a tightly wrapped, rolled up newspaper or magazine.

The modern pocket flashlight is nothing more than an aluminum or plastic pocket stick with an LED on one end.

Hammers, socket wrenches, crowbars… these are all impact weapons.

But there are some things you need to know about impact weapons to use them the best way.

Tip #1: Compliance Techniques Don’t Work

Tak Kubota, who popularized the “Kubotan,” taught a lot of compliance techniques in his materials.

The Kubotan is basically just a yawara stick, which is a dowel five or six inches long.

They’re commonly sold today as keychains and lots of people carry them for self-defense.

The problem is that the compliance techniques taught for use with weapons like this — things like jamming the stick down into the attacker’s knuckles, or into his body to activate pressure points — just don’t work.

Yes, you can use the Kubotan, yawara, or any other rigid, stick-like object, to facilitate come-along techniques and other joint locks for leverage… in theory.

In practice, none of this stuff works unless you first beat the attacker up so much that he’s dazed and confused…

…and even then, they aren’t likely to work reliably.

One is compliance techniques using the Kubotan, yawara, or pocket stick as leverage to facilitate the technique.

Compliance methods are simply too complicated to be effective in a real altercation.

Tip #2: Key Flailing Doesn’t Work Either

Another technique that isn’t advisable is key-flailing.

This is where you use the Kubotan as a handle and you whip the keys on the split ring at someone.

This is based on the idea that if you’re carrying one of these impact weapons, it probably has a keyring on it and you’re using it to carry your keys.

Taking that a step farther to use the keys as a flail, though, is a bad idea.

While it can be distracting and annoying, key flailing does not have the power to do any real, serious damage.

Most likely, it will just annoy your attacker until he can take your keys away from you.

Tip #3: Strike Targets of Opportunity

Different martial arts and systems may have different fancy means of applying weapons like this.

In a real fight, however, you basically just want to hit the guy.

You hit whatever the person presents to you.

This is called a “target of opportunity.”

It’s literally whatever is available to you.

You aren’t seeking a specific vulnerable point.

You’re just using your weapon to wail away on the closest target of opportunity.

For example, many martial arts-trained people will try for good, clean head shots.

They are “head hunters.”

But your strikes simply don’t have to be this perfect to be effective.

When resisting the urge to head-hunt, remember that, while the face represents the person, their hand or arm can be just as vulnerable, if not more.

If you hit someone hard enough in the hand, for example, they are not going to punch or grab you with that hand anymore.

You do not want to stand toe to toe and fight “fairly.”

This is not Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and this is not a good, clean fight.

You’re using weapons to brutalize someone in order to stop them from killing, maiming, or raping you or someone you care about.

The “stun and run” strategy is usually best.

You hit them hard, hit them often, hit whatever is available, and as soon as you can break away and get to safety, that is what you do.

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Real Street Fights Against Larger Attackers? Fight Like A WOMAN!

Look, I don’t consider myself a “tough guy.

But I’ve been studying martial arts and combatives since I was 14 (I’m now 52).

And… well… let’s just say that I’ve been in my share of fights along the way – whether in my security work… dealing with local gangs in the seedier parts of New Mexico… or just defending myself from a big galoot in a bar.

And when I wasn’t able to talk my way out of a fight…

…there was one move that has ALWAYS worked for me… and ironically it was intended for WOMEN!

Yup, that’s right… in all the times I’ve had to go hands-on with some gorilla who wanted to take my head of, this one “woman’s” fight move has NEVER failed me.

That’s why I want to share with you. . .

My #1, Go-To, NEVER FAIL Fight Move!

One Punch Knockout, Real Street Fights: Fight Like A Woman

Now, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea.

I didn’t invent this fight move.

In fact, it goes all the way back to World War II…

You see, W.E. Fairbairn, one of the LEGENDS of World War II combatives, described it in his books.

He called it the “chin jab” – but it really isn’t a jab at all.

It’s really a “palm heel strike” that goes up under the chin (and if you want, you can rake your fingers back down the guy’s face – but that’s not how I use it. More on that below…).

Here’s why Fairbairn found this move so effective for close-combat “trench fighting”…

For one, it comes up from UNDER the eye line, so your attacker won’t see it coming like they would a regular “punch”.

But then it jolts the skull back, putting the bad guy off balance and letting you follow up as needed.

(Where the head goes, the body goes, you know?)

It even has the power to (scientifically) knock a guy out with just this one single blow.

And while this one move works pretty well “one-handed” for a strong guy, like the soldiers he designed it for, Fairbairn knew that it would be a lot harder for a woman – somebody who is usually smaller and physically weaker than her attacker – to use.

“Hands Off” By WE Fairbairn

For a woman to SNAP a guy’s head back requires more strength than she’d probably have with one hand alone.

So Fairbairn taught a modified chin jab that is done with BOTH hands.

He even showed a variation of the technique on the cover of his book, Hands Off! Self-Defense For Women.

On the cover of the book, …a woman uses an umbrella for leverage.

It’s a beautiful move – especially because it was the favorite of one of the world’s foremost authorities on vicious, efficient, life-or-death combat.

That’s why I use it, too – because if it’s good for a woman, it’s even better for me!
In a fight, I’m looking to win (FAST!) against ANY attacker – no matter how much bigger and stronger he is.

So for me, I don’t limit myself to using just one hand to (hopefully) make contact and get my attacker back on his heels… when I can use TWO hands to absolutely take his head off!

That’s why Fairbairn taught it for smaller people to take on larger people (women fighting off men) and even included versions for women to use pressure points under the chin to get some dirty old bastard to keep his groping hands to himself! hahahaha

It’s also why, to this day, this one move has NEVER failed me whenever I’ve used it in a fight – even against guys who towered over me!

In fact, in my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I even show how to use this technique when you’re getting absolutely destroyed by your attacker (actually even multiple attackers) and turn the odds back in your favor.

(If you don’t have a copy of my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I consider it an absolute must-have… so much so that I send it out for free to anyone who’s serious about protecting themselves “unarmed” against a bigger, stronger attacker. You just have to tell me where to send the free DVD and my team will get it out to you right away.)

Look… just because some guy is bigger and stronger than you doesn’t mean you can’t beat him!

Fairbairn knew that well… and developed some of the most brutal techniques in the world for life-or-death combat.

All it takes are a few of these moves in your hand-to-hand arsenal and you’ll be amazed at how much confidence it gives you, knowing that you can physically “own” any man stupid enough to get in your face!

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1 Punch Knockout: This Move Stops You From Being BEATEN In The Street

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

A 21-year-old man in Wisconsin – we’ll call him Tim – was minding his own business the other day, just walking down the street.

That’s when two thugs roared up in their SUV and jumped out, staring straight at him.

What did they want?

Well, Tim had a backpack – and these two scumbags wanted it.

The beating that came next was pretty horrible.

But it could have been prevented, if only Tim had known…

This 1 Fight Move Can Prevent You From Being BEATEN In The Street!

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating
1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

It happened just recently in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Tim” was just walking down the street with his backpack on when the driver of the SUV burned rubber, pulled up beside Tim, and slammed on the brakes!

That’s when Tim knew something was very, very wrong.

The two scumbags who climbed out of the truck IMMEDIATELY attacked him!

They beat Tim into the pavement, savagely punching and kicking him.

Then they tore his backpack from his back, jumped into their SUV, and tore out of there – running red lights and swerving wildly across both lanes as they did it.

Surveillance footage eventually led cops to Jaquan A. Wright and Teshae K. Hanna, pictured here in their mugshots:

Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna
Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna

As of this writing, they were in the Dane County Jail on battery and armed robbery charges.

And Tim?

Well, he crawled off to nurse his injuries, afraid to come forward to the cops.

(They eventually found him using the same surveillance footage, but he’s okay.)

The thing is, even though 2-on-1 odds are pretty rough, the two thugs DIDN’T shoot or stab Tim.

They simply beat him.

And if Tim had known to use one almost never-fail move from military combatives, he might have been able to surprise them, take the initiative, and get away before he got beaten and robbed.

If you were in the same situation – facing these same two thugs – would YOU know what to do?

Well, it’s actually really easy, and goes all the way back to World War II.

W.E. Fairbairn, one of the LEGENDS of World War II combatives,  called it the “chin jab” – but it really isn’t a jab at all.

It’s really a “palm heel strike” that goes up under the chin (and if you want, you can rake your fingers back down the guy’s face – but that’s not how I use it. More on that below…).

The move works because it comes up from UNDER the eye line, so your attacker won’t see it coming like they would a regular “punch”.

But then it jolts the skull back, putting the bad guy off balance and letting you follow up as needed.

(Where the head goes, the body goes, you know?)

It even has the power to (scientifically) knock a guy out with just this one single blow.

And while this one move works pretty well “one-handed” for a strong guy, like the soldiers he designed it for, Fairbairn knew that it would be a lot harder for a smaller and physically weaker than her attacker – to use.

For smaller people, Fairbairn taught a modified chin jab that is done with BOTH hands.

It’s a beautiful move – especially because it was the favorite of one of the world’s foremost authorities on vicious, efficient, life-or-death combat.

That’s why I use it, too – because if it’s good for a smaller person, it’s even better for me!

In a fight, I’m looking to win (FAST!) against ANY attacker – no matter how much bigger and stronger he is.

So for me, I don’t limit myself to using just one hand to (hopefully) make contact and get my attacker back on his heels… when I can use TWO hands to absolutely take his head off!

That’s why Fairbairn taught it for smaller people to take on larger people – and even included versions for women to use pressure points under the chin to get some dirty old bastard to keep his groping hands to himself! hahahaha!

It’s also why, to this day, this one move has NEVER failed me whenever I’ve used it in a fight – even against guys who towered over me!

In fact, in my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I even show how to use this technique when you’re getting absolutely destroyed by your attacker (actually even multiple attackers) and turn the odds back in your favor.

(If you don’t have a copy of my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I consider it an absolute must-have… so much so that I send it out for free to anyone who’s serious about protecting themselves “unarmed” against a bigger, stronger attacker. You just have to tell me where to send the free DVD and my team will get it out to you right away.)

Look… just because some guy is bigger and stronger than you doesn’t mean you can’t beat him!

Fairbairn knew that well… and developed some of the most brutal techniques in the world for life-or-death combat.

All it takes are a few of these moves in your hand-to-hand arsenal and you’ll be amazed at how much confidence it gives you, knowing that you can physically “own” any man stupid enough to get in your face – and take out multiple opponents quickly and brutally!

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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.

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A bouncer’s guide to STRIKING FIRST. . .

“Violence” was Geoff Thompson’s profession…

As a legendary “doorman” (aka. “bouncer”) at some of Britain’s most violent bars — the kind where they’re sweeping up the eyeballs at closing time — every night was a parade of drunken, testosterone-jacked idiots looking for a fight.

Geoff’s #1 key to survival?

His ability to “read” an attack before it even started. . . and STRIKE FIRST!

I know that may sound like a no-no in the eyes of the law. . . but the fact is, whoever “owns the offense” in a real fight is nearly guaranteed to be the victor.

And in a real attack, “victory” literally means “living”!

Same goes for you. . .

Your ability to read a potential attacker’s actions BEFORE they get knuckles to your face (or a knife between your ribs) — and being able to STRIKE FIRST — could be the only thing between going home in one piece. . . or leaving in a body bag!

Here Are 4 “First Strike” Bouncer Tricks To Defeat A Violent Attack

4 "First Strike" Bouncer Tricks To Defeat A Violent Attack
4 Signs That STRANGER Is About To Attack

Predators rely on 4 sneaky tricks that Geoff calls the “4 D’s”.

He describes the “4 D’s”, the sneaky tricks street criminals use to get close enough and sucker punch you, as dialogue, deception, distraction, and destruction.

Dialogue is intended to get you talking. If you’re focused on what you’re going to say, you’re not focused on looking for attacks.

Deception is an attempt to fool you about the nature of the threat, like trying to appear harmless, acting polite to seem like a non-threat, or otherwise blending in.

Distraction is any thing intended to put your attention somewhere OTHER than his attack, like asking for a light and then hitting you while you’re distracted with your lighter..

Destruction is the thug’s endgame, the point at which his dialogue, deception, or distraction has made an opening so he can hit you, stab you, mug you, etc.

What we can learn from real fights, comparing these “4 D’s” to real-life footage of attacks, muggings, and street fights, are three HUGE lessons:

1. Trust Your Gut

I’ve had these types of street “interviews” happen to me.

Most of the time, they’re nothing more than panhandling — nothing violent.

I remember feeling really stupid after the fact for letting that person get as close to me as I did, though.

Even when I saw them closing the distance with me, I wussed out because I didn’t want to come off as being an a-hole to a complete stranger.

I’ve learned from my mistakes since then.

You can be assertive and defend your boundaries without being a total douchebag.

In a stern voice, say,

“Stop right there, please. Can I help you?”

If they stop and respond, great.

If they don’t, that’s a sign they’re trying to get closer to you than you want. . . and you need to be prepared to take it to the next steps.

2. Use Their Own Tricks Against Them

The thing about the “4 D’s” is that they work both ways.

You can use dialogue, deception, and distraction to take the attacker OFF HIS GAME to. . .

Give you time to react. . .

. . . Make an opening so you can escape, or. . .

. . .Create the opportunity to bring the fight to him.

You could dialogue with the attacker by asking him something that gets his brain working:

“Hey, man, did you see a little brown dog anywhere around here, about so high? No? Thanks, I’ve got to find him.”

You could try to deceive and even warn off the attacker by announcing:

“Whoa, man, don’t get any closer. My doctor says I have the swine flu and I don’t want to give it to you.”

You could even distract him, even momentarily, by pointing and saying (loudly),

“Hey, what are you kids doing over there?”

If you can’t escape, and if nothing you do convinces him to stop closing distance with you, then you’ll have to proceed to your own version of destruction — which means you’ll have to. . .

3. Be Prepared To Strike FIRST

Striking first isn’t illegal if you’re in real danger.

You’re not obligated to let some giant scumbag knock your block off before you react to the very OBVIOUS threat he poses.

You don’t have to be a martial arts master to do it, either.

Just as Geoff Thompson and other bouncers discovered, most people don’t know when they’re in a fight. . . even when fists start swinging.

In fact, watch this 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.

Warning: the video is very graphic.

The lessons you can learn from it, though, could save your bacon when it matters.

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

 

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