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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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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Fighting A Larger Attacker Got VERY REAL For This Brave Woman!

Pizza Shop Woman Fights Off Attacker (Brittany Brophy)
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I have never seen TERROR on a person's face as clearly as you can see it in these pictures.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing as you read this, I want you to imagine something:

There's a guy behind you, and he wants to HURT you.

I'm serious: the second you turn your head to look, there will be a guy RIGHT THERE.

You might be thinking, “Don't be silly, Jeff. That isn't going to happen.”

Well, amigo, that's EXACTLY what happened to young Brittany Brophy while she was working in the office of a small-town pizza shop.

And the look on her face is why this story is so important to every one of us – because Brittany could be your wife, your mother, your daughter… or even a stand-in for you, depending on the situation.

Brave Woman Fights Back Against Robber (Until He Gets Bored!)

Pizza Shop Woman Fights Off Attacker (Brittany Brophy)
Pizza Shop Woman Fights Off Attacker (Brittany Brophy)

It happened in a local pizza place in White Center, Washington.

Brittany Brophy was sitting there working, when a thug in a winter hat simply enters and grabs at the money she's counting.

There was some kind of security nanny-cam monitoring the office to keep employees honest, too – so we can see the entire horrible robbery clear as day:

When he grabs her, Brittany is scared out of her wits – and jumps up on the counter, kicking at him with her feet with as much power as she has!

Recovering and realizing what's really happening, she jumps to her feet, now standing on the counter.

Then she starts wrestling with the scumbag while he tries to escape with the money!

The fight gets nasty, then, but finally, Brittany struggles with him until he throws her to the ground.

And then, like he's gotten bored, he just leaves.

I know: Kind of “anti-climactic,” huh?

The robber didn't even hurry – he just let himself out and was gone.

Another way to look at it is that Brittany got incredibly lucky.

“I've been through a little bit in my life,” she told the cops. “Having me be 5 foot 3 and the only person around to take care of myself… But all in all, I just knew I was gonna be okay, that I just needed to get out of there.”

Except… that's not what she did.

She didn't “get out of there.”

She fought with the bad guy until he decided to leave, and the only reason she didn't get hurt is because he didn't try harder to injure her.

Now, I give Brittany a lot of credit: she recovered from the initial terror of suddenly finding a stranger attacking her, and she fought back like a wildcat.

But it's obvious just from looking at her with her feet in the air that she was outmatched.

The thug was bigger and stronger, towering over her, and if he had decided to choke her or even stab her instead of just throwing her to the ground and leaving, well…

…Things might not have “just been okay.”

What Brittany needed to know was how to fight off and PUT DOWN a bigger attacker – and the good news is, there ARE ways she (or you, if you were facing a larger thug) could do just that!

Now, I have to ask…

If you were attacked, from out of nowhere – and by a bigger and stronger person, the way Brittany was – 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: it's a lot more graphic than Brittany's attack.

It's important that you watch it, though, because…

…YOUR attacker might not just lose interest and walk away, which means you'll have to FIGHT to keep him from hurting you!

In other words, you need a PLAN for when your luck runs out.

And I can give you that plan, along with the tips and tactics to do it if some scumbag ever targets you.

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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 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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Real Ground Fighting Street Fight Tactics: How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Jeff Anderson

You've heard the statistics before, and most of them are made up on the spot.

“X percent of fights go to the ground!”

It's hard to attach a real number to that, but in a real street fight, it is very likely you could end up on the ground.

On your back on the pavement is the last place you want to be.

You can't fight back while you're on the ground…

…and you could easily get stomped to death.

But, you might be saying, maybe I'm the one on top.

Maybe it's him who's on his back on the pavement.

Well, even if you have the opponent on his back and you are on top, your options are still limited.

I spoke with combatives expert Damian Ross about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Street Fight Ground Fighting Tactics: Ground & Pound
Damian Ross

Fighting on the ground limits your ability to use your body's weapons.

Even in a superior position, doing effective damage to the opponent can be hard.

There are certain strikes or attacks that work best on the ground when you're on top of your attacker.

Using these could give you the advantage you need when you are essentially performing “the old ground and pound” on the enemy.

Until you find yourself in this position, you won't be prepared for how what you might normally do won't work well.

1. Open Hand Strikes

First of all, when you're on top of a grounded attacker, use open-hand blows.

These are the heel of the hand and the edge of the hands.

The reason these work is that they take advantage of the body's natural weapons.

Your knuckles are relatively fragile, and if you strike something hard with them — like a skull — you run the risk of hurting yourself badly.

Unlike a closed fist, when you strike with the edge of the hand or the heel of the palm, you can hit a relatively hard object without hurting yourself.

There's another reason that you need to use the heel of the hand or the edge of the hand, though, that has nothing to do with the skull and how hard it is.

That is that you might miss.

2. Arcing Strikes

If you miss the attacker's head, you could strike the ground.

That means hitting pavement in a lot of cases, or at the very least a hard floor.

There is nothing worse than smashing your knuckles onto pavement.

You can't operate a gun or effectively manipulate a knife after you've done that.

Use an arcing type of motion, not a linear strike.

(Avoid straight punches, in other words.)

That way, if you do miss the attacker's face, you won't be slamming your hand directly into whatever is on either side of it.

If he moves his head six inches to either side, it's all over for your hand.

3. One Knee Up, One Knee Down

While you're on top of your attacker, keep one knee up and one knee down.

This helps you maintain your balance.

When he covers up — and he's going to, with you beating on him — hack his arm with the edge of your hand.

Move his arm out of the way and continue to target his neck and head.

Pin the arm if you can.

Once you get his arms out of the way, he's done like dinner.

Remember, this isn't a give and take like in sparring.

You have to tap into your natural bloodlust and go as hard as you can.

Even if you're in great shape, a confrontation like this will leave you exhausted.

You've got to recover from the adrenaline dump and do what you have to do.

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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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Real Street Fights: 3 Things To Remember When Fighting A Larger Attacker!

Jeff Anderson

When it comes to mixed martial arts and other combat sports, there are weight classes.

This is what separates sports from reality.

In real life, when you're facing somebody, you won't have the luxury of dividing up into weight classes so you have a “fighting chance”!

You may be facing someone who is bigger or stronger.

In fact, you PROBABLY will, because “bad guys” pick victims they think they can beat.

Facing someone who is bigger and stronger than you is one of the biggest fears most people have.

For that reason, I talked to my friend Mike Gillette to get his advice.

Here's a summary of the three tips he gave me for facing a larger attacker.

3 Things To Remember When Fighting A Larger Attacker!

Fighting Larger Attackers: 3 Things To Remember
Mike Gillette

You know that when you match against someone, size is a factor.

Another factor, though, is how much knowledge you have.

You can't be bigger than every person you meet.

You can't always be stronger no matter how strong you get.

So you've got to fight smarter.

This is where training and preparation come in.

It also brings us to our first tip for facing someone who's larger and stronger.

#1: You Won't Be Fighting A Professional

In the cage, on the mat, or in the ring, it's very rare that a fighter does something the other fighter has never seen before.

You'd have to go all the way back to the early days of the UFC, when it was just a free-for-all, to see a competition where fighters were doing things their opponents had never seen.

Those days are long gone.

Everybody knows everything if they're a competitive fighter.

Gaps in knowledge still exist, however, out in the real world, in street fighting.

The more you know, the better off you will be if you get attacked by someone larger than you.

He won't be a professional fighter, chances are, so if you know things he doesn't, you'll be able to take him by surprise and use his ignorance against him.

#2: He's Going To Pick You Because He Thinks He Can Win

It's rare that a much smaller guy attacks a much larger guy.

Criminals will target someone smaller because they think that they can win easily.

This means you've got to keep in mind, in every altercation, that you're going to be at a disadvantage right from the start.

You're not going to be able to just rely on size and strength to win because the attacker will already have chosen someone smaller.

You've got to communicate clearly and immediately with the opponent in that situation, which means inflicting pain.

But pain alone won't be enough if he's bigger and stronger.

That, in turn brings us to…

#3: Take His Balance And You Own Him

If you can introduce instability, you can inflict pain in a way that you can't by trying to overwhelm somebody when they're larger.

When we take away someone's balance, even for a brief moment, it creates a sense of panic.

The biggest priority to anyone who is off balance is suddenly to regain that balance.

Nobody tries to fight when they're falling.

The first thing they try to do is regain their footing, get their head over their hips, and figure themselves out.

It can all happen very quickly, but if you can take the attacker's balance, you get a brief window of opportunity during which they're focused on something that isn't you.

This can give you the chance to take a devastating shot and take them down.

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Real Street Fights: “Must Know” Warning Signs!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You may have heard somewhere…

Eighty percent of the time, the first person to get the first punch is the one who will win the fight.

The exact percentage doesn't matter, and might as well be made up.

You can't just go around hitting people for no reason, though.

You can only take that shot if you're facing a real threat.

But how do you know when that is?

This is a topic we've actually covered before on the blog, but I never get tired of talking with our experts about it.

Recently, I spoke with Matt Numrich about how to know when someone is going to attack you, and here's a run-down of what he had to say to me.

3 “Must Know” Warning Signs That Someone Is Going To Attack You In A Real Street Fight!

Real Street Fights: “Must Know” Attack Warning Signs
Matt Numrich

Reasonable people try to defuse a fight, to talk their way out of it before it happens.

There will be times when, even though you are apologetic and trying to avoid things getting physical, the guy you're facing intends to take things to the next level.

Very few people are aware of the indicators that violence is coming.

There are three warning signs though, that you should always be looking for.

These warnings can tell you that a guy is about to hit you… and that you'd better do something about it!

Street Fight Warning #1: Proximity

Your first indicator is simply proximity.

That means, how close is the guy, and is he getting closer?

One of the reasons instructors teach people to get into the “interview stance,” to “blade” themselves to point one of their hips at the other guy, is that this allows you to slide away backwards until you are at a safe distance.

The number one indicator that the situation is going to escalate is if you are backing away and the person is closing the gap.

If you’ve gone ahead and taken your two, three, four steps back and the person starts inching their way on in, that’s a huge indicator right there.

Obviously, could they be coming in to try to intimidate you only, and have no desire whatsoever to physically attack you?

Without a doubt that could happen.

But, if someone decreases distance more and more as you try to maintain distance, then it's more than likely they are going to lash out physically.

If you can increase distance from them, great.

You've increased your reaction time.

If he keeps inching closer to you, though, that's a huge red flag you need to watch for.

Street Fight Warning #2: Rate Of Conversation

The second thing to look for is the rate of the conversation.

Is he talking faster?

Is he responding more quickly?

If the rate of conversation increases, be mindful of that.

If a person wants to attack you physically, and you’re kind of barking back and forth to each other rapidly, that is not a good sign.

Even if you’re being apologetic, that person might still be firing remarks back at you very rapidly, which means they may attack.

Listen very carefully for this clue that a fight is about to happen.

Street Fight Warning #3: Facial Expressions And Skin Tone

The third thing to look for is facial expressions.

It's not just the face they make, though.

It's also their skin tone, which can change.

If someone is going to attack you, they will probably get redder in the face.

The redder and darker their skin tone, the more you should be on your guard.

These three physical indicators I've just explained to you are very important.

They can help you survive when it comes to actually having to defend yourself.

Don't forget to watch for them… and if you see them, know that you'd had better TAKE ACTION.

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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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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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