When defending yourself, much of what works amounts to street fighting tactics to try to end the fight fast and easy. You have to use the best self defense moves, techniques and principles to come out on top. It could mean the difference between life, death or serious injury or coming out with as little damage to yourself as possible. It is good to keep in mind that the streets have no rules in terms of fighting. Unlike the UFC, no one is going to scold you for using an illegal elbow, an eye gouge and kick to the groin. You have to use what works. By the way, elbows, eye gouges and kicks to the groin are very effective.
Let’s look at how to approach this street fight, what works and maybe a technique to work on.
One very simple principle to follow in a fight is to keep moving; shuffling, running, moving your head side to side; a moving target is harder to hit. You also need to get yourself in the right position and the other guy in the wrong position and moving around is what does this. It also creates a sort of energy flow, keeps you from just freezing up.
Look for Objects in the Environment to Use
A hand-full of dirt thrown into the opponent’s eyes, a coke bottle in your grocery bag slammed against his jaw, whatever is handy and will work to give you the upper-hand can be used. Also consider walls and the ground as environmental objects; doesn’t feel good to get slammed against either one.
Control the Head
The head leads the body will follow. If you can control the opponent’s head you can control the rest of the opponent. Also consider this escape from a choke from behind which can also be used against a head-lock.
Pull the arm to relieve pressure off the windpipe and tuck your chin.
Strike the groin to loosen him up as you step to the right with your right foot to get a base and better position to maneuver.
Slide your left foot toward your right foot.
Slide your left foot behind your attacker in a position that will give you better leverage to peel him off.
With your left reach for your attacker chin and grab it.
Pull back and down on your attacker’s chin and head.
Pull him all the way off of you and to the ground.
Attack Different Targets and Feint
The more you keep him guessing, the better. Attack different targets, use feinting, to make him drop his hands or get him thinking about something else other than where you are going to hit next. Consider this simple example of feinting.
Man on left feints a kick to draw his opponent’s hands low.
He then lands and scores with a lead-hand jab
Look the guy in the eyes. This tells him you’re watching him, but it also doesn’t let him know what you are going to do. Or you might look away, as a tactic to bait him; but always make sure he’s in your vision. You always want to see what he’s doing.
You can talk to distract. Say something that doesn’t make sense; while he’s trying to figure out what you’re talking about, launch your attack.
For consideration of some of the best strikes to use, consider these articles here and here.
Use Power Shots and A Lot of Them
People know that a powerful kick or punch to the head can end a fight. Of course, a knee to the ribs hurts a lot too. Make your shots count. For the knockout, use the rear hand because it builds up momentum necessary to put someone out of commission. For more on how to hit hard, consider these articles here, here, and here. Also don’t just throw one thing at a time. Once you get him on the defense, keep throwing punches at him. It is hard to defend against a barrage and gives him little time to do anything but defend. Basically, if he’s backpedaling, he’s at a serious disadvantage.
It is important to remember that your adrenaline is pumping during a physical confrontation. Use that to your advantage. Commit to your attacks but keep yourself moving and hard to hit too.