Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Street Fighting - Timing Between Techniques

Street Fight Advice

This is not a sparring session. This is the real deal ... a real street attack. Now, what?

In a street fight, assuming that you can’t get away, you are either going to have to deal with a hit or kick or you are going to have to be the one to make the first move.

Even if you are being attacked, you can still be the first one to strike.

Note: Often the courts will rule against you, if you are the first to hit. In their eyes, that’s not self defense. Even if you feel you were forced to strike out, in order to protect yourself. Be aware of the law.

So, at some point, you are going to have to hit. Even if you kick first, then chances are that you will eventually hit, as well. If your attacker hits first, then you are really going to have to hit.

Either you will respond to your attacker’s hit with a block and then a hit, a kick and then a hit, or a hit -- eliminating any extra blocking motion that would precede the punch.

Did you know that once you are in punching range, you will probably continue the fight from that range, or move even closer.

If you’d like to get a martial advantage, then you need to get the upper hand. You have to punch and kick openings. And you have to punch when your opponent isn’t ready for it.

How to Get the Upper Hand Between Moves

I want you to imagine that you are punching an attacker in a street fight. As discussed above, at some point you are going to punch your enemy.

So, you punch (in your mind, for now).

Now, as you punch, I want you to imagine stepping in close as the follow up. I want you close enough to elbow strike your opponent. (Imagine the garlic on your opponent’s breath. Yes, that close.)

In order to get the advantage, you need to shorten the time between that first punch and the elbow strike.

Since street fights progress to close combat range. I want you to get to that range first. Surprise your attacker with the elbow strike.

How do you shorten the space between the two strikes?

Don’t retract your first punch. Morph directly into the elbow shot.

Don’t cock back your elbow in preparation for a strong elbow jab. You don’t need any retraction, first. You can generate a ton of power and save a lot of time going straight forward to your target.

If you can eliminate enough time between the two strikes, then you will be at least a half a beat ahead of your opponent. In a street fight, this can be very important.

So far, this has all been in your mind ... words on a computer screen. How are you going to practice, to make this a real skill?

By the way, how’s your elbow strike?

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Keith Pascal has been a full-time martial-arts writer for eight years and a martial-arts teacher for 25 years.

Street Fighting - When Your Attacker Is Drunk

Would you like an unorthodox tactic for dealing with someone drunk in a street fight?

This one concept could mean that you either won’t have to fight the drunk individual, or you’ll have a definite upper hand, if you do have to fight.

I want to ask you a personal question?

Have you ever been drunk? (No, need to verbally respond to your computer screen.)

Think about all of the symptoms (or characteristics) of being drunk:

* Loss of balance

* The spins (feelings of vertigo)

* Loss of speed in walking and running

* Movement causing nausea

* Loss of stamina

* Blurred vision

* Slurred speech

Can you think of any more?

Unorthodox Street Fighting Tactics
Rather than explain specific martial-arts moves, I’d like to give you a more useful set of tactics.

If you have to face someone being aggressive, who is ‘royally snockered’ on alcohol, then use his (or her) condition to your advantage.

Let’s choose one of the above symptoms ... how about movement making a drunk person sick.

You have to face the drunk street fighter in front of you. So, your tactic could be to be unstable. Rock from one foot to the other.

Take little steps from side to side.

Maybe walk around or circle your opponent, while staying just out of reach.

Imagine how sick your drunkard would get trying to follow you ... around and around ... and aroun -- d....

Are there any other symptoms on the list that you could use against your wanna-be assailant?

Of course, this unorthodox tactic of using your drunks condition against him isn’t guaranteed to work. It “is” designed to give you the advantage. Maybe the ability to get away.

And if your attacker comes in close, you will have the martial skills and the advantage of a clear head, should you have to strike out.

Are you wondering about an effective move to use against a drunk? No, wrist locks and joint locks may not work on someone with dulled senses.

You may have to hit or kick.

I have a little ebooklet that will teach you a couple of important fighting skills. It’s free.

When you get to the part about the three nerve areas to cause pain, I want you to remember that those points may not be as effective on someone who is drunk.

No problem. Just adjust your follow-up hit to a new target, but maintain the same upper arm pressure.

You’ll see what I mean, when you take a look.

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Keith Pascal has been a full-time martial-arts writer for eight years and a martial-arts teacher for 25 years.

Street Fighting - One Way To Make Sparring More Realistic

There has always been a big debate in martial arts:

Does sparring in the dojo (martial arts studio) prepare you for real street fighting?

Many feel that the answer is that it doesn’t prepare you, if you practice “classical” sparring.

(Which is weird if you think about it. It doesn’t prepare you for real street fighting, yet so many continue sparring, claiming they are practicing self defense. Hmmm.)

What I mean by classical sparring is that you face off against one opponent. (Only one opponent? We should be so lucky in a street fight.)

Either you advance on your opponent, or your opponent advances on you. One tries a move, the other responds with a pat against the incoming limb. All nice and clean.

Yawn. Boring -- and not very practical.

Both opponents stay at a relatively safe distance.

Sparring Variation

A variation that is a little better -- notice, I said “a little” -- is when one opponent attacks, and then there is an exchange of two or three moves before each party goes back to his or her comfort zone -- the safe distance.

Well, at least in the variation, there is some contact. You have to respond to an attack.

Still, it’s not preparing you for real street fighting.

Street Fight Preparedness

In a real street fight, when have you known any fighter to maintain a safe distance. Once contact is made, it becomes an in-fight. And it stays that way.

And so, one technique for making your sparring more realistic is to stay in close, once you make contact. Don’t retreat to a safe kicking distance, once you have moved into punching range.

And learn to fight in close.

Practice short vertical punches. Kick low. Develop fast and powerful elbow strikes.

If you're looking to develop a fast and powerful elbow strike for your street fighting, and a good counter or two, read my Free ebooklet on Developing an Elbow Strike Counter.

This Free ebooklet will give you tips for improving your in-close elbow strike, and a great way to counter almost any elbow strike attempted on you.

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Keith Pascal has been a full-time martial-arts writer for eight years and a martial-arts teacher for 25 years.

Ray Mercer vs. Kimbo Slice - Both Fighters Make Their MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Debut

By now, most sports fans are very familiar with the UFC and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. In fact, the sport is rapidly growing to be more popular than boxing. The UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship) has become a household name in many countries around the world. The Cage Fury Fighting Championship is not as well known as the UFC, but they are doing a good job of drawing attention to themselves, because hardcore MMA fans across the globe are anxiously awaiting this weekends show, and the main even in particular. A topic that is often debated is whether or not a world-class boxer would be able to compete successfully in Mixed Martial Arts. Perhaps on Saturday, June 23rd 2007, we'll know at least how former world heavyweight boxing champion Ray Mercer performs in his MMA debut against an internet legend and brawler by the name of Kimbo Slice.

Ray Mercer has a very impressive boxing record, which includes a WBO World Heavyweight Championship, as well as an Olympic gold medal. During his boxing career, Ray Mercer has fought some of the best heavyweights of our generation, such as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, and Wladimir Klitschko. Since retiring from professional boxing, "Merciless" Ray Mercer has decided he wants to try Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the fastest growing sport in the world.

Mercer’s opponent will be another big name making his professional MMA debut. Kimbo Slice is a big, scary looking heavyweight who developed a cult following on the internet due to his famous bare knuckle brawl videos that are posted on various internet sites. Kimbo has appeared very impressive in these fights, but I'm not sure about the quality of his opponents. Nonetheless, Kimbo's power seems unquestionable. Also, in 2003, Kimbo Slice squared off against Sean Gannon, a MMA practicioner who later fought (and lost) in the UFC. Sean Gannon won his fight against Kimbo, leaving Kimbo laying on the ground unable to continue. However, most of Kimbo's opponents were not as skilled. If you watch his videos online, you will see overweight and untrained fighters that use names such as "Afro Puff" or "Big Mac" and inevitably they get punched out by Kimbo.

Both Ray Mercer and Kimbo Slice are primarily stand-up fighters, preferring to slug it out with their fists. Most MMA fans don't believe either of the fighters have any ground skills, but Kimbo has been seen working on his grappling with Bas Rutten, a MMA legend. Ideally, fans would like to see a slugfest, but I won't be surprised if Kimbo tries to take this fight to the ground, considering Ray Mercer is a former boxing world champion with fierce punching power.

Age could also be a determining factor in this match. Kimbo is 31 years old, and Ray Mercer is 46, but that extra experience could be in Mercer's favor. I definitely give the advantage to Ray Mercer if this turns out to be a stand-up battle. Ray Mercer hits like a truck and is known to have an iron chin. Kimbo should try to take this fight to the mat as quickly as he can, unless he just feels confident that he can take Mercer's punches. Also, Kimbo should not make the mistake of underestimating Ray Mercer on the ground, as he has supposedly been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and also has some background in wrestling.

My heart wants Ray Mercer to win this fight, but if you're going to guess who will win you have to consider which fighter has more desire to win. Kimbo is young, and may still feel like he has something to prove, whereas Ray Mercer has been champion and already established himself in the fight sports world. In 2005 Ray Mercer fought a kickboxing match in K1 against Remy Bonjasky, and quit after being kicked upside the head. I may be wrong, but I'm still going to say Mercer wins this. Regardless of the outcome, I just hope it lives up to the hype and is a legitimate, outstanding fight.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Choosing the Best Martial Arts Style

For anyone who wants to learn a martial art, there is a lot to know in regards to the many different styles. Of course there is the question of finding the best martial art, which is a question a lot of people ask with so many martial arts styles to choose from, it can be very complicated to pick one to learn.

No matter what you may hear or what others have to say, it is quite impossible to name one style of martial arts as the ultimate best. Actually, there are several factors that come into play,Even though one style may beat another in a competition or a fight it doesn’t always mean that the winning style is the best.

Before deciding to rush out there and learn a martial art, there are several things that you should decide first. Martial arts are great to learn, no matter which style you decide on. A martial art can teach you self discipline, self defence, and several other traits that will help you no matter where you decide to go in life.

Self defence
All over the world, there are several martial arts schools and dojo’s that emphasize self defence a lot more than others. Schools that focus on kata, forms, or light sparring are less than likely to teach you what you need to protect yourself on the street. If you are looking for street self defence, then you’ll want a style that trains hard and doesn’t let up.

Even though martial arts can improve your fitness level, it isn’t the goal behind a lot of the martial arts styles. Several styles, such as Tae Bo, are based purely on martial arts and don’t include a lot of physical fitness training. If you are looking for fitness as your main goal, then you should be looking into something other than martial arts.

Fighting ability
This will vary among the many different martial arts styles. Self defence schools will most often take advantage of fighting skills, teaching you everything you need to survive. Most martial arts styles are slow in theory, teaching you kata, movements, and forms. Self defence schools on the other hand, teach you how to inflict the most amounts of damage in the least amount of time.

Competition based martial arts are all about winning trophies and showing the world your style of martial arts. The competition that you have chosen, will greatly impact your style of martial arts. You’ll need to decide if you will be fighting or showcasing display kata, light or heavy contact, or focusing on grappling or striking.

Before you decide on a martial arts style, you should always research the schools and dojo’s in your area and see what they offer. The best schools will allow you to participate in a few free classes, or offer you discounts on your first few months. They will answer any questions that you have, and work with you to help you learn as much as you can.

Martial arts can be a very fun and exciting learning experience. There are hundreds of different martial arts styles out there, although you may be limited in choice, depending on what all is offered in your area. Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu and some of the most common types of martial arts, and normally offered just about everywhere. The more distinct styles, such as Kung Fu, Shoot fighting, Kenpo, and Shaolin styles are a bit harder to find.

If you do your homework on some of the styles that are offered in your area, you’ll find one that best fits your reasons to study. Martial arts can change your outlook on life - all you have to do is devote yourself to learning all you can about the philosophy of your martial art.

You can find out more information on martial arts styles and which one that might be right for you at

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