Street Fighting Mistakes: Not leaving

There are a lot of street fighting mistakes you can make and in this video, you’ll see perhaps the biggest one: not leaving when you should.

Before we go on though: the guy’s an idiot. We don’t see the beginning of the altercation so who started it isn’t clear, but it does look like he throws the first slap. So at first glance, it looks like he‘s the instigator.

What is definitely clear is that he has the chance to walk away. But he chooses to engage again, prolong the conflict and escalate it by throwing the first punch. So there is no way you can view this as self-defense:

  • His opponents walk away first.
  • He walks away next.
  • Then he returns and escalates the conflict, not them. They hang back and aren’t threatening the guy.

If you have the opportunity to flee, the law says you should take it so this is not a self-defense situation; it is street fighting. If you’re dumb enough to do that and pick on two guys who are clearly backing away, what you get next is probably a good lesson to learn.

Here’s the video:

Street Fighting Mistakes: not leaving

Not leaving when you have the chance is a crucial street fighting mistake to make. The guy has plenty of opportunities to walk away; it’s clear the two other guys are backpedaling. All he needed to do was take five steps into the crowd and they wouldn’t be bale to catch up even if they wanted to.

Instead, he decides to humiliate them and take it to the next level, probably certain of his victory over those “pussies”.  Truth be told, he probably would have “won”.  He seemed aggressive and fast enough to get the job done. But he makes the fatal mistake of thinking he’s the only aggressive guy around.

Invariably, when people fight in public, they attract a crowd.  If it happens during some sort of public event (like seems to be the case here), the crowd will gather much faster and will have more people on the sidelines. In every such crowd, you can be sure there’s somebody just itching to get a free shot in. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Either way, there’s always that risk.

In this case, the guy was so wrapped up in his “I’m gonna kick your ass and look cool doing so.” vibe that he was oblivious to the sucker punch coming his way. Mind you, he couldn’t have prevented it as it was well done: good timing, good angle and full power to a vulnerable target. If all those factors are aligned in an ambush, the odds are low you’ll get out of it in one piece.

There is one sure-fire way to prevent this from happening though: [Read more…]

How to avoid getting knocked out in two moves in a street fight

When you end up in a street fight, things can go really fast. Despite what you see in other videos where the fight takes longer, the first seconds are critical: any mistake you make there and the fight might be over before you can do a thing about it.  As a result, the way you approach those two seconds are radically different from fighting in the ring or Octagon.

I’ll cover that here below but first, an example of what not to do:


This is the kind of knock out that can put you in the hospital or even the morgue.The guy is extremely lucky that he hits the ground with his butt first as that slowed down the movement of his head. He also twists slightly which takes away some more of the impact of the fall. Had he fallen “stiff” like a lot of people do, then he’d have slammed his head onto the concrete. Those kind of impacts, especially if there’s a whiplash motion from the neck, have the potential to crack skulls, cause brain hemorrhage or even instant death. In lesser cases, the damage to the brain can leave you crippled for the rest of your life. As in, unable to speak, blind, unable to concentrate, amnesia, permanent loss of motor skill, and more.

My point is: every time you get in a fight, that’s what you are risking.

As soon as you are old enough to vote, you should be smart enough to understand those risks. Now I’m not saying there can never be a reason to resort to violence, but given the potential permanent problems afterwards, it better be worth it…

Jack Benny stance

That said, some thoughts on what the “victim” did wrong: [Read more…]