I’ve been in a lot of fights in my life. I’ve won some and I’ve lost some. That’s what happens when you’re not great at picking your battles. I’ve fought in all sorts of Martial Arts from Krav Maga, BJJ, Shotokan Karate, Muay Thai, wrestling, street fighting, and I’ve been trained in some cool disciplines like knife fighting as well. There’s a lot of shit that goes into a fight and besides training, there are a few things that you should know for a few different scenarios.

  • If you get into a fight with a random person be prepared to get in trouble if you stay til the cops come.
  • Watch your back. You never know how many friends they have in the area.
  • Anything and everything in your surroundings can be used as a Weapon of Opportunity. Light poles, beer bottles, rocks, etc.
  • There are no rules in street fights. There is no fair fight. It’s win or lose and sometimes live or die.
  • You never know how much training someone has so be careful who you start shit with.
  • Never stop hitting until they stop moving. Yes, that means hit them when they’re down. Don’t let up. Don’t give them a chance to turn the tide. Fighting with “Honor” will get you killed.
  • The best places to hit someone are along the side of the jaw.
  • Don’t punch towards the eyes or the top of the head. There’s a good chance you’ll break your bones instead of theirs.
  • Punch with your first two knuckles, not the pinky or ring knuckles. Speaking from experience, you will break your 4th or 5th metacarpal.
  • Don’t kick. I don’t care what you learned in your martial arts classes, a guy like me will snatch that leg right out of the air and make you pay for it.
  • Remember that you are not made out of glass. Don’t be afraid of eating a punch if it earns you a better position. It’s sacrificing a Pawn to take the Queen.
  • Shit-talking is for kids and pussies. It’s a waste of time and makes you look stupid. If you’re going to fight then shut your fucking mouth and fight.
  • You should learn about using an opponent’s inertia. If you’re locked up and pushing on them, switch to pulling and it will normally throw their balance off. Use this to sweep their legs out, hip toss, shoulder throw, etc.
  • Two of your best weapons on your body are your elbows and knees. They are hard to break and make for excellent strikes.
  • Your best weapon is your mind. Out-think your enemy and you stand a good chance at winning.
  • Last, but not least… Have fun! Fighting is one of humanity’s greatest past times! There’s nothing better than a little blood sport now and then.

Edit: Kicking exposes your femoral artery. Risk vs. Reward. If you’re good enough to kick really well, chances are you’re good enough to strike with elbows, knees and punches really well too. Don’t risk it. Or do. What do I care?

Edit: I love the comments everybody. Keep ’em coming. (That’s what she said) Anyways, if you have more questions about fighting send them my way! I’ll be happy to give you some practical (if not wholesome) advice.