Strength one way is weakness another way. Basically, if he is rushing forward to tackle you, he is weak going side to side. Side step him and push him to the side while he is still going forward (sort of like a matador and a bull). Trust me, it works, though your timing has to be spot on. It takes much practice to get this right.
Also, a knee to the face should work too.
You'd be amazed how effective a hard kick to the shin can be as an opener to a fight. When a guy gets in your face and a fight is about to start, kick him square in the shin. I guarantee the next move will be yours as well. A true fight is dirty. You do what you need to do to win, especially if you are smallish.
Now the last thing I wanted was to get into a fight
in Jackson Mississippi on a Saturday night
especially when there was three of them
and only one of me
Well they all started laughin' and I felt kinda sick
and I knew I'd better think of somethin' pretty quick
so I just reached out and kicked ol'
green-teeth right in the knee
He let out a yell that'd curl your hair
but before he could move I grabbed me a chair
and said "Watch him folks 'cause he's a
thouroughly dangerous man"
Unless you're talking about fighting for sport, which I don't think you are, you want to avoid the ground at all cost.
Say your fighting in a bar and someone gets you on the ground. It's over. Everyone has friends in bars and you will probably be kicked or stomped while down.
The best way to win a real fight is to avoid it, or knock the guy out with one swing.
Take a martial art. Never too late. i'm 28 and just 3 months ago I signed up for Jiu jitsu (it's actually a decent mix. MOSTLY jiu jitsu (grappling/submissions) but a sprinkling of muay thai and some other striking.
1. It's always good to know how to defend yourself.
2. It's really fun and interesting
3. I'm not nearly as much of a lazy fuck as I was I actually get off the couch and do stuff now.
I'll second this; for one reason in particular. A martial arts class will always include repetitive drills.
I think you would get half the value of any martial arts class by simply buying a heavy bag and spending the same amount of time drilling punch/step/block routines. But the other 50% is valuable enough to warrant the investment.
Drilling the routines takes some portion of your behavior in a fight away from the human part of your brain and entrusts it to the animal part. After a few hundred hours of drilling it, your body knows to follow up a wide left with a close right jab. Your lizard brain can be allowed to look for targets and direct attacks.
Because in a real fight, at least if you want to win, the less thinking the 'reasonable' part of your brain has to do the better.
You want the experience, remembered later, to be one of hyper awareness but also more like observing yourself from a few steps to the side and occasionally shouting to yourself to pursue one action or another. That's the level of humanity you want yourself to have involved in the fight; almost none, just enough to step in and keep you from murder or push you to flight if things are going badly.
As it has been said in this discussion, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the best self-defense arts in the world. I've practiced Krav Maga for 6 months, i sadly had to quit due to pre-med school, but intend to get back at it as soon as possible. It certainly is an art worth mastering.
Hi, I'm new here and this is the first topic I clicked on. That said, I think I can give you some good advice. I'm 35, and I've worked as a bouncer, a deputy sheriff, and also spent 10+ years as a correctional officer. I've had to participate in more scuffles than I ever wanted to.
You are correct in that most fights will end up on the ground, and most will be over very quickly. Your objective should be endurance (adrenaline flow zaps your energy), and the ability to maneuver on the ground. What I'm saying is that instead of avoiding going to the ground, just realize that it's going to happen and become good at fighting on the ground.
What is the number #1 move to learn? A from-behind choke hold. The fight will end quickly, the damage will be minimal and if you're lucky, your mug might not be too messed up by the time it's over.
In my younger days, i always took a fight to the ground as quickly as possible. You have much more control down there, and can regain control if you can maintain your endurance. Kind of miss a good fight.
I have a pretty deep hatred for fighting now. I've never cared for it, but after getting knocked to and fro, I came to despise it. I used to miss the adrenaline but I eventually got that under control with meditation.
Well you had to to it for work, and probably in some dangerous situations. I can understand that for sure. I liked the adrenaline, using my wits, and kicking a guy's ass who deserved it.