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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Unfortunately, some martial arts as practiced in the training hall are unsuitable for general use in street fights. The danger with high kicks is not just the surface as mentioned by cs1971, there ...
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Are there MMA rules that prohibits reactions which would render grappling unusable in a real world scenario?

It's certainly possible to hit someone while they work on a takedown. It sounds like you're asking specifically about countering wrestling shots, where the grappler attacks the hips and legs, rather ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

I have an answer that I wrote which goes over the pressure point "knock out" phenomenon: How do you knock someone out using pressure points? In summary, the pressure point knock-out stuff is either ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

I trained in Bujinkan for less than a year, but it was a very rewarding experience which informs my martial arts to this very day. It is a library of classical jujitsu technique. Virtually anything ...
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Is it possible to fight while unconscious?

I'm generally opposed to anime questions, but there are a significant handful of MMA fights where one fighter is known to be semi-conscious yet still fighting. Edgar/Maynard 2 is my go-to example: ...
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How to counter a rear bear hug?

I did learn a different approach with more components in Krav Maga. Something very similar can be seen here, with groin strikes (move your hip to the side, hit with a hammer fist between the legs) ...
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Practice focus at home

Learn to walk away… Your problem is that you get angry: stop doing that. Anger management classes and/or techniques should be your first step. Your second step should be to learn about de-escalation ...
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How to defend from Karambit attack

My background is penjak silat, which uses a lot of kerambit. Yes, they're good combat knives...however, the way you're framing this makes them sound like magic super knives, which they are not. ...
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Release from back choking rope

There are a number of problems with demonstration videos like this. First of all, the attacker is essentially frozen in place while the defender is able to move and do stuff. It's not realistic at all....
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Closest discipline to "just beating each other"?

MMA Go to your local MMA gym's sparring sessions. We have beginners come in all the time that just want to fight and not learn technique. They get absolutely destroyed and never come back, but ...
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Why is BJJ sold as a "self-defense" art when it does not allow slams?

Allowing slams (and hence teaching DEFENSE against slams) seems to be a crucial part of BJJ. But [they] don't they train that. Every BJJ gym I've trained at for more than a couple months has taught ...
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Close street fight vs far distance

Ranging in self defense is actually very different than sparring or competition fighting. Start with this: what range are you at when you realize you're being attacked? (and don't have an option to ...
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How do you escape from a front head lock?

Basic headlock release: 1) twist your body to get the front of your neck at the gap (if your throat is being closed by the arm this is top priority). 2) With the arm that is closest to the attacker ...
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Could BJJ be used by itself as self defense?

There are essentially two types of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools today: 1) Self-defense first, sport later. 2) Sport first, self-defense is an afterthought. Knowing which type of BJJ school you ...
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What kind of moves can you expect a "streetfighter" to use?

First, the science: https://rollingaroundbjj.com/fights-end-up-on-ground/ That article looked at 383 street fights which were available on Youtube. Never mind the fact that in order to make it onto ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

In a street fight, physical size and perceived strength have little bearing. In a famous example, a petite female MMA fighter (Polyana Viana) was mugged on the streets of Rio by a male. After she was ...
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Is it dangerous to block blows from someone bigger than you?

Really it depends what you call a block. If you use 'cover blocking' from boxing in a street fight I would say this is dangerous because you are probably not wearing gloves. You will have to adapt ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

One possible use for a high kick is intimidation. A high kick delivered cleanly is impressive-looking, and may convince other attackers to back off. That said, I'd only recommend it if you're really ...
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How do you escape from a front head lock?

A lot depends on the exact circumstances of the situation. How unevenly matched are the combatants in size and strength? What are the stakes (pain, humiliation, injury, death)? What are you prepared ...
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Strategy for defence in street fight for good kicker who throw punches in short distance

In a street assault, the normal action is that an opponent will be attacking you by surprise, possibly from behind, or where you are unable to fully maneuver. However, the situation you describe the ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

This is going to vary from individual to individual. What is going to matter most is one's training and comfort level. I don't advocate throwing a spinning jump kick when your life is on the line, ...
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Closest discipline to "just beating each other"?

Whilst there might be some art out there that is a "walk in and fight" scenario It is a sure fire way to get badly hurt or killed! An actual martial art will get you moving and improve your fitness, ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Outside the training hall the ground surface is unpredictable. Inside it's completely predictable, you can kick all day and on every step it'll behave the same. You can throw any kick you like and ...
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Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight

Is there a situation in a street fight where high kicks would be the best choice? Lots of them. I once had an opponent charge at me from about 10 metres away, right hand raised obviously intending a ...
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How dangerous are long thumb nails

Generally speaking, human nails aren't much of a threat. There is more of a chance the individual with long nails will injure themselves trying to use them as weapons (e.g. painful tears and nail-bed ...
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What are techniques to minimize harm from having long hair in combat?

My dojo teaches a few techniques against hair grabs. First if your hair is being pulled put your hand over theirs and clamp it down. Then, twist your body stepping away from the thumb. This should ...
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What are techniques to minimize harm from having long hair in combat?

I have seen it braided and then folded up on the head or wrapped around the head and pinned down. This keeps the flopping and easy grabbing out of the way. If someone fingers the head to grab, it's ...
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Is 'pressure point' striking a useful skill to know in a street fight?

This is a debatable subject. Some discount it, some swear by it. In the long run, it is important to know. If you want to knock someone out, you're supposed to know to hit them in the head. And ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Ninjutsu is nearly never something with a heritage from the former ninja / shinobi. This would be rather infiltration / survival training, or special ops training. Bujinkan Ninjutsu has a rather good ...
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How can grappling martial arts work in a street fight?

First, in a street fight you want to hit your opponent as fast as possible and then be on your way You have decided to get in a boxing match. As in many boxing matches, it's difficult to land a ...
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