Copyright © 1995 Sam Allred

1. DON'T FIGHT!!.. Again, almost all fights can be avoided. Anticipate possible confrontations and take proper anticipatory precautions to prevent situations from converting into fights.

Most martial arts training will get you thrown into jail, sued or both. That is because, while self-defense is legal, fighting is not. Practitioners of the martial arts must understand what the legal differences are between self-defense and fighting.

If you are not more interested in saving face than avoiding a fight, you will do things--like leaving. Someone who is seeking to prove something to anyone, but could walk away from the conflict and doesn't leave, will be judged by the police or the courts as someone wanting to be involved in the conflict.

Running is self-defense. Breaking someone's jaw so you can run from the other six guys who are attacking you is self-defense. Talking your way out of danger is self-defense. Not putting yourself in the situation in the first place is the best form of self-defense.Self defemse is oriented towards ending an immediate physical threat. It is never oriented towards ending a perceived emotional threat such as hurt pride, wounded feelings, or to prove yourself right.

Yet another reason for not fighting is that a percentage of the population carries pathogens which may be transmitted through blood, as in hepatitis or AIDS. Although it is not probable that you would be infected during a fight, it is quite possible.

2. Fight only when you are certain that you can win. Wouldn't it be senseless to fight if you felt you might not win? If you must fight, fight intelligently, with all of the ability and ferociousness possible. If you are hurt, try not to show it..unless you are faking an injury in order to distract your attacker. (see below)

3. Aim your blows. A blow to the solar plexus, will do much more to win the fight than several blows to the chest. Aim your attacks toward vital areas as mentioned on this website.

4. At times distraction or deception can work for you. By acting as if you are a coward and then, turning as if to leave while attacking with a rear kicking combination; by acting crazy; by throwing coins or something else into your attackers face prior to your attack, you may change his concentration. A shout (Kiyai) may confuse and mentally disarm your attacker, and it also tightens your own muscles. Deception/distraction techniques are difficult for many people to use, but may be important for you. They at least represent another weapon in your self defense arsenal.

5. Tighten your body's muscles as you attack or defend. If, for example, the muscles of your fist, arm, shoulder, or chest are not tense when you hit, it is probable that your attacker will not be hurt very much. Tighten your muscles in practice too. One example of this concept would be to hit someone with a 10 pound bag of feathers or with a hammer that weighs 10 pounds...the hard one will do the damage.

6. The force of your blows is determined by the mass of the member doing the hitting, the weight and management of your body, and the speed with which the blow is delivered. If you are large, you can do damage without delivering the movement so rapidly. If you are smaller, you must develope velocity as well as the proper way of using your weight through such things as hip movement. The ideal is that your opponent feel your attack before he sees it.

7. Almost all authentic fighting arts are good. A good teacher is essential. But failure to train at all is training to fail.

8. Always be prepared to make your next move. Combinations are necessary. The body is durable and one single technique may not accomplish any desired result. The first movement of a fight is critical, but the series of techniques that follow that first move is also very important. Practice executing combinations. This website or the book "Jukensa Kajukenbo" illustrate combinations. They must be practiced until they become fluid and natural. A combination of several techniques should be done in a matter of less than 2 to 4 seconds. When your attacker is downed, be sure that he doesn't get back to his feet again to win the conflict...but when you are sure you have won, you are obigated to stop.

9. Stay in shape! Do you imagine that you can survive a difficult street fight if you are in bad condition and your attacker is in good condition? Train with weights and aerobics. You should realize that large bones, a strong chin, or fantastic balance and coordination usually cannot be developed. To be a "born athelete," you really must chose your parents well. You can only do the best possible to compensate for any personal lack of athletic abilities...the best possible for you. See the photographs in the section about Bruce Lee to get an appreciation of how a small person can develope himself through hard training.

10. กก Practice practice practice!! Practice all of the techniques that you can develope. Not all techniques are designed for all people. They depend on body size and structure, coordination, and musculature. Everyone can't simply be a good football or professional basketball player, nor can everyone become a good martial artist or streetfighter. Select as much as you can, and perfect the techniques that you can master. Do the best that YOU can.


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