How to Fight with Martial Arts!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: martial arts
10 Jan 2010

6 Responses to “How to Fight with Martial Arts!”

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  2. Neal Martin Says:

    I think what it comes down to at the end of the day is what you are comfortable with and what techniques you have confidence in doing. You may have a winning strategy but if you have never used that strategy before the chances are you are going to fail. I agree with you on the competition fighting, it does give you good grounding in things like distance and learning how to throw effective strikes etc. If that’s your thing then that should work for you in the street. Aside from a few broad strategies that you should probably take heed off it’s really comes down to individual preferences. A Thai fighter would probably kick the legs of someone, a boxer would naturally go for the knock out punch and the poor old traditional karate guy would probably try to frighten an opponent with his mean front stance and serious face…that’s a bit mean of me- I’m sure most martial artists have got the message by now and have adapted the KISS way of doing things. Whatever works as the saying goes!

  3. TheMartialArtsReporter Says:

    Hey John,
    Very thought-provoking post.
    I think training and actually competing, even if
    it’s “only” point-fighting and other reglemented
    fighting, will give most an advantage and a
    mindset to hopefully not freeze up or worse.
    And as Neal already said, I would also urge to
    keep things as simple as possible, kicks low etc.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    .-= TheMartialArtsReporter´s last blog ..Learn The Muay Thai Clinch From Walter “Sleeper” Michalowski =-.

  4. Dr. J Says:

    I’m so glad you have this web site, John! My instructor, who held his own with Joe Lewis, told me that you don’t have to be able to do what your opponent can do, only know what he can do. That said, I try to walk with my head bowed :-)

  5. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Neil,

    Great points… yes you will fight the way you train. I was trying to point out that fighters that train for self-defense are probably going to be the best at self defense due to the knee, groin, and shin kicks as well as deadly close in attacks.

    I’ve knocked out people in the street with wheel kicks to the head. Not a great strategy but at the time I was a top tournament competitor and could hang with the kicks. Had I faced a bad guy that took advantage of my over confidence and kicked my legs out – it would have been bad for me. :)

    Hi Tiger,

    I think point karate taught me distance and being first – all transitioned to real fighting well. Good point about freezing up – that was not a concern with me as I was used to putting it on the line with studio fighting. If I dropped my guard – getting was not out of the question while sparring with my buddies at the school. We only did point stuff right before a tournament.

    Hey Dr. J.,

    Good point about fighting – one can overcome/mitigate attacks if you understand what is coming. There is a lot to be said for lateral movement to escape and counter one of Lewis’s side kicks.

    One time I had to spar one of the full contact guys for his belt test and I noticed a bunch of the guys were getting banged up. I asked them what they were doing and they answered survival. I laughed and told them to watch me. You see I knew the guy was a great boxer so I got in there and peppered him with jabs and flip kicks from the outside and did not have to take any punishment.

    Another time I was not humble I upset a little guy that was giving me trouble at the bar (I was bouncing) – I told him he was too little to be messing with me. Boy did he get upset and went out to the car and got a 12″ blade. His buddies held him back but I never forgot that lesson. There was nothing to be gained by humiliating him and it almost went poorly for me.

  6. pat Says:

    You really have to do one thing and that is practice. Also, working your defenses under pressure… stress, is an interesting factor that gets overlooked until you get in the thick of things. Practice under stress to see what you do.
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