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Lesson Two of the Self Defense Mini Clinic

If you missed Lesson 1 you can find it here.

When it comes to street fights (any fight that happens without a referee) there are too many misconception to count, many of them can get you seriously injured or killed. Lesson Two is all about calling out the B.S. and setting the story straight.

Knowing the truth about street fights will take you a long way towards winning any fight. But first here’s a quick video tip from ex-gang enforcer Diallo Frazier showing you a technique that was designed to turn the tables on an attacker. Pay close attention to the interview at the end of the video where Diallo sets the record straight on one of the biggest fight myths of all.

Top 10 Fighting Myths

  1. Martial Artists Win Streetfights: Listen, I don’t like to “knock” the martial arts. They all have something valuable to offer. We owe them a debt of gratitude for getting us where we are today, and they’re better than nothing. BUT…unfortunately, many of the arts being widely taught today are ancient arts, developed for another time and place in history, for specific conditions and circumstances that simply do not exist in the world you’ll be fighting in today.Statistics show that your average “store front” black belt does not have a much better chance at winning a street fight than any other average guy.Shocked? Well don’t be. Most martial arts concentrate on discipline and complicated “fine motor” techniques that go straight out the window when the “adrenaline dump” hits.
  2. The 5-Minute Fist Fight: This is a big one and it’s important that you get this Hollywood version of fighting out of your head. We’ve all been exposed to movies where the hero is endlessly fist-fighting. Yes, one big-gulp and a large popcorn later, he’s still going at it.But here’s a reality check for you. Nearly every actual street fight lasts for no more than 3 to 8 seconds! That’s right. It’s all over with in less time than it took for you to read this paragraph. Once you understand this, you can appreciate just how little time you have to recognize what’s going on and take decisive action to win. The key is what you do in the time leading up to that 3-8 seconds burst.
  3. Two men fighting street fight

  4. The Man-To-Man Fight: Another grand illusion. Most guys imagine (and train for) a fight against one man. Well you can’t depend on that. Stats prove that more times than not your opponent will have “back up,” friends willing to help take you down and kick in your head. This is why it’s critical that you first make quick and effective decisions early on to end the as fight quickly as possible and prepare for more than one adversary.
  5. The Convenient Fighting Environment: Dojo training often lulls one into the sense that you’ll always have plenty of fighting room… that your opponent will calmly approach you, bow, and ask if you’re ready… and that the ground will always be nicely padded. The reality is different.I’ve found that most fights occur in tight quarters (a bathroom, between cars, etc), with little or no room for flying kicks or fancy moves. There will be little or no light, furniture will be in the way, and rough concrete floors to strip meat off your bones. Ouch!
  6. Most Fights Go To The Ground: Most guys are surprised to discover that this is a myth, but it is. In fact, most street fights and personal combat situations do NOT end up on the ground.
    Yes, someone ends up on the ground alright, and it’s the loser – with the winner (or winners) standing over him stomping on his head. So why is this myth so common? Well, it comes from the study of police reports. You see, most cops who struggle with an adversary end up on the ground.Now hold on – doesn’t that contradict what I just said? No, it doesn’t. Because the goal of law enforcement is to “contain, control, comply” (also known as the 3 C’s) – which, by the way, requires more skill than simply winning a street fight. In other words a cop can’t simply eye jab, ear slap, then move in for a knock-out head butt because a dangerous criminal is resisting him. No, an officer’s goal is NOT to end a fight in 3 seconds, but instead to use “reasonable and proportionate escalation of force” to control and contain his subject.I’m not suggesting you totally ignore ground fighting, but you should spend 80% of your time training to fight on your feet.
  7. Before we go on here’s another video, this one from weapons expert and security consultant Bob Taylor:

  8. Your friends will back you up: Ha! I’m sad to say this is not true. We’d all like to believe our buddies will back us up, but research shows that they’re more likely to pick their noses than pick a fight. In fact, crowd behavior studies show that the more friends and bystanders are hanging around, the less likely it is that you’ll get help in a fight.Now, on the other hand, if you have just ONE friend and no crowd of bystanders, you actually may get some help. But the facts have shown over and over that individuals inside a crowd are less likely to act.
    A “gang” mentality is different. They will back each other up because it’s part of their “job.”
  9. Ignore them and they’ll go away: This is a common tactic, especially with women who feel they’re being followed. They simply put on the blinders and hope for the best. “Oh goodness, I hope that bad man goes away.” Bad tactic. Don’t ignore a predator you suspect is “scoping” you. Believe it or not, your best bet is to let him know that you ARE aware of him.Look at him directly. Watch him. Let him know you’re aware of his presence. Once a predator suspects you know his real intentions, it strips away much of the motivation to attack since the element of surprise has been taken away – and surprise is one of the predator’s most powerful tools. He knows he can’t surprise you, and now you’re perceived as less of an easy mark.Of course eyeballing a bully will have the opposite effect and will probably result in the “what are YOU looking at?” response. So this tactic is to be used when you suspect a predator.
  10. All You Need Is One (Or Two) Fighting Techniques: This is a common theory that has some truth to it. But I want to dispel the foolish notion that knowing less is better than knowing more. This just isn’t true. Because following this kind of logic would indicate that, for example, you’d be better off using an uneducated bag-lady as your investment broker than a guy with a Master’s Degree in Finance. I’d put my money on the Master’s degree, but that’s just me.Well, the same is true with fighting techniques. You’re better off knowing more than less, as it gives you the flexibility of using multiple methods to attack specific targets. Remember… one of the most crucial keys to fighting and winning is proper target acquisition. In other words, you’ll be far more effective with a crudely executed, but accurate, kick to your opponent’s nut-sack than you’d be with a really pretty roundhouse kick that missed the mark.
  11. All Military Fight Systems Can Be Trusted: Let me tell you a “dirty little secret” about some military combat systems being sold today. Recently there’s been a rash of “experts” who’ve “trained” the military in their secret system.Here’s the scoop. They’ve offered a few military guys some free training in their system. That’s it. Free seminars or workshops to military personnel is almost always a marketing ploy and a “resume building” exercise. They can now turn around and advertise that their system is used by “military experts.” Keep your eyes open for this nonsense. Just because someone trained military personnel does NOT make their system special.Another thing, most soldiers will admit that much of the hand to hand stuff is absolutely worthless to them because 100% of their job is to fight at a distance using hi-tech weaponry — NOT hand-to-hand systems.This is exactly why I’ve personally sought out special military units that indeed depend heavily on hand-to-hand fighting.And believe me, these guys exist. I even got some of them to talk. They sneak around behind enemy lines quietly “taking care of business” without firing weapons and drawing a bunch of attention to themselves. Real live bad-asses that’d make Rambo look like a pussy.
  12. sport fighting vs self defense

  13. Sport Fighting Is Just Like Personal Combat: Many think that a trained boxer, cage fighter, Mixed Martial Artist, or kickboxer is the same as being a trained street fighter.Not true. Let me ask… who do YOU think would win a spontaneous street fight — a champion MMA fighter or some ex-con street-brawler raised in the toughest area of east LA?I’d put my money on the ex-con. Because as brutal as it may appear, an MMA fight really IS different than a street fight.First, a pay-per-view “cage” fight (also called a mixed-martial-arts or MMA fight) is about making money for the promoters. They can’t allow every fight to be over within 3-8 seconds. They’d lose their audience — and advertisers — fast. So, in an MMA fight there’s no quick “fight ending” moves allowed — which is what a street fight is ALL about.Also, promoters have got to take some effort to protect the fighters. They wouldn’t be “sanctioned” for long with a continuous stream of dead bodies being hauled out of the ring.So, here’s 16 moves that are outlawed in most sanctioned MMA fights – which also happen to be some of the most effective moves in street fights:
  1. Eye gouging.
  2. Groin strikes (the ever popular “sack-attack”)
  3. Throat strikes (which can easily be lethal).
  4. Grabbing the trachea
  5. Biting (alright… Tyson DID try this once).
  6. Clawing, twisting, or pinching the flesh.
  7. Stomping, kneeing or kicking a grounded opponent
  8. Strikes to spine or back of head (also easily lethal).
  9. Striking downward, using the point of the elbow.
  10. Head butt (think of a “bowling ball in the face”).
  11. Hair pulling.
  12. Kicking the kidney with the heel.
  13. Grabbing the clavicle
  14. Small joint manipulations (such as fingers)
  15. Weapons and improvised weapons.
  16. Multiple attackers (except in WWF).

In Lesson Three there’ll be two more videos for you and a lesson on picking the best fight moves and why total commitment is the only policy when it comes to winning a street fight. You don’t want to miss it.

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421 thoughts on “Lesson Two of the Self Defense Mini Clinic”

  1. Nice knife very sharp good grip cuts with eys all round good knife opens very fast and it will last for years well worth the money liked it so much I got two of them one for me one for my son

  2. Thank You. For The Fight Tips. You Never Know When You Might Have To Defend Yourself And / Or Your Family. Very Effective Info.

  3. All the demonstrations from the first lesson through this lesson 2 have been well developed and well explained. The tactics are simple and easily practiced to become efficient at without learning gymnastics, or martial arts training. They also instruct in between lessons on the highly important parts needed for success, for example, how to determine when a fight is eminent, and how to help deal with the effects from fear, like choosing targets, a necessary part of the whole strategy.

  4. I only watch 2 of the videos and man they’re great. I’m definitely going to watch the rest later, it’s past my bed time now. I only have one arm but some of the moves will work. I wish you had more moves and videos that I could use and learn. Great videos though I would recommend that anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves and family that they contact you. thanks Mark.

  5. I liked the tapes but wont have any money till a few weeks. only have a parttime job at goodwill store and iam almost ready to get disability. i have lived on the streets in the ast but my lord jesus has mostly proteceted me except when im drunk or doing ssomething i shouldnt. But i havent drank in ten years but i have been threatened by people who are into theoccult and they have stalked me. they dont like my new found religion. I wonder why? but this sounds like something i need.

  6. I have been a Street fighter all my life, and the most painful thing that happened to me was while holding this clown in a head lock, he turned his head and that prick bit me right in the soft skin between the nipple and under arm. When I got him off ,that’s when I learned to just take them OUT. PERIOD. Don’t try to be nice in a fight. I have never bit anyone myself, never had to, the fights I am in only last seconds lik your informative lessons show. Never have mercy on someone that is out to cause you harm. Because he or she don’t give a second thought to really hurting you to get what they want. Good luck and thanks for the lessons.

  7. I like your demonstrations,and opinions on the street fight/boxing aspect. I like the street thought of me,or you. Me doesn’t work,so it’s gonna be you.
    The explanations band reasons behind the actions are clear and rational.
    Thank you!!!

  8. I am a small guy who is on disability for breathing problems and damaged discs in different parts of the body caused by the work I did. But with these methods I do believe I can take care of myself. Thanks for the techniques.

  9. Thanks for the insights and myth removal the things a person thinks they know are facts and aren’t you show could get you killed or seriously hurt

  10. Please keep this ultimate badass info coming. I don’t look for trouble due to a bad left hip and knee so im looking for pointers to aid my ability to defend myself. So far everything I’ve read and watched is invaluable and please keep them coming. So far I’ve the pepper spray, the tactical survival knife and the three throwing blades, which are kick ass by the way. I’d like to see and buy more defensive weapons. I do carry legally with my concealed permit but i only want that as a LAST resort. I’d rather utilize your methods first. I absolutely love the way you show and teach that size doesn’t mean a loss in an uninvited dance. I only want to walk away the victor leaving the prick confused, hurt and wondering,WTF just happened. When he awakens from the ass kicking he just received. Your info is great and i hope you keep them coming, as well as the equipment. If it is quality merchandise, i don’t mind and as a collector, purchasing your products. In fact they are very intimidating and that, intentional or not is a fantastic feature. Keep up the invaluable work and i look forward to much more. Take care, God Bless and i wish you continued success for all time.
    Sincerely, Michael “Scooter” Tate

  11. I would like to thank you all for the many videos and techniques you have displayed. I am an older man who has various old injuries and am now “disabled”, although I still have gas in the tank, but is is nice to have the ability to learn various moves that I can keep in my bag o tricks and not feel like a target or easy mark thus giving me a feeling of security out there. Again, Thank You VERY much!
    God Bless

  12. It is easy to identify with Bob Taylor. I think, with some practice, I could pull off some of these moves.
    Thanks, Bob!

  13. I’m a disabled veteran 100% service connected. Even with my limited maneuverability I can use these techniques. Thank you Bob!

  14. These are great moves for the average person
    who is minding his own business and gets confronted by some jerk.

  15. I really like to watch the necessary skills you need to protect yourself. Although I do not practice it as I am an older man who has physical problems and just not up to practicing a fight. Yet, what I see is valuable just in case you would ever run into a predicament where your life can be in danger. Certainly, it is good to practice these movements but still the videos are worthy of just knowing what to do in case something like a street fight happens.

  16. Hi Bob very interesting I am an ex boxer agree unsuitable for street smashed hands. Did some martial arts training your techniques are very sensible nothing too fancy and reduce risk of involvement. Escape is what is required not glory! Thanks will see the course through. Phil

  17. Honestly, I am very impressed with your videos and the techniques. Simple, effective moves that can be recreated through various types of fights. Never would have believed someone would actually have something for free that was worth the time invested. Thank you.

  18. I live in Hawaii, and just about everybody wears shorts and slippers (flip flops for those of you on the mainland). Will this move work when your opponent is wearing shorts, or short pants. I can see how this might work when he is wearing cargo shorts, but how about regular shorts.
    Thanks for the excellent videos. Full of useful information.

  19. I am a 52 yr old guy who mentally thinks I’m still in my early thirties. I used to be a street fight kind of brawler with no worries of ever loosing cuz I never have… but after losing 60 lbs with in a month n an half of starting my bout with 35 weeks of chemo and radiation due to cancer I know I cannot nor do I want to stand toe to toe and brawl with anyone at this point in my life. The work I do now takes me all over the country so treats are always eminent, that’s why I decided to purchase Jim west’s program of special ops dirty tricks of fighting to end any threats that come my way. I WILL N EVER BE A VICTOM !!!

  20. I came through the police academy with a few skills that served me well in take downs and subduing a suspect;however, the information in these video’s surpass my training in that they show how to imobolize instantly…something, in a few former fights, I wish I had known. Thanks for the pointers.

  21. This dude`s moves are both practical and applicable for the street and merit respect.Of course pre-emptive attacks are a tad controversial but there are NO rules on the street and it is much better to be safe rather than sorry or dead so the reality indicates that if the options are limited you attack pre emptively.