If you and your opponent are squaring off face-to-face then it’s sort of an equal situation.
From here he can swing at you and you can swing at him… He can try to tackle you, and you can try to clinch him.
To paraphrase the old song, at this point anything he can do, hopefully you can do better!
But we don’t want it to be a fair fight. Ideally you should set up a situation where you hold all the high cards and have all the advantages.
They say that boxing is all about creating angles, and if that’s true then the best angle you can create in a streetfight is to get right behind your opponent. From behind you can hit him, choke him or take him down at will.
And, more importantly, when you’re behind him then he has very few offensive options that he can use against you.
Getting behind your opponent in a streetfight gives you so many options that it is a HUGE advantage. Check out our new YouTube video called “5 ways to get behind your opponent in a fight” to get some high percentage techniques to do exactly this! #selfdefensetraining #selfdefensetutorials #selfdefense #martialarts #selfdefensetechniques #selfdefensestrategies
Of course being behind your opponent like this is usually a temporary situation.
Unless you clinch him then a best you have one or two seconds of advantage before he spins and gets you back into his sights. But that’s OK: a street fight is no joke, so take any advantage you can get.
And if you train to make the most of this situation then one or two seconds might be all you need to finish the fight.
The video below breaks down 5 of the best ways to get behind your opponent in a real life situation, plus gives you a few ideas of what you can do from there.
The techniques we cover include
- Duck and pivot against a punch
- Parry and angle step against a kick
- Straight arm or forearm block and matador step against a tackle
- Armdrag during pre-fight posturing or the clinch
- Duckunder from the clinch
Check them out below…
Just for completeness, here are the other videos I referenced in the one above…
How to Survive a Blitz of Punches in a Streetfight
4 Takedowns from the Rear Bearhug
The Most Important Jiu-jitsu Move for Self Defense
As you can see, we’re doing quite a lot with the Self Defense Tutorials Youtube channel – we’re adding videos with new techniques, drills, tips and training strategies all the time so you want to make sure that you’re subscribed there!
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Take care and good luck with your training!