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The Secrets of Scientific Street Fighting

Street scientific fighting involves understanding the physiological response of the human body to a fight and understanding the effectiveness of various street fighting strategies based on statistics.

Scientific street fighting may be complicated but it is not. It’s really pretty simple. The best part is that it’s actually easier than learning martial art. The key is that a scientific street fight puts an end to difficult moves in favor of simple techniques that have a proven track record of success.

So here we are …

How Your Body Reacts to Street Fighting:

The first thing many people notice (and the most important things about fighting) is that your hands start to shake. This is not a sign that you are afraid; it is your body’s natural reaction to a life-threatening situation.

What does this mean for a scientific street fight? It means closing fine motor skills, things like handwriting or complex martial arts moves (like joint locks that require several steps). This is crucial so pay attention.

Why on earth would your body shut down fine motor skills when your life is threatened? The thing is that your body sacrifices fine motor stills for increased strength and speed in gross (or large) motor skills. These are much more important things like running, jumping, punching, and kicking.

The key to street science fighting is to understand this reaction, and to create a fighting system that takes full advantage of your stronger and faster motor skills. Don’t waste your time even trying to learn complex movements your simple body won’t allow you to use in the heat of the moment.

Loss of fine motor skill is by far the most important part of the scientific street fight but here are a few other reactions that are pretty cool:

Your skin will become pale, because your body is restricting blood flow to the skin. This reduces the blood loss from shallow cuts and scrapes you are likely to get.

To save energy you stop recording so many short-term memories. This is why people often do not remember exactly what happened after a disaster or a fight.

There are many other interesting things your body does to prepare you for a fight, but for street science fighting the main thing to think about is to focus on gross motor skills.

Any movement or technique that works well in street combat should be simple and easy to learn. In fact, it should take you no more than a few hours to become fluent in any self – defense technique.

I’m not saying you’ll master anything in a few hours, but you should be able to learn it well in this amount of time. If you can’t it’s probably based on good motor skills that take a lot of time to learn. These fake movements are likely to hurt you when you really need it.

Okay now for the scientific statistics on street fighting …

The biggest statistic you should fight on the streets is to learn and live with is that the average fight lasts between 3 and 8 seconds. That’s right. No 5 minute street boxing scene from some movie, just 3 to 8 seconds of ugly.

So if you are going to focus on a scientific street fight that means you have to take care of your business quickly.

To further illustrate this point I like to use another statistic. The person who hits first is more likely to win the street fight. If you haven’t seen it yet hitting first, you’ll win for at least one or two of those 3 to 8 seconds.

The final statistic is that the fight will almost always last after 12 seconds. Now most of the fights don’t get to this point. 12 seconds is a long day in a street fight, but if it goes that far it will go to ground.

What does this mean for the street science fight? Well, first of all it means that you should do your best to finish it in less than 12 seconds.

The chance of being seriously injured increases if you hit the ground heavily. I often tell people that nothing good happens on earth. You get cuts, scrapes, you lose skin on your palms, elbows, knees, and face, and don’t forget to enchant your head in the concrete (and I didn’t even get to play the part where people or you stand attacking friends start kicking you).

Bottom line, try to end the fight in less than 12 seconds by hitting first, using gross motor skills, and making dirty moves.

You should also understand that if the fight goes beyond 11 seconds you will need to know how to handle yourself on the ground. There are street science skills that will greatly improve your chances of winning on the ground but I will save that for another occasion.

Ok here’s a quick review of a street science fight:

  1. Do not waste your time on fine motor skills movements, they will not work in street combat (This is not an opinion).
  2. Use gross motor skills such as punching, eye gouging, ear slapping, bases, kicks and just the simplest joint locks.
  3. Always hit first if you want to win a fight.
  4. Most fights end within 8 seconds so hit it off with your neatest attack barrier from the start (using gross skills or simple motor skills of course).
  5. Stop fighting as fast as possible so you don’t get on the ground.

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Stay Smart and Stay Safe,

Bob Pierce


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