You may have seen top level MMA fighters using fancy and complicated strikes, but do you need to learn the same techniques to stand a chance in a street fight?
In this self defense video, I (Matt) will show you the basic elbow strike, that when used properly, is DEVASTATING to an attacker on the street. After feeling a couple of these on his head and face he will quickly change his mind about wanting a piece of you.
In fact, he will probably be looking to do one thing, and one thing only...RUN! That's if he is still standing of course.
Elbow strikes are more effective than punches because that area of your body is a lot tougher than your hands. Even Mike Tyson broke his hand in a street fight. That is why it isn't a good idea to throw your fists. Knuckles are weak, and the bones in your hands break easily.
One way to throw an elbow is very similar to how you throw a punch. Turn your body into the shot, but instead of throwing your fists, you turn your elbow horizontally.
Aim for the face, but the chest or neck is a good target too. These elbow strikes work especially well when you are fighting at close range as your opponent won't have any time to see it coming.
An important factor to keep in mind is distance. If you are too far away and try to throw an elbow strike then you will probably miss, and also leave yourself open for a kidney punch or kick.
You've seen the top MMA fighters use the Muay Thai clinch with DEVASTATING effect, but is it possible for you to use the same techniques in a street fight?
In this self defense video, Oz and I (Matt) will teach you how to utilise the Muay Thai clinch for self defense, which has to be one of the most effective street fighting techniques to remove any threat quickly and leave your attacker wondering what the hell just happened!
If you have ever seen Oz fight then you will know that he has a great Muay Thai clinch, and as he has showed time and time again, it is a great tool to have in your arsenal should a situation ever escalate out of control. Once you get it right then it puts any attacker in a really BAD situation, and he will soon be wishing that he stayed at home.
The first way to approach the clinch is from an ordinary striking position. You want to work the jab and find your range, and then when you feel comfortable enough throw a one-two combination and use your cross to find the back of your opponents head.
When you do this you are not looking to hit him, the only goal is to grab the back and pull him towards you.
Then in this position you should find it easy to bring your other hand around to the same place. No attacker is ready for this, and if done correctly it will be very EFFECTIVE.
A street fight doesn't always go your way, so what should you do if you find yourself in a BAD position?
In this self defense video, Oz and I (Matt) will show you the AWESOME jiu-jitsu ground and pound defense sweep, which is an excellent weapon to have in your arsenal so that you are prepared for every situation that may arise.
Sometimes things turn ugly, and an attacker manages to take you down and get on top of you. If you don't know what to do then you are in TROUBLE.
Regardless of if you want them to or not, most fights go to the ground, and it is the people who know how to finish fights on the ground from any position that come away as the winner.
If somebody takes you down during a fight then it is a good idea to secure the guard so that you have more control over the situation. This is a great place to ATTACK from despite being on your back, and if you play your cards right then you can end the fight in a matter of seconds.
Sometimes if an attacker is landing some good shots and you are really feeling them, then you should change from the normal guard to a scissor guard. This will automatically put your knees in a position to block shots that your opponent is throwing.
This is also your chance to pounce, as you can find the opportunity to gain CONTROL of his arms.
A great move here is to grab his wrist and then with your other arm grab behind his elbow. Let you legs drop flat to the ground, and as your opponent postures up to land a punch this is the PERFECT time to scissor your legs and sweep him over.
You can then gain the top position and end the fight!
One of the most practised martial arts in the world is Muay Thai, and the Muay Thai clinch can be DEVASTATING if you are on the wrong end of it.
In this self defense video, Oz and I (Matt) will show you an effective way to defend against the Muay Thai clinch, with a Japanese jiu-jitsu throw called the Kubi Naye Otoshi. When you consider that many people train in the Muay Thai martial art, then there is a very high chance that a street attacker will have had some form of training in the clinch. This is a way to protect yourself against that.
It works by quickly removing yourself from the clinch and then turning a defensive situation into an ATTACKING one.
If an attacker has you in a Muay Thai clinch then you can pull one of his arms down. This gives you an immediate chance to work yourself into a better position by stepping in tight to his body with your arm extended forwards.
Then reach around and grab near his shoulder area, while at the same time twisting your own body. This will allow you to easily position your leg where you can then execute the throw.
Defense to attack in a few SIMPLE moves!
It will all happen so that quick that your opponent will not know what just happened.
Muay Thai fighters hate it when the fight goes to the ground, as they are left HELPLESS.
The great thing about this move is that it sets you up nicely to transition straight into an armbar. No messing around on the floor. You can end it straight away.
Judo might be effective in the Olympics, but do you need a gold medal to perform an effective takedown in a street fight situation?
In this self defense video, I (Matt) will introduce you to the Osoto Gari takedown, which is an excellent self defense throw that you can use on any attacker who is threatening the safety of you or a loved one. When you find yourself in this situation, then you want to use every tool that you have to quickly remove the THREAT.
The Osoto Gari is a takedown from Japan that is great for the beginners, and one of the best you can use in a street fight situation.
It works very nicely in conjunction with an earlier technique that I showed you...the basic punch defense followed by an elbow smash. Once you have completed this move then all you have to do is sweep your attackers back leg to send him crashing to the ground.
The GREAT thing about all of this is SIMPLICITY. The more complicated you make a takedown, the more chance of something going wrong. In a fight situation you want to end things as quickly as possible and not be left hanging around. The Osoto Gari allows you to do this perfectly.
It is very easy to start practicing this move with a partner right away. Because of it's simple nature, it will not be long before you get good at it.
After the sweep it sets you up in the PERFECT position to end the fight quickly. You are now in a prime place to drop hammer fists and punches, leaving your attacker with no time to respond.
The TRUTH of the matter is that almost all fights end up on the ground. If you are not PREPARED to take control in this situation then you will find it very hard to end a fight on the street.
In this self defense video, Oz and I (Matt) will teach you a simple way to apply the triangle choke on an attacker. This is street fighting jiu-jitsu at its finest, and if you get it right your opponent will experience complete SHOCK and AWE! He will be left stunned as you quickly show him who's boss and end the fight.
If you have watched an MMA fight in recent years, then you will have seen lot's of fighters end fights from bottom position with the triangle choke. It is an excellent technique for you to learn, especially if you find yourself fighting a much bigger guy who can take you down easily and assume top position.
When somebody is on top, you don't want to allow them too much time to get comfortable and start raining down nasty blows. Time is of the essence, and the quicker you can gain control of the fight the better.
Get the attacker in your guard and secure an overhook so that you can bring his body closer to yours. It is a bad idea to allow him too much time to posture up where he can land some shots. The key here is for YOU to CONTROL the action.
Learn how to secure the triangle choke from this position by watching the video...
You've seen the professional boxers defend punches, but do you need to learn the same complicated moves?
90% of people are right handed, so in a street fight there is a high possibility that you will be facing wild right hands that are dangerous if you don't know basic punch defense against a street brawler.
Luckily, you don't have to learn complicated boxing moves to defend yourself. In this video, I (Matt) will show you how to use a simple jiu-jitsu technique, that not only allows you to defend yourself against punches, but will also put you in the position of attack where you can quickly TAKE CHARGE and remove the threat.
Your attacker won't know what hit him! This is total SHOCK and AWE.
The beauty of this technique lies in it's simplicity. It will work against a range of punches, right handed or left handed, it doesn't really matter. It's simple to learn, and with a bit of practice it will soon become second nature and a devastating weapon that you can call upon in a seconds notice.
It works by moving your body into your opponents range using your outstretched arm as a lead. Once you do this, not only do you avoid the punch altogether, but you also put yourself in a nice position to throw an elbow strike to the temple.
If you get this move right then one thing is for sure...your opponent is in serious trouble and he won't know what day of the week it is. Ouch!!
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