The True Science Behind Street Self Defense – Today with the popularity of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights, everyone is rushing to learn some form of grappling. Whether it is Judo, BJJ, Jiu-Jitsu, or Mixed Martial Arts which is a combination of all the arts without allowing the student to truly master one style. I as a Martial Art master, I have devoted my life to four decades of life exploring and learning traditional martial arts like Hapkido, Kung Fu, as well as the striking art of Boxing and Muay Thai. As a child, I have studied the sport of Persian wrestling and have competed in many competitions in these disciplines. I can comfortably tell you that street defense is a completely different fighting science than grappling. When it comes to street defense, the fight should not be taken to the ground, since this will puts the victim in a disadvantageous position. On the street you have to be fast, mobile, sharp, and agile. You need to rely on your quick striking skills and no depend of the pull and push muscles like a grappler. When it comes to defending yourself on the street it is not about being the tougher one or strongest, it’s about being the fast one and getting away from the situation as fast as you can at that point. Some Hapkido joint lock moves are applicable in that situation but, require good practice and lots of reputation in the dojo. Learning how to do short and effective strikes in a close range situation is important and as well learning ground tactics in case the attacker comes in to close or somehow takes you to the ground. Every strike needs to be calculated as well as land with a strong force and power as well as being quick. You can only develop quick strong strikes by developing your twitch muscles which most Muay Thai and even some boxer practitioners develop it. Strikes using your elbows, or even the heel of your palm, hammer fist strikes, knees, shin kicks, foot checks and many more need to be powerful and quick enough to land and then come back fast. When it comes to striking you don’t have to be big or have tons of muscle. What you need is proper striking skills and speed. A young 110 pound female striker can deliver a lot of power and force with her elbows and legs. A young 145 pound male can also deliver such power against a bigger guy who is let’s say over 6 foot with over 200 pounds on him. At the end of the day it comes down to speed and skills. Please watch the related videos for this article below.
Author: Master Mehrdad Khan Moayedi