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How to defend yourself – TFC Essential

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Knowing how to defend yourself in a street fight is a skill that is learned over time. Today we will be sharing with you some essential tips to stay safe in a fight. Our advice is simply food for thought unless practised regularly for it to become a natural part of your self-defence system.

There is no replacement for skills earned through repeated training. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at some essential components to staying safe in a combat situation.

  • 1 Keep calm

    Remaining calm is quite possibly one of the most important skills to master when learning how to defend yourself. This skill in particular will allow you to see the situation, both in regards to opportunities and dangers. Additionally, it will give you the chance to maximize the effectiveness of the tools you have to defend yourself.

    Exposure is key

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    Exposure is often the easiest way to develop a more relaxed state in a combat situation. This is ideally built-up in a controlled environment (i.e. sparring in your gym) compared to getting into street fights. Although the combat environments aren’t identical, the repeated exposure to a potentially dangerous situation will see you feeling more grounded and able to deal with the situation than you would be if you have never been involved in a physical altercation.

    Breathing techniques

    Being mindful of your breathing is also another technique that can help you remain calm in a threatening situation. Deep breaths will ground you, slowing down the racing nature of your mind when in a situation of perceived danger.

  • 2 Keep it simple

    It is important to be as effective as possible when under pressure. This relates to every aspect of a fight: offence, defence, recovery and retreat. We suggest ensuring your self-defence tools are as streamlined as possible. Here are a couple we swear by.

    Jab cross

    Throwing straight clean punches is most definitely your best offence when in a street fight situation. Sticking with a simple yet powerful combination will significantly improve your chances of hitting the target. The jab cross is the first combination you will learn in boxing, but quite possibly one of the most effective. A simple lead hand jab followed by a power hand cross can often be all that is needed when looping haymakers are coming your way.

    Only kick if you’re sure

    Regardless of how effective they may seem, the risk:reward ratio on kicks make them a viable choice only for individuals who’ve drilled them countless times in the gym. The chance of a kick being caught, being thrown off balance and many other potential mishaps make them a poor choice of weapon for the unskilled fighter. If you trust in your ability to kick, go for it. Otherwise, keep your feet on the ground.

    Hands up

    Protect your head at all costs. Your body can take considerably more damage than your jaw. Keep it safe by keeping your guard up when the blows start being thrown. A low guard is opening you up for the potential of being knocked out. While there is no impenetrable defence, keeping your hands up will give you the best chance of avoiding the majority of the damage. Most of the damage in street fights come from head trauma.

    Get up technique

    Many fights end up on the ground, that is simply a place you don’t want to be. If you find yourself in this situation, having a go-to move to allow you to recover to a neutral position will make a significant difference. The technique we’re eluding to is the BJJ get up technique. Just like all of the techniques we’ve mentioned, it will require regular practise before it becomes natural. However, it will give you the assurance that if you do find yourself on the floor, you can find yourself back to your feet within seconds while defending yourself adequately on the rise.

  • 3 Learn to read body language

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    Reading a room can be the difference between walking away unscathed or on a stretcher. It is an important skill when learning how to defend yourself. The consequences can be fatal, so start by practising this particular skill as early as you can. It doesn’t need to be exclusively a combat situation, being able to read body language in general is important. You will likely start to notice tells (indicators that something is about to happen). These will serve as hints about whether the person in front of you really wants to fight.  Picking your battles wisely requires you to have the skills necessary to make the judgement.

  • 4 Dont look afraid

    You don’t need to come off as a world beater, but standing your ground will deter a fair amount of people from messing with you. If you can make a person second guess whether they will win, their confidence is naturally going to decrease which means a confrontation is less likely to be initiated by them. This air of confidence comes as a bi-product of regular practise in the gym, training hard and learning from mistakes and achievements.

  • 5 50 yard dash

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    There is no shame in getting the hell out of a situation if you feel that you’re in danger. Learning how to defend yourself is essential to keep you healthy. Your health should be of paramount importance at all times. Just like any of the tips we’ve shared with you in this article, it requires practise to prove effective in a combat situation. We suggest you find time to  include sprints into your workout. If your ego can’t accept that you’re practising to flee, remember sprints are also essential to develop explosiveness for combat.

  • 6 Conclusion

    Looking after yourself requires you to make the right decisions. This is easier said than done, especially in a potentially dangerous situation. Do yourself a favour and begin training regularly. This will ensure that if anything does happen, you will be confident in dealing with the situation. Stay safe out there.

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