Want to Win Your Kung Fu Fight?
I say Kung Fu fight, but this obviously refers to karate fighting, fighting in Taekwondo or Kenpo, or just about any other martial art out there. The principles of combat tend to be the same once you break them down. Here are the basic rules.
The first thing one must do is ascertain what kind of a fighter one is facing. Thus, you make a move towards your opponent and see how he reacts. He will fall into one of three martial arts categories.
If he moves back he is a runner, and you’re going to have to chase him down. In this case you should plan for two quick attacks, one after another. The thing to be careful of is over committing and running into something, after all, what if he is the one doing the setting up?
If he moves into the attack, even a block and attack, then he is a fighter. This guy is looking forward to the fray, and he is going to be trying to bully you. The best thing to do is give way slightly, then angle to the side and trap him, or just take advantage of better timing.
If the guy blocks you and watches you, you are in trouble. This is a guy who has managed to find a balance between running and fighting, and he is in the moment. He is going to be hard to fool, and you might even consider making friends before you fight.
Past these three rules, there is the fight that is more than a kung fu fight. This is when somebody jumps out at you from a dark alley and you never saw him coming. No strategy here, the guy is bent on harming you, and it is not some sort of kung fu panda fight from a kung fu movie.
This type of sneak attack is usually off balancing, so you must seek to stay on your feet (return to your feet), and find some sort of advantage. The unfortunate advice many people give is just to punch and punch hard. Look, the guy has some sort of agenda, he hates you, wants your money, is likely pathological.
So you don’t just punch, you draw on your kung fu fight training and use all your blocks and all your weapons. You don’t let it be a street fight, but you change it into a martial arts fight. Kick, punch, elbow, knee, look for the throw, whirling like a buzzsaw, determined not to lose, this is how you kung fu fight when the situation is no longer on the mat, but has gone to the street.