The Secret Of Gravity

Applying the techniques and methods explained here will redouble your effectiveness if you harness the forcc of gravity and balance in your own body. Imagine a line running down the centre of your body. This must be the axis from which you direct all your defence and attack. See it as the pivot point from which you launch your blows. Power punching is most effective when you punch slightly past this centre line, turning your body slightly towards your opponent. This brings the gravity, momentum...

Improving Your Street Fighting Technique

The promise 1 make to all my students of self defence is that you will not need to know as many moves as Bruce Lcc to survive. Just as you only need to know a few fundamentals about movement and stance so you only need to learn a few basic defences and attacks. I feel that it is better to be the master of few routines than a novice at many. As time passes you can always add extra weapons to your armory, should you feel the need. If I look back on most of my fights I can remember that I have...

Angles Of Attack

These are the areas or gaps you have to covcr to defend yourself properly and the ones you should try to penetrate in order to connect your assailant. As you concentrate on these angles and practise shooting through them until your speed is deadly and your accuracy sure-fire. Eventually you will develop sensitivity to these angles and your reaction in exploding through the gaps in your opponent's defence will be instinctive. From the top If you use a weapon or the bottom of your fist this is...

Attack From The Rear

You will be attacked from the rear by the thug who has waited for you to pass and intends taking you by surprise, or by the guy you have consciously turned your hack on in an attempt to avoid confrontation. The inexperienced thug will come at you in a rush, feet pounding up behind you so that you have more than enough warning and can turn around to face him in any of the ways already described in this book What about the guy who sneaks up and surprises you Some might try to hit you over the...

Running Attacks

You will not easily be taken unawares if you have been developing the characteristics of alertness and anticipation. You should be especially on the lookout in situations that arc potentially dangerous, such as on deserted streets, late at night, when you arc alone and so on. This way you will not react in panic or freeze up in fear if attacked. Sometimes an assailant will launch himself at you in a run to try and knock you down. Don't wail for him to connect As he gets within range, let his...

Conclusion To Volume

You will have realised that you are actually building steps here. As you master one aspect of self defence, you are laying a foundation for the next level. All the skills you have built into yourself up to now are preparing you for the next step - control. This means sclf-control as well as learning to control the situation. You mean you can control the chaos and unpredictability of street fighting Well, not entirely, but face it. the more self-control you have, the more you will be able to...

Correct Stance

Float like a butterfly sting like a bee1 -Mohammed Ali Every system of defence has devised its preferred stance. Street fighting is only different in that your opponent forgot to allow you the chance of assuming yours before trying to pummel your face. Expcnencc has taught me that the best possible fighting stance to adopt and use when there is the chance of danger, but when no open aggression has begun, is one which shows no hostility, yet prepares you for action, if required. In street...

Advanced Combination Attacks

If you remember who Nutter Bastard is then you'll remember all about continuous attack. As you begin to spar more fluidly and freely with your partner so you will be able to develop your combination attacks. However don't rush it bccausc you can't expect to run before you can walk and combinations arc more at the level of hurdling. First develop each blow separately and to a satisfactory level of competence. Then imagine or visualize how one could lead into another before starting to practise....

Martial Arts And Their Relevance To Real Ufe Street Fighting

No one ever became a proficient street fighter without a good grounding in what have become known in the Western World as the Martial Arts but anyone who relied solely on Martial Art techniques for street fighting could fare rather Martial Arts arc considered to be an art. Disciples spend a lifetime pursuing that particular art which destiny or skeletal specifications dictated. In China the Martial Arts were based on animal spirits such as a monkey for his small stature and speed, or the bear...

The Club Block And Lock

The most important factor about any block is to be definite. He can either side step and kick or he can block. If he chooses one. then goes for ihc other and finally dithers around in the middle he will get hit. Be definite in your actions and remember that you will have to close in eventually and deal with him. The illustrations show how the block is applied lo the incoming arm and then converted into an arm lock by sliding the arm up. over and around the club hand. As the pressure is...

Foreword By Dr Dan Lee Sth

Author Paul Wellard has been involved in fighting for most of his life. Growing up in a northern sea port renowned for tough dockers he soon learned to defend himself in a variety of street wise ways. However, after sailing rather close to the authorities one time too many he decided to clean up his act by joining the services. Unfortunately all the army did was to make him even more effective at damaging people and instil in him an urge to travel. He left after a short while to fulfil some of...

Anticipation and Preparedness

There are two main elements that will fuel your reaction instinct and they are anticipation and alertness. Anticipation of attack and violence will not make you paranoid like some faint* hearted specimens would have you believe. Thai kind of attitude is just a cop-out. Even the Bible points out that if a guy knew when a thief was coming, he would take suitable precautions. We just have to face up to the fact that we don't believe in a world of Elves. Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny. In...

Using Improvised Weapons

One essential talent of any successful street fighter must be adaptability. In fact this is probably the point which lets down most Martial Artists. They're jusi too rigid. Adaptability means changing your moves to fit the circumstances. not your circumstances lo fit your moves. It is an important aspect of street survival but must be combined wiih others, including improvisation. With improvisation you begin to gain inspiration which, as a fighter, makes you quite awesome. The secret of...

Fists And Fingers

Clench your hands into fists and in a push-up position let the weight of the upper part of your body rest on your two fore-knuckles. Your palms should be facing inwards and the top of the fist pointing straight ahead as though you were actually punching. The balls of your feet must support the weight of your lower body. Now do as many push-ups as you can manage with your wrists firm. 2. Perform the same exercise using your fingertips instead of your fore knuckles. Start with your fingers spread...

Intoduction About Stret Fightin

If there is one common factor in the history of every race and every civilization, then I guess it must be violence. The crazy thing is that the more civilized we get, the more violent our societies seem to be. Except that we don't always want to call it that, maybe because it offends delicate egos. We dolly up the idea of violence with all kinds of words and excuses, like deprived childhood, or misunderstood youth. In fact the lawyers make a mint out of finding new excuses to get thugs and...

The Ambush

As we all know bullies don't actually like fighting if they're uncertain of winning, but if pressed into action they will most likely resort to an ambush. A coward's preferred attack will be to your blind side in the hope of causing sufficient damage in the first few seconds to render you senseless. East End folklore, perpetuated via boxing trainers, holds that Ronnie Kray's favourite ambush was to offer a cigarette to his intended victim. When the victim opened his mouth to put the cigarette...

Biting

When I talk to my students about this I am always reminded of how society has changed. When I was a lad and getting involved in my first fights, biting was widely accepted. A few purists might say that biting your opponent was rather effeminate but they never had to fight for survival on the street. Purists don't know that anything is reasonable on the street if it aids your survival. A rash of social diseases, notably AIDS. has. however, changed attitudes to a defensive bite. Everyone is...

Sorting The Men From The Boys

Possessing the eye of a tiger can be very useful in combat In mythology tigers were reputed to be able to see with great clarity which presumably meant they never made the wrong decision. f you have ever seen a tiger hunting prey then you will understand what I am talking about. They take their time stalking and generally don't miss. Certainly no one ever questions a tiger's intention. As you try to develop the tiger's strength for your combat also strive for his clarity of vision. When you...

How To Psyche Out An Opponent

When you get down to the actual nitty gritty of the build up to a fight you'll realise that it's mostly about posturing and parading. Whether we're talking about the animal kingdom where feathers become ruffled and hackles rise or the human kingdom where chests are inflated and testosterone emitted, it's all basically the same it's all about calling the other person's bluff Psychologists and successful gamblers are the masters of bluff. A little of it applied in situations can work to your...

The Rule For Street Survival

The first rule I teach any student new to the idea of defending their space is that there arc no rules on the street. There are only different levels of conflict. This means that to stay within the bounds of the LAW and REASONABLE BEHAVIOUR you should only fight to the level of your opponent. If he is unarmed then you should be unarmed BUT if he uses a weapon then reason allows you the same option. If 1 had to state my own philosophy for street fighting it would be that I only mess with people...

Essential Principles Of Street Fighting

The essential principle of street fighting is survival Without this everything else becomes rather unimportant. Women arc generally less strong than men. whilst big people tend to pick on little people. These arc realities of life. To ensure your survival you must fight at a better level than your opponent and if this is not possible, then a 'lower' level. The best way to beat trouble is to avoid it. If you can run away then do so but if you do have to fight then do so to the best of your...

Facts You Should Know About Street Fighting

Wingchun Hands

There arc in fact more than 28 facts you should know about street fighting but a chapter headed 250 facts etc. seemed a bit too ambitious. However, it was our aim to really cover the whole spectrum of street fighting techniques and you will find the other 222 points in this book, so anyway here are 28 1. Street fighting is not a game. 2. There arc no rules. Ifs a no-holds barred contest in which anything goes. 3. Fighting can involve the law which means that you can go to prison for it unless...

Awareness And Avoidance

It is a dangerous activity which can incur onerous legal and medical implications for its participants. This mean you To stay within the bounds of the law you are allowed to use REASONABLE force in your defence. What is deemed reasonable is relative to the scale of attack so you can't club someone who insults you in a bar. it's just not reasonable. Bear this in mind when you arc involved in a situation because in the eyes of the law it could mean the...

Knife Attack One Forward Lunge

Knife Attack Defense

The thug comes for you with a knife in his right hand. Your timing must be spot on, which is why training with a partner is essential, remembering to start slowly until you have the feel of the moves and then gradually speeding up. As he comes at you. slip quickly to his knife side and kick him as hard as you can just behind the knee, driving down with all your force on his upper calf. If done right, he will hopefully drop to the ground in agony. Make sure you finish him off properly so that he...

The Best Way To Floor An Aggressor

Karate Punch Pogisan

When you are standing face to face with an assailant your first priority is to close the gap between you and floor him as quickly as possible. When you see that he is determined to fight despite your attempt to avoid confrontation, then assume a ready position and project as much calm, confidence and strength as you can. This will unnerve him since most street thugs are looking for victims. Now. you could let him take the initiative in closing the gap. since some of these criminals try to...

Self Defence Against A Weapon Attack

Age, awareness and experience have allowed mc to assess whether my opponent was seriously committed to using the weapon he was brandishing. Reading this book should improve your own learning curve and save you from testosterone tactics like the following situation. It happened to me when I was about 20 years old and just after I had first met Dr. Lcc. It was about 5 am. I was in the kitchcn of a houvc where a fairly reasonable party was coming to terms with the next morning. There had been this...

You Must Know How To Fall Correctly

So what happens if in spile of all the moves, tactics and blows you manage to get in. you trip and hit the dirt Or worse still, are caught off balancc and the thug shoves you over Believe it or not, you can actually turn the fall to your advantage, because a guy who sees you dropping is going to relax a bit. even if only for a second or so, and that is when you can do a come-back and let him have it. You have to practise falling and recovering, so that if you happen to be pushed over or trip,...

Letsbloking

This is a most effective form of attack and can temporarily disable a foe. Bend your knee and bring up your leg. timing at your opponent. This type of attack obviously is reserved for situations when your opponent is at very closc range. Knees are even more solid than elbows and can be used against very solid targets like the head, subject to the condition that you never kick above ihc waist. The way around this problem is to get hold of your attacker's head and bring his nose down to your knee...

Horizontal Elbow Strike

This time your elbow moves horizontally into your attackers head. To generate power for this strike, you must forcefully pivot your hips and shoulders in the direction of the opponent. The illustration opposite shows a combination attack, hitting the opponent with a left horizontal elbow strike quickly followed by a stnkc using the right elbow. The point of the elbow is solid and effective against the nose, throat, midsection which includes the solar plexus...

How Elbows Knees Are Used In A Fight

As the fight begins to develop into a grappling match the elbows and knees come more and more into play. They arc short range weapons which arc also very strong, pro vided you use them in the right context. An earlier chapter explained the construction of these joints and from this you will recall that the secret to smashing or not smashing them comes from the angle of use. or abuse. If you twist your attacker's elbow in the wrong direction the ball joint will begin to fail and then he's really...

The Inside Crane

Inside Crane Defense

This is a close in block which will most commonly be used to deflect a hook to the side head jaw. Note from the pictures how the defender blocks the hook with his left whilst simultaneously moving his head away. the action continues the defender could have gone for a chop to the neck hut seeing the attacker's right hand pulling away he perceived a left hook. This is blocked by a palm smash to the shoulder and then could be followed up by either a head butt, palm strike to the jaw or hand chop...

Fighting By Spinning On Your Head

Letsblocking

To believe that where the head goes so the body will follow is to believe the truth. Use the truth to effect a spin out on your opponent by practising with your sparring partner Place your nght hand on your partner's neck and grasp the inner elbow with your left. Now apply forward motion to his head whilst pushing his elbow back and movement should be achieved. The harder and longer you push the faster and further they will move. An effective end to a spin out can be made by sending your...

Shedding Techniques

Letsblocking

Fighting is about hurting your opponents more than they hurt you that means attacking more than they defend and defending more than they attack Then you'll win. - Joe Louis World Heavyweight Champion boxer Boxers know a lot about blocking, or shedding as they call it, bccausc their sparring is always full contact. They need to avoid getting hit. Mon martial artists on the other hand rarely spar with any contact and arc in fact often quite happy to learn their craft without an opponent. This...

Knife Attack Two Short Rapid Lunges In Successive Motion

When you begin to practise the following routines make them as realistic as possible but DO NOT use a real knife. It is possible to buy plastic replicas of knives which are excellent for sparring or make your own out of rolled up newspaper. Do not attempt to grab che wnst of the knife hand. A knife fighter's defcncc against someone grabbing their wrist is so basic and easy to execute that only novices won't know about it. When the wrist is intercepted and grasped the attacker has only to twist...

Palm Strikes

Simplified Self Defence

Palm strikes arc one of my favourites. They're a remarkably simple blow to deliver and yet on the right targets can be devastating. Palm strikes begin and end with an open palm, but the wrist locks out at the moment of impact to thrust through the target Because they arc delivered with relaxed muscles the move can be executed much faster which means there is less time for your opponent to block. Added impetus is included by rotating the hips and projecting body weight through the arm as the...

Attack From The Rear With A Strangle Hold

Knife Fighting Body Chart

Swing your inside arm back and up behind the back of your attacker. 2. Bring his arm up over his shoulder and grab his face. 3. In a continuous movement, move your inside leg back behind his, taking an underhand grip at the back of his nearest knee. 4. By circling both your arms clockwise if attacked from the right or anti-clockwise if attacked from the left , you will throw your opponent.

Using Your Head

Butt Beads Moving Pics

This is a corny title. but I had to use it because it is so appropriate Street fighting is all about using your head by adapting what you've got to overcome what you're faced with. This means that if you're not a strong or skilled defender then you must take what nature has given you and use that. Your head is a very solid, heavy battering ram which hurts like hell if connected to a opponent's nose. Head butts are ideal defences because they can be executed on a close in attacker, the kind of...

Introduction

This is when you start to learn some real moves to cope with real action. This book will continue to build on your Warrior Mentality but now is the time to improve your physical training. However don't try to cope with all the techniques in one go. It is better to be master of a few moves than a novice of a lot. If you arc weaker then don't try punching until you are able to make a good fist. A palm strike to the side of the head is likely to upset your opponent more than a fumbled fist see...

Inside The Mind Of A Thug

I found writing this chapter very easy because I just thought back to how I was in my youth. Thugs, bullies and bower boys all want the same thing TROUBLE but they want it with the minimum amount of hassle. This means that if you firmly but politely stand up to them and give them a way out they might often take it. Standing up docs actually mean just that. After all you'd need to be a real mean SOB to intimidate people when seated I was travelling on a bus in Pakistan once when these two guys...

Some Commonly Taught Nonsense

There are many incorrect beliefs expounded about combat and defence mostly depending on what the exponent is trying to sell. The Martial Arts portrayed themselves as the True Way to self defence, and some of the techniques are just this. For example the throws from judo and disarming techniques from Akido arc excellent. On the other hand, however, some of the techniques were only really perfected for the cinema and should be left there. In real Street Fighting you should never kick above the...

Nerve Blows

Reread the chapter on the target areas and make sure that you know off by heart ever ' single nerve centre of the body. Memorize the damage that is caused by a blow to the nerves or joints in the area and related areas. If you are going to resort to nerve blows then you must know what you are doing and you must be aware of the damage you can cause. Practice - very carefully and softly - with a training partner until you know these moves well, and if you are going to use them, in a life and...

Hand Chops And Knife Hands The Knife Hand

This is formed by holding the hand as in the hand chop position, but with the fingers bcnl slightly at an angle to the palm. The knife hand can be used in two ways, both extremely painful. The downward chop is the first, and is shaped by bending the arm at the elbow and swinging it down in a hammer-like motion. Be sure to keep the fingers rigid and close together. The second is the side chop which is formed by slashing or swinging in a semicircle from the elbow, striking with the edge of ihc...

Secondary Incapacitating Blows

The following blows, when conrectly performed and used with a great deal of force, will weaken your opponent. thus making a knockout on your next strike more likely Striking the solar plexus with the fist will wind your opponent and cause nausea. A blow on the nose will not only cause intense and disorientating pain, hut will stun your opponent and set him up for a knockout. A punch into the kidney area is an excellent preliminary to the clinching blow. While kicking the groin will not knock...

Dealing With Confrontational Situations

Although you have developed awareness and tried avoidance you may find yourself facing confrontation. In this situation never allow reasonable behaviour to be mistaken for weakness but always allow your opponent a way out. Your stance will signal to your aggressor that you arc not a novice if you immediately assume a strong facing dcfence with your hands and legs ready for action. Study the pictures on stances and follow the routines at the end of the chapters on stance and yours will become...