Friday, March 02, 2018

Training in martial arts like BJJ, boxing, Muay Thai, MMA or even sometimes traditional arts like karate can prepare you quite well for a self-defense situation. But there are still quite a few differences and things to watch out for on the street that you don’t have to worry about in the gym or in competition.

In sport-based martial arts and competitions, for instance, you can pretty much zero in on your opponent but on the street in a self-defense situation, it’s a little different.

You have to not only be focused on your opponent but also, what’s going on around you in case another opponent jumps in, potential hazards, etc.

Even your guard and fighting stance may have to be a little different on the street and that’s what self-defense expert, Luke Holloway, goes over in this particular video.

The BEST guard for the street or self-defense
The BEST guard for the street or self-defense

Another important factor about self-defense that Luke also points out in this video is that there is no bell to signify the start of the round like there is in training/competition and a self-defense situation can pop off at any time, even when you are not expecting it.

That’s why having the proper guard up and correct stance is so vital and can help you live to fight another day.

Check it out in the video below.

Luke Holloway is the Founder of Raw Combat International and the creator of the T.V. Series “Keep it Raw” (Loaded TV/Sky Network 2012 – 2013) which he produced, directed and hosted. Living a lifestyle of Martial Arts, Hunting and Survival since a young age in Australia, Luke grew up training in as many ‘Styles’ as he possibly could. However, it wasn’t until working as a ‘Bouncer’ and also in Close Protection & consulting that he came to deal with serious violence as a professional on a very regular basis. With the understanding of how to deal with aggressors, violence and survive high-risk situations and environments, Luke developed his training methods based on pressure testing all ‘techniques’ and drills to see what adaptations are needed to be functional in REAL situations. [Source:]

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