The 3 worst mistakes you can make in a street fight

Sunday, March 08, 2020

In an ideal world, you’ll never get involved in a street fight, but it’s always best to prepare for the worst, and that includes knowing not just what to do in a self-defense situation, but also what not to do.

In this video, Dr. Mark Phillips from the London Wing Chun Academy and ‘Fight Science’ YouTube channel breaks down what he believes to be the three worst mistakes that people commonly make in a street fight scenario.

1. Allowing Someone To Make The First Move

This is a tricky one, because if you’re a law-abiding citizen then you don’t want to get yourself in trouble by throwing the first punch.

At the same time, you have to balance that with the seemingly endless array of videos on YouTube that prove that the person who makes the first move often ends up winning, particularly if they catch their opponent off-guard with a sucker punch.

Essentially, the theory here appears to be to keep a pro-active mindset rather than a reactive one.

”It is not always about punching someone first, it is more the case of prevention and control,” Phillips states in an article accompanying the video. “You must gain control of the situation for your own personal safety and security. Be aware of the surroundings and never let someone have control over you in a fight.

2. Assuming Your Attacker Will Move How You Expect

A bad habit that martial artists can pick up is assuming that people on the street will fight in the same way that they are used to seeing in the gym.

While they may not have skill and technique, untrained fighters are dangerous because they are unpredictable and aren’t playing by the rules.

Therefore, it’s best to remain open-minded and not be too set in your ways or you risk getting caught out by a street fighter’s erratic movement and awkward angles.

Conversely, don’t assume that your attacker doesn’t know how to fight, as it’s entirely possible that they have some kind of martial arts training.

3. Not Thinking About Your Own Safety: Believing That You Won’t Get Hurt

Pride comes before a fall, and so believing that you’re untouchable and won’t get hurt is a critical error in a street-fight scenario.

This is a particular risk for people who do train in some aspect of martial arts and can lead to complacency, over-confidence, and in some cases result in being unprepared when things don’t go according to plan.

If you go into a fight expecting that you’ll get hit and hurt then you will be in a much better position mentally to cope with that adversity.