Street Wise Survival
Martial Artists can train for a lifetime and never have to use their training
skills. Smart folks know that if they avoid troublesome areas or dangerous
situations, the possibility of physical confrontation is at the lower end of
the self-defense scale.
apologizing when a possible flare-up could occur, or by simply walking away, a
bad situation simply may just fade away. This is the ultimate method of
self-defense. No one gets physically or emotionally hurt.
However, it is always best to be prepared for
that one chance in a hundred, a flat tire that happens in a bad neighborhood,
The angry motorists that is filled with road rage, the drunk that you meet on
the street, the school or work bully, the stalker, the rapist, the holdup, the
house break in, etc. Many times these events come out of nowhere and happen in
a split second. This is the time when you suddenly discover whether your
martial arts training dealt with actual street survival or whether you are a
paper tiger. You may be good at winning
tournaments, putting on exciting demonstrating, or are an excellent instructor
in your particular style or art, but can you really save your life or your
loved ones when the bad guys strike? At MPKA, we divide our training down this
middle, half is for the art and half is for the street. What works in the
street depends on the individual, and what his/her skill level is. Personally,
I emphasize, stick to the basics, practice them until they become second
nature, and find class time to practice reality street stress training. This
includes surprise attacks employing hands, feet, chokes, grabs, takedowns,
weapons, partners and gang attacks. The attackers may be angry, shout out loud
commands, and do erratic things.
not the time for the defender to think of techniques that might work in a given
situation, it is the time to just react and to perform over and beyond your skill level. Now how do we do this? There is a major
difference between performing technique with a class partner and using
technique against a vicious street attacker.
This is exactly what we are going to deal with here, the saving of a
life. There are certain underlying factors that determine victory or defeat in
the streets, going home or to the hospital, or worse, to the mortuary.
are no street rules, so fight dirty. Scratch, bite, claw, hit, kick, spit,
and tear, whatever it takes. If your life is in danger, look around for a
weapon to use, instead of your bare hands. Remember the old adage, “I
rather be tried by twelve than carried by six.”
Survive first, and worry about the legal system later.
areas are eyes, throat, groin, or whatever it takes to save a life. Don’t
waste time; make your defense short and quick. If your attacker is full of
rage and fury, only the most crippling techniques will work.
best defense is a strong offense. If you must defend, then use the element
of surprise and attack first. Remember, you are dealing with a violent
criminal who is determined to end your days on earth.
low and kick hard. Work on the attacker’s legs and bring him down to his
knees. No fancy high kicks as seen on the TV or in the theatre. Simply
kick his legs again and again.
is nothing to be said to a violent attacker. Do not warn him to put him on
the alert. Act immediately. The criminal sees a warning as a challenge and
prepares himself for battle. Do not let him have the upper hand mentally.
to absorb some punishment. Your goal is to emerge victorious with less injuries than your attacker. When flesh meets bone
in hard contact, injuries will occur.
Keep them to a minimum. Muggers and criminals are tough people, and
they are experienced in the ways of the street. There is a vast difference
between being cut with a knife on the arm, and being stabbed in the
stomach, one is an injury, the other may end your
in top physical shape. The tough have a good chance of survival. The weak
have no chance at all. Your martial arts training should include rugged
physical workouts. I have often said” The way you practice in class is
exactly how you will defend, (or not defend) in the street.” Practice
hard, you may survive, practice soft, and you will lose.
a watchful eye on your surroundings, every moment of the day and night,
especially if you find yourself in unfamiliar territory or situations. Be
alert, be prepared, and be safe. The rules are,
there are no rules. Information can be found on www.mpka.net and also in my book “Riding
the Wind.” (Now under revision)
Simple Examples are:
down the middle of the sidewalk.
the inside of your vehicle before entering.
all home security guidelines.
eating out, always sit facing the door.
around when shopping.
be observant and notice the little things that could determine a
is no defense against a sucker punch or a surprise attack, be alert and
sharpen your mental and physical reflexes.
on your feet. Determine not to end up on the ground. Even though 90% of
all fights end up on the ground, if you are properly trained, act swiftly,
are in good physical condition, and know your basics well, strike first,
strike fast, and if possible, vacate the danger area as rapidly as you
can, your chances of survival are greatly increased.
various methods of attacks, in different surroundings, and imagine how you
would react mentally and physically. Once your mind records these
imaginary scenarios, your reaction time and stress management will vastly
improve. This earthly body is the only one you will have, and life is
short enough without outside influences trying to shorten it even more.
Become the tiger, the ninja, or whatever it takes to survive. Check your
martial arts training and ask yourself if you really believe that you
could survive a street life and death confrontation. Don’t ask your
instructor, just ask yourself. If the answer is, “I am not sure.” Than
begin that special training NOW.