Street Sense

 

Lately, I have been focusing more on awareness, and I am sure the past blog posts reflect this.  I honestly think I needed to work on these specific skills for a more well-rounded approach to my training.  Everything I read from seasoned experts points to the fact that most of self-protection is mental.  Al Peasland’s Fence Concepts (I recently reviewed the DVD and now I’m reading the book—excellent information) focuses a lot on awareness and confrontation management.  Peasland worked as a doorman in a rough part of the UK—running away from his post when things got hairy was simply not an option.  Nevertheless, he wanted to avoid the fight, if it was possible.  What is in his book and DVD is a culmination of techniques that worked for him, as well as his instructor, Geoff Thompson.  He does not promote any particular fighting style, but talks about integrating techniques into whatever you are already doing.  He and Geoff are well-seasoned by experience, so I trust what wisdom they have to offer.

 

Here is another smart individual.  Dennis Martin posts a lot of Marcus Wynne’s material on the combatives forum.  If you have the time and inclination, it is worth searching the forum for the material.  You can read about Wynn’es background on his website: http://www.marcuswynne.com/.  His thoughts about self-protection are much the same: “avoidance, deterrence and de-escalation.”  Yeah, it’s mental.

 

 

FROM MARCUS WYNNE

 

Cheers, lads —

I’m at a point in my book where I have this old gray beard, who’s done a few things in his time, passing a few tips that he’d picked up in a lifetime of dealing with various problems…a few of the things on this fictional list are things I’ve heard around, a few are my thoughts, some of them I’m read and seen attributed to all kinds of folks from the Marines to Clint Smith, to a tough old guy from Liverpool named Martin, and some other folks.

So here, for what it’s worth, are some thoughts from an old fictional character on fighting —

Random Tips for Winning On The Street

• The number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
• Make up your mind right now about what you are willing to do to win in a fight.
• Be alert to your surroundings.
• Avoid conflict.
• There’s always someone better than you.
• Keep moving
• Action beats reaction
• There is no “second place” on the street
• Always cheat. Always win.
• Keep breathing and moving your head.
• Don’t escalate the situation. If they escalate, finish them.
• Keep your head moving and your vision in play.
• Always, always check behind you (check six); always, always check around you (check 360).
• Have the mentality to do whatever has to be done. Make up your mind in advance.
• Fight until the threat is over. Be sure it’s over.
• Watch the triangle (head (eyes) to shoulders) and the hands.
• Have a plan.
• Have a back up plan, because the first one won’t survive first contact.
• Don’t drop your guard.
• Be aggressive enough, early enough.
• The faster you finish the fight, the less hurt you will be.

• THE GOLDEN RULE: KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN A FIGHT. IT STARTS LONG BEFORE THE BLOWS GET THROWN. MOST PEOPLE GET HURT BECAUSE THEY DON’T RECOGNIZE AN INTERVIEW OR THE IMPENDING CUES AROUND THEM THAT TELL YOU — YOU’RE IN A FIGHT.
Marcus

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2 Comments

  1. A very informative blog post!

  2. […] How fitting is it that I have been introduced to Steven Mosley. Steven has over two decades of law enforcement experience but what has impressed me even more is his 20+ years of defensive tactics instruction. So when I decided to write a summary of what it takes to Win A Street Fight I had to share these tips Steven shares with us in his blog “Street Sense” […]


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