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How To Use KARATE In a STREET FIGHT (3 moves)


– Hey guys. I’m Jesse from karatebyjesse.com a.k.a. “The Karate Nerd”. And in today’s video– This is how most people think that karate is supposed to
be used in a street fight, but of course we all know that this (beep) would never work on the street. So if you wanna learn how to actually use
karate in a street fight, then keep watching. So let’s say somebody on the
street wants to fight you. Now of course, you should never
go around fighting people. In fact the key philosophy of karate is known as “karate ni sente nashi,” which means that karate
is a defensive art. It should be used to defend
yourself, not to attack others. But sometimes you may not have a choice. So let’s say, we’re gonna
fight here, on the street. We’re gonna start at a distance, which is exactly the point of
modern sports-based karate. And you wanna maintain
this engagement distance in your favor at all
times, because the person who controls the distance,
controls the fight. Why? Because I can dictate
where the fight takes place, if I can always position
myself accordingly. Meaning, at this point you
need to use your footwork, what we call “ashi sabaki” in Japanese, and “tai sabaki,” body movement. So let’s say that we’re fighting, you’re gonna be wanting
to attack me right? So you’re moving towards me. But what I try to do is always maintain this type of safe space, this distance between us. Now, that gives me the choice to either take space or make space, which is why I’m controlling the fight, simply by adopting and adjusting according to my opponents
movement, and this, of course, is what modern sports-based
karate is so good at, because it starts at this distance. – So whenever a street fight starts, you need to adopt the mindset and philosophy of sports-based karate, and maintain this combative
engagement distance known as “maai” in Japanese, which is a combination of two things. First, the line of attack going between you and your opponent, and secondly the line of defense, which is the line that separates us. And the ability to control this means that you can control and dictate the outcome of the fight. But what happens when you get up close? Well, that’s when you need to move away from the sports-based karate mindset, and into the traditional space. Because you gotta understand that a street fight doesn’t
really have any rules, and old-school traditional karate didn’t have any rules either, because it wasn’t a sport. Meaning, just look at the list of forbidden techniques of
modern sports-based karate, and see if you can attack those targets on your opponent using the weapons like elbow,
knee, and headbutt, that you wanna use up close. Which of course is stuff that you can’t really
use in sports karate. And these moves can easily be
seen in many different types of “kata,” these old
geometrical movement patterns, for example, elbowing
somebody in the face, or kneeing them in the groin, techniques that are forbidden
when you’re competing, but perfect for the street, because they can stop
a fight just like that. Alright, so now that you understand that the key to using
karate in a street fight is to be able to combine
modern sports-based karate with traditional old-school karate, I wanna show you three examples, because sometimes you might get attacked before you have a chance to even create that sense of engagement distance and take control of the fight. So I’m gonna show you the
three most common ways that you could be attacked in the street, and how you could use karate
techniques to defend yourself. The first and most common technique that somebody might wanna use against you in a street fight is
the infamous haymaker, which is like a hook punch but way longer, because the person using
it usually lacks technique. So let’s say that I’m attacked
with the haymaker here, and I don’t have the ability to maintain the perfect distance to always be safe, that means I need to close the gap. So, when the haymaker comes in, I wanna be inside of it, okay? Not out here where I
get smacked in the face. And of course, if I have
the ability to move away, I should do that, but sometimes you might not have that ability. So you want to go inside of the haymaker, where there is no power. It seems like a paradox, but it’s actually safer in here. Now, at this point you wanna
kind of lift your hands into a technique that
looks like it’s taken straight out of a kata, because there are many of
these old school karate forms that use this type of defensive posture, sometimes with closed hands,
sometimes with open hands. Alright, so the haymaker
comes in, I step inside, and I use my passive arm here,
the one that is not blocking to actually hit him straight in the face. And then, I grab behind his
neck, pull his head down, and I go for the knee strike. Bam, straight into the solar plexus, or between his legs if
I can reach down there, because it’s harder for him to grab my leg when you do a low knee technique. Now at this point, some
of you might recognize that the move looks exactly
like the famous Karate Kid movie technique, and that’s actually the functional application
of this crane stance. – Does it work? – If do right, no can defense. – So again, the haymaker comes in, I step inside, bam, I knee, and now from here an easy take down is to just push the head down, and lift the arm up, and spin him around. Bam! The second technique that I wanna show a classical karate defense to is a tackle.. Something that is also
very common on the street. So let’s somebody rushes in, he bull rushes me in, tackles
me and tries to take me down. Now the first thing I want
to is to lower my center of gravity, so he can’t
lift me up and toss me down. So, as I lower my center of gravity, I extend the leg behind me as support, so that he can’t topple me over. Again, I lower and I go back down. Now at this point, it’s
easy to just throw, for example, an elbow strike,
straight to his spine, which might stop the fight right there. But what I want to show
you is the following move. I circle my arms under his armpits, and I cross my hands here. And now at this point, all I do is extend and open up my hips as I lift my arms into a technique that looks like it’s taken straight out of a kata. Again, we’re down here,
and now this neck crank combined with a chicken wing
arm lock is really dangerous so be careful if you try this at home. And then from here it’s
easy to just take him down by just swinging his arms to the side, carefully, you don’t want
to dislocate the shoulders right? Re-stomp the groin, and exit out. – Bullshit! – Now, for the third and final
street fighting technique, let’s just go to the wall over here. Sometimes, you might get
attacked by somebody grabbing you rather than throwing a
haymaker or tackling you. Now, some people who do this might think that it’s a good idea, but for
somebody who actually knows what he’s doing, it’s not a good idea because both of his arms are occupied, and he’s completely open
to an attack from me. So here’s what I’m gonna do: I’m gonna take the palms of my hands, I’m gonna cup them slightly, and I’m gonna slap him across his ears, hopefully shattering his eardrums. You can just duck, all right? Ready, go.
(claps) Okay, imagine that slamming
across both of your ears, just try it on yourself,
even lightly it really hurts. So, after I disorientate
him with this type of slap and his head is somewhere out in space, I can pick one hand
over and one hand under to form this kind of shape,
as I then twist his head and very carefully now,
because this is very dangerous, to the side to take him down. And of course, some of you
out there might recognize this move in this type of a
sumo stance or a horse stance, and then if you finish
off with a double strike, it’s straight from a kata known as Seipai. And of course, that was the whole purpose of these old, original karate forms, to be used against an actual attacker, when you apply the techniques according to the real, original function. And that’s it. Now you know how karate
can actually be used in a real street fight, by
using the tactical advantage of modern sports-based karate,
and the technical advantage of old-school traditional karate. Because your link to the past is your bridge to the
future, and by learning from the old, you can understand the new. Train hard, good luck, have
fun, and leave a comment if you any questions!

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