How To Win Real Martial Arts Fights
How to win real martial arts fights requires the understanding that in a real fight, technique, style, and pretty or fancy moves are not going to matter. Unlike movies where fights are choreographed, rehearsed, and filmed over countless takes, real martial arts fights are more about solid and accurate attacks, fast blocking, and ending the fight as quickly as possible. The following may be helpful in winning real martial arts fights.
- In a real martial arts fight it can be safe to assume that the opponent will be a trained, martial arts fighter. Being prepared for this type of opponent will require significant training in martial arts and fitness. Belts are not as important as skill, and skill is useless if the fighter cannot apply it accurately and swiftly to any situation. Thus, practice will undoubtedly make perfect, but perfection should not be the goal. Remember, real martial arts fights are not choreographed, pretty, organized, or bound by rules as in tournaments.
- In addition to martial arts training, physical fitness should also be a priority. Running, jump rope, sports drills, and training using a heavy bag and other equipment will help improve a fighter's stamina, endurance, strength, power, and accuracy. Nutrition is a vital component of physical fitness training and learning about sports nutrition can help improve and speed up a fighter's results.
- Do not pick fights, let the fights pick you. A common problem in young fighters involves the empowerment of the training going to the person's head. Going around picking fights simply to show off skills learned is a good way to lose very quickly. By letting the fight pick you, but being well prepared for it, a fighter will have a greater chance of success. Often an opponent will underestimate the fighter when they start the fight, which can play to the fighter's advantage.
- Kicking, punching, and blocking is great, but do not forget grappling and ground fighting techniques. Almost all street fights will end up on the ground within minutes. Having skills to fight on the ground and in inconvenient positions or environments will help increase the fighter's odds of winning the real martial arts fight.
- Be decisive but do not advertise your moves in real martial arts fights. Practice sparring often with others who can inform you of when you are advertising your next move. This could be something subtle, such as an eye movement or facial expression change, or more obvious, such as pulling an arm back before striking or moving the supporting leg too soon before a kick. Be decisive by practicing performing actions faster and faster, with very little thought. Make the moves instinctual or habitual.
- End the real martial arts fight fast. The longer a fight drags out the greater the chances of losing. No matter how good the fight is going, or how skilled the fighter is, the best way to ensure a win in a real martial arts fight is to end the fight as quickly as possible. Good ways to end a real martial arts fight are: to knock out the opponent, which requires an understanding of vital strike points; to outlast the opponent where the opponent may not have been knocked out but may pass out or give up from exhaustion; or to demonstrate such power that the opponent is surprised and decides to simply quit, give up, or run away.
- If the fight is too much for the fighter at the time, it is best to strike hard and fast, disorient the opponent if possible, and run away. Getting hurt will definitely hamper the fighter's training progress.