How to Win a Fight - A guide to avoiding and surviving violence


16 Responses to “How to Win a Fight - A guide to avoiding and surviving violence”

  1. TacoChuck says:

    Odd these posts have the old comment system.

    • jandrese says:

      It seems like the adverarticles are still on Disquis.  Maybe the BBS folks don’t want threads that are basically just hawking a product?

  2. Jorpho says:

    Cracked did another one of their colorful pieces on this a while back, if you like that kind of thing.

    Also, GO DISQUS!

  3. motel sierra says:

    There is a great article by Sam Harris on the same topic

  4. Mister44 says:

    Situational Awareness can keep out out of heaps of trouble.

  5. Philboyd Studge says:

    Would you also have a link to “A Hundred and One Ways to Start a Fight”? It’s by some Irish gentleman, whose  name eludes me at the moment.

  6. Preston Sturges says:

    Most people interpret “keep your distance” as” just out of reach,” which is the perfect distance for punched the fuck out when attacker punches with a little lunge.  

    If you need to assist someone being attacked, use the double ear slap from behind. 

    If you’ve never owned a punching bag, forget it Your punches will only help if they convince your attacker that you have a tragic degenerative  medical condition and should be left alone. 

    • Tynam says:

      Well said.  In “keep your distance”, the ideal distance to keep is several miles away in a public place.  If this is not an option, the closest attempt you can manage is a good place to start.

      If your opponent is close enough to hit you, your only objective is to remedy that situation as quickly and safely as possible.  (If that involves delivering intense violence to him, fine, but don’t hang around to see whether it was enough yet; either hit him some more or run.)

  7. Mike Lovett says:

    These were only excerpts, I am sure more is covered on actual defense, so some of these comments are without merit, as they only pertain to the few pieces from the actual book.
    I got jumped by three young Triad guys while living in mainland China. I was leaving a club on the third floor via the stairwell. They were grouped on one of the landings between flights, talking, laughing. I walked through them normally, but didn’t make it–they all began hitting me from all directions, including feet. I went down and covered my head and just balled up until they stopped. I heard them running and laughing down the remaining stairs.

    I jumped up and ran after them (stupid I know, but I was angry). In the lobby of the building I grabbed a chair and then ran out through the sliding glass doors. They were hailing a cab at the entrance and when they saw me and the chair, they scattered. I hurled it at one guy, it caught him and he went down. I proceeded to grab him around the arms in a bear hug, and hauled him back to the  hotel. I told the security guy in Chinese “Jing cha! Jing cha!” (police! police!). he at once called and within five minutes they arrived. They listened to me while the guy I apprehended was locked into the back of a police car. They eventually took him away and the officer clapped me on the back and said “good job!”. Made my week I can tell you. Oh, and the other two? They disappeared into the night, didn’t stick up for their buddy.

    • ah2323 says:

      I was in a similar situation, but my Chinese was so bad they thought I was asking for green tea. When they brought it, I scalded my attacker and escaped.

  8. Preston Sturges says:

    The other thing that works is just all the dick moves that are illegal in any kind of formal fighting.  Step on the other guys leading foot – not to stomp but just to pin the foot, and it’ll screw up his balance.  Do the kung fu thing of just grabbing the opponent’s guard and immobilizing it while you punch with the other hand.  Headbutt (not like in the movies). Punch for the throat.  And remember that the first guy that lands an elbow is usually the winner.

  9. Peter Eichinger says:

    Also know to size up your opponent, there are people out there (most likely to be looking for it) who can take your best shot and come back like terminator.

    • Preston Sturges says:

      You got to watch out for little guy that works as lumberjack who can toss you like a sac of groceries, look out for the mechanic whose grip you won’t able to break. 

      • Peter Eichinger says:

        Oh yeah and watch out for those cartoon characters with 4 fingers, they can pull a frying pan out of their coveralls and clock you a good one.

  10. lardosardo says:

    Thats some seriously good advise. Wow.

  11. The only winning move is not to play.  How about a nice game of chess?

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