Movies vs. Street
Hand-to-hand combat for the street is much different from that seen on television or in movies. First, movie combat is choreographed; it is all planned and geared toward entertainment, not effectiveness. To permit viewers to see the techniques, they are slowed and use long, sweeping, exaggerated movements. A major problem with these techniques is that they are also highly visible to the opponent.
Street techniques are not preplanned and must be highly effective. To prevent the opponent from seeing and reacting to attacks, they must be quick with short, concise, precise movements.
There are four main types of personal combat:
- Both you and your opponent are without weapons.
- Your opponent has a weapon, but you do not.
- You have a weapon, but your opponent does not.
- Both you and your opponent have weapons.
The combat tactics you use will differ in each situation. Some factors affecting your tactics are: which person(s) has the weapon(s) and the type of weapon(s), how proficient are the persons with the weapons, the intent of the opponent (to threaten or to cause injury), how proficient you are with self-defense techniques, are other people nearby, and what are you defending (life or property).
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