Dressing for street combat
You walk out of a club with your date after an evening of dining and dancing, carefree and enjoying each other, when suddenly a street slug confronts you. Maybe he just wants your wallet, maybe he wants your date, and maybe he wants your life. Whatever the reason, he must be dealt with. You feel confident you can take him out and you make your move. Then your shoes slip on the wet concrete, your punch is slower and less powerful because of your tight jacket, and your kick falls short of its target because of the fit of you pants. All your training fails you because of your clothes.
Soldiers, who are in combat, dress for combat. To be prepared for street combat, you should dress for street combat. However, this does not mean you need to wear a battle dress uniform with combat boots.
When dressing for the street, dress appropriate for the weather and the locale. Dress to blend into the crowd, not attract attention to yourself. If you attract attention, you may get more than you want.
Everyone wants to dress nice and appropriate for the occasion; however, to be prepared for a possible confrontation, there are some things you should wear, and some things you should not wear.
- You should wear fitted clothing that is not so snug that it restricts your movement, punching, or kicking.
- Clothing should not be so loose that it might it may be grabbed easily and used against you.
- Clothing should not have anything that could snag on something and hamper your movement.
- Clothing should not have any parts that could be yanked off and used against you, such as a scarf or cording.
- Low hanging pants might be in style, but in a self-defense situation, they are a liability. If the opponent pulls them down, it will be very difficult for you to defend yourself with your pants around your ankles.