Tox and I watch Animal Planet on occasion, and one of our favorite shows stars the "Turtle Man." The Turtle Man is this guy who is missing about half of his teeth and can remove any of God's creations from your house or yard. And I do mean any. His trademark tag line after a big catch is to yell out the phrase "Live Action!" as some sort of celebratory cheer for himself.
This video of a fight at a Florida courthouse reminded me of "Live Action!" when I watched it. Don't worry about the back story, or what happens after the combatants are separated. None of that matters for our purposes.
Instead, focus on this video as an example of what real fights look like. Forget Brad Pitt in Fight Club. That's all choreographed. Forget what you see on UFC. Those guys are pros. The fighting you see in this video is how the vast majority of people fight. It's sloppy, it's uncoordinated, and it's tactically unsound.
Things to consider:
- In this instance, if anyone of the fighters would have had a few lessons of Krav Maga, they would have been at a fantastic advantage. As my instructor used to tell me over and over, the trick to being a good fighter is good form and good balance. If you have those, you'll be a rock star when it comes time to hit people.
- Look how the bigger guy lost his footing...by tripping over someone else. Out on the street, there are all sorts of hazards which can cause you to trip or fall down completely. Be aware of that.
- Going to ground sucks. Stay on your feet if at all possible. Again, forget what you see on UFC. Learning how to force someone to tap out takes years of practice.
Being prepared means having the ability to defend someone who attacks you. Are you ready for that?