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In A Fight: Where Do I Attack First?


It’s bound to happen at some point.  Whether you’re a professional fighter and do this for a living or whether you’re just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time you’re going to get caught in a situation where you have to fight to defend yourself.  Before we continue, let’s just state for the record that if you can ever avoid a fight, do so!  Being smart about when and how you fight is far more important than sacrificing everything for the sake of pride.

That being said, you’re confronted, cornered and you have to fight back to survive.  What do you do?

Well there’s a number of strikes you could throw (Kicks, Knees, Elbows, Punches) however, the real question isn’t so much what kind of strike to throw first but where you should attack first and how you should go about doing do.

John  L Sullivan

A common misconception is that it’s best to have perfect posture, stand straight up, hands in up on your chin and ready to fight…. Well that’s all good for a regulated boxing match, but it’s not gonna do you a damn bit of good in a street fight or an MMA fight.  The actual truth of the matter is you want to stand in a slightly crouched position, definitely protect your face, but also be mindful of the distance you have from your opponent.

Ruas-vs-Varleans - Leg Kick

One of the most effective ways to wear down an opponent in a fight is to attack the legs and work your way up.  If you throw some powerful kicks to the legs, not only might you simply end the fight with a clean break to the shin or knee, but you will surely cause a great deal of pain where your opponent may begin to lose balance.

Bruise from MMA Leg Kick

Even in a simple sparing match a seemingly light kick to an opponents quadriceps (even with protective gear on the shins) can cause a deep tissue bruise that makes it difficult for your opponent to stand properly.  Once they begin to limp or stumble, their arms will begin to drop as well.  This gives you the opportunity for that decisive strike to the head that can quickly end a fight.

UFC 98 Evans vs. Machida

Even if an opponent’s legs are resilient and they can take a beating, their arms will waver from the distraction of the pain, this will also create openings in the torso, lower ribs etc.  You want to go for these areas next.  The bottom line is, the more you make your opponent think about protecting their lower body, the more likely they are to leave their face unprotected, thus giving you a nice opening for a knock out blow to the head.

Knee To Groin

In a street fight it’s also important to remember, if you’re life is in danger, there are no referees.  If you need to kick or knee someone in the groin to survive fight, then it’s honestly a fair move.  This isn’t point fighting, it’s survival.  So if you’re good with kicks then use them and attack the lower body till your opponent begins to drop their guard.  Then go for the head and you are sure to increase your chances for success.


A final note on this, always, always be mindful of the fact you don’t know what weapons an opponent on the street may be carrying, so if you feel uneasy or are unprepared to defend yourself from such a situation, get out of there.  There is no honor in sacrificing yourself to make a point.  Survive to fight another day.

Either way, if you’re quick and decisive, with this strategy, you should be able to get through many situations not involving firearms or stabbing weapons.

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Luca Rajabi
Luca has been passionate about martial arts and eastern philosophies since childhood. As an athlete, inventor and entrepreneur Luca founded SciFighting on the principal lessons learned from his life experience "fighting" to preserve his health and fitness. Although born with inherently poor and inconsistent health he pushed forward to learn as much as he could about the sciences of technology, medicine and mental health. Years of study, working with physicians and combined analysis finally began to bare fruit by his early twenties. Starting with Fencing, cross training and body building then moving to Boxing, Western Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Eskrima and an eclectic assortment of self defense techniques. Luca's core philosophy is that to win a battle every fighter must balance their mental and physical health. Luca has said that "With well developed technique, conditioning and mental focus a sound strategy will most often win over brute strength alone." It is in this spirit that he passionately advocates for the "Science of Fighting".