WHO WOULD WIN…

It always makes me laugh when someone asks “who would win a fight between an (insert martial art here) vs. an (insert other martial art here) expert?”. I also get a chuckle when told that someone who studies (again, insert whatever here) would take a Krav Maga practitioner in a fight. I always tell them that the Krav Maga practitioner could well lose. It’s not about the art studied as much as it is about the individual fighter. Watch this Youtube video;

The guy who wins this fight is doing a very flashy martial art. I see 50 things what would make his art something I wouldn’t want to fight with. Holy cow, he can’t move very fast all spread out like that, his front leg is asking to be stomped and broken, that front leg would get kicked all day long, his blocks are a longer motion than the punches he is blocking, he is standing bladed and would have no power with his strikes, etc. But…he won. True, it helped that the other guy didn’t have a clue but still, with all those problems, he won. The point is that the art isn’t as important as the mind set. This is exactly what we are talking about when we tell people that there are no magic techniques. Krav has the best, most battle tested techniques anywhere but they won’t make anyone unbeatable. What wins a fight is an aggressive “I will not lose, I will keep fighting no matter what” mind set.

When I am told that someone doing (insert) hasn’t lost a fight, is a bad ass, etc. I always reply that he would be a tough guy and a good fighter no matter what he was using as a defense system. It’s way more about the fighter than the system. A tough guy with a “won’t lose” attitude is going to usually win no matter what he is doing. A high level Krav Maga instructor recently made the statement that the toughest guy he knows, the guy who has been in and won more fights than anyone he has ever met has no training whatsoever. He went on to say that he is studying this guy more than he is studying any techniques from any system right now…it will make him better.

This is the problem I have with that goofy show called The Ultimate Warrior (one of my 17 y.o. son’s favorite shows). They run a computer simulation to “fight” two different warrior groups from history. They will, for example, have the Mongols fight the Spartans. They figure in what tactics each group used, what weapons they had, etc. What they can’t measure is the fighting spirit of the groups. They fail to realize that the very best, toughest Mongol would beat 99.9 percent of the Spartan’s in a one on one fight. However, if this same man had been born in a different time in history and was a Spartan he would be able to beat 99.9 percent of the Mongols. It is truly the man, not the system!!

Why krav? We learn great techniques but also let our students know that techniques aren’t magic. We spend a lot of time developing the “can’t lose” mindset. Making people aggressive when they need to be, developing the “flinch” reaction of “go forward and go hard”, finding the switch to flip to go from overwhelmed, afraid and frozen to attack mode is what people need to be safe. The techniques they are using are secondary! BE SAFE!

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4 Comments

  1. It is his application of the techniques is the problem. The style is typical Northern Style Kung Fu. Take a look this two videos-


    Northern Kung Fu should be very fluid motion, in and out. The modern day sports Kung Fu Sang Da still resemble Northern Style Kung Fu.

    Just like you say it is the people who makes the difference.
    I would add on that it is the instructor not the style that makes the difference as well. I have couple students came to the school with background in different types of Kung Fu. Some really bad, some surprisingly good. One fellow with BaGuao background is probably more deadly than me in 1 vs group situation. I was surprised some of those Kung Fu techniques actually work so well.

    • Oh my friend…”more deadly than me in 1 vs. group”? My butt is running at top speed away from groups!!

      • lol ! I mean group drill like zombie games ! but I do have my guys fight 1 vs 2 every once a while. Nothing better to explain them why you run in top speed when you actually put them in a 1 vs group situation.

  2. Confidence is a big factor. Many years ago my car broke down in a very bad neighborhood. I was walking to get some help and came across a group of about 10 people that did not look very nice. I could have tried to go another way but I just walked up to them and through their group like I belonged there. I heard one guy whisper to another that I was a cop. Luckily I did not have to try to defend myself and not having to fight is always the best outcome. Being confident can help avoid fights as well as win them.


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