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MMA Assumptions That Will Get You Killed On the Street

By Matt Bryers:

Last weekend we had one of your brown belts in Kobukai Ju-jitsu test for his black belt. The black belt test is long, brutal test that lasts about 2 hours. You have to be able to demonstrate around 200 striking, throwing/takedowns, ground fighting, and weapons defense techniques. We have many of these techniques available in the H2H Combat System. The last part of the test is fighting. The tested will have around 6 rounds of ground fighting, 6 rounds of standing and ground fighting and 6 rounds of MMA fighting. A round ends when there is a tapout.

After participating as one of the MMA fighters, and then having some discussion after with the other black belts, I thought the difference between MMA fighting, Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense. It is always one of the "hot" topics that surfaces. I was flipping through the Street Fighting Uncaged manual today because I remember reading some good information about some Assumptions and Techniques that need to be applied to a street fighting situation. I summarized some of them below. I think they are a great outline for a real combat mindset for the street.
MMA Fighting Assumptions that will get you killed on the Street.

MMA Fighting is one of the fastest growing and most popular "SPORTS". Many people now associate MMA fighters and fighting techniques as the best self-defense training system. While MMA fighters do have amazing fighting ability and if you have to ability to train in MMA, then you can become a formidable fighter. You are definitely learning VERY useful techniques that can be effectively used on the street or in any fighting situation. But - when training and learning these techniques, you also need to make a clear distinction between what is great for training and what will get beaten or killed on the street.


1. The altercation takes place in a designated place at a designated time, allowing you to prepare physically and psychologically.
2. You fight one opponent, face-on.
3. There are weight divisions.
4. There are rules about performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, cocaine, and PCP.
5. There are no weapons.
6. The fight takes place on a safe, springy surface.
7. There are no tables, chairs, dogs, bottles, stones, curbs, walls, or rusty nails in the fighting area.
8. Both competitors wear tight-fighting clothing, leaving little to grab.
9. Both competitors wear gloves to protect their hands from injury.
10. Neither competitor holds anything that impairs his or her movement.
11. Fights take place on an immobile platform.

...and the "ILLEGAL" Techniques that can save you

The following "illegal street fighting techniques" cause pain and injury. They are banned from MMA fights and other sporting competitions because they cause devastating trauma but require little skill to inflict. These techniques, with pictures and more can be found in the Street Fighting Uncaged Manual.

1. Butting with the head.
2. Eye gouging of any kind.
3. Biting.
4. Hair pulling.
5. Fish hooking.
6. Groin attacks of any kind.
7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
8. Small joint manipulation.
9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
13. Grabbing the clavicle.
14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
21. Spitting at an opponent.
22. Engaging in an un sportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
23. Holding the ropes or the fence. (For stability it is recommended you hang on to the groin, facial features or any other readily available soft sensitive tissue of your opponents body.)
24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.

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Added: Nov-10-2010 Occurred On: Nov-10-2010
By: gmccuiston
Tags: Martial, Arts, Topics, -, Realistic, Fighting,
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