As martial artists, we are often faced with aggressive people who threaten us either verbally or physically. It’s important to know the difference between an insult like “F– You” and a threat “I’m going to b*at you up”.
Insults should be ignored but threats are more serious and are often an indication of incoming violence. That’s why we need to know how to avoid trouble in the first place.
Here is a crucial lesson on how to avoid physical conflict.
Simon Hayes, BJJ black belt and instructor at Carlson Gracie London, UK gives some great advice on how to stay safe and avoid street fights:
I see a lot of cr*p written about self defense.
What i’m about to write will be second nature to anyone who has grown up in an urban environment.
1. Don’t go to the kebab shop nearest the pub at closing time.
2. If there is a crowd of blokes at the night bus stop walk to the next bus stop.
3. If something feels wrong, or someone looks like a threat then remove yourself from the situation briskly.
4. Don’t use substances to an extent that will impair your judgement.
5. Always keep your back to the wall in any environment unless you know everybody present and can trust them.
6. Always know where the nearest exit is.
7. Always do a mental risk assessment of new situations.
8. Read body language from a distance and always cross the road if you are unsure.
9. Never show valuables in public (i.e. walking with your phone out).
10. Expect the unexpected.
All of this is more important than learning to fight.