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Bar Room Fighting
Bar Room Fighting
April 27, 2009 by Jeff Anderson
After a good hour long shower to scrub off the gunk and camo from our two week stay in the field at Ft. Drum, my buddy Mike and I had set out to the local watering hole to relax with a cold one.
Now Mike was one of those all-around "good old boys" from Texas and had a strong sense of right and wrong and standing up for people was in his blood.
Admirable, yes...but was seriously put to the test that night and some hard lessons were learned.
Sitting at the bar, I could sense Mike getting a little agitated. When I asked what was bothering him, he said that he had been listening to the guy behind him giving the waitress a hard time and making sexual comments that she had been trying nicely to avoid.
I told him to let it go but Mike was always ready to put on his "white hat" when the need was there. He turned around and finally asked the guy to "cut the waitress some slack and just enjoy his drink." Well, anyone as drunk and obnoxious as this guy would be hard pressed NOT to puff out his chest and, while telling Mike to "mind his own f*&%ing business!", started advancing.
Mike saw it coming and it wasn't hard to meet the stumbling idiot halfway and land one on his chin to send him reeling backwards over a chair.
It looked like the guy was out of the fight and Mike had decided he had taught him a good lesson, one that he'd never forget.
That was until a glass of beer missed Mike's head by about 2.7 inches as he was turning away! The fight was on and the guy's adrenaline had kicked in...HARD!
He tackled Mike at the legs and the two of them were soon tangled up on the floor as people were scrambling to get out of the way.
The fight didn't last long because the bouncers were already on the move and were able to pull them apart. In the end, we were all escorted out of the club, slightly bruised, one damsel out of distress, and some valuable lessons learned by Mike.
Here's my view (and I'd like to hear YOURS! Leave a comment on the blog!)
1. Be sure your decision to START a fight is based upon "need". That is, to stop an actual attack on an innocent person or to defend yourself in a serious "beat-or-get beaten" or "kill-or-be killed" scenerio.
2.) Don't start something you're not fully prepared to follow through on. If you're not completely committed to leaving someone in a crippled mess at your feet, then you're not yet prepared to fight. You may start out trying to do "minimal damage" but the other person (as well as 2 or 3 of his friends) may be MUCH more committed to teaching YOU a lesson in return!
3.) Once you make the fateful decision to strike, DON'T STOP!
Using the techniques many of you have learned from whatever style of fighting system you're training in, it only takes 5-7 seconds to strike 5 devastating targets on an attacker's body. Assume you need to USE THEM ALL, but don't be surprised if he's completely out of the game after 1-3.
Just BE SURE he's out of the game! Be aware enough to tell when he won't get back up and when one more strike would be "excessive".
You don't want to kill someone unless it's a life-or-death situation.
4.) Remember these rules: STRIKE FIRST - STRIKE HARD - STRIKE REPEATEDLY!
5.) Don't stand around to admire your work!
You never know when the attacker's friends will reach out and give him a hand by hitting you over the back of the head.
Immediately scan the entire area for other attacks heading in your direction. If there are...take them out! If not, know where the exits are and get the hell out of Dodge!
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Jeff Anderson is a 10 year veteran of the U.S. Army, a Master Fitness Trainer, and Master Instructor of Close Quarters Combat self defense. A full time fitness and self defense author, Jeff has trained thousands of men and women in the practical application of advanced military fitness methods as well as close combat tactics for "real life" self defense.
It doesn't matter what the Joe on the street thinks, it is who pays the biggest bribes to the electoral college gets elected as President! :crying: