What is the difference between real fights and combative sports?

Street fight vs sport competitions

No matter what kind of training the contenders have done, street fights don’t look like:

  • Forms, sequences (etc.)
  • Martial arts movies choreographies
  • Ring combat (boxing, MMA competitions, etc.)

They do not have rules:

  • Time limits
  • Recovery times
  • Prohibited techniques

They do not provide any kind of protections:

  • Mouthguard
  • Gloves
  • Shell
  • Safe environment

They do not allow us to choose when to fight:

They do not allow us to choose the opponents, they can be:

In a real fight:

  • We always have to cover all our weak parts (genitals, eyes, etc., read /// Subscribe (it's free!) or Login to see this content ///)
  • We cannot stop the struggle (read Personal defense: the S.A.F.E. method)
  • The risk to die or suffer big damages is 10 times higher (read Best martial arts for self-defense)
  • We cannot use techniques that leave uncovered our weak parts
  • We (or our opponents) could be dressed in a favorable (eg. boots with a hard tip) or unfavorable way (eg. clumsy clothes)
  • Sometimes, simply, we have no chances to prevail and the only solution is to negotiate or escape (read /// Subscribe (it's free!) or Login to see this content ///)

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