Best Self Defense for Street Fights (Hiya!)

best self defense for street fights

It is an ugly thing to get into a fight. Someone always gets hurt. Blood usually spills. No one leaves untouched, not even Floyd Mayweather. Most boxers, in fact, will tell you that if they had any options, they would not have become

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fighters. Sometimes, though, you simply have no choice. The best self defense for street fights, if you absolutely must fight, is Aikido.


Aikido is fighting technique that focuses on preserving life and peace. It is about redirecting energy so that even David could take Goliath in a fight. Masters of Aikido can take down the biggest baddest opponents with barely the bat of an eye.


Morihei Ueshiba founded Aikido in 1942 after discovering that as hard as strong and physically tough as he had become after years of training to “beat up” bullies and thugs and take revenge, he found himself dissatisfied. He wanted to find peaceful resolution.

It is common knowledge that it is easier to win a fight through redirection. Aikido goes even further by preaching peaceful resolution. If you can redirect the anger of someone else and help that person find peace, you are much more likely to not only stop that person from fighting you, but also to stop that person from heading out to fight someone else.


The expression “the bigger they are the harder they fall” is a perfect one for Aikido. When it does come down to a fight, because let’s be honest, some people just can’t be reasoned with, Aikido kicks butt. You can literally learn to use a 300 pound man’s energy against him, so he ends up only hurting himself.

Redirection and energy conservation are basic laws of physics. Conserve your energy (and avoid getting hurt), and redirect your opponent’s energy so that when he comes to kick your butt, he only ends up kicking his own. Win win. It is clearly the best form of self defence for real life situations.


Several techniques exist in the art of Aikido that train you to unbalance an attacker or redirect the energy directed at you. The moves range from simple elbow and wrist control to throwing an opponent over and upside down. You will find a list provided below from an informational website and the basics of each move.

Elbow Control

Elbow control is exactly what it sounds like. You should be able to defend and redirect,

even to the point of throwing an attacker who grabs your elbow. Without training, your instincts would not prepare you for this sort of grab.

Wrist Control

Like elbow control, wrist control allows you to fend off an opponent when being grabbed by the wrist. Often, an attacker will attempt to grab your wrist because of its placement above your hand, making it difficult to pull out of. The key to wrist control is remembering to twist out of the hold. You can then grab the attacker and throw him or her off balance.

Wrist Control and Pressure Point

Wrist control and pressure point is a follow up to simple wrist control. It teaches you to find pressure points on your opponent, instantly disabling him or her. Pressure point knowledge is helpful because you can avoid a fight as opposed to engaging in one.

Defending from a seated position

Defending from a seated position can seem impossible. How can you possibly fend off an attacker when he or she has the high ground? This is why this technique is critical to defense; it is your most defenseless position aside from being completely prone.

How to Redirect an Attack

The redirect is probably the most elemental piece of Aikido. Using an opponent’s energy against him or her is all about understanding where the energy is coming from. In Aikido you will be trained to study your opponent in the blink of an eye, reading the direction of energy and redirecting it.

Series of Throws

The throws in Aikido range from an entering throw, to a breath throw, to a wheel throw. Throwing an opponent instantly puts him or her at a disadvantage and puts you in a position of power, standing above. Once you learn all the above basics, you will master throws.

Final Thoughts

Aikido is the defense for street fights, for any fight really, because you can remain alert, at peace, and still kick some serious butt. If absolutely necessary, you can bring down a mountain of a man even if you’re the size of a mole. In a serious street fight sometimes you are being attacked from multiple sides, which is why peace and clarity of mind is so important. Taking on more than one opponent requires a keen sense of direction, energy, and skill. Aikido trains for this before anything else.


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