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Types of personal combat


About some of the different types of personal combat.


Comparisons of some types of combat

War vs. street

In most war combat situations you identify your enemy by their uniform or nationality. You know who the enemy is; however, in current unconventional warfare this is not the case. In recent wars, the enemy does not wear identifying clothing. This is much the case in street combat situations where it is often difficult to identify your enemy. Depending on the situation, it could be anyone; although gangs and many offenders do dress in what might be called a uniform.

Sparring vs. fighting vs. self-defense

In sparring, both combatants are willing participants and each tries to impress the other with his or her skill, but neither intends to harm the other. In fighting, both combatants are willing participants and each tries to impress the other with his or her skill by causing harm to the other. In self-defense, one person is an unwilling participant who is not trying to impress anyone but is merely defending him or herself against an attack, only causing harm if necessary.

Movies vs. street

Hand-to-hand combat for the street is much different from that seen on television or in movies. First, movie combat is choreographed; it is all planned and geared toward entertainment, not effectiveness. To permit viewers to see the techniques, they are slowed and use long, sweeping, exaggerated movements. A major problem with these techniques is that they are also highly visible to the opponent.

Street techniques are not preplanned and must be highly effective. To prevent the opponent from seeing and reacting to attacks, they must be quick with short, concise, precise movements.

Personal combat

There are four main types of personal combat:
  • Both you and your opponent are without weapons.
  • Your opponent has a weapon, but you do not.
  • You have a weapon, but your opponent does not.
  • Both you and your opponent have weapons.
The fighting tactics you use will differ in each type. Some factors affecting your tactics are: 
  • Fighting proficiency. The fighting skills of each person.
  • Weapons. Which person(s) has the weapon(s) and the type of weapon(s).
  • Weapons proficiency. How proficient are the persons with their weapons.
  • Intent of the opponent. Is the intent to just threaten or is it to cause injury?
  • Spectators. Are other people nearby? Are they for or against you? Will they at least call for help?
  • What are you defending? Are you defending life or property?
  • Loved ones. Are your loved ones present?
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