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Tips on fighting


Some more combat information.


If you harmonize your movements with those of the opponent, you may defeat the opponent. By synchronizing yourself with the body and mind of your opponent, you may control the opponent's movement. 

To create harmony, your mind must be clear, calm, and hold no fear and be congruent with that of the opponent. You achieve this by submitting to the opponent's attack and flowing with it instead of resisting and using the opponent's attack against him or her. When the opponent pushes, you pull.; when the opponent pulls, you push. You conquer by not resisting; instead, you link yourself to the opponent's movements, causing the opponent to overextend, lose balance, and be vulnerable to a counterattack.


Many martial arts, such as taekwondo, are based on defense; therefore, they are mainly concerned with neutralizing an attack. Neutralization involves taking control of the action, by evading, deflecting, nonresistance, jamming, or blocking the initial attack
  • Control is when one directs the action rather than being controlled by the action. 
  • Evasion is when one avoids the initial attack either by leaving or moving out of the way of an attack or by not presenting a target for an attack. 
  • Deflection is the redirection of an attack, so it causes no harm to the defender in a way that usually does not harm the attacker.
  • Nonresistance is when one does not resist the pushing or pulling of an attacker and instead goes with the attack and combines his or her strength, weight, and movement with those of the attacker to defeat the attacker.
  • Jamming is when an attack is prevented from completion such as stepping into a foot that is cocked for a kick so the kick cannot be completed.
  • Blocking is when the attack is forcibly prevented from reaching its target.

Continuous flow

In continuous flow, once a direction of movement is established it is continued until all available techniques that may be used in that direction are exhausted before changing direction. This keeps the mass of the body flowing in one direction. For example: follow a left hook with a left front elbow with spinning right back-fist with a right spinning hook kick and a left round kick.

Going for the kill

Sometimes there comes the time when one must kill to protect life. When this time comes you must act decisively. Your actions aim to stop breathing, start bleeding, and promote shock. The main targets of your actions are the brain, heart, and spine.

Killing is not a pretty thing. The victim's bowel and bladder will release their contents. Blood may splatter into your eyes and mouth. You may silence the aggressor's outcry, but you cannot silence the gruesome sounds of death.

You may experience a queasy stomach after the act. Push your diaphragm up under the rib cage with both hands, take a deep breath, and bend over. This will help quell nausea.


When confronting a weapon, stay out of its line of fire or its angle of attack. Try to stabilize, control, or disarm the weapon. Then neutralize the opponent. Remember, if the weapon is fired, even if it misses you, the bullet may still strike an innocent person.

Trading punches

If you are in excellent physical condition, sometimes you may be willing to absorb a blow to a non-vital area to allow yourself an opportunity to deliver a blow to an opponent's vital area. This is only an option when you know the power of your opponent's blows. If you feel your opponent's blows cannot hurt you, you may be willing to take blows to allow yourself to finish the opponent.

Points to remember

  • Aggressors are impressed by only one thing–pain, so use defensive actions as attacks. Block with such force that if the block were to strike the trunk of a tree, it would lose all its leaves. Execute a block so decisively that it not only halts an attack, but it demoralizes and defeats the attacker without further action. 
  • Flow with your attacker's movements, using them against him or her. Use soft blocking to redirect a strong attack with a circular or deflecting parry.
  • Keep your spine straight, do not lean over, and use your knees to control your height. This helps you maintain your balance and lets you use the strength of your legs to put spring into your movements.
  • Avoid attacks by using body movement. Keep moving and move in all directions to confuse your attacker. Shift or turn quickly away from attacks.
  • Respond to attacks with decisive, powerful counterattacks.

To win a fight

Keep your head and use it.
  • Block your opponent’s attacks.
  • Be quicker than your opponent.
  • Hit more often than you get hit.
  • Hit harder than your opponent hits.
  • Hit vital areas.
Remember, the only thing that impresses an attacker is pain—the attacker's pain, not yours.

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