Friday, July 27, 2012


Here are some tips from a RBSD fighter. His name is Luke Brown and his fighting style relies on realistic situational training.

Don't get emotionally attached to your system. If something from somewhere else works better, use it. If another entire system is better, drop yours like it was nothing and switch.

Technique should be similar to instinct, because it's what you do anyway. There's no reason to learn things that are going to go away when things goes down. Elbow cages and the SPEAR are the best example of this that I can think of. If things are flying at you, you'll automatically do something similar to that, anyway.

Train for multiple attackers and don't think that stacking works every time. Nobody wants to get hit, so the one that gets you will probably be to the side or behind (360 degree defense).

Train for emotional content. All the sharpness of technique in the world isn't going to help when you freak out and can't think.

Do scenario drills over regular sparring. It's exceedingly rare that someone will square off with you in the street.

Give yourself permission to hurt your attacker, fully accepting whatever consequences occur. A big problem with martial artists, even good ones, is that they hold back too much when fighting happens.

Don't let your pride stop you from running if it's real bad. If you're fighting 3+ people, you should find an opening and get the hell out of there.

Once the fight starts, don't stop attacking until the fight is over or your opening has been made to get away. You should be on them like white on rice, not giving them any time to think. It should be a constant barrage of whatever techniques you got. If you're not going to run, then the fight's not over until your attacker is unconscious, running away, or screaming in pain because something is broken (maybe not even then).

Train righty and lefty and from non-fighting stances. A lot of fights start after you get hit. If they're on your left, you'll probably be left foot forward when it starts and visa versa.

Don't forget that you have teeth, nails, elbows, and knees.

Don't forget that they may have a weapon you don't see.

Don't forget that the world can be a weapon. Rocks, dirt, sticks, walls, the corner of a building, etc.

A fist can break a face, but a face can break a fist.

Although you might be using techniques, you should fight with the ferocity of a wild animal protecting its young. Rip them apart. Make noise. Scare the hell out of them. When they're freaking out, they're fighting like crap.

Luke Brown


Luke Brown's training place for RBSD street combat skills can be found at

1 comment:

bkrane said...

Nothing but respect on this Luke! I try to prepare my kids the same way. Life isnt an action movie..dont fight like one! Once again awesome advice, I look forward to future tips!