How to Street Fight 101

A slight departure from the beaten path here at Damage Control MMA, we are proud to share with you our very first, Street Fighting Style video.

Actually, Street Fighting is more the general arena where you might use these types of tools. The art is known as Panantukan or Philippine Style Boxing.

How Different is MMA from Street Fighting?

I say slight departure, and yet, the way Guru Sullivan taught, was very familiar and easy to assimilate into the Boxing, MMA, CSW, and Muay Thai fighting methods that we specialize in. And it makes sense when you think about it. I mean, how much different is putting your fist on someone’s chin than putting your finger into their eye from a purely mechanical standpoint. Both take timing, set up and placement. But aside from that if I can punch you, I can put my finger in your eye. If I can grab your head for a Muay Thai Style Clinch, I can grab a fist full of hair and yank your head down for a knee. If I can catch you with an inside leg kick, a slight change of angle and I’m kicking a field goal with two balls and splitting the uprights.

Martial Arts or Concealed Carry?

As was discussed in our article “I Know Smith and Wesson” the debate over the practical merits of Martial Arts in a world filled with Concealed Carry Permits is never ending and continues to rage on. But I still believe that those of us with Martial Skill will always have more options and more flexibility (in terms of the force continuum) than those who simply go out and buy a gun. And no one said that you can’t learn how to be a weapon as well as be an expert at using one.

Walking The Dog… A Case Study In Time To Deployment

But take a recent experience of my own as an example. As a proud new owner of a rescued Dog, I was taking him out for our nightly walk. It was late, I had just finished up teaching at the gym. I came home, showered, grabbed some chow and by the time we hit the pavement it was about 11:30 pm. About half way through our walk we turned a corner and BAM!!! 5 or so Belgian Manlinois type dogs charged us from out of the darkness. They were off leash and before I could think one launched itself at my new pup, mouth gaping, fangs glinting in the moonlight. I was carrying pepper spray, a tactical flashlight and all manner of other types of defensive gear, but there was no time to deploy any of it.

Instead, without hesitation, a Muay Thai Teep came flying from my right leg, catching the lunging canine mid air and sending him 3 feed sideways. After deflecting the malicious mut, Boone Dog (my Boxer) and I found ourselves surrounded by 4 other dogs. There was no escape route. But by this time I was able to grasp the pepper spray that was in the front pocket of my hoodie. I spun and circled somehow keeping the other dogs at bay when finally their owner lumbered over from his yard across the street and helped to get a handle on the situation.

A commenter on the Smith and Wesson post claimed to be able to draw and fire his sub compact 9 mm in under 1 second. If he were in my place we’d be talking about a dead dog or two, perhaps some collateral damage, and some face time with the local sheriff’s department. As it was, no one was injured in the situation, not even the dog. I used more of a push kick than one designed to injure. We all walked away and went home that night. The only casualty was my pair of soiled tighty whities and my neighbors lawn which received a free fertilization from Boone who also felt the immediate urge to empty his bowels.

The Flexibility of Martial Skill

The point is, Martial Arts still have a very practical and important role to play in defensive tactics and street self defense. Whether you train in arts designed specifically for this purpose or those with more “sport” orientation, they will all contribute to better coordination, timing, distance, awareness, and fighting spirit. What I liked about Guru Sullivan’s training methods were how they used training tools like the focus mitts, something we use in Muay Thai, MMA and CSW on a daily basis to incorporate things like head butts and sweeps. I liked how the Panantukan used techniques we were already familiar with like “The Bob” as a head butt. Instead of having to learn something completely new, we simply applied something we were already used to in a slightly different way. Instead of simply dodging a punch, we were now, dodging a punch and “accidentally” clipping our opponent in the face with the top of our heads. It was a ton of fun and very empowering to think that we already had a solid foundation for self defense, we just needed to start thinking about it in a different way.

Don’t believe me? Check out this clip of some Submission Grappling being applied in a street altercation.

So if you’re looking to learn more about how to take your MMA Tool Set on to the mean streets, be sure to visit and check out the Panantukan DVD’s by Guru Sullivan and let them know the guys from DamageControlMMA sent you.

5 replies
  1. wylothar
    wylothar says:

    The whole camp was great but the dirty boxing was real exciting. That was one of my favorite segment. Guro Sullivan was so energizing and the pace was blistering.

  2. naturalbornfighter1
    naturalbornfighter1 says:

    Some real nice techniques there. I’d have liked to have seen some of Guru Sullivan’s defences from haymaker type hooks. In self-defence situations I’ve seen and heard of a lot of altercations begin with big unrefined hooks. Great mind switching idea’s though. I loved the story about you and Boone Dog. made me laugh when you soiled your tighty whities haha. On a serious note that does sound terrifying but I love how your instinct kicked in, literally! That could have been a whole different nasty situation if it was an old lady walking her chiuwawa.

  3. Dr Sick
    Dr Sick says:

    Think about this debate as it pertains to the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case.  Now I’m not saying that Martial Arts could have magically saved the day and no one would have been injured, and no one would have been killed.  But rather, I’m trying to point out how limiting, going to the gun is.  Basically, you might be able to use it as a deterrent but then again, brandishing carrys some very stiff punishments.  Outside of that you have a leathal option and that’s it.  Again, my point with these self defense focused articles is to show that Martial Arts give you more options and a greater control over the escalation of the force continuum.

  4. naturalbornfighter1
    naturalbornfighter1 says:

    I had to look up the Zimmerman-Martin case. I had never heard of it up until now. That’s one tricky case to solve. I think they need to put Judge Judy onto that one.
    You make a great point about the gun. It really is All or Nothing. Once threatening or warning is applied what else can you do other than pull that trigger. I’m glad that where I live guns are far less prevalent.

  5. LauLau81
    LauLau81 says:

    I’m trying to point out how limiting, going to the gun is.  Basically, you might be able to use it as a deterrent but then again, brandishing carrys some very stiff punishments.


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