Thoughts from a fight I witnessed. Okay, here we go: I'm standing at a bus stop and noticed two lads about my age. More than likely had a few pints nd were drinking at the time. By keeping my distance I noticed them looking for someone. It turns out they were just shouting abuse to everyone who walked past that looked weaker then them. Eventually they move on past me but bump into another two lads. As the first two try and shout and intimidate the next two, the attackers didn't realise 'victims' friends gather round. Neither side is backing down (although some of the victims friends are trying to pull them away) the shouting and name calling escalates and one of the victims lashes out in a 'messy downward' strike to one of the attackers heads. I could see it coming from miles away!!!!!
The other attacker was pulled away by the second victim and he tried to escape but the grip by the second victim held him away. Meanwhile the first attacker tried to fight back but the first victim kept on the attack. Until the first attacker was the floor. Once there, and isolated from his friend (who is still wrestling away from the other one). All his buddies, who at first were trying Back them down are joining in and kickin this guy full force in the skull. They run! This leaves the other two wrestling away. And after bumping into walls, people and whatever else you can think of the original gripper still has more control and hits the other guy to the floor, before running off. Moments later before original attackers get up lookin fairly unharmeed and shouting that they want 'to go again'!
My first thing I'd mention is that I think it takes seeing a real life, to know whether or not what you teach/was taught would work. Some people I know who really believe bunkai is just blocking karate attacks. Would be convinced its either unworkable or there's something more too it. Secondly almost everything I've been taught about self-protection from Iain, Geoff and Peters dvd's was proved to me.
-pre emptions or the fight lasts more than 3 seconds and goes to the floor (great example here as two fights happen at the same time. One hits first and doesn't stop until he's on the floor and the others end up in a grippy mess for a minute.
-dont go the floor (the friends even after trying to persuade the fight to stop still joined in) Grappling is bad (the guy who was gripped was wrenched around and had no control, its not a dojo and therefore his head was hitting other people and the walls it was very different to dojo grappling) Its not always one-on-one.
Another interesting note is that the 'victims' (although they seemed just as up for it as the others) did a great job of splitting the attackers up and that at the end after all the beatings the attackers wanted another fight! Shows to me that the strikes were not that hard as they looked.
Final note is that the attackers seemed to be looking for a soft target but with nothing coming their way they just chose anybody and infact chose two at the same time. Not sure why though. Hope this was more entertaining to read than witness, hope we can get some good points raised :)