There are a few key differences between a trained fighter, a street scrapper, and a novice.
- Trained fighters have typically received formal training in a martial art or combat sport. They have learned the fundamentals of fighting, such as striking, grappling, and takedowns. They have also learned how to use their skills in a controlled and disciplined manner.
- Street scrappers have typically gained their fighting experience through informal or unstructured fighting. They may have gotten into fights in their neighborhood or with their friends. They may also have learned to fight from watching movies or TV shows. Street scrappers often have a lot of raw aggression and strength, but they may lack the technique and discipline of trained fighters.
- Novices have little or no fighting experience. They may have never been in a fight before, or they may have only had a few brief scuffles. Novices are at a significant disadvantage against trained fighters or street scrappers.
In a fight between a trained fighter, a street scrapper, and a novice, the trained fighter would be the most likely to win. They have the skills, experience, and discipline to take on either of the other two opponents. However, a street scrapper with a lot of raw aggression and strength could potentially beat a trained fighter if they were lucky or caught the fighter off guard. And a novice could potentially win a fight if they were able to land a lucky punch or kick.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. A skilled street scrapper could beat a less skilled trained fighter, and a novice could potentially win a fight if they were fighting someone who was much smaller or weaker than them. But in general, a trained fighter is the most likely to win a fight against a street scrapper or a novice.
It is important to note that fighting is never the answer. If you can avoid a fight, do so. If you find yourself in a situation where you think a fight is inevitable, the best thing to do is to try to de-escalate the situation. Walk away, remove yourself from the situation, or call for help if necessary. Fighting is never worth the risk of injury or even death.
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says, “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
Sensing Some Training Cues
Here are some signs that someone might be a trained fighter or martial artist:
- Body language: People who are confident in their fighting ability often have a certain swagger or bearing to them. They may stand up straighter, make eye contact more often, and generally seem more relaxed and at ease.
- Clothing: People who train in martial arts or other combat sports often wear clothing that reflects their interests. This could include things like T-shirts with martial arts logos, or loose-fitting clothing that allows for easy movement.
- Physical appearance: Some people who can fight may have a physical build that is well-suited for it. This could include things like broad shoulders, a muscular physique, or a low center of gravity.
- Behavior: People who are used to fighting may have a different way of interacting with others. They may be more aggressive or confrontational, or they may be more likely to escalate arguments if they are street scrappers. On the other hand, a training fighter may remain calm and collected if someone else becomes confrontational and emotional with them.
- Training scars: Martial artists often have scars from training, such as bruises, cuts, or signs of a previously broken nose. These scars can be a sign that someone has been in a lot of fights or has been training for a long time. Cauliflower ears, also known as “wrestler’s ear” or “boxer’s ear,” are a telltale sign of a person’s involvement in combat sports such as wrestling, boxing, or mixed martial arts.
- Experience: If someone tells you that they are a trained fighter or martial artist, you can ask them about their experience. How long have they been training? What style of martial arts do they practice? This may de-escalate the situation if they are proud of this and you noticed.
Of course, not everyone who fits these descriptions can fight. And even if someone can fight, it doesn’t mean they will win every fight. However, if you see someone who exhibits several of these signs, it may be a good idea to err on the side of caution and avoid getting into a fight with them.
It is also important to remember that fighting is never the answer. If you find yourself in a situation where you think a fight is inevitable, the best thing to do is to try to de-escalate the situation. Walk away, remove yourself from the situation, or call for help if necessary. Fighting is never worth the risk of injury or even death.
Here are some pre-attack behavior cues or pre-fight indicators:
- Physical changes: These can include things like dilated pupils, increased heart rate, sweating, and muscle tension.
- Changes in body language: This could include things like clenching fists, widening eyes, leaning forward, or taking a fighting stance.
- Changes in verbal communication: This could include things like yelling, swearing, making threats, or using aggressive language.
- Changes in social behavior: This could include things like withdrawing from others, avoiding eye contact, or becoming more isolated.
- Changes in their emotional state: This could include things like anger, frustration, or becoming anxious.
It is important to note that not everyone who exhibits these behaviors will necessarily attack. However, if you see someone who is displaying a number of these cues, it is important to be aware of the potential for violence and take steps to protect yourself.
Here are some things you can do to protect yourself if you think you are in danger of being attacked:
- Avoid eye contact: This can be seen as a challenge or provocation.
- Remove yourself from the situation: If possible, walk away or leave the area.
- If you cannot remove yourself from the situation, try to de-escalate it: This could involve talking calmly to the person, apologizing, or offering to compromise.
- If the person becomes aggressive, try to defend yourself: This could involve using physical force, such as pushing them away or running away.
- If you are attacked, defend yourself aggressively: Fight back like your life depends on it. Utilize non-lethal self-defense weapons such as pepper spray if the situation calls for it.
It is important to remember that your safety is the most important thing. If you feel threatened, do not hesitate to take steps to protect yourself.
As always, be safe and be prepared.