The three "street" phases that occur in a non-official, hand to hand combat engagement are: preparation for attack and defense; application of technique on an opponent's body (i.e., striking them); finally escaping from being overwhelmed by your enemy.
To the untrained / inexperienced, the initial move or lack there of in street level CQC altercations is more often than not the most difficult and yet most necessary part of these engagements.
When some people are afraid, they cannot strike first and foremost. They also have a fear of being weak or getting struck back which causes them not to do anything in defense, even knowing the inevitability of it.
It’s important to understand the physics of how you can accurately and consistently hit your opponent so they won’t be able use it against us.
Street fighting is all about using speed, aggression and surprise. But it’s also important to have an easy-to use system so you can get it done quickly without having too much trouble with form or technique.
The 3 Phases of Street Combat
You have to get in there and fight if no other option. No matter how scared you are, getting into that ideal combat range is crucial for proper engagement. When in a fight, you have to get close. It’s the only way that you can strike. One of the most most important things in any fight is distance.
In the second phase, you strike towards your assailant’s centre line. Throw a series of strikes in order to force them back and give yourself time for escape or another attack.
Once you start throwing punches and force them into a retreat where there is no way for them regain momentum from their original direction of travel – finish it. Don’t stop attacking the attacker until the attacker can not attack any further.