What is hand to hand combat and how to be good at it…

Hand-to-hand combat is the most ancient form of fighting and refers to a physical confrontation between two or more people at a very short range without the use of guns or other weapons that can be used from a long distance away. It can be a lethal or nonlethal form of fighting, and even though the phrase “hand to hand” appears to mean unarmed combat, it is generic and may include the use of short range weapons such as knives, bats, batons, or other improvised striking weapons.

Arguably the most famous and skilled hand-to-hand combat fighters in history are almost certainly the gladiators of the ancient Roman empire. Professional gladiators were highly trained and very proficient in many forms of fighting tactics. And the gladiatorial games were a spectacle that has never been rivaled since those days. The closest thing we have in the modern day are the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters of the UFC.

If you ever find yourself in hand to hand combat situation or close quarters fight where you might be truly fighting for your life, you need to be prepared. So here are a few tips for winning:

* The first thing you should do is learn at least one martial art right now. There’s no time like the present to learn how to fight. If you put it off then it may be too late when a situation arises where you need to be skilled in hand to hand combat.

Here are some that I recommend for learning fighting tactics that will help you in true self-defense and other combat situations that often happen in the real world:

– Krav Maga
– Wrestling/Grappling
– Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
– Muay Thai/Kickboxing

* A large part of winning a real fight is focusing. You need to see who your opponent is and what state of mind he is in. Envision ahead of time what your opponent is going to do and act accordingly. Be quick and methodical with your moves. Have no mercy, but don’t lose your head.

* Practice a lot. Everyone knows that practice makes perfect not matter what it is you are doing. Imagine yourself in various H2H combat situations, picture yourself fighting, know what you could and would do in each scenario. Mentally train yourself to defeat any opponent.

* Get in shape and stay that way. Very few things will defeat you faster than being out of shape. Fights are physically exhausting so the better trained your body is for them the better off you will be in the event you are attacked.

One final and very important tip to remember that could save your life some day…

In a real street fight or self-defense situation, you should NEVER try flashy or cool looking moves that you may have seen in some movie or show. They are very risky and rarely work in a real combat situation. It’s quite likely that you will end up getting your ass kicked if you try some crazy drop kick or anything else that only works on TV. The bottom line is that you should never copy movies!

Becoming good at hand to hand combat is not something you can do overnight. It will take time, effort, training, and even some real life experience. You never know what’s going to happen so your best bet is to prepare now so you won’t be helpless later!


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