How to Win a Fight at School (updated)




How to defend yourself at school. Many of these techniques can be used to win a fight, but many are self defense. But never start a fight anyway.

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Step 1: Takedowns

Ok, i was a bit harsh before this update, but after using these techniques on some people at my school, i realize the belgian takedown is useless. The Hip throw is wonderful though. and i absolutely LOVE it. Very very very easy to do, and simpler than most throws, and I learned it in just a few minutes by practicing it on my 7 yr old cousin, and testing it out at my school.
And simply, for me actually, i find taking the one who is bothering you to the ground rather than executing strikes is MUCH easier. And if you practice these at home, try not to really slam your partner to the ground, just enough to get the feel for it. And also, sometimes you dont even have to stun your opponent to execute the throw, if you just do it very fast.

Now another there is a video for, the clinch. When in the locker room, most importantly, if there isnt a teacher around, clinch them. Such as if they trying to whip you with a towel, moving very close very quickly and clinching them, then throwing them i find is the best option. And once they are on the ground, you can then take the towel from them, and whip them while they're on the ground.
The video:

I find these are very easy to perform on a very untrained opponent, simply because, they do not know what to do, and since most school's students dont have classes in a martial art, its very very very unlikely they do.

And then i find THE easiest thing to do when they aggravate you in class or so, is a wrist lock. I find this to be the EASIEST thing to do to make someone give something back. I find the supinating wristlock is the easiest to perform. Such as, once at school, someone took my pencil pouch from my book bag. I turned around, grabbed the wrist on the arm that was holding the pencil pouch, and wrist locked him. I had him wanting to give it back within a split second. It is shown in the second picture, and here is the link to the wikipedia article for wrist locks.

You may also wish to look at a list of grappling holds on wikipedia, the ones used in the video are the collar tie and underhook. Here is the link for the list of grappling holds.

I have found some army tactics to help with this. Here is the link, however keep looking at this instructable before you go to the page.Army Tactics
Let's say your opponent strikes you with a right punch, which they usually will, due to many people being right handed. You can then parry to the inside and strike the throat, face, or solar plexus(as in the picture), then you can execute the throw.

And the second throw i dont have a picture for, I have used this when I have a bookbag on and cannot bring my opponent onto my hip or back, the double leg takedown. This one also has a video.

Step 2: Strikes

Even after this update, I have decided to keep the pressure point charts.
There are very many places to strike and i think they need to stay.

So anyway, most of the time you should avoid having to strike, and should instead use a pain compliance technique, such as the wrist lock, which i covered in the first step.

But sometimes you cannot avoid this, and must strike in some way.

The first I recommend still is the elbow strike, it can be applied from close range such as in the clinch, and the knee strike, which can also be applied from the clinch. Kicks and punches will usually get you into trouble, but you should now that other people will strike with them, and that you must know how to counter them, as well as deliver them.

In step 1 i told you about the collar tie, when pulling your opponents head down with this, you can knee them in the face, this is dangerous and lethal, and should be applied only in a real self defense situation.

But first is the fighting stance. This picture is shown in the right handed variation, and for lefties like me, simply put your right hand in front and left hand in back, and left foot in back and right foot in front.

Keep your chin down, a couple of inches from your chest, you would much rather get hit in the forehead than the chin!

Keep your hands in close enough to deliver very fast and strong punches, and far out enough where when you get hit in the forearm, as in blocking a punch, that your fists dont hit you in the face.

Keep elbows close at your sides, and knees slightly bent. You can actually move faster and are more stable when your knees are bent.

I cannot explain in detail how to throw punches in this step, so I recommend learning at Its one of the best websites I've found that really explains about boxing.

I also highly recommend that you go to and look at Jason Hall's self-defense series. For defending a punch, I have tried and failed to embed the video here, so here is the link.
Below the video you will find the links to all the videos in his self defense series. I highly recommend watching them.

Knee strikes into the body and legs are extremely effective, I also highly recommend them.Here is the wikipedia article for knee strikes also.

Elbow strikes are extremely effective also, since they can be used and not damage the wrist, which is what happens after executing a poor punch.Here is the link to the wikipedia article on elbow strikes.

Step 3: Joint Locks

Allright, in this update, I have included joint locks I have used at school. (yes, these are tried and tested by me) Most of these I really like to use as pain compliance holds. And also, I included the wrist lock in the takedowns step because you can push on their shoulder and bring them to the ground.

Anyway, the first four aren't really a joint lock, but what I call a "keep-away", they are the quarter, half, three-quarter, and full nelson. I have used these to keep people away from my stuff and friends. The link for their wikipedia article is here.
I've tried these at my school and love them. They are wonderful things to know, as well as knowing how to defend against them. When someone is doing them to you, simply reach back and peel their fingers off, it's really that simple.

Second there are the real joint locks. most of the ones I've seen you have to execute on the ground, but some can be done in a stand-up position. Such as the hammer lock.this can be used as a pain compliance hold also, and even can be used as a keep-away.

Another is the elbow lock. I've used this many times as a pain compliance hold, and it is very effective when done correctly. But it's downside is that it must be executed extremely fast. The one I use alot is the elbow lock against the shoulder. I prefer instead of simply going straight to it, get an elbow lock against your opponent and then move their arm to this position. when done correctly, it is EXTREMELY effective.

Another I like to use is the knee lock. You can do this from the clinch when you can get a hold on his shoulders. I really like this technique. It usually keeps him away for a while while he rests to let the pain subside.

And on the army tactics website, at the top of the page, there are different chapters for you to look at. Pressure points are chapter 4, and takedowns and throws are chapter 3.

And also try youtube for clinch fighting videos, they have very good ones that I have seen, and will go more in depth to very close range fighting.



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    1 year ago

    Nice I am a black belt in okanawan karate and most of this is accurate in fact i have used some of this

    3rd degree blak in aikido and 4th degre in ninjutsu style wepons and 2nd degree in ninjutsu style ataks and stealth and im only 13 i started an age 4 and now im awesom in a fight... alos i can fake kill myseklf... stealth must have complete control over body... also great for nights wen u cant sleep lol and if u wanna know something kool... try hitting someone in the diaphragm...or the concave point where the ribs stop at ur chest half way...u can find... then when they are out of air 2 fast not to hard punches to the top of the head or a side knuckle to the temples... while on the ground go into fourth guard which u wrap ur knees around head and grab waist lock hands and pull up into yomo ishu head trapped in knees and ur hands holding them up and then take it where u want it practice makes perfect... srry bout spelling btw

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    i taught my self how to defend my self in street fights and in the hood and i won all of those fight with out any traning

    also if u cant think about last part... go ahead and stand up if theyre to heavy... move arms to stomache and bear hug till they scream if u cant do that either take one hand at a time and grab each of their legs wen u have a hold cross your legs so theyre in ur crotch just the back of utheir head tho.. thenpush their knees to their stomache and lean on the knees get some good punches to face or u can sit on the knees until they yell uncle... or mercy or w/e u tell em to yell... oh and if they want u to stop check their pulse its no hard just put ur fingers index and middle on neck or wrist and if the puls is fast stop if they seem slow estimated 40 bpm then keep going this means that they are not done and are ready to pown you if u get off... wait till their face turns red and they start crying... give em a wedgie for added effect... and voiala.... hope u dont get suspended... remember always say it was self defence... u wont get in trouble

    mate wen u get in a real fight u wont b doing any martial arts grapples or locks. its a punch on. n i doubt at 13 u would b trained 2 kill urself. 1. the fake death involves control over the heart which at ur age is near impossible due to the lack of brain pathways. 2. if u fell on the ground in a fight after one punch with a stopped heart. they aint gunna check there gunna lay a boot into u, n ur heart wont restart. oh n a real martial artist wouldnt suggest a wedgie, the art is about effective moves not humiliation.


    I agree I'm 13 and have been doing martial arts since I was 5. When I get into a fight though I just start punch the face.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not making fun of you guys, but even if you have 10 billion black belts, 99% of what you learn in dojos is worthless. I learned three usable moves from 5 years of training. A side chambering kick, a right hook, and a pressure point that will paralyze you until you let go.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    that pressure point i know and it was never taught to me i found it on my own


    3 years ago

    i would have killed him with one punch to the temple


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i like this one because it shows the distinct difference between pain and damage. (which are two totaly different things). you can beat the crap out of people without causeing much physical damage. my fighting style is all about pain. you can incapacitate someone and win fights with someone ten times your size as long as you can make them think they have major injuries when they really only have some minor cuts and bruises. mabey ill put up an instructable on my style...

    9 replies

    surprisingly it is... yet theres only 1 type of formal ninjutsu and the kind he speaks of is true... huh his own style is like a 1st degree green belt in ninjutsu

    hmmm. i never really practiced any sort of style. i just know what hurts like hell lol. things like jabs to the area between your nose and upper lip really hurts (nerve center there i think) but is not really dangerous. you just have to be carefull and not slam your fist into it or you will knock teeth out. things like armpit punches, breadbasket (sternum, it knocks the wind out of them) punches, or even repetitive leg kicks will cause a lot of pain.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I know it sounds harsh but if you do cause someone damage, like a punch to the face, they are more likey to remember it :P And so won't pick on you.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, while the face is the most satisfying place to strike when in a rage, it is also one of the least effective. All it does is enrage your opponent. The two best places to strike someone are either directly beneath the rib cage, (making it impossible to breath) or in the groin. unless it is a girl, in which case, 1) you shouldn't be hitting them at all, and 2) if you have no choice, the best place to strike a girl is on the front of the breast, because this has the same effect as a kick to the groin for a man. I stress that this girl had better be trying to either kill or maim you if you because if she isnt, you are way out of line.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Same with me. I know a few pressure points that I used to take someone to the ground that were 4 times my size. They couldn't move a muscle until I let go,and that was when the police came and arrested the dumb mugger.


    3 years ago

    Ima a girl and i got hit today but i couldnt do nothing in defence .!??