Invitations to fight are very common outside of bars and clubs. People have been drinking, smoking and often all it takes is one wrong look and the next to you know there’s someone asking you to fight him.
Obviously, you want to avoid fighting the person as much as possible. That being said, if the person is asking you to fight, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they want to actually fight you. Often, they just say it to show off to their friends how tough they can be. However, that’s not always the case.
It’s important to be able to make the difference between the person who says he wants to fight but doesn’t actually want to, and the person who says he want to fight and is actually ready to fight you right then and there. So how do you make the difference between these two types of people? Don’t worry, we’ve got the deeds to help you make the difference easily.
In general, if the person says he wants to fight but is actually keeping a safe distance from you, then he doesn’t really want to fight you. If he really wanted to fight you, he would have either already hit you or been up in your space to provoke you. As soon as the person comes up in your personal space and starts going in your face, then he’s not messing around. Therefore, you need to be quick to assess the situation.
If they’re keeping a distance and just telling you off, that’s fine, keep them talking and agree with whatever they say because you know that they’re not actually looking for a fight. So, you just want them to say what they have to say and leave so you can get on with your night.
Obviously, the last thing you want to do with a person who isn’t really looking for a fight is to show them your moves and initiate the fight. You don’t want to be going in the person’s space and getting in position to fight. Because as soon as you do that, they will know that you’ve got some moves and they won’t be afraid to strike back. Let them come to you.
If the person wants to really fight you, let them come in your personal space. As soon as they are in your face, if you cannot defuse the situation and fell threatened, don’t hesitate and strike.
You don’t want to let them get the first hit in. You want to be the one to throw the first hit. But you need to make sure that they really want to fight you. So, let them come in your space. Draw them in, and as soon as they do, catch them off guard by striking them right away. This will work to your advantage.
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How to Deal with an “Invitation to Fight”