Grappling helps if you’re taken to the ground, also helps break grips if someone grabs you
But I tend to agree. Striking first, but grappling is always going to be an effective lifeline. If you’re good at striking, can’t grapple, your opponent is much bigger and tackles you… That’s game over.
I personally happen to believe Street fighting is juvenile unless we refer to standing up to a bully. However in the advent of self defence, martial arts is like kryptonite to a self professed hot head/street fighter
I’ve seen it unfold before. Jackasses/delinquents who are SO sure they’re just all that. Perhaps they’ve come out victorious in a few scraps against other untrained opponents by suprise punching while their opponent is talking or by wildly throwing haymakers
But an experienced martial artist is not only powerful, but agile. An untrained fighter for the most part isn’t going to be prepared to counter a strike, nor are they going to know how to deflect a devastating, quick kick to the ribs… Or a low kick to the thigh, or an upwards elbow strike to the head.
The funniest altercation I’ve seen was between a very large rugby player and an old wrestler buddy of mine in the states.
They were arguing, my friend was trying to back off re the situation when suddenly without warning rugby guy tries to tackle my friend… It took about ten seconds for my friend to have this guy pinned on the floor despite there being a 50-60lb weight gap between the two.
I don’t like legitimately fighting, but in the few unfortunate circumstances I’ve had to do so, similar scenarios have eventuated. One scenario I can outline was when I was a brown belt and still attending karate and I’d done a bit of boxing. Someone tried to throw a few wild haymakers at me, I quickly etched back, bobbed/weaved and threw ONE cross as hard as I could and the force behind it was somehow strong enough to knock the guy flat on his ass, game over… It was done.
I’m not saying you don’t have natural born killer, psychopathic subtypes who are just amazing, however I’ve found the vast, vast majority of people who are irrationally angry and try to throw down with people in effort to prove how tough they are… They can’t actually fight
They might be very aggressive, but they don’t have footwork, they don’t know how to block or counter attacks, they’ve probably never been kicked properly before. As you’ve specified, a well executed kick hurts… A lot … Like getting hit with a bat. Most are also easily tripped or set off balance
Getting started up again with combat sports, esp grappling has been incredibly humbling. I’d forgotten just how wide the gap was between an untrained individual and someone who knows how to grapple… Or strike for that matter
Last week at nogi ju jitsu I was sparring with someone who had just started. I’m not experienced enough to teach techniques (not even close). For the most part I let him practice, but when it came to sparring I tried a few things and it was like taking candy from a baby… I suck at BJJ, it takes 3-5 years just to become proficient… But against an untrained individual even from my absolute beginner level of expertise it’s no contest, it took me about twenty seconds to go from standing to executing a submission or a chokehold.