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#362989 - 09/28/07 08:31 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: Taison]
RazorFoot Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 2064
Loc: Seated at the computer, DUH
I voted defensive but that is in a real confrontation. I want to keep things at a distance, be wary of my surroundings, bait, counter strike, look for an opening to escape, and get the heck out of there in one piece. We have had the knife/hidden weapons discussion here many times.

Sparring, it varies depending on how agressive and how prone to making mistakes my opponent is.


Edited by RazorFoot (09/28/07 08:33 AM)
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#362990 - 09/29/07 06:14 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: RazorFoot]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 4117
Loc: California
Depends, I was taught to seek openings and if they don't exist, to create them. I can vary from fighting defensively to charging in offensively, it took a while to learn how to turn to the offensive because I'm instinctively cautious but it's worth learning.
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#362991 - 09/29/07 08:59 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: Leo_E_49]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
I'm a lover, not a this is kind-of hard to quantify.

I suppose the only way to get a feel for how we behave is to observe sparring. In that sense, I'm sometimes aggressive, sometimes defensive. When does "the best defense is a good offense", or, "the best offense is a good defense" come in?

I just try and impose my game on guys. I work to obtain my objectives which are obviously both offensive and defensive.

In sparring, I enjoy mixing it up and trying different strategies/techniques, depending on who I am sparring with. I don't mind standing and trading. But I also try and counter my partner's primary strategy (if he wants to stay up, I'll try and take him down...if he wants to take it down, I'll try and keep it standing).

I have to say that I don't get into "street fights" and doubt I ever will. I'm betting I could easily avoid any and all such conflicts if I truly wanted to, so examining this from the "street" perspective is kind-of a moot point IMO.

That said...if I ever managed to get caught up in a fist fight, like Cord, I'm going to throw everything I have. Whoever my opponent is will deal with my standing game, my clinch and whatever ground & pound/submission skill I have, all will be thrown at my opponent in a machine gun manner. You will have to either knock me completely unconscious, or break something major to force a stop.

But like I alluded to, I'm pretty easy-going so talking about street stuff is somewhat weird to me, mainly because I'm a civilian and not involved with the security industry (doormen, police, etc). I think this has a tremendous bearing on my personal philosophy.


(edited because in thinking about my post, I realize I couldn't have been more vague...)

#362992 - 09/29/07 09:07 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: JKogas]
Cord Offline

Registered: 01/13/05
Posts: 11399
Loc: Cambridge UK.
In sparring I tend to be defensive until I am hit a few times, then I get the motivation to come forward and use my strengths. I often let myself get hit a couple of times on purpose so as to get me in the right frame of mind.

If its a personal dispute, I am very good at de-escalation, but if its gets physical then I am throwing 200% and the kitchen sink at you till your a stain on the floor. I have been known to completely black out and have to be dragged off people, but I am more controlled these days.

In the case of confrontation at work, i never really saw that as personal, so its never an issue.
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#362993 - 09/30/07 06:44 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: Cord]
Al_Fernz Offline

Registered: 01/15/06
Posts: 342
Loc: Ireland
I like to mix it up. If you to develop into a complete fighter you need to develop both an offensive and defensive game.

#362994 - 09/30/07 10:37 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: MattJ]
wristtwister Offline
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Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 2210
Loc: South Carolina
I'm "old", deceptively fast, accurate, and hit like a train wreck. To me, the fight's not over until the other guy's down or defeated... so I have some staying power.

What style fighter?... one that takes advantage of what I see happening in the situation... punches when available, throws, pins, etc... whatever "offers" itself to be used... so the best answer is "constantly changing".

Injuries require me to be "thoughtful" before jumping in now, so I'm also an "analytical fighter" who watches the movements of my opponent. If I know anything about them, I don't play into their strengths.

Maybe the best answer is "surprising for an old man"...

What man is a man that does not make the world a better place?... from "Kingdom of Heaven"

#362995 - 10/04/07 11:02 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: MattJ]
Neko456 Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
Posts: 3260
Loc: Midwest City, Ok, USA
As I mention I'm a (verbal deception)counter Offensive fighter, but the type fighter that gives me the most trouble is the fleet footed counter fighter with natural instinct, I eventually get to them but I take some come in.

Unless I do major damage with my pre-epmt interception, if thats done he is too, it doesn't matter how good he was. If I catch him by surprise and hurt him or drop him (unless he is extermly good or lucky) ITs over. I use the element of surprises while trading I might say, "Darn here comes the cops, or Isn't that your buddy!", If he turns his head to look its lights out or he's swepted and stomped. Some might say thats cheating or unfair, so what. I didn't start it.

I'm a counter Offensive Sparring or in actual fight. But sparring I can and find it eaiser to defend and counter sometimes even if equally skilled and really if I'm better, bc you are waiting for the slightest mistake. Though its a little too slow pace for me, I can play that game.

Against a offensive fighter I like to make them fight defensively or trying to counter, backing up. Amazingly some good offensive guys, can't fight well moving backwards or under pressure. I can I don't back staright back I circle or work angles, I never go straight back for long, unless I have to, if I do I shoot rules or no rules. Take a point or whatever, I apologies. You ain't getting a clear shot, just bc of a rule.

Edited by Neko456 (10/04/07 11:05 AM)

#362996 - 10/05/07 10:50 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: Ronin1966]
Ronin1966 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
Posts: 3119
Loc: East Coast, United States
The goal is not to "kill them", the goal is to avoid the avoidable as quickly as can be done.


#362997 - 10/07/07 03:52 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: MattJ]
Jeff_G Offline

Registered: 04/15/06
Posts: 223
Loc: Midwest
Nowadays, retired.

I fought my last tournament in the late 70s. Over time my style changed considerably. At first and up to black belt, you could describe my style as a ram going straight head to head. That was a painful time. Eventually I learned to slip and slide around. I learned to work the angles. I could fight more rounds more easily and let the other guy beat himself up. Age and experience are great teachers.

#362998 - 10/07/07 04:08 AM Re: POLL - What type of fighter are you? [Re: Jeff_G]
Taison Offline
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Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 3629
Loc: BKK, Thailand
I need to correct myself;

I forgot to add that my fighting style is purely for sparring, tournament and competition.

I'm a sports type of fighter, not a commando. Street altercation, I'll run away from.

I want a fun but safe fights, not murder attempts.

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

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