I wanna learn to street fight but I heard something about it not being teachable.
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The first question is what, and the second question is why.
1) WHAT do you have in mind?
Actual street fighting is mostly *not* actual fighting. It's mostly situational awareness -- where "situational" includes the psychological environment in addition to the physical environment -- with an eye to positioning yourself, literally or through on-the-fly diplomacy, so that you don't even have to fight in the first place.
When there IS actual fighting, it's quick, ugly, and deadly. It's not evenly matched; there are no rules; the winner is mostly the person who (a) finds the power position, (b) strikes first, and/or (c) knows how and where to strike for maximum damage and/or incapacitation.
If you've heard that this kind of stuff "isn't teachable", what people mean by that is probably that the instinct is something that's mostly developed on the playground as a kid -- when these fights aren't fucking *deadly* yet.
My husband is a former delinquent kid from the street, and he grew up scrapping day in, day out -- but, that's the point, he GREW UP scrapping. No matter how dirty they might fight, nine-year-olds aren't going to actually kill each other.
If you don't have those *reflexes* to fight dirty and go for the kill when necessary... I'm not sure how you could really "develop" them as an adult. If someone says that street fighting isn't teachable, that's probably what they mean.
In any case...
The closest yr going to get is probably the Israeli fighting art of Krav Maga, which was developed around the actual hand-to-hand street combat faced by the Israeli armed forces (who are some tough motherfuckers, lemme tell you).
If you were to train in Krav Maga up to the higher levels (G2 or higher, I think -- I might be getting the names/numbers mixed up), then you'd be legitimately capable of street fighting with the best and deadliest. I think that's the level where you start genuinely simulating the kinds of moves that would actually be lethal on the street (with protective gear, so that trainees aren't constantly killing each other).
... yeah, that isn't something that's gna happen overnight. I think that's a level that takes about 5-7 years of training, on average, to reach.0
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