Bad Neighborhoods, Taking the Plunge and Protecting Yourself

bad neighborhood3

Why do people from bad neighborhoods generally, street fight better than those from good neighborhoods? The reason is twofold—experience and necessity.

People who live in the cruel trenches of society where dog-eat-dog mentality prevails and who live near those who prey on the weaker have three choices growing up. They can live in a closet, become a continuous victim, or learn how to fight.

Fighting is certainly a guttural way of solving issues however, it is done every day in most every corner of the earth. Those who live in areas where fighting is a regular occurrence and where human violence is a real way of getting by each day, understand that to survive in their mean, ugly and violent world they must know how to throw a punch, when to throw a punch and when to take physical advantage over the cruel and violent.

They understand these things and have a distinct advantage over those who are not surrounded by violence. These people understand that the basics of street fighting has much to do with “going for it”. This means it has to do with taking the plunge to hit someone. It means taking the plunge to attack someone when needed. And it means taking the plunge to hit someone back if they’re attacked or struck. Many people fear doing these things but that does not mean they are cowards. What it does mean is that they’re not familiar with a base, mean, ugly and vicious part of life. Many are simply not in tune to that part of the world because they have not seen it in their lives. Not so with those who grow up on the mean streets. They often see the necessity to take the plunge to protect themselves.

When one takes that first plunge they get to know how it is done. Really done, in reality. Not in theory or in a classroom setting. They get the feel of it working for them. They get to know that they succeeded and that they are on their way to being able to fight and survive. Furthermore, in the tough bad neighborhood streets of the world where children have cried or cowered when bullied or attacked parents will oftentimes tell them to go back and kick their attacker or bullies ass and not come back home until they do! This stark reality of the street and street justice is forced on many of them at an early age. This has been the way of the tough poor neighborhoods of the world for eons. It has no color or ethnic distinction. Its distinction is cultural based.

What can those who did not grow up having to physically fend for themselves in the land of the jungle do to be able to street fight? They too need to take the plunge. A different plunge, but a plunge nevertheless. First, they must learn some basics of physical combat. Punches and the like. Then they must literally learn how to go for it. How to throw that first punch. How to react and what to do when punched in the face. They have to plunge forward in the basics of fighting. The first step—that first plunge is the hardest. However, when accomplished it gives a huge boost of confidence to any human being wanting to learn to physically protect themselves.

bad neighborhood1

If you are one of those who never had to live life on the mean streets of a bad neighborhood yet want to be able to learn how to fight, it is not that difficult. Find a school or trainer that will teach you the core basics of how and what to do in actual combat. In how to take the plunge in a real street situation. The more akin to actual combat the better. Taking some actual punches or kicks is good and some full contact can only be a good thing. When students take shots and are coached by a good instructor on what to do when they’re hit helps them to learn realistically. Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit.” True words to remember. Importantly, one should learn how to handle being hit as Tyson certainly knew quite well.

Those who grew up afar from the continuous violence of bad neighborhoods can learn how to fight just as good if not better than those who grew up in the rough and tumble of the streets. Find simple realistic fight training which, very importantly, is coupled with psychological training as well.

When you understand physical and mental basics of fighting and incorporate them in training you’ll be on your way to fighting well and truly protecting yourself.

Steve Kovacs
Follow Steve

Steve Kovacs

Steve is a bestselling author with his latest book being, 'Protect Your Kids! The Simple Keys to Children's Safety and Survival'. Steve has also written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics.

Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer.

For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show.

Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
Steve Kovacs
Follow Steve
Steve Kovacs

About Steve Kovacs

Steve is a bestselling author with his latest book being, 'Protect Your Kids! The Simple Keys to Children's Safety and Survival'. Steve has also written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics. Steve's a three-time survivor of violence in his youth and was an award winning police officer. For several years, Steve also did radio political and current event commentary and taught college Criminal Justice. He is the former host of the long running 'The Kovacs Perspective' Internet radio talk show. Presently, Steve is the owner and Managing Director of one of the oldest martial art schools in Ohio, 'The Mayfield Academy of Self-Defense'.
Tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Recent Articles Posted

    • Black Lives Really Mattering and My Friend the Boxer
      I taught college Criminal Justice, on a part-time basis for about a decade. Out of about 6 of those years, I taught in downtown Cleveland in an area where especially at night, wasn’t very safe. During that time, I became friends with a parking lot attendant and former professional boxer, ...
    • Meaning—Makes the Man and Woman–Makes the Difference
      When I was a police supervisor in my 40’s, a young patrol officer who also happened to be my friend asked me what I thought about growing up in the 70’s. Jeff, had heard there was a lot of non-committal free love going on back in the day and also ...
    • Bars, Demonstrations, and Getting Thumped…
      Many people believe that they’ll be safe going to bars into the wee hours of the morning. I'm having fun! After all, they’re not looking for trouble and things should be fine. Moreover, some people feel that they can go to demonstrations no matter what it’s about or who the ...
    • White Privilege, the Latest Distraction
      I was watching a video clip on Facebook where an African American woman was talking about white privilege. She was brow beating a white, Jewish male trying to get him to agree with what has taken off as the new buzz word regarding African Americans in America—white-privilege. The male tried ...
    • Every Day A Child Cries and Sometimes Dies—It Can Stop
      Your son looks so innocent when he pets your dog and looks into its eyes. The innocence and love you see brings a tear to your eye.   And those special times that he comes up to you to share some new excitement in his life and you notice that ...
    • Who Do You Trust? Who Do You Respect? Politics, Media and You
      What active local or national politician do you respect and trust? That’s a question I often ask people when they start discussing the state of politics in the country. I don’t have a problem with anyone talking politics or even ranting about it as long as they don’t drift too ...
    • Sitting and Staring–The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry 2017 and What Really Matters
      I was having a snack and watching TV when my 10 year old niece walked into the room and blurted out, “Wow! You ARE old. You’re watching black and white TV!” I glanced up at her and then back to the TV and exclaimed, “You’ve never watched Andy of Mayberry! ...
    • How to Have Great Talks and Presentations
      What makes for a good communicator, teacher or speech maker? While talking, personally, I’m never at a loss for words. I know some people who know me are probably shaking their heads a bit, saying, “You certainly can say that again Steve, because you certainly do talk a lot! I ...
    • The Hypocrisy in My Fellow Lefties Needs to Stop
      I suppose many would say I'm not a true-blue leftist, and they would be right...no pun intended. I have many views that are very liberal, and yet I maintain that we desperately need to stop being dependent on government for everything. In many ways I'm what was originally meant by ...
    • Homicide and Help in America
      In the last year or so I’ve listened to governmental officials including President Obama and some criminologists saying that violent crime is substantially down in America and those Americans who think we are less safe than we were a decade or so ago are dimwits, uninformed or have been bamboozled ...