Hello I’m Georgio,

I’ve been practicing classic Ving Tsun for 7-8 years and im still being questioned…am i going to stand and be able to protect myself during a street fight….

I am very troubled with my thoughts of negative result inside of me…and 1 more problem is that when it comes to fight I feel scared…

Like once we argued with a known classmate of mine and he came like he was going to punch me I stand my ground and didn’t back off but inside me the fear i felt it was making me shake and I was scared that he would punch me and I wouldn’t be able to defend; not to kick his ass, just defend myself.

Its been 7-8 years of me practicing strikes and techniques and the 3 forms of Ving Tsun, but even when we spar with friends for fun (friends don’t know martial arts) they always gain territory and their strikes overcome my defense and they end up hitting me and I cannot do anything and also I feel that their punches are strong and they hurt me but I can’t do nothing to them.
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Sifu Victor Botes from the Fighting Spirit Boxing & Martial Arts Club in South Africa, http://www.fightingspirit.co.za
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Dear Georgio,

To have fear before any fight or confrontation is natural and normal, we all have this feeling.

With experience you will learn to control and use this emotion to your advantage, channeling it into energy to be used in technique – blocking or striking.

Training with friends is OK, but if there is no element of control in their strikes, they are not great friends. Use forward intention to eat up space and shut them down. I would also rather practice with true martial artists who understand control.

Now in a street fight, there are no rules or time to waste.

When applying your technique, go for the most direct and injury causing strike possible.

Once you have injured the opponent, follow up with more strikes aimed at causing maximum injury until the opponent is finished and poses no more threat to you.

The more you practice the direct approach the better you will get at seeing the targets and attacking them, you must be constantly looking for the targets.