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Does size really matter in a fight?
Posted 1/9/11 , edited 1/9/11
If you're a martial artist or have had a street fighting experience, do share. Or if you want to just express what you think fire away.

Do you get anxious facing an opponent that is much larger than you in muscular stature? Or do you just rely on your nimbleness and speed to carry you through?


Personally, I'm not very tall or strong, well I am really strong but have no real muscular stature, its all on the inside lol, so sometimes I get a little nervous when I see a big girl/guy stepping onto the mat to fight me....but I try to look past that and just get the points relying on my flexibility and speed. Because unlike in a reality street-fight situation all you have to do is strike at certain points and you win the fight, so this is where speed is more important imo. However out on the street, if some huge guy wants to rape me or something then I will start to worry, I'll fight my best and attack the legs and get him on the ground but I would probably start wishing I was a giant at that point, even though my skill is high and am super fast, its still an incredible threat to me and I'd want to get out of the situation as fast as possible.

Posted 1/9/11
tl;dr

No way. I know this 4'11 person who can take down this 5'10 dude 0_0
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ROFL size dose NOT matter im a Large guy and have a mate who really is half my size...i would rather fight a tiger than him, though i am stronger, hes the better fighter.
Posted 1/9/11
Speed really is the most important thing I reckon. If you have both speed and strength, bonus!
Posted 1/9/11
When all else fails you kick them in the balls lol... but in all serious-ness it's all about experience
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Size Doesn't matter, Think Smart, and Aim carefully with Brute Strength Punches.

My Mate is 6ft 3, and i got no Problem flooring him down even tho he lifts heavier weights than me, meaning hes got the bigger muscle i'm 5ft 5, if you can't move swiftly then you gotta learn how to take punches.

Well either way, *Fair* fights (never happens now days) you should have no problem taking him down if you Smack hes Temple a couple of times. Gang fights, i've experenced them... make sure you got a bloody Plank of wood or a crow bar, cuz Gang fights are never nice.

Avoiding Fights.. Simpley stick to what they wanna here like, "Oi i an't here for no fight" Simpley don't retaliate if they hit you.

All *Mouth* people... usualy the all mouth people are the big guys.. Little Guys are like Pussys if they got no mates to backthem up.

I'm Quite Mouthy, but every one knows i got a Real Ichigo's Bankai standing 68 inches long in my Room LOL.

So yeh hope this helped ya out
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Well, if you're that concerned about some dude attacking you, you should take Aikido. The traditional one is mostly defensive and it takes next to no strength to do it. Watch some video clips of the masters doing it, some of them look like they're putting no more effort into that than you would for brushing a bug off your arm.
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I can't answer your question in bold since I am tall and muscular, and I have moderate martial arts experience. However with regard to the topic's question, broadly no. The person with superior technique should have the upper hand. But therein lies the most important detail, you have to have technique. In random unrefined street fights, I'm going to say the small guy has a disadvantage. Objectively, a small guy has less pushing power, shorter reach, less speed, less ability to withstand attacks, and will probably need to worry more about defense. But then another variable, is the personality of each of the combatants. If some small out-for-blood guy aggressive some large guy that has never been in a fight before and has no intention of hurting another human being, then it is again the small guy probably with an upper hand.

So really, it is unreasonable to judge a fight in advance based on size. Though it may play a role in the outcome.
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Posted 1/9/11
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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Maigraith wrote:

Well, if you're that concerned about some dude attacking you, you should take Aikido. The traditional one is mostly defensive and it takes next to no strength to do it. Watch some video clips of the masters doing it, some of them look like they're putting no more effort into that than you would for brushing a bug off your arm.


Ah it seems my first post is misleading -__- I'm not concerned, at the time I'd be in a state of mind where I will not panic and just do whatever I gotta do. I'm an extremely good fighter and I don't think size matters that much, just saying that sometimes it does especially if you're my size and have to fight a big dude, baring in mind, I am a girl lol. Big guys have injured me in tournaments before, simply because they are naturally going to be much stronger. Aikido is brilliant though yes, I agree, effortless.
Posted 1/9/11 , edited 1/9/11
Stamina is another important factor in a fight. I remember my boxing instructor telling us that it's all about being able to last longer than your opponent. Speed and strength is basically useless if you're too tired to fight.

Either way, I don't believe size matters that much, but strength dose.
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LosingOrbit wrote:

Stamina is another important factor in a fight. I remember my boxing instructor telling us that it's all about being able to last longer than your opponent. Speed and strength is basically useless if you're too tired to fight.

Either way, I don't believe size matters that much, but strength dose.


Then someone bends the rules and introduces a 12 gauge shotgun. All the training in the world ceases to be effective against burning lead, unless you have a gun yourself.
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smaller people take down bigger people and the other way around all the time. its skill that matters more then anything else in my oppinion
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Katatonia999 wrote:


LosingOrbit wrote:

Stamina is another important factor in a fight. I remember my boxing instructor telling us that it's all about being able to last longer than your opponent. Speed and strength is basically useless if you're too tired to fight.

Either way, I don't believe size matters that much, but strength dose.


Then someone bends the rules and introduces a 12 gauge shotgun. All the training in the world ceases to be effective against burning lead, unless you have a gun yourself.


I'm speaking in terms of hand-to-hand combat, not guns.
But yeah, I get your point.
Posted 1/9/11

LosingOrbit wrote:


Katatonia999 wrote:


LosingOrbit wrote:

Stamina is another important factor in a fight. I remember my boxing instructor telling us that it's all about being able to last longer than your opponent. Speed and strength is basically useless if you're too tired to fight.

Either way, I don't believe size matters that much, but strength dose.


Then someone bends the rules and introduces a 12 gauge shotgun. All the training in the world ceases to be effective against burning lead, unless you have a gun yourself.


I'm speaking in terms of hand-to-hand combat, not guns.
But yeah, I get your point.


I wonder if bitch slapping is an applicable fighting style...
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