100 thoughts on “How To Use KARATE In a STREET FIGHT (3 moves)

  1. Thanks for your awesome comments, glad to hear y’all enjoy the video! Feel free to visit my website if you want to learn more: http://www.karatebyjesse.com 😄👍

  2. Can you please show us how to defend from a fight that starts from a push and how to defend from straight punches plus how to defend from knife attacks pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  3. Great, I Practice Wing Chun and I like the way you use your Karate for street. My Sihing (big brother) teached us,,close distance is the best thing you can have in a Streetfight"👍

    Greetings from germany

  4. Great video!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for adding the crane kick!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you usually say "have fun".

  5. Jesse, we literally teach the exact Haymaker at West Coast Martial Arts and I've taught it to all my security staff. You're making me look real good!

  6. As the third one is from seipai kata, the 2nd one is direct from kururunfa. Precisely from this motion: https://youtu.be/i5XnbBN8yZM?t=119 many people see this sequence as only "Full-nelson choke's" escape, but we can see all kyodo here: forearms go down and hit opponent's trapezius muscle while defender sprawls in shiko-dachi. After, both hands together push down attacker's head and imediatly steping into zenkutsu-dachi and hands going under both of opponent's armpits and lift up to form a cross-block (juji-uke) and kata follows turning 180 degrees into musubi-dachi, twisting the cross-block and taking opponent down.

  7. First off thank you for all your knowledge as always Jessie and secondly i just wanted to say that i noticed the improvement in the animation text's on the kanjis, beatiful quality brother, keep it up, Osu!

  8. And the most critical part of self defense, if you are forced into a situation from which you absolutely cannot escape, you must become ruthless.
    Nobody likes to hear it, but if your very life is being threatened, you must be willing to cause grievous harm. Nobody wants to, and hopefully you won't have to, but if your attacker believes it, they might reconsider.
    My sensei always shared the story of a student who was attacked walking to her dorm, and punched her attacker. She was 5'3" and barely 100 lbs, but a single punch with a strong kiai was enough to make her attacker flee.

  9. Love your videos Jesse! Just out curiosity whats your opinion on kyokushin karate and how they spare/ do competitions?

  10. Great video, Sensei! Please, make more videos about kata practical application on self-defense and street fight. That's the best part of traditional karate compared to other martial arts.

  11. I really enjoy your educational videos & everything you teach is super insightful. Unfortunately my daughter had to resort to using her skills a few years back. While at a get together this older boy was being a total bully, physically & verbally, to all the younger kids including my daughter. She repeatedly told him to back off and walked away several times. I even asked his parents to please control their son. As it did not stop I decided it was time to leave so as we were walking away saying our goodbyes to all he decided it was "his time to act". He shoved my daughter very hard & she almost fell to the ground. Her reaction was so fast! She was able keep her balance and taught this boy a very painful lesson. She then advised him it was in his best interest not to cross her path ever again and change his ways. To this day if he sees her he turns around and walks away.

  12. @jesse enkamp how do you use karate vs a trained fighter like a boxer, mma , Muay thai fighter or taekwondo?

  13. Excellent video, covering 3 very common types of street attacks, and featuring interestings oyos from known katas (Heian Nidan/Yondan, the always mysterious start of Kanku Dai). The last one is 99% the same in Nijushiho (Niseishi for non shotokan ptactitioners)
    Keep up the great work!

  14. Hey Jesse!

    I wish to start taking some Karate classes cause I really love traditional (Japanese martial arts). Your approach to martial arts and styles (ryuha) is in my belief the best one but as we have to start somewhere, my thoughts were either Wado ryu or Goju ryu.

    The problem that comes up is that in my city, Belgrade, most of the clubs don't state which ryu they are. Most of the time they are either mixing styles as they like or doing Shotokan.

    Could you pretty please make a video about a few major styles of karate, how they look and how to differentiate them, and maybe their good and bad sides in your opinion?

    It would be a big help!
    Great work!! Best of luck!

  15. Thank you for demonstrating the "duty-to-evade-injury-to-ownself" and "closein-to-stun-the-attacker" scenarios.

  16. So if we wanted to make a “kata” based off of this we could start with some kind of “block” (or we could imagine this is just an interception strike and skip the block) into a grab the back of the head to elbow strike, push the opponent away and step back to create distance and front push kick to stop the advancing opponent, utilize some maai concepts of evading and then striking, for the last one after throwing a one-2 follow up some slipping and weaving to set up some infight counters before escaping to try to recreate that distance. But your opponent cuts off the angle well this time so you step inside his haymaker with the double block guard and grab and control the arm with one of your hand and elbow with your passive arm grab the back of the neck and crane knee to solar plexus. Push down on the back of the head and lift the arm for an easy takedown with a follow up strike. While you were doing that you didn’t realize that one of the guys buddy’s jump in and throws a haymaker at you and you do the same pattern you just did but this time in the opposite stance. The guy doesn’t stay down for long and then bull rush tackles you. So you step back extend your leg and drop your weight while throwing an elbow to his back, swim your arms under his armpits then cross hands, extend and open up your hips and lift your arms, then takedown the opponent by swinging his arms, and of course re-stomp the groin and exit out. When you step to the side to throw opponent like Jesse did in the video your back ends up against a wall. Final opponent grabs your shirt to pin you against the wall so you slap his ears and utilize the seipai throw and strike.

  17. I love see your videos. I understand everything you say. Thanks for your explanation and your pronunciation cause I'm from a Spanish country lenguage

  18. Hi Jessi. Sehr cool. Ich komme nicht aus dem Karate sondern aus dem Wing Tsun. Ich find super wie du die Kampfkunst Karate beziehungsweise die Selbstverteidigung Karate in den Vordergrund stellst. Durch den Sport wird die Kunst oft vergessen. Daumen hoch und weiter so.

  19. Love it. I have a Shaolin kung fu background and I recognize a lot of these techniques from crane forms.

  20. i wish they did this with taekwondo… most masters when we ask them "why do we do this form(i guess it would be considered a kata in japan)?" they tell us that they don't know or they just speculate on the reason. the reason for this is because so many masters and traditions were lost during the japanese occupation and civil war. i'm sure if we can dig through the rubble somewhere, we can find the exact reasons and uses. i mean sure, there are great punches, kicks, blocks, grappling moves, etc. but there are also forms that we practice all the time. we just don't know most of the application. in some ways, when you look at korean "kata" you see many similar types of movement. those, we could probably use karate to figure out but then there are others that look completely different. both martial arts were created using existing arts in their native lands with a bit of chinese. and just like how there are so many different styles in kung fu, they are a variation of the same goal. if there's a way for us to use kung fu, karate and other martial arts that were influenced by similar forms, we should be able to break down every form and the uses for taekwondo. sadly, i'm only a yellow belt who had to move to the states early on. so i don't have the knowledge nor the skills to figure this out, i'm just a nerd when it comes to it(watching different styles and figuring out the uses). this became more lengthy then i intended lol. so jesse sensei, could you get some taekwondo black belts to do a collab and try to figure it out? that would be great.

  21. Another thing about hitting the ears is it will upset the fluid in the inner ear, knocking them off balance.

  22. That’s precisely why I like military combat it was the old type World War II and was taught to be my my father time restraint around on the street. Avoid fights if necessary but if you must fight straight card and strike fast and be prepared for multiple attackers that’s why I don’t go with any of the sport martial arts

  23. Oh please come in our country ( philippines)! Teach us about kata moves that we can use in real fight !

  24. Nice techniques, and good advice especially at the beginning. However, that last neck crank can really get you in trouble with the law for excessive force, depending on the regional laws. Maybe instead of that after the ear clap, just kick to the groin? And then re-stomp at the end, of course. 🙂

  25. Whenever somebody throws a "haymaker" Punch at me, I block and then move in with that same finishing move from heian nidan

  26. All good techniques, but personally i dont like the second, i dont like this grabs because i have dificult with aplication because this type of technique changes with the height and wieght of the oponnent so i dont risk, so in a panic moment i prefer to punch and hit in close range with elbows controlling the distance, i never know how much opponents do you have in street, so finish in the fast way possible and minimize your risk.

  27. Great video ! You do a great job explaining things. I’m still beginning to watch your videos. Have you done any of the oyo bunkai for either passai sho or dai ? Or any moves from those ?

  28. If someone tries the bull rush you can also use the blue dragon punch it works as well I would just turn them over and drop into an armbar or simply strike. If you aren't very familiar with the armbar, don't use it it is hard to get off.

  29. I do Goju ryu. Our belives are, that street fights often starts close combat. And this is why we train a lot in the clinche distance. Also we belive that a attacker has allways a physical advantage. Aka i will never be attacked by a girl. Or she has a knife or its not serious. this is why we choose the close combat to take away the adnvantage of range. but there are many principals. i liked it. Good job.

  30. Thank you for this video , it is really good for me because we are learning traditional karate from green belt and im only yellow and i wanted to learn fight too

  31. When you start off by saying traditional kata don’t work in a street fight and I instantly subscribe.

  32. Very nice!
    You need to be doing more of these practical applications, to reflect karate as what it is- self defense!

  33. Interesting. There are many of these sequences, and so this brought back memories… in Kyokushin, doing Gohon/Sanbon, the one I recall is stepping to the outside of the "haymaker." Now you are standing with your chest parallel to his outstretched arm, grabbing with your outside hand (i.e., left if the haymaker is a right), then twisting your hips to square up while delivering an elbow to the face with your inside arm. Meanwhile the momentum of the outstretched punch is used to straighten the attacker's arm, as your elbow striking arm now comes down to pull his arm tight to an elbow lock, and your outside fist or forearm strikes his elbow into hyperextension as your inside hand pulls his arm toward you (i.e., you are bending his elbow backwards around the "pole" of your upright outside arm). This will either make the person fall forward or lurch away, exposing their rear leg… and so you stutter step back, lift your inside leg up and kick down (or low side kick) to the knee, smashing it. I certainly can see this being executed… we sure had to drill it enough… but the general problem and weakness with all of these pre-planned sequences is: humans don't always react or move how you anticipated, especially if they are struck and feel pain….

    🤔 Stepping inside seems less complicated… but slightly more risky, especially with a large and strong person. I can see transitioning to wrist control after your elbow strike, turning toward his punching arm and torquing his hand, wrist and elbow until he naturally falls. Then stomp on him… (and run away… of course… 😏 maybe… of course….)

    I always wonder if these drilled patterns really work… I am old now, and I have been in a few fights, but they have never gone the way I think they will go. Most fights either end with one or two sudden strikes (and capitulation), or are dragged out into sloppy grappling and volumes of messy punches and squirming out of sloppy submission attempts… until someone intervenes and breaks up the mayhem. Anyway, thanks for the video and thoughts.

    Turning theory into pragmatism is the Big Challenge of most martial arts, it seems. But it was enjoyable to remember some Kyokushin in the dojo… when I was young and less fat. 😆

  34. Only one problem with the video Jesse . It’s that is NOT THE Distance most street fights start at . The usually start mush mischief closer than that. And with either getting up in your face , or pushing distance. In 30 years as An NYPD Detective and Bouncer In New York City. I’ve seen it all .
    I absolutely agree on the self defense movement and distance.
    And that’s where Judo and Jiu Jitsu combined with Karate makes a perfect self defense strategy!

  35. Awesome video as always, Sensei Jesse, many thanks for making it! In the city where I live there is a Shorin-Ryu Shidokan Karate Dojo. Do you think it would be a good style to practice in terms of self defense and kata application (kata bunkai), like you just showed in the video?

  36. I very much enjoyed the video, but I am definitely not convinced of the street effectiveness of Karate. I love traditional martial arts and I want to believe that they work, but I have seen so many failures and shortcomings of the traditional martial arts in the last 20+ years. For example, the first 10 or how many ever UFC's where there were quite a bit of traditional stand up martial artists who completely sucked. And that situation was really amplified when any of the black belt/sash Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, or Tang so do guys went up against a Jiu-jitsu guy or a wrestler and had absolutely no idea what to do in that situation. Needless to say, but I have been very disappointed with traditional martial arts for quite a while now. I wish it were different, but it's not. It's just the reality of it.
    I also have my own traditional martial arts experience where I saw these shortcomings first hand.

  37. Great advice Sensei, I am 66 with 25 yrs of martial arts training behind me, 6 in Wing Chun and almost 20yrs in TKD. earning a 3rd dan, Unfortunately, I got a pretty serious illness and had to stop training at around 46yrs old. I am now in great health and a month ago I started daily yoga that I learned in India and Shotokan, as a white belt at a great local club. At my age, a long fight is out of the question and I believe its best for me to finish a situation quickly with a response that suits the severity of the attack! For me its a knockout punch followed by a powerful sidekick to the midsection, if my life is threatened the punch would change to a leopards paw punch to the throat! As I believe Bruce Lee said, I do not fear the man who practices thousands of kicks, I fear the man who has practised one kick, thousands of times! That's my street defence position! Thanks for posting your great videos, I learn something from all of them and love your enthusiasm for the martial arts, it's infectious

  38. In the street ALL stay modify
    Morihei Ueshiba talk :"learnin shape, keep shape, exit shape"..
    Sorry my english!!
    Iam Brazilian..

  39. Those are exagerated muay thai punches not street punches , street fighters throw blows not long hooks . Shirt grabbing is used to smash you against a wall or another hard surface remenber its not a judoka him or her dont want to control the pisition is trying to hurt you as fast as posible

  40. This is excellent – the Krav Maga practitioners will try to sell you on the idea that Karate doesn't work – but in actuality, they are doing the same thing with a different name – great video, very engaging, and very expository

  41. It's funny. So I did karate both before and after I went into Muay Thai (i'm back in karate and BJJ 2-3 times a week). When I started doing Karate again, the reason for the chambered fist hit me like a ton of bricks. You don't throw in a fight from chambered. It's a neutral position that should allow you to throw the punch no matter where your hand is. It's something one of my boxing coaches taught me, too. I should be able to throw hooks, jabs, straights from ANYWHERE my hand is, not just from my guard. And that's when I realized that the chambered hand is neutral, because where your hand starts shouldn't matter when throwing a punch. I prefer to throw it from guard when sparring, but the karate punch should be able to be thrown from anywhere.

    EDIT* I know there are other applications to the chambered fist. My point is that I really believe ONE of the ideas behind application is the neutral position and ability to throw from anywhere.

  42. So cool your shannel ive got black belt in kobayashi shorin ryu i had 15 at the Time, i FOLLOW YOU UP have a Nice day brother:)

  43. Hi Jesse, I'm thinking of joining karate dojo/school in Indonesia especially at Jakarta. Can I have some advice from you about, which Karate style should I learn… Thanks. 🙂

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