Street Defence Manual

Marc Wickert is one of the world's most respected martial arts journalists.
For years his articles have been published internationally in fight magazines and on the acclaimed website.
Having interviewed some of the most elite combatants of the no-holds-barred inner sanctum, he has now formulated a system of street defence techniques for - The Book.
A hybrid fight system's instructor in his own right, he poses this daunting thought: "It's a jungle out there.
Are you 

In Store Price: $AU17.95 
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ISBN: 1 920699 82 1
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 65
Genre: Street Defence Manual/Non Fict.

Includes illustrations.

Author: Marc Wickert 
Imprint: Zeus
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published: September 2003
Language: English



All fighting systems are dangerous. The techniques demonstrated in this book are dangerous. Consult a physician before commencing any self-defence training. Always practice self-defence training under the supervision of a qualified instructor. The author and publisher of this book are not responsible in any way for any injury that might occur due to the following of any instruction given within this book, or from practicing any techniques demonstrated in this book.


When we first learnt about martial artists on TV, images were conjured up of solidly built men in white karate suits, black belts and rising-sun headbands. All these ‘karate experts’ were indestructible, it seemed, and we heard stories of how they had each beaten up 20 bikies in the back alley of some seedy neighborhood. We never wondered what they were all doing there in the first place.

The indomitable fighting skills of these great mystical warriors were not questioned. Nor was the need for these practitioners to be able to leap through the air and kick a feudal-system samurai off his horse in the 20th Century.

When the general public watched on in awe as these experts broke a roof-load of clay tiles with their bare hands, their fighting abilities seemed to be irrefutable. No one asked what would happen if the tiles were moving. Would the attacker in the street have to stand still while the martial arts wizard psyched himself up for 3 minutes and did two practice chops before actually striking his attacker?

Would a mugger in the back street do the gentlemanly thing, and wait for the practitioner to limber up, before being kicked in the head? Did anyone wonder why it was necessary to speak Japanese in order to have these 'secret' powers? Superman needed his cape, and Samson needed his hair. Surely martial artists needed white pajamas to be lethal weapons, didn't they? And besides, who would dare ask such questions anyway?

For a long time, it seemed you only had to look cranky and say you were a karate expert to instill fear in any would-be attacker.

Then in 1993, a lot of this mythical cloud dissipated when the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) took place in Denver, Colorado. Exponents of high-kicking styles were being tackled to the ground and tied up in leg-locks, arm-bars and chokeholds without unleashing a single kick. And those devastating karate chops, that had previously smashed a barbecue's worth of bricks, had little effect in The Octagon.

What really pulled the mat from under many martial arts myths was that these fights were not held secretly in those dark alleys, but were shown to the general public on pay-per-view screens around the globe. A giant cloud of exaggeration and intimidation could no longer obscure reality.

To add salt to the wounds, a street fighter from Huntington Beach, California, with a wrestling and boxing background, but no black belt and zero martial arts experience, entered The Octagon for UFC VI. To the dismay of the ‘experts’, the street fighter came close to being UFC champion, after easily eliminating the two biggest men in the competition.

Tank Abbott's street skills not only sent a shock wave through the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he also delivered a big warning to all martial artists. They would have to be able to back up their 'indestructible' reputations with practical ability, or they would be dead meat on the street. 

In this book, I have put together some basic striking, takedown and finishing-hold techniques I believe to be 'street friendly'. Remember it’s a jungle out there. Are you prepared?

Train Hard & Stay Hard

Marc Wickert.


The Right of Passage

You shouldn’t assume you have the right to walk down the street without being assaulted. You won’t always be in the company of your big brother. And there won’t be a policeman on every corner. ‘It shouldn’t be like this’, ‘They should be in jail’ and ‘What did I do to you?’ are lines not relevant on the street. They say there’s an exception to every rule, but one rule I’ve found to have no exception to is ‘All bullies are cowards.’ Bullies will pick an easy mark. If you can fight back, they will be inclined to look elsewhere. On the street, your best defence is self-defence. If you don’t have reasonable fighting skills, then you’re going in to bat for the enemy.



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