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Old 05-22-2010, 02:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Random discussion. Are there any ways you guess on who can fight or who can't? I mean, like on the street and such. Who has real experience in fighting and who isn't, etc. How they hold themselves, how they move, their reactions etc. I want to hear a few strange ideas if you know some. Oh, and please leave stuff like scarred face, etc out of it.

Some ways I tell is the way they react. IE when something unusual happens, they react quickly. IE: someone opens a door and walks unusually fast , so the fighters automatically look as fast as they can, or someone makes a quick gesture.

Another way is if they evaluate each new threatening-looking person. Or, in simpler terms, sizes up anyone new who shows up that looks like they might start something.

Show very little fear at everyday arguments that may easily lead to a fight. They aren't scared of anyone, basically.

When angry enough to curl a fist, the fist turns slightly inwards instead of perfectly straight. It's not proper, but I find often that people who've brawled a lot before curl their fists in naturally, for the typical gut-punch kind of thing, a messy kind of fighter. And those that do make a perfectly straight and well-formed fist have not exactly experience, but know what to do in the end. The people who's fists curl but not noticeably, but aren't perfectly formed have little or no experience. Not completely accurate, but often.
The 'dull' look in someone's eyes that tells you they've seen ugly things in their past. Obvious thing...

Etc. Any other ones that are strange that you do? Random question that I thought would be interesting.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i usually look how tall and fit they are and that tells something about how much power they are able to generate

when i see someone more or less my size or smaller i really dont feel intimidated AT ALL

but well looks are deceiving, when i was watching fedor's fights in pride i was like lol wtf this russian looks like he just came out of the bar after 20 bottles of vodka

but yeah i look at their hands and how they react when something is going on, stance, shoulders, chin tucked down, raised fists those are all signs of fighting experience
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I make it a point to NOT look like I know what I'm doing.

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The guy in my town who has a tattoo on his forearm that says "Fighter" and he has boxing gloves on his deltoid.


Other then that, I just don't piss people off to have to learn the hard way their a fighter... I don't want people knowing that I'm a fighter either, until I need to show it.
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look at they stance and arms. they should know the right stances so they dont look like wanna be's. and also how fit and strong they are. protect your temple if they are strong and now how to fight, hehehehheheheheh and a aarmbar well do or head lock

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look at they stance and arms. they should know the right stances so they dont look like wanna be's. and also how fit and strong they are. protect your temple if they are strong and now how to fight, hehehehheheheheh
Well this was about noticing if they are a fighter before they start fighting.

I usually look at the person who acts like they can't fight and assume they can fight. Then the guy acting like he is a badass who can kick everyone's ass I assume they can't fight. Basically I assume the people who can fight will be modest, those who can't will try to overcompensate.
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Default Re: How do you tell if someone is a fighter?

Good points. Some others are:

they are way too cool when stuff starts coming down.

are quiet (most of the world's most dangerous men- and many mass murderers- are).

try to avoid a fight at all costs, except being a kiss-ass.

act more often as a 'final word'. IE if they tell you to do something, you typically do it (unlike leaders, experienced fighters can show a bit of their knowledge and authority- everyone respects a good fighter, and by not exactly acknowledging it, but taking authority in certain situations shows experience more). But that one's iffy
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I think you can't tell who is fighter and who isn't until you make first contact with him (or see him fight)
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Default Re: How do you tell if someone is a fighter?

Stance, footwork
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Default Re: How do you tell if someone is a fighter?

yes, but when he gets in stance he is already in fight ... but w/o fight you can't be 100% sure
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