Street Fighting Moves – Interview With Norm Bettencourt – What’s Wrong With MMA For Self Defense?

Charles: Glad to have you here today, Norm. Tell us a little about yourself.

Norm: Well, I’m formerly a bouncer in security personnel, so I’ve done bodyguarding for the last 15 years, and now I teach street fighting and combat self defense full time.

Charles: And have you in your experience have achieved any coveted black belts in any style?

Norm: Yes, I hold a black belt in karate.

Charles: Huh. Excellent. Our topic tonight is what’s wrong with mixed martial arts as a self defense system. Might you have some tips that could help us to understand and see why this is true?

Norm: Well,

o The First Tip would be – Because There Are Rules.

Basically there is a ref in the ring, and he cuts when either the rules are broken or it becomes stagnate.

o The Second One is that you can’t use or You Have Limitations Towards Your Techniques.

You can’t eye jab. You can’t bite. You can’t stab somebody with a knife, or use your environment to take out your attacker. And

o The Third One is regarding the ground fighting. It’s like a chess game. On the street you want the total opposite. You Want To Get Off The Ground Immediately In Case Your Attacker Has Friends.

Charles: So essentially, those are the top three reasons why mixed martial arts cannot be considered a true self defense system.

Norm: Correct.

Charles: So overall, what would be your advice for somebody who is interested in a real self defense system and they’re thinking that mixed martial arts is the first step? What advice would you give to this person?

Norm: I would say that basically mixed martial arts, if there is a ref in any of the training that you do or in any of the matches, then it’s not real. It’s considered a sport. It there are rules, it’s considered a sport. So what you have to do if you want something that’s realistic, find a system that has no rules. It must personalized to suit your needs and also it teaches you how to use your environment and fight in real-world situations.

Charles: Well, Norm, I think that will cover it for us. I think that with this interview, people will have a clearer view to make a better decision to select the right school for their needs. We thank you, Norm.

Norm: Thank you.