Because of my deep interest in the issues presented in "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" by Bruce Lee I became very interested in "what actually works". I read and re-read that book several times and plan to do so again now that I have plunged back into the martial arts world. And back into situations that cause me to have to break up violence. My personal training is limited. Money always held me back. But I read books like crazy and have always been into strategy. I also got into a lot of fights due to my childhood. (I lived in an area where I was a racial minority and was often targeted with violence for that reason.) My children recently became old enough that bullies are now an issue and this kind of re-lit the fire of my interest in this topic, along with the fact that I am a journalist who covers protests and other events in the Occupy movement. Though Occupy itself is a peaceful movement we end up in some of the worst neighborhoods in the country and I often find myself needing to break up fights. I have very strong verbal skills for this and I have yet to have to do anything physical. But being exposed to people who are so stoned on crack or meth that you cannot reason with them has also become a problem. (Not Occupiers, but the homeless people who tend to show up looking for food or a fire.) I felt helpless because I realized I knew how to hurt people. What I was not confident in was my ability to deal with people like that without hurting them. While at the same time not getting myself hurt. In my journey to do this I think back on the various fights I have been in and what worked and what did not. I also watched the evolution of the UFC and where it is today. And I remember why Bruce Lee refused to get into competition because he did not want to learn habits that would hurt him in street fights. That said, I also fully understand where MMA people are coming from when they point out the effectiveness of training in an environment where all of your techniue can be resisted. Bruce Lee advocated hard sparring during his training. I have seen a lot of arguments about various strategies and whether or not they work. The Wing Chun vs. MMA argument in particular seems to be a hot one. Grappling vs. Striking, etc. As someone who studied Tao of Jeet Kune do I don't seek supremacy for my style. Jeet Kune Do without hesitation absorbs that which works, and casts out that which does not. I realized however that this topic is a difficult one. Because what works has so many variables to it. I have met Wing Chun practitioners who have absolutely destroyed people in street fights. So the idea that Trapping and all that not working does not really fit my experience. That said there are people who have seen people doing Chi Sao tactics get destroyed by MMA fighters. So when we are talking about "What Works?" there is also the huge variable about what works on WHOM. In a streetfight against an average thug I see Wing Chun aggressive chain punching working just as well as an MMA fighter taking someone out with Muay Thai or grappling. But, one thing I learned from the streets was generally you get to beat one guy's butt pretty good. Then he shows up with five or so of his buddies. This is a situation I do not want to be rolling on the ground for. HOWEVER it is a situation that will likely put you on the ground. So knowing how to defend yourself on the ground is critical. But going down there on purpose as you see some people suggest is a bad idea particularly depending on the terrain. So after kind of setting the one for this conversation, I will ask that people first of all remain completely respectful. Talk about WHAT WORKED for you. Give examples of it. I encourage people to post videos of real fights to talk about what you would do or what you learned. I have several of my own lined up. Lets have a free exchange of our own expiriences and try to get to the bottom of it. Remembering that many things you learn in competition will absolutely help you in a streetfight. HOWEVER many things you cannot do in competition would be great in a streetfight.