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How well does a tackle work in a fight?

I'm shorter than this person, and I'm built in muscle, he isn't

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It depends on how good your ground game is. You need to ask yourself if you're a better striker or wrestler. I'm short (5'8') but stocky (185 lbs) with a lot of upper and lower body strength. I'm not the fastest striker in the world but I hit hard so I'm a ground and pound type. I also know quite a few wrestling (I wrestled in high school) and mixed martial arts submission moves that I can actually execute quite well, which leads me to my point; Your fighting style needs to match your ability to execute. Don't take him to the ground and then have a "Now what?" moment. However, don't plan to stand back and have a boxing match or slug it out with someone who is taller or has a longer reach than you, especially if they are a fast striker. It won't matter if you're stronger if you're getting punched in the face repeatedly and can't land any blows of your own. Also, don't rule out fighting dirty. A fight by its very nature IS dirty, has one objective, and only one objective: Beat your opponent.

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I like your style. ;)
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You got some style yourself!
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Im a wrestler myself, actually
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It works pretty damn well, as long as he doesn't have the reflexes to move out of the way.

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He might counter with a knee to the head, if you wanna bring him down try a headlock / hip toss but keep him in headlock through the entire move and land on top of him, that'll knock the wind out of him. Loop your thumb through your belt loop so that you still have him in the headlock, that'll free up your other hand to punch.

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My cousin got her thumb broken in gym by getting it caught in a persons belt (long story)
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We would be about 1 to 1/2 feet away to start the fight
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You jump up and forward grabbing his head with your left arm (if you're right handed) (and your left wrist with your right hand) in the same motion on the way down twist your hip and flip him over holding the headlock.
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