Real Life Combat: 3 on 1 Road Rage

Red Shirt Gets the Better of the Exchange

I’d like to thank reader Rob for alerting me to the following incident. I’m not including the footage here because it’s very disturbing. You can see the video here, but I must give you a warning of strong and unsettling content.

A guy whom I’ll call “Red Shirt” squares off against three motorists from another car. Mistake number one. Do you really need to start something? Especially when there are three of them, and who knows what weapons might be in play.

So Red Shirt challenges Gray Stripes to a fist fight, and both men go through the preparatory motions, rolling up their sleeves, getting into a stance, and so on. Here combat resembles the standard dojo sparring scenario, BUT YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS. I think Red Shirt has made a foolish assumption of mutual combat in a “fair” fight, with certain implied rules. He is completely wrong.

Red Shirt leads with a high kick to Gray Stripes’ chest. This is a bad, bad move. He makes the classic karate snap kick mistake, in that his kick is snapped upward, when it should be launched forward, like a thrust. The upward kick connects with nothing. A Thai kick would be better, or better still, a low kick to Gray Stripes’ knee, which impedes his mobility and evens the odds in a multiple opponent scenario,

Unbelievably, Red Shirt launches the same ineffective kick a second time. Now why do I say a high kick is a bad idea? Because it can be grabbed, which is exactly what happens here. If the kick landed solidly, having it grabbed might not be so devastating, but this kick has nothing on it and cannot hurt the opponent.

That kick should have been the game-ender right there. Let us think: the situation is 3 on 1 and one of those opponents is holding your foot at waist height. Yet Red Shirt gets out of it by clawing Gray Stripes’ face with an open hand. Now Red Shirt and Gray Stripes are in punching range, and are exchanging punches. Red Shirt is getting the better of the exchange. One of Gray Stripes’ buddies wants to intervene, but with both guys circling and swinging wildly, he risks getting clocked if he steps in.

Gray Stripes is getting beaten on the punching exchange, with Red Shirt landing several solid hooks to the head. Can you guess what Gray Stripes does next?

Of course, Gray Stripes closes and gets Red Shirt in a loose tackle, with his arms around Red Shirt’s midsection. Remember, an opponent who is getting beaten will close. Red Shirt responds by putting Gray Stripes in a headlock.

Now that Red Shirt is immobilized, it is now safe for Gray Stripes’ buddy to intervene, which he does. Both men take Red Shirt to the ground. It is 2 on 1,and the devastating blow is the kick to the head, delivered from behind, that Red Shirt never saw coming. The two men continue to kick Red Shirt in the head while he lies on the ground unconscious.

This episode is a tragic example of why you want to avoid fights at all costs. This was totally unnecessary. Red Shirt is lucky to be alive, particularly when you consider the huge mismatch in his confidence against three men, versus his poor skills.


  1. cmichaelm56 says

    Not defending anyone’s actions here, but according to the news story that goes with this, the three guys supposedly put their car in front of red shirt and hit the brakes after having followed him for a while…this happened after some percieved slight or an excange of words- typical disgruntled motorist stuff. The best defense against road rage is to be a courteous driver. Note to “Tough Guys”: If you put yourself in a 3 on one situation, expect exactly what happened here to happen to you.


    Hello Darrin, thank you for posting this video and discussing it at length. Your comments are spot on as usual. What first came to my mind when I saw this video was something my first sensei (Urban Goju) taught us:

    1. Learn how to avoid a conflict.

    2. It’s easier to get in trouble than to get out of trouble.

    and 3…

    REMEMBER 1 and 2!

    This piece of wisdom, among others he shared with us, has served me immensely well. These three things, had Red Shirt been taught them, could have saved him from his near death experience. Red Shirt’s other mistake was that was fighting for survival, at least no initially anyway, but for ego. Regardless, he should have had a weapon.

    I think it comes down to this…if an individual isn’t prepared to immediately cripple or kill an opponent(s)…then that individual shouldn’t even think about fighting. Fighting is not a game, but for one’s survival or a loved one’s survival and nothing else.

    Volumes can be written about this video. Thanks again for posting it.

    • Darrin says

      Priest Bokmei,

      “Fighting for ego rather than survival” How true!

      “I think it comes down to this…if an individual isn’t prepared to immediately cripple or kill an opponent(s)…then that individual shouldn’t even think about fighting.” Jow true this is. I think he started imagining fighting as a contest, and ended up lying on the ground unconscious getting kicked in the head. If you’re not prepared to deal with the latter, as you say, don’t start.

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