Street fighting

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Goya, Man Interfering in a Street Fight (1812–20)

Street fighting is hand-to-hand combat in public places, between individuals or groups of people.[1] Unlike sport fighting, a street fight might involve weapons, multiple opponents, and no rules. The venue is usually a public place (e.g. a street) and the fight sometimes results in serious injury or occasionally even death.[2][1] Some street fights can be gang-related.[3]

The main difference between street fighting and a self defense situation is that a street fight is avoidable, whereas a self-defense situation is not. The other main difference is that the fight is consensual between both parties. A typical situation might involve two men arguing in a bar, then one suggests stepping outside, where the fight commences. Thus, it is often possible to avoid the fight by backing off, while in self-defense, a person is actively trying to escape the situation, using force if necessary to ensure their own safety.[1]

In some martial arts communities, street fighting and self-defense are often considered synonymous.[1][4]

Bar fights[edit]

A bar fight, sometimes known as a pub brawl,[5] is a type of street fight that happens in bars,[6] pubs,[7] and taverns.[8]

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  2. ^ White, Rob. et al (2007). 'Youth Gangs, Violence and Anti-Social Behaviour. Australian Research and Alliance Club. pp. 18, 29.
  3. ^ White, Rob (2007). Youth Gangs, Violence and Anti-Social Behaviour. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. pp. 18, 29.
  4. ^ "Street fight – practical self defence". (in Czech). Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Man guilty of clerk's murder in pub brawl". 18 November 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ Leary, James P. (1976). "Fists and Foul Mouths: Fights and Fight Stories in Contemporary Rural American Bars". The Journal of American Folklore. 89 (351): 27–39. doi:10.2307/539544. JSTOR 539544.
  7. ^ Berthelot, Emily R.; Brown, Timothy C.; Drawve, Grant; Burgason, Kyle A. (25 March 2015). "The Southern Pub Crawl and Brawl: An Examination of the Alcohol–Violence Nexus in a Southern City". Deviant Behavior. 36 (8): 605–624. doi:10.1080/01639625.2014.951575.
  8. ^ "Bar fight leads to three arrests in Southington". Meriden Record-Journal. Southington, CT. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.