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OZZ
3/15/2014 2:51pm,
Most of us have heard the expression " If you can't fight in a phone booth, you can't fight."
It is a favorite of my instructor and his teaching methodology reflects this line of thought.
Anyways, the other day I went to see that movie Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, who portrays a Federal Air Marshall in this somewhat predictable, but entertaining suspense drama.
Low and behold, there is a scene in this movie that captures the essence of the phone booth-fighting philosophy as well as any other I've seen. Instead of a phone booth, the well-choreographed scrap takes place in an airplane restroom, and we all know how matchbox-like those things are.
Can't track down any excerpts online as the film is still in theaters, but I just wanted to make mention of it because its pretty cool.
If anyone knows of similar scenes that are well-done, feel free to post then up here.
Remember this is not intended as just another ' favorite movie fights thread' , lord knows we have enough of them floating around. Stick to the fighting within very narrow confines idea plz.

ermghoti
3/15/2014 3:10pm,
So, if you can't fight in 1992, you can't fight? Because that's the last time I remember seeing a phone booth IRL. Ironically, there were people fighting in it.

W. Rabbit
3/15/2014 3:18pm,
All styles work inside the TARDIS, it's bigger than it looks on the outside!

Wong Fei Hung was (according to folk legend), a master of fighting in narrow spaces.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SQAXNtBSWc

OZZ
3/15/2014 3:29pm,
So, if you can't fight in 1992, you can't fight? Because that's the last time I remember seeing a phone booth IRL. Ironically, there were people fighting in it.

That's a good point.lol
Never even thought of that.
There aren't many around anymore, most pay phones today are of the free-standing variety. Although you still see the odd one around. Usually along smaller highways or at gas stations in rural areas.
There used to be a couple at the major intersection downtown here in London, but they replaced them with the free-standing version a couple of years ago.
What is Clark Kent going to do now ??

Permalost
3/15/2014 3:40pm,
Its weird, because if you were forced to fight in a phone booth, the best tactic would probably be a choke (possibly with a duck under), or smashing their head against the wall (possibly w/ thumbs to eyes, or smash-duckunder-choke), which are 2 things that the sort of traditional arts that use the fight-in-a-phone-booth phrase rarely if ever train.

I appreciate the general sentiment that you should learn to make your movements just big enough, and to move from the core so you don't have to swing your limbs around so much.

Just recently when a guy came to test his takedown defense, I pushed him against a padded wall to set up a throw, and decided that was a pretty good thing to have for SD purposes. I'd imagine in a phone booth if you loaded someone into a hip throw, they'd probably hit their face on the opposite wall before going down all the way, then land on the head and neck cause the walls wouldn't let their legs swing over to a safe fall. So, wall-assisted hip throw would probably **** someone up in a phone booth REALLY bad, then you could jump up and down on them like a trampoline with the walls for support. Again, I've never seen that sort of thing in fight-in-a-phone-booth style.

I remember John Perkins of Attack Proof was an advocate of the phone booth mental device.

W. Rabbit
3/15/2014 4:28pm,
Chunner thread hijack is inevitable. Stay frosty.

http://i.imgur.com/AEG7lZj.jpg

Permalost
3/15/2014 4:35pm,
Chunner thread hijack is inevitable. Stay frosty.

http://i.imgur.com/AEG7lZj.jpg

Man, that's some taught-them-wrong-as-a-joke stance for Phone Booth Combat. Like, do the opposite of all of that.

FinalLegion
3/15/2014 4:41pm,
I had a fight in a phone booth once. I lost...never got my quarter back.

CrackFox
3/15/2014 5:47pm,
I'm 12, and what's a phone booth?

Permalost
3/15/2014 5:57pm,
If you can't fight while hanging off the rail of a crowded streetcar, you can't really fight.

Holy Moment
3/15/2014 8:40pm,
Muhammad Ali: I would fight Joe Frazier for free in a phone booth.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBv5O4-9ASo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpffY6ZRfZk


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DrMdQhz53Q


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gwFXqAMe3Q

Ming Loyalist
3/15/2014 9:44pm,
So, if you can't fight in 1992, you can't fight? Because that's the last time I remember seeing a phone booth IRL. Ironically, there were people fighting in it.

there is one on the corner right by the building i live in (NYC)

it's where i have my challenge matches

bobyclumsyninja
3/16/2014 10:30am,
Chunner thread hijack is inevitable. Stay frosty.

http://i.imgur.com/AEG7lZj.jpg
That's teh one for sex in a phone booth?

ermghoti
3/16/2014 11:11am,
there is one on the corner right by the building i live in (NYC)

it's where i have my challenge matches

Damn. That commute to 1992 must be brutal.

OZZ
3/17/2014 2:23am,
That Bond VS. Peter Franks fight in the elevator is a classic.

I dunno...I've never been in a fight in a phone booth, but I have been in a fight in an 8 x 9 'space'.
It was a frenzied free-for-all and I was dealing with a guy who outweighed me by a good 30 lbs (fat). I ended up on top, after absorbing a few blows, because I managed to kick his legs out from under him.
Luckily for me his head slammed off the toilet and he was so stunned I pummeled him pretty easily after that.

Mind you this was many, many years ago..before I had really done any serious training.
I think my immediate reaction would be to use close-quarter elbow shots, the same as you would in the cage when you have your opponent up against the fence.
There are a lot of elbows in bak mei and our short fist sets.

gregaquaman
3/17/2014 7:36am,
The only funny bit in dumb and dumber was a phone box fight.

And I have never heard that expression before.