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What Makes a Good Fighter?

Do you have the qualities of a fighter? In this article we look at what some of those qualities are and the best way you can obtain them.

In the Survival Fitness Plan, fighting is used as a way to keep fit while learning self-defense. 

But being a fighter can mean other different things to different people. It can be a sport (such as MMA or Boxing) or as a disciple of Martial Arts (such as Kung Fu or Karate). 

Whatever the reason, to be good at it, the qualities needed are the same. 

In this article, you will learn what some of them are.

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A great quality to have whether fight training for self-defense or other reasons is determination. 

In a fight, being more determined than your opponent is a huge factor in winning. 

Even in training, more determination means you will work harder to achieve your goals. 


Training in proper technique is another important quality to possess as a fighter. 

If you train with poor technique, then when you use it in ‘real life’ it will come out poorly also. 

Training in proper technique encompasses several qualities which are important for good fighters, such as speed, power, accuracy, balance, and others. 


Many people focus on fighting techniques in self-defense and martial arts but do not work on increasing fitness. This is a mistake.

When faced with an opponent who can hold his/her own, even if they are better than you technically, being physically fitter can often be overcome. 

Also, you may choose to run at some stage, and the fitter person will be able to run further. 

Finally, the fitter you are, the more strength you will have which equates to more damage inflicted with each strike. 


All the qualities that make up a good fighter are connected to each other. 

With determination, great technique, and a fit body, you will give yourself the highest chance of winning whether it be in sport, personal development, or a real-life street fight.

If you want to know how and what to train specifically for self-defense, check out ‘The Self-Defense Handbook’.

Safe training!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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