Look for pre-assault cues. What notice did the recipient of the initial strike have that they missed?
Watch for things that are consistent across many videos including: poor quality grappling, wild striking, verbal cues, unused escape routes.
Notice how sloppy real fights are. Be careful to avoid saying things to yourself like “I’d just do X.” X often doesn’t work unless you have practiced it against a resisting & free-thinking partner.
Watch the video, then think when or if you would have attempted to access a weapon. Many times the “proper” weapon access time comes and goes in a matter of seconds. You must do it in a way that the draw is not capable of being fouled, but wait long enough that the action is warranted. Accessing the weapon too early or too late can have equally dire consequences. We think after an honest assessment you’ll find that sometimes you may be asked to handle problems without weapons.
The fight is started at the beginning of the video
This fight appears to be some sort of road rage incident gone wrong. Neither guy seems to be very good at what he is attempting, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t get serious. This fight is a good example of why we need to know at least a little bit of grappling. You don’t have to do wrestling for a decade, but a little grappling can go a long way. Notice the guy in white can’t seem to get off the ground. Eventually he covers up and hopes the other guy leaves him alone. He does but only because he chose to. You can’t fight by turning away and covering your head. Takeaways: Learn a little grappling, and avoid situations like this.