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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Street Fighting Man[1]

Street fighting is a term used to denote unsanctioned, usually illegal, hand-to-hand fighting in public places, between individuals or groups of people. The term also usually carries the connotation that the fighters are not professional martial artists or fighters. Participants may use basic boxing, kick boxing, wrestling, or improvised tactics, including biting, eye gouging, hitting other participants with objects or throwing objects at them. Any rules of combat are dictated by personal choice or code of honour.

When street fighting escalates to include large scale destruction of property by numerous participants it becomes a riot.

Street fighting may include edged weapons, blunt weapons or improvised weapons. Duelling such as a gunfight which may take place in a street is not considered a form or street fighting due to its formal nature. Fighting that takes place in streets as part of combat by military forces is known as urban warfare.

While street fighting as an actual activity is relatively rare, street fight video games and films are very popular.

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