I Was Surprised
Check out the video of the “ninja street fight” here. Language warning, and the fight doesn’t actually start until about 1:20.
To show how ignorant people are, there is nothing ninja about the guy’s style. I’m guessing it’s Northern Style kung-fu.
To be honest, when Mr. Kung-fu when into his exotic stance, with the hand-waving and back or cat stances, with cross-stepping, I thought he was toast. I admit I thought the guy was a poser who was about to get his butt handed to him. I was wrong.
In my observations of fights at the high school level, I found invariably that there is a buildup to a fight, which takes up more than minute in this video.
One thing that concerned me was when the guy in black reached behind him (at about :57). To me, this is a warning that he may be drawing something like a knife or a gun, and I would have charged in at that point. You’ve got to get the gun or knife while he’s trying to draw it, not afterward.
I think kudos must also be given to Mr. Kung-fu for his situational awareness. He is carefully scanning the crowd to make certain that none of Black Shorts’ friends are going to blindside him.
Why Did Mr. Kung-Fu Win, and Win Decisively?
The kung-fu guy has great movement. He moves side-to-side and is very elusive. His opponent is already off-balance and now must lean forward to try to connect. On the other hand, the kung-fu fighter kept his balance.
The kung-fu guy has cover. Combined with his side-to-side movement, he guards his head. You can see his left fist shoot up in a covering/blocking gesture. I don’t think he even got hit once, even though both fighters were throwing flurries of punches.
The kung-fu guy landed a haymaker, which dropped his opponent like a sack of potatoes. Again, if I’m not mistaken, the punch is a hung-gar haymaker (See the pic below.), which is delivered in a wide, looping arc. It appears that the point of contact was actually the guy’s inner forearm, which hit Mr. Black Shorts like an axe handle, and dropped him.