Hard 2 Hurt is Icy Mike’s YouTube channel. But just who is Icy Mike, and what is his channel about?
Icy Mike is an ex-police officer turned martial arts instructor/enthusiast/fighter. He has been in several fights in episodes of StreetBeefs and his YouTube channel is focused on exploring the effectiveness of martial arts training in self-defense scenarios (aka: “THE STREETZ”).
This post is a bit of a departure from the regular jiu jitsu topics that I write about, but I think it’s valuable to keep in mind real-world self-defense scenarios during training so that you have an awareness of what works and what doesn’t.
Icy Mike has a background in jiu jitsu, and all around MMA training. Combined with his years as a cop, he uses this training to analyze videos of real world altercations to see if he can determine what’s useful and what’s not when learning to fight.
The bulk of his videos are on debunking claims made by people that a particular move or fighting style would work in a real life self-defense situation. He has some interesting insight, and with his years as a police officer combined with his fights that can be seen on StreetBeefs he does have some credence behind what he says.
Check out some of Icy Mike’s videos and judge for yourself. He’s entertaining to watch, and in my opinion has some valuable insight to share regarding self-defense.