Self Defense Without Fighting
It has been said by one of the great karate masters that the best
victory is one in which not a blow was struck. I think today, where
our liberal courts have made a mockery of good law abiding citizens
by making them liable for thieves breaking into their homes and
quickly levying assault charges on those who try to defend themselves,
this is good advise.
So it is advisable to learn some good verbal, spatial and assertive
skills like we teach in Street
Renowned self defense expert, Peyton Quinn, tells of his years
of experience as a bouncer in a rough biker bar. He found that in
almost every case that ended up in blows that there was some sort
of verbal exchange that preceded it.
There are actually three skills that should be learned in dealing
with a hostile situation or agression. First, you should learn not
to show any fear. This does not mean that you will not feel fear.
Fear is a natural result of real aggression. You want to learn not
to show the fear.
Two, do not fight fire with fire. Do not insult, aggrevate, challenge
or egg on the aggressor.
Three, give the aggressor an honorable way out. Let them keep face.
Let them walk away proud. This is extremely important if they are
with their buddies or girlfriend.
Learn good assertive skills. The message we want to give our enemy
or aggressor is: "Look, this is not going to be easy." "This guy
is not going to lay down and be free lunch." It is easier for a
bully or criminal to find an 'easy' victim than to deal with you.
The truth is most criminals prey on the weak and helpless. Learn
to walk tall with your head up. Be aware of your surroundings. Look
for the signs of trouble. Trust your gut feelings. Avoid areas and
places where trouble lurks. Most of all learn good assertive skills
and practice them with a friend or loved one.
Shihan Michael Pace