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