When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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Exclusion Zone & Clear Zone (Your defense/offense perimeter)
An exclusion zone is first handled by clearing folks to be in it. The the Marines establish a perimeter that closes the exclusion zone so no one can enter unless cleared. If someone tries to enter forcibly, think attack, then the Marines are authorized to put them down. Down on the ground or down in the ground.
So, I use it here to establish a zone around myself where any entry past that exclusion zones perimeter line results in self protection and all it entails. Where is a persons exclusion zone perimeter? Good question as it differs for each unique individual.
Stand in heiko-dachi the extend your arms out to the side. I don't say straight out in front for this because the distance does shorten a might but full extension is better achieved to the side. That is your exclusion zone perimeter. Now, stand on one foot and extend your leg into a front snap kick position fully extended. This is what I would call my clear zone.
A clear zone means to me, in karate, that line or clear zone perimeter that if breached causes me to take some sort of action. I try to see a possible opponent for their size and then judge when their leg starts to breach the clear zone. I move and take a hands up by face don't want to get into a physical thing type move and try to avoid/deescalate.
OK, a clear zone is a zone established from the exclusion zone perimeter/line outward for a distance that provides Marines a moment to discover a breach of security so they can respond and hopefully avoid and deescalate, i.e. turn the intruder around to leave the area or consequences will occur to either down on the ground or in the ground. Just wanted to clear that up just in case.
Now, once a person enters the clear zone and I take a posture of non-aggression yet that person fails to see the error of they ways and the distance I judge their leg/foot enters the exclusion zone I am now going to move and depending on what happens take a defensive posture and possible disrupt their brain to a point they reconsider their stance on the subject and decide correctly this was a bad thing to do.
Establish your clear zone and exclusion zone as your first line of defense. If you remain aware and perceive someone with a hostile attitude to enter your clear zone take appropriate actions and once they enter you exclusion zone which puts them within striking/punching distance take additional necessary actions to protect yourself and get the heck out of dodge, i.e. danger of harm. The overall gaol with this is to avoid-deescalate-manners before legal considerations are enacted through actions, etc.
Note: Remember, the reason I am using a clear zone and an exclusion zone is you do not want to wait till they are actually within punching/striking/kicking distance. The distance they need to hit your vertical axis. If you can hit theres they can hit yours and the idea is to avoid, not, get hit (thanks Mr. MacYoung for the view.
Note II: Also, the clear/exclusion zone lines, perimeter of defense, at a minimum must meet your arm/leg distance yet since this is a mostly defensive mindset you may want to extend it slightly if the person you encounter, provided time allows, might have a longer reach. Remember also that it is not the distance to contact your body but the distance from your vertical axis, i.e. line from apex of your head straight down to the Earth. The axis line where penetration and power do their best.