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
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
Self Defense/Fighting Defined
So, if this is true then why is it so difficult to define it compared to fighting? The difficulty begins when you enter into the realm of legalities. Self-defense law along with force law make things a bit - difficult. The difficulty is when does self-defense move into what it determined illegal and that is the question each individual must research and then decide if it is worth the danger to use force in defense.
When you are trying to protect yourself from an "unprovoked" attack, which cannot be "avoided," then you enter into the convoluted world of defense and the line between acceptable defense and illegal fighting is moving and very, very small. You can cross that line and not even know it or you can cross it with the absolute certainty your defending when in reality your in the illegal zone.
Fighting: an action of fighting; violence or conflict; displaying or engaging in violence, combat, or aggression. A violent conflict meant to establish dominance over the victim, opponent or opposition.
It seems clear when you see this definition that defense and fighting are a matter of using only those countermeasures necessary to avoid, deflect, evade or block a violent aggressive attack against your person or the person of someone else whose life is in danger. Yet, many get caught up in the debate, sometimes faming debate, between fighting and defending.
It is not all that hare really until your in the situation where the monkey dance is involved, emotions and the resulting chemical dumps and the way in which you trained for self defense are present then it gets really, really difficult.
To read what I am meaning here go to "no nonsense self defense" and see the huge amount of data Marc MacYoung presents and try to find a line you can draw to say your either defending or fighting - your legal or not legal. It is something I have tried to get down to a simple answer and like Marc, who has tons more experience, knowledge and ability than I, who presents it all well but in a chaotic form that should speak to you saying - it ain't easy, it ain't simple.