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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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Provocation

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In order to be considered aggressive in a conflict your actions must be “Sufficiently provocative.” What kinds of behavior qualify? The answer varies, once again, from state to state. Federal courts have a general rule, “An affirmative, unlawful act reasonably calculated to produce an affray foreboding injurious or fatal consequences.” Wow, decipher that one will ya.

First, affirmative means bumping into someone is not provocation.
Second, behavior must be unlawful. 
Third, it must be calculated to produce an affray (an instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace). You must have a premeditated desire to create physical conflict.
Fourth, the act must have the potential for “injurious or fatal consequences.” 

Now regarding states, in general, words that threaten is provocative. 
When words are not enough, any even slight physical conduct can qualify you as an aggressor.
Some use “imminent or actual physical force to start a fight means no self-defense.

Note: if you strike first you will need to have a well-articulated explanation for why it was necessary to do so. 

If the fight ends and you start it again.
Mutual combat, the parties agree to fight ahead of time, and both lose the right to argue self-defense. 
A long standing grievance with the other guy, i.e., bad neighbor; argumentative coworker, girlfriends x, etc.

Remember: staying cool and objective when the other guy is obviously not can help support a self defense claim even years later. 

If you escalate the fight. 

In California: “If you decide that the defendant started the fight using non-deadly force and the opponent responded with such sudden and deadly force that the defendant could not withdraw from the fight, then the defendant had the right to defend himself with deadly force and was not required to stop fighting.”

To stop or deescalate you must, 1) stop fighting, 2) withdraw and 3) effectively communicate to him that you are withdrawing. 

First principle of law of self defense is innocence. Legitimate self defense is available only if you are an innocent party to the confrontation. If you initiate, sustain, or escalate a confrontation, your actions cannot be justified as self-defense. Play the role of the innocent, live the role of the innocent, and you will receive enormous dividends should you ever have to argue self-defense. 

California:

A person does not have the right to self-defense if he or she provokes a fight or quarrel with the intent to create an excuse to use force. CALCRIM 3472

An aggressor whose victim fights back in self-defense may not invoke the doctrine of self-defense against the victim's legally justified acts. CALCRIM 505

… there was evidence that defendant was the initial aggressor, in that he struck both Arnold and then Moses with his bicycle before either of them engaged in physically aggressive conduct toward him. People  v. Guajardo, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5234

No one disputes that he was the initial aggressor by circling in front of Hughes’s house and threatening the occupants. People  v. Halford, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5106


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