Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Note the above. This is a clip from the final fight scene in the movie "The Revenant". If you have not seen it, please do. In my opinion this is A FIGHT. A realistic-looking fight between two people. There are weapons involved, there is blood EVERYWHERE, fingers and ears go missing...and finally one fatally wounded combatant, possibly two.
Yes, I know it's a movie. The point I am trying to make is that the definition of a "fight" can vary greatly from person to person. To some it is the pride-based "monkey dance". To others MMA or boxing or even Muay Thai are "fighting". Still to others, it is a life-or-death struggle to survive against potentially unfair odds. You don't know until you are in it, and to be sure you are the one to walk away you must be ready to go as far as is needed to end the situation with minimal harm to yourself.
Sometimes I hear people whisper "I could take him" under their breath when they see people in the dojo train or spar. Could you?? Are you sure??
How can you accurately predict what kind of fight that would be? How do you know without any doubt that person does not have a switch that takes them straight into pure survival mode where they will bite chunks out of your face, tear out your eyes, and stomp you without mercy until you are dead or crippled? Can you really be 100% sure?
After 35 years in and around martial arts, in my daily life I am rarely afraid. That said, I still avoid every single fight I can avoid. That's right. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Because fights are unpredictable and people are unpredictable I talk my way out, walk away or run away if I can every time. Given an alternative I simply won't fight. When I am given no alternative, my definition of a fight has no rules, no time limit, and no referee. It ends when I end the other person's will to continue or they end me. I will grab the nearest usable weapon I can find. I will use any and all unfair means to my fullest advantage. I fight DIRTY. I suggest you do, too.
Don't assume your definition of a fight is your opponent's. Don't assume the other guy will fight fair.
Never underestimate how savage a fight can be, or how quickly it can escalate into deadly use of force. When cornered, get on the offensive quickly and deliver the maximum violence in the minimum time. Don't stop until you are completely sure it is over. Then, get out of there as fast as you possibly can. Protect yourself at all times. Be the one who walks away.