Martial arts empowers us with the knowledge of self-defense. The reality is, there’s no telling if and when we may find ourselves faced with an impending physical confrontation.
We may be thrust into situations where we, and the people around us, are at risk of physical harm from an assailant or an attacker. In these situations, it is best to be well equipped with the skills necessary to protect ourselves. By training in martial arts, we gain the ability to do just that.
But so much more goes into a real fight that we may not immediately recognize in the heat of the moment. Real fights are tricky and there are a lot of things we should consider before putting our martial arts skills to use. As true martial artists, we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves and only use our skills when absolutely necessary, in self-defense.
Though these situations may be quick and you may have to think on your feet and make split-second decisions, there are certain things you must do to make sure you are effective in diffusing physical confrontations.
Today, Evolve Daily shares the four things you should do before deciding to jump into a real fight.
1) Determine if the fight can be avoided
This is very important and the very first thing you should always do. As a martial artist, you not only have the primary responsibility of protecting yourself and those around you from harm, but you must also protect your opponent from causing harm to himself.
Often, the best course of action, when faced with the possibility of a fight, is to avoid the fight altogether. This involves restraint to a certain degree. Stepping away from a situation where a possible fight can break out shows maturity and is a quality of a true martial artist. This is an exhibition of mental strength and emotional stability.
Always remember that the best way to end fights is to not start them at all. This way, everyone gets out unharmed and we can avoid having to put our martial arts skills to use.
2) Check if your opponent is armed
If the fight cannot be avoided and you are almost certain that you will have to employ your self-defense skills, then the first thing to do is to check if your opponent is armed. Fair, hand-to-hand combat is one thing, but going up against an assailant who is armed with a weapon puts you at a significant disadvantage.
In cases when an opponent is armed, the best course of action to diffuse the situation is still to avoid fighting as much as possible. Perhaps we can call for help and get security to help us de-escalate matters. Help from authorities should be the first thing we look for, especially if an assailant is armed with a weapon.
Taking on an armed assailant is risky because anything can happen, so avoid this as much as possible.
3) Check if your opponent has back up
One on one is the only condition you should accept in a fight to make sure the odds are in your favor.
If your opponent has backup with him, then it’s not a fair fight and your chances of coming out on top are not very good. In these cases, you should always back away. It doesn’t matter how good your self-defense skills are. The more opponents you have to face at a time, the more difficult your situation is, and the less chance of you getting out unharmed.
Remember, your goal is to come out on top while doing the least amount of damage both to your opponent, as well as to yourself.
If you are outnumbered, the chances of you losing a fight is exponential. So let cooler heads prevail and choose to avoid fighting, especially if the odds are stacked against you.
4) Defend yourself with martial arts
Lastly, if a fight absolutely cannot be avoided, and your opponent is unarmed, and he or she is alone, then by all means, you must use your martial arts skills to defend yourself. In actuality, using your skills to protect yourself and the people around you is the right thing to do.
Because of your training, your journey of learning, you have been given this responsibility. Luckily, martial arts empowers you with not only skill but also confidence and courage.
There will be situations we face in life where the need to physically protect ourselves from harm is necessary. In these situations, being equipped with the knowledge of martial arts puts you at an advantage. It gives you the power to end conflicts in the most efficient way possible, and with the least amount of damage sustained.
Martial arts is an amazing tool for self-defense, but there is a certain level of responsibility that comes with it. Use these guidelines and take a mental note. Who knows? You could find yourself one day faced with the decision of whether or not to actually use your skills.
It’s best to be mentally prepared.
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