Fighting is not always about "teaching someone else a lesson". Sometimes fighting is about teaching something to yourself.
One often hears, "Hey, even if you beat the guy's ass, he's STIIL not going to see your side of things when you're through".
You know what? Good. I still get the satisfaction of stepping on a cockroach!
BTW: I would have done EXACTLY what George-sensei explained in the coffee shop. There is enough violence in the world. I do not need to contribute to it over a stupid jacket.
IF idiot-boy had stood, however, or put his hands on me, all bets are off. Period.
This is my personal decision. I made it years ago. It doesn't have to be OK with you, the courts or anyone else.
I'll sit in a cell if I have to, but I'll do it in confidence knowing that I stood up for my own personal values. As Van-sensei says, it's better to die standing up for what you believe in than to live in self-hatred, humiliation and cowardice.
Gary J. Khoury http://www.uechi-ryu.com/khoury