Self Defense Report #3:
Combat Training Principles: Secrets For Staying Alive When 'Rules' Don't Apply
It's Either You, or Him
Someone's going to get it right first. Someone's going to get stabbed in the neck, and someone's going to be doing the stabbing. So... In a life-or-death situation, which do you pick?
While 'none of the above' is the hands-down best choice, that's not always an option. So of the two, 'do' or 'get done,' which one is you?
Yes, it's a stupid question--when given such a stark, limited choice we'll all choose to be the one doing it, right?
And yet, unless you're actually training to be the one doing it, you won't pick the obvious answer, even though you know in your gut it's the right one.
When viewed through a social lens, taking into account self-defense laws, societal mores, and even spiritual concerns, 'hitting first' is wrong. It's aggressive, offensive, and only the 'bad guys' do it--it's a defining feature of the violent criminal.
When taken at face value, the facts of violence show that second place is first loser. The first one to get it right--the first one to cause a serious injury and take advantage of that fact--is almost always the winner. The first one to take an eye, break a leg or bounce a head off the concrete usually gets the chance to do it again.