OK, let's do battle! No, actually, let's be friends. Actually, why is everyone picking on me? I feel hurt. . .and oh so alone!
Rich-san: You wrote: the assumption you and others make is that the response is a fair fight 'empty hand' defense.
No, actually, I make no assumptions. In fact, after reading and re-reading my post, I cannot find a single reference to any such 'assumption" whatsoever.
Hey, man, you have a knife, bottle or other and want to use it, more power to you. Personally, I do not train with weapons because I KNOW that the same statistics you quote say I will NOT BE HOLDING ONE in the moment I need it! (Fodder for another post, perhaps?)
Collin-san: You words ring true! Especially enjoyable was your comment about The Discovery Channel baboons!
However, earlier in your post you write: I also think that it is pertinent to recognize the vast differences between sparring and true physical altercations. . .Certainly, never has a "street" fight that I have been involved in unfolded like a sparring match.
And like many of your predecessors, I think that you might be putting the proverbial words in my mouth.
Yes, I am the "sparring guy". I am also a real student of the fight game (not just boxing, either). Please re-read my post. My point is exactly what you state: Train however you like in your dojo or in your competition, but it's NEVER GOING DOWN THAT WAY! NEVER!
My point was merely this: The second you decide on a favorite technique, you're F*cked! Why? Because you're going to try to "pull it off" on the wrong guy at the wrong time.
Being a "righty", I am well aware of the statistics that point to a right punch being the first you'll see in an altercation in the street. That information did me no good several years ago when I got my bell rung in a bar by some lefty punk who I had assumed would be one of the rightys you're all counting on!
Yes, I spar. . .a lot! Yes, I like what I do. . .a lot! But please don't fall into the category of narrow minded nobodies who automatically assume that this "specialist" has no appreciation for or skills in any other asset of martial arts information and or training.
And to all, I again say: If sparring is not the "real thing" (and I, like you believe this to be true), good luck to you "kata queens" who think that you're ready for the Grim Reaper after your nightly Sanchin! HA!
Gary J. Khoury http://www.uechi-ryu.com/khoury