All your discussions above really bring us back full circle , over and over , to what it is that you are prepared to do , will really be able to do , how far you are willing to travel to obliterate your attacker and save your life ! Sadly , most of us lack the resolve to be ruthless in battle as evidenced by our 'conscience ' objections to the total destruction concept we should be espousing as an integral part of our survival mindset ! The signs are everywhere ….like 'I really don't want to hurt my opponent ' ….like ' a good martial artist really has no need to hurt anyone ' …' you can block him ..knock him out with gentle touching ' ….and on and on …..
In the mean time you are programming yourself to fail , because you are thinking of your opponent as a human being while he thinks of you as a piece of meat ! We all like to identify ourselves with the samurais , but keep on stumbling along the way at every block because of our humane concerns for the enemy and the consequences of the fight !
When you think of samurais , you should think first and foremost of the fact they were taught to enter conflict prepared to kill or be killed ….and they did not have any mental blocks about using weapons in addition to their substantial unarmed martial arts skills ! And so they were schooled in ruthless philosophy in their cat-quick adroitness as complete ' killing machines' in ferocious mindset !
Again , you must make up your mind in advance how far you will take your commitment to prevail , what escalation you will mindset to explode in fireworks succession and how ' complete ' an armor and weapons you are willing to embrace ! The less willing you are to envision yourself in a role which may well involve killing your opponent by whatever means necessary , the less effective you will be under real life confrontations without even realizing it ! The reason is that your cultivated or natural forbearance will override the fury you will need to strike as the hammer of Thor …your restraints , your fear and objections to weapons , and fantasies about your martial arts prowess will block your most vicious efforts and you will be lost !
Police officers , like civilians , all too often are unable to deal with violent attackers of the extreme vicious breed ! They lack the same 'mindset ' that we do for reasons of poor training and 'reasonable force' requirements which 'castrates' them more often than we think ! Most of us are truly bewildered when we say to ourselves later ' I never knew or expected he was going to be so tough or put up such a fight ' ! But your confrontation , if it ever comes , won't be of the extreme prejudice kind ..right ? Broken record ? You bet !!
So what's the point to this discussion ! The point is that for most of you who have not been in a real fight , only dojo skirmishes and a few free style dances , when the time finally comes upon you it will be with relentless, mind numbing violence and most likely with some sort of weapon in it and it will find you devoid of the brutality you need to finish the fight in your favor …by any means …beginning with your empty hands …progressing to improvised weapons …environment weapons ..and real deadly weapons as a last resort ! THAT IS THE REAL MEANING OF BEING WELL ROUNDED !! Trouble is most of us still think of personal combat as a game and your mind sees you always going for round two where there is none !
Most martial artists , really think about it , are not , will not be very effective in close quarters , brutal , savage engagement , especially when a weapon is drawn ! We just think we will be …and as I have said before ..I have handled cases of excellent practitioners who were overcome in a blind moment of SAVAGE adversarial fury without being able to fire ' a shot' ! Oh , I know , they were not Uechi Practitioners -right ? But you may keep on dreaming …you have my permission ! How many of you will really understand the message here ?