Eric Daniel wrote:
I heard that if a martial artist protects is family against a thug and uses his martial art "skills" and if it gets taken to court
It seems to me that the critical question is whether you were partly responsible for the altercation and whether your level of force was reasonable. I expect you'll get more leeway with the DA when children are at risk, but if you mount the guy and repeatedly elbow him to unconsciousness, somebody is bound to ask whether you should have stopped sooner.
I was thinking about that "boxer" clip we had here awhile back, where a couple of hoodlums were hanging out on the sidewalk and one of them backhands the girl as a the boxer and his girl walk by. Everybody seemed to praise the "boxer" for his quick reaction. In street cred terms, what he did was probably right, but I wonder what might have happened to him had he hit a guy in the kidney and the guy subsequently died the next day. Then the question gets asked, could he and his girl just have kept walking? MAs aren't inherently experts on such things. You need people who understand the streets.