Van Canna wrote:
So...Who? In Summary
1) Who is the attacker/criminal/enemy?
a) The common, impulsive, disorganized-to-semi-organized criminal
or enemy soldier
b) The uncommon - organized and methodical criminal and enemy soldier
c) The person is:
- * the familiar person
- * the unfamiliar person
- * the stranger or enemy soldier
- * trained or not trained for violence
2) Who am I? Really! Take a realistic inventory:
- * am I trained to recognize violent encounters before and while they happen?
- * am I trained in vocal, de-escalation skills?
- * am I in physical shape to fight for several non-stop minutes or more?
- * am I in physical shape to run far enough away?
- * am I trained to fight properly?
- * do I have or need weapons? Can I fight against weapons?
These statistics and studies vary year to year. Always check for the latest if are preparing for a report or a presentation.
Great list Van , and every item could be broken into other lists , and on and on.....
People that assess and ask the questions of themselves open and honestly are the ones I love to train with.
to many times in life and martial arts things become set , they become the thing itself when in reality they started out as a means or a question , long after the means and question is gone folks are stuck , the question has failed to evolve , it now becomes about the thing itself.
breathing life into your art requires giving life from your questions and going beyond your comfort and understanding.