Thank you for posting, and yes, lots to learn from it…reason why I encourage readers to post their street experiences for discussions that benefit all here.
Major lessons: 1. communicate with other people you are with before you rush off and put yourself in harm's way. There is strength in numbers and others may want to help. A co-ordinated group plan may stand more chance of success. 2. Positioning is critical. Do not make yourself an easy target. 3. Remember the conditions on the street are not the conditions in the dojo. An error in balance because of a shoe heel and wet paving could have cost me my life. If you are going to wear shoes with heels, train to kick in them and in various conditions. There is much more chance you'll be wearing some sort of footwear than not.
Things can get out of hand in the blink of an eye. One of my students came up against a situation recently where _while shopping in a store he almost came to blows with a 350 lbs disturbed individual, who also yelled out of control… calling him a 'Nazi' amongst some colorful choice of words.
When my student asked a cashier to call security for the protection of customers, he was told to 'take his problems outside' …
The fat nutcase even commanded my student to 'smile' several times…to which he responded …'make me' _
We can see how something nasty could have happened. Fortunately the nutcase _after 'blowing his load' _decided to leave the store.
Though my student felt confident to be able to avoid an attack/charge by the behemoth because of the angling and positioning drills we practice, instead of relying on blocking someone head on…
_one never knows what this disturbed person might have 'pulled' on the street, including a knife or a gun.
My opinion has always been that what we learn in a dojo remains but marginal 'street skills' without our learning the tactical aspects of impending violence which so many times we even fail to sense.
Reason why I love reading the books by Rory Miller.
There is also another book I recommend: "How to recognize and respond to a potential threat" by Joshua Pellicer…the book is an eye opener.
BTW, Richard, if you are also working on drills moving off the X…moving off line of an attack…I'd appreciate your sharing with us…this is what I focus on mostly in my classes, using the embedded concepts of the Uechi style found in hojo undo and kata practice.