So you're thinking about defending yourself? You understand that you will avoid trouble and decide that should you be attacked, you are ready to physically fight back within the legal limits. Great! But don't forget this: "Expect to be hurt", yup!
Understand that if you are in a physical altercation, fighting for your life, expect to be hit or worse cut, stabbed, shot etc. In short expect some pain! If your self defense training does not involve some form of physical contact and the training is mainly air punching, when that punch lands on your face you will be in world full of shock!
Consider that street fights don't start with a bow or going to your corner waiting for the bell to ring. Often times the punch will come out of nowhere as you are arguing your point or trying to make your point. If your training teaches to stand square and trade blows with your opponent, against someone bigger, stronger and armed with a knife you will quickly learn that playing the "tank" strategy can get you hurt real fast.
Fear is also another thing to consider, in class where stress levels are low, pace is controlled it is very rare that your heart beat will be racing and feeling like a dog just chased you on the way home. Fear is a good thing, panic on the other hand is BAD! Ask any police officer, any military veteran who have been under fire and all will say that under fire they felt fear. It's how they react under fear that made them standout, which is attributed to training and mindset. Truly fearless people are extremely rare and those who are often tend to be robotic sociopaths who have no care for what happens to them. In my profession most foolhardy idiots who front the "fearless" angle are either drunk, intoxicated, or trying to look good in front of their people.
Do what needs to done to survive! Yes my friend self defense is not a match, it is violent and not the kind of violent you watch in UFC matches. The violence can be very very messy especially once weapons are involved or multiple attackers are involved.
Should you be faced with overwhelming odds of survival, consider giving your attacker(s) a "Phyrrhic victory" that is a victory that takes so much toll on them that to consider a win is well tantamount to defeat. With regular training this will be possible to achieve, training is key!
As you train keeps these concepts in mind and remember that even if you don't get to use your self defense training in an actual encounter, a good self defense training can offer you many benefits such as :
- A good workout
- A social environment to interact
- Character, commitment & discipline training
Strength & honor