There’s a huge difference between Self-defense and fighting! If you are attacked your number one priority above all should be to get away as quickly and as safely as possible, your goal is not to try to win a fight but escape unhurt. Of course in order to escape you may need to disorient, distract, stun, and even disable your attacker. But once you see an opportunity to escape, take it and get out of there, don’t hang around and admire your handy work. Do not give your attacker a second chance to come at you, next time you might not get the chance to escape.
Self-defense should not be about teaching you how to `go the distance` in a street fight or how to `teach someone a lesson` and is most certainly not about using your skills in the wrong way such as being a bully or
attacking others when unprovoked. Just because you know you have skills don’t misuse them! Self-defense training should have also given you the discipline, self-control and understanding concerning this.
You are learning valuable skills, what to do in case you are
attacked, how to gain that momentary edge over your attacker so you can get away or find people who can help you. You haven’t learned these skills to turn `psycho` or `put the boot in` and start kicking the attacker all around the ground or generally using excessive force, if you do this then you have taken this way past the point of self-defense and now have become the aggressor! Many attackers will happily play the role of victim and get you sued over something they started! So self-control is a huge factor. Do not go over the top!
Prevention is the best defense and being situationally aware is your first line of self-defense. By avoiding certain situations you can minimize your risk of being attacked, such as scanning your environment for suspicious activity and being alert at all times instead of just blindly walking around. Avoid dangerous places like poorly lit, isolated, late at night, in unfamiliar territory, and stay away from people who might be prone to violence such as drunks or gangs.
Unfortunately, even if you are street smart, there are too many incidents of random, unprovoked violence nowadays. If someone attacks you, your life may be in danger. You must react quickly and confidently. The longer you wait, the harder it may become to free yourself. There is no time for social graces, or being polite and reserved, you must respond as the situation requires.
Bottom line is do what is necessary to escape, after all, an attacker is not coming for your autograph! Do whatever is necessary to gain an advantage and get out of there quickly and as safely as possible.
If you practice martial arts can you honestly say it has given you confidence, discipline and self-control? What is your chosen martial art?