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Addition, if he really wants trouble, there is a good chance he will see any warning as a "challenge", no matter how humbly you voice it.

When an attack is imminent, don't wait to absorb the first strike.  Attack the attacker!  Ethics are inherent in a rational individual, but it is somewhat amiss to allow an assailant to benefit from them.  Act quickly and decisively.  Even  if you dodge or block his initial attack, sooner or later he will have to be dealt with so the sooner you get in your own incapacitating attack, the sooner you'll insure everyone's personal safety.

4.EXPECT TO GET HURT!  No matter who you are, expect to absorb some punishment during an attack.  The idea of your self-defense training is not to allow you to emerge unscathed from any confrontation, but rather to minimize the extent and severity of injury and allow you to ultimately extricate yourself from the situation.

Muggers, troublemakers, and bullies rarely possess anything resembling genuine courage or combative skill, per se, but often they are quite tough and, almost always, they are experienced.  The chance is good that the mugger who jumps you has mugged others.  However, this same skill will tell him there are easier prey than one who strikes back quickly and dangerously.  Immediate, decisive action on your part may discourage him from further attack, but don't count on it!  He may give a few good shots of his own before deciding that he's had enough.

5.STRESS SIMPLICITY & TECHNIQUE - REMEMBER THE "RISK/BENEFIT RATIO".  Any technique you may execute has a potential for benefit, i.e. - the striking and injuring of your opponent; and a potential risk, for whenever you are close enough to an opponent to strike him, you are also within range of a counterattack.  For instance, well aimed hand techniques to vital areas and low kicks offer a good chance for benefit while minimizing risk of a counterattack.  We would say these techniques have a low risk/ high benefit ratio.  High, flashy kicks and fully committed "knockout" punches are much riskier - the kicks because the center of gravity is displaced and the groin is exposed, and "knockout" punches because, contrary to popular belief, knockouts do not easily occur and loss of balance does occur!  These techniques would be referred to as "high risk/benefit ratio".

While the latter skills may be effective and impressive in tournament or in the full-contact ring, there is little to lose in those situations, beyond points and/or the match.  In an uncontrolled self-defense contest, however, one's very life may be at stake and a high sidekick with unstretched muscles could result in a retaliatory sweep and quite a good stomping.  In an actual, true to life attack, low risk/benefit techniques are the rule of the day!  Attack eyes, throat, and groin as your primary targets with open handed punches or low kicks.  A hard sidekick to the knee can seriously immobilize an opponent instantly.  Don't attempt to "spar" with a serious assailant or attack less vital areas.  Avoid employing complicated holds or grappling skills unless you are extremely well versed in them, it's hard to run from a prone position.  Never try to match strength against an attacker; he may be much stronger than he looks.  Against a vicious, desperate criminal, only the most simple and direct techniques, executed ruthlessly  and with power can be trusted to do the job.  Should you be lucky enough to stun a serious attacker, follow through with an incapacitating blow immediately.  Self-defense is not "sporting", "gentlemanly" in any sense of the word; failing to follow up will only

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