The chaotic reality of a “real” fight

The chaotic reality of a real fight

If you look around at various blogs about self-defense or ask certain people with experience of fighting. They, in the end, tend to end up saying the same thing. Don’t fight if you can at all avoid it. Why? Where is the tough man attitude that says winner takes all and I’m the main man?

The reason this tends to be stated is that a real fight or Self-Defense situation is so chaotic and unpredictable that anyone with enough experience knows that it is better to avoid it if you can. The gung ho attitude of youth is replaced with a more philosophical view based on the experience of seeing many things go wrong and many situations that start easy, end up being ridiculously difficult and dangerous.

A dose of reality

This is a quote from Kelly McCann asking his uncle, a world war two veteran, about the reality of combat and the answer came as a bit of a surprise to him.

“So what was closing with the enemy like?” I asked. “I mean, how did it sort out on the battlefield? How’d you pick a particular Jap to go after, and how did each of them target a Marine?” Johnny picked up his glass and looked away, clearing his throat. “It’s not like that; it’s a collision. It’s like the worst goddamned bar fight you can imagine—but to the death. It’s chaos.”

McCann, Kelly. Combatives for Street Survival: Volume 1: Index Positions, the Guard and Combatives Strikes (p. 2). Independent Publishers Group. Kindle Edition.

Not quite John Wayne kicking ass is it?

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