When Do Fights Start?
I don't mean what time of day do they start. I mean at what point in a confrontation does it change from verbal altercation to physical violence?
I've observed that many martial artists, at least those who do stand-up striking arts, have great difficulty in working out when a fight actually starts. Is it when the first punch is thrown? Is it when the aggressor shoves, prods or grabs you? Is it when they raise their hand threateningly or when simply when they come into striking range? Is it when the call your mother a '*&£%$^'? The problem is that in most training fights start at a mutually agreed distance, when the referee says "Hajime!". No matter how well that may prepare you in terms of fighting skills it doesn't teach you how to handle the transition from verbal confrontation to violence. During the confrontation stage the martial artist may feel the urge to go into their fighting stance, possibly even moving back to get to their preferred range. But they correctly intuit that this would likely be very provocative, probably precipitating the violence that they're seeking to avoid. Instead they become frozen into inaction, not knowing what to do or when to do it. Then suddenly a fist is flying towards their face, their guard is down and its too close to block. The fight has started and their invitation has arrived late.
This is not a great place to be. Martial artists have lost fights simply because they were backfooted at the very start of the affair. How do we prevent this situation? By recognising that fights happen in the context of a social interaction and learning to better handle that interaction. By better managing that transition from posturing to actual violence. And that of course is a subject of another post. …….. #karate#karatelife#karatejutsu#karatedo#okinawankarate#selfdefence#selfdefense#shorinryu#leeds#headingley#headingleykarate#martialarts#gkrkarate#kirkstall#shotokan#shotokankarate#loveleeds#leedslife#discoverleeds#iloveleeds#hydeparkleeds#leedsuni#taekwondo#gkr#shitoryu#dojo#dojang#leedsmet#wadoryu#meanwood