A thread on self-defense:

You wanna learn self-defense? Worried that you can't fight?

With all the shit that can go wrong in a street fight (like you accidently killing him and catching a manslaughter), here's a WAY better plan:
1) Don't spend time in places where shit goes down.

Clubs, bars, the hood, the block–pretty much any place with lots of alcohol & even more ego.

Pretty much any place where someone is gonna be compelled to check you to save face.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
2) Don't be an asshole.

Just use basic manners with people and you'll avoid almost all situations that could get violent.

And if they start out with disrespect, don't react immediately. Pause, keep calm, and respond firmly but respectfully.

Do not escalate. No one wins.
3) Keep your ego in check and be practical.

If you are met with a situation, walk away or talk it down. But if you follow step one, you should realistically never have this issue.

But when it happens, it's not the time to prove who's bigger and badder.
4) Be strong

Not just physically, but just *looking* like you're not a soft target deters a lot of bullshit. So lift.

If you are confronted, speak strongly as well.

This helps clear up genuine misunderstanding and let's predators know that you aren't a soft target.
5) Run

If you aren't with people you need to defend, run. You might *literally* be living to fight another day.

Or keeping yourself out of jail if you can't prove it was self-defense. With that said...
6) If you gotta fight, swing first and neutralize

Asses the situation and figure out if fighting is your only option. If it is, do what you gotta do.

Ultimately, it's better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6–but avoid both by being smart and cautious.
With today's firepower, wanton regard for life, and litigious culture, negotiation and track lessons are a better investment than self-defense.

But don't be a bitch.
Don't start no shit won't be no shit.
Stay away from places shit tends to get started.

The rest is up to you.

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