Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Never square up with someone that you don't know. You have no idea how far they're going to go. If you MUST fight them, beat them down quickly and mercilessly.
If its someone that I don't know, and he's big and tough looking, there's a fair chance that I would pull a weapon. Of course, this is after trying not to fight.
Does that make me a b*tch? Hmm. Maybe. But in the end, who cares? I've been in my fair share of scraps, and something to remember is that... well for one thing, you always get hit. If I'm going against someone who might be able to floor me in one punch, I'd rather not risk it. I expect that my martial arts training would overcome sheer size and strength (if he's unskilled), but why risk it in an uncontrolled environment?
If he wins, and knocks me out. He could do anything to me when I'm down. He could steal my money, or he could stomp me to death. Whatever it is, I'll have absolutely no control while I'm unconscious.
I also don't think that I'm the only one who follows this logic. So, if I square up with someone, I recognize the risk of him just pulling out a weapon. I see it like this; why do I plan on fighting with him? What is my intent WHILE fighting with him? Usually, my intent is to deal damage, not see who's the better fighter. So, in said situation, I might as well get straight to dealing the damage. The less time he has to retaliate, the better.
But as everyone else has already mentioned, just don't get into this crap in the first place. Win or lose, you've got to keep in mind that everyone has friends, everyone has a friend with a weapon, and nobody likes to get embarassed in front of their peers. Things escalate.
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