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comment by Merlin
Merlin  ·  244 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I watched over 100 fights on YouTube. Here's what I learned.

After training in a few different disciplines for a number of years I can't agree with you more about situational awareness. IMO it has to be the single most important aspect of self-defense (and all-around safety, honestly). I love that hands out of the pockets idea relating to being constantly aware of the people around you. I had a teacher once who would always say, "If you've gotten into a fight you've most likely already failed your training." Meaning that you've probably missed some things leading up to the fight that could have been avoided or altered to avoid contact.

johnnyFive  ·  244 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Exactly. We have a similar saying:

    First your teacher will teach you how to fight. Then he'll teach you how not to fight.