Fighting: Serious and Final – Terry Trahan

One of the things I always try to get across in my classes and seminars is the seriousness and finality involved in fighting, especially with weapons. There is no place for ego fighting when you have a weapon on you. Your goal, both in life and in fighting should be simple, I’m going home. This in and of itself should give you a more realistic outlook, and show how important not engaging in bullshit fighting is. But consider this. The more you fight, the less you get to go home, the law or enemies start hunting you, sometimes you go to jail. But even worse, things start to escalate. This sounds really cool and macho, until you end up on the losing end.

Anyone that has matured or achieved a level of professionalism starts to look at violence and fighting as a transaction, and judge whether it is worth it or not. From the simple fuck you, pay me, to determining whether there is an actual value in engaging.

This goes double for violence with weapons, not only is it more dangerous, it is more unpredictable, and you may ‘win’ and still end up losing in the end, because there was no good reason for the fight.

When you pull a knife, it changes the entire dynamic of the engagement. It can escalate or ruin a situation, especially if you are not well trained, and especially if you are not experienced.

This is why the kind of training you receive is important. If too much of your training time is built on passing, tapping, flow drills, etc, you are not training for what really happens. Violence, and especially with blades, is fast, hard, and can be confusing if you don’t have a good map.

I always try to demonstrate the reality of a knife attack in my seminars, and I always get the same response from at least one attendee, that doesn’t look like how we train…

Seek out good training, I’m available, as are some others I highly recommend. And don’t forget to practice realistically. Put on some pads and go after it, see where things breakdown and fall apart, and reverse engineer too fix the holes.

In the end, I encourage you to get out there and bang it out, and that way, you can have more understanding to judge any future class or seminar you may attend.

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