This topic does not cover why confrontations start. Confrontations start for a myriad of reasons, from someone having a bad day to having to face a mugger. This topic covers how confrontations start and how they progress.
“The secret principle of martial arts is not vanquishing the attacker but resolving to avoid an encounter before its occurrence. To become the object of an attack is an indication that there was an opening in one’s guard and the important thing is to be on guard at all times.” -Gichin Funakoshi
A confrontation avoided is a fight won. Martial artists should be secure enough in themselves, and humble enough, to be able to walk away from a fight. They should first have the wisdom to avoid placing themselves in danger, and when a fight occurs, the compassion to avoid placing their opponent in danger unless it becomes absolutely necessary.
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