Fight on your own terms, not on the attacker's terms. As in an old West gunfight, no matter how fast you are, there is always someone else faster. The trick is to fight on your own terms, such as by positioning yourself so the sun is in his or her eyes. If your opponent is faster and better than you are, you must outsmart him or her by doing the unorthodox. You must always stay in control of the fight. This does not mean that you will not be hit; it means that you are in overall control of the situation. You make sure the opponent does what you want him or her to do. You do not fall into his or her trap. Never give the opponent an opportunity to get to you. Once an attack is imminent, you must take control and attack first.
Never give your intention away. Do not go into an obvious fighting stance or show hand positions that indicate you know how to fight. Use a shallow stance. Keep arms free to move. By not looking defense, you will have an edge since the opponent will not expect an attack. If you do not look aggressive when first confronted, this will also be in your favor if the matter goes to court. Once the fight begins, anything goes.
No matter the style of martial art, students of that art train under certain rules. These rules tend to exploit the advantages of the art while downplaying the disadvantages of the art. You should know the strengths and weaknesses of each method of fighting so that, when facing an opponent that uses a different fighting method than your own, you will be able to avoid the strengths and exploit the weaknesses of the opponent's fighting method.
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