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Techniques may be classified as useful, not useful, and useless.
- Useful. A technique that works a multitude of events or situations.
- Not Useful. A technique that is so specialized that, if not executed perfectly, it may not work.
- Useless. A technique that is not based on any recognized logic, theory, principle, or concept. It never works. These are techniques used strictly for show as ego boosters.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Techniques may be placed into three categories, quick (the good), powerful (the bad), and deadly (the ugly).
- Quick. Quick techniques are used in an attempt to convince the attacker that his or her present course of action is not in his or her best interests. These techniques do little damage or cause little pain to the attacker, but they are so quick that the attacker either does not see them or is unable to prevent them from impacting. Since there is little danger of serious harm to the attacker, he or she is not likely to seek retribution either by later attacks upon you or by pursuing you criminally or civilly.
- Powerful. Powerful techniques are used terminate an attack by rendering the attacker unable to continue the attack. These techniques may cause serious damage and much pain to the attacker. Since the attacker is damaged and in pain, he or she may seek retribution, either by later attacks upon you or by pursuing you criminally or civilly.
- Deadly. Deadly techniques are used to terminate an attacker who is intent on killing you. These techniques are likely to kill. Although the law may seek to punish you for your actions, or a friend or relative of the deceased may seek retribution, either by later attacks or by pursuing you criminally or civilly, the attacker will no longer be a threat to you—ever.