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Old 09-04-2005, 18:00   #23
ForGreatJustice
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Thanks...but....

Thanks for the encouragement. I do have a CCW and a Glock (amongst other weaopns) that go with me wherever possible. But its a dangerous mistake to substitute unarmed fighting skills with weapons. I took up unarmed combat because I came to the realization that it is almost impossible to deploy a weapon in time to stop a close range attack. In every training scenario, and every actual encounter I've ever experienced (although, my experience is very limited), the attacker had the initiative; therefore I could only immediately defend and counterattack. Deploying a weapon requires an opportunity that can't be taken for granted; it has to be insured beforehand, or created during the engagement.

That, in a nutshell is why I'm focusing so hard on my unarmed combat skills. I could go into (dis)parity of force, and how shooting isn't the solution for everything, but that's a whole other bag of beans.
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