MURPHY'S LAWS OF SELF-DEFENSE
1. YOUR ASSAILANT IS ARMED.
Even though you may not see a weapon, that doesn't mean one doesn't exist. In low light conditions that punch may be a stab, how can you tell the difference? You need to react in a way that takes armed and unarmed situations into consideration 100% of the time with the same technique.
2. YOUR ASSAILANT HAS INTENT AND IS CAPABLE OF CAUSING YOU HARM.
Don't hope that your attacker is not going to hurt you. Most predators will try to take EVERYTHING they can if given the chance. Never trust your attacker, no matter how persuasive they may be. Once you "let them in the door" you're life is on their hands.
3. THERE ARE MULTIPLE ATTACKERS
Like weapons, there's a good chance you won't know they have accomplices until it's too late. You're attacker is smart, cunning and will stack the odds in his favor by what ever means necessary- you should do the same.
4. YOU WILL BE ATTACKED WHEN YOU’RE ALONE, INJURED, SICK, OR OLDER.
Criminals, like predators will attack targets of opportunity. If you appear to be weak or distracted, you have a greater chance of being assaulted. You must prepare yourself for those times when you' re not at your best. Techniques that require great strength and coordination won't do you any good when you're not at your peak. You must be able to fight even if you're not at your best.
5. YOUR ATTACKER WILL BE LARGER AND STRONGER THAN YOU.
Tigers don't eat other tigers. They choose smaller and weaker animals. You must assume that your attacker will be larger and stronger than you. Professional athletes don't get mugged, women and elderly people do. You need a method that will enable you to defeat a much larger, stronger, more skilled adversary.
6. YOU WILL BE ATTACKED IN THE WORST POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENT.
The training room is nice, but its not reality. Outside there is pavement, rocks, tree stumps, snow, ice and sand. No matter where you are, inside or out, you can't walk 10 feet in any direction without bumping or tripping over something. You must be able to move in a way that takes any and every possible environment into consideration.
7.THE FIGHT IS NEVER OVER.
Don't assume because he's down, he's out. After the initial confrontation, when your adrenaline subsides, you are most vulnerable. While you're admiring your handy work, he may be securing a weapon or his friends could be closing in. You must train in a way that prepares you to keep focus through the down time after the initial assault.