Today I was in a gym surrounded by big, muscular karate guys. Guys with many years of training under their black belts. And I started to play a writer’s favorite game, What If. What if one of these guys attacked me right here, right now? Could I really, truly defend myself? Could I beat my attacker? Could I win a fight against them?
Then I remembered that traditional Okinawan karate teaches that, “The purpose of karate is not to win, the purpose of karate is to not lose.” In other words, the goal of self-defense is not to fight until I “finish off” my attacker, the goal is to fight until the attacker loses his will to continue.
Statics show that fighting back (even with no training) gives you a 50% chance of survival. This is because your attacker has 2 fears; getting caught and getting hurt.
Therefore, I don’t have to keep fighting until I win. I have to keep fighting until I don’t lose.
Don’t believe me? Then check out this video of a seven-year-old girl who was grabbed by a stranger at a Georgia Wal-Mart.
Did she win? Well, she didn’t knock him out. Didn’t subdue him. Probably didn’t even hurt him much.
But did she not lose? You bet she did! And THAT is the goal of self-defense!
No matter how big, strong, or scary your attacker is, keep fighting until you don’t lose!