Sooo, true most of us train to protect ourselves and our family. That being the case, is it good that a Martial Artist lives a full life not having to defend themselves or family in a violent encounter? Is that a goal to continue a fight free life from either the beginning or from here on out?

I understand that violence is a fact of life and unavoidable at times.

Sometimes we want to test our skills but starting a fight is a stupid sure fire way to get hurt, killed, and or arrested. I don't like violence at all. Certainly would not want to start a fight ever. I feel though that it's difficult for me to train somebody if I don't really have experience in dealing with street encounters besides avoidence. I try to explain that our brain is the first tool used before going hands on.
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