Something happened recently that I did not expect. I dont know if this is common to all styles and arts but there are some techniques which I have learnt that I could safely say I would not use them. And have also made a conscious decision to 'banish' them from my training routine so that my sessions could be cut down to a reasonable time. I have talked to people generally about 'unlikely' and 'unrealistic' techniques which cater for very specific circustances.

At the top of my hit list where hand trappings. They look cool against unsuspecting dummies and in principle work great. But I have on several occasions tried to use it in a sparring match. My efforts where rewarded by some hits to the head

So even though I have not scrapped hand trapping techniques, they are certainly not part of my training.

Here is the tale part of the post.
A week ago, I was in a pub with some mates. (these stories tend to start the same way )
At some point an arguement errupted between one of my mates and a random dude who thought he was eyeing his girlfriend. To be honest I think my mate was being a bit to abvious. I mean its too much when you have to wipe your chin from the drooling.
The guy came over (we were at the bar, and as it happens I was in between while they were arguing. I think I have learnt after a while to recognise the moment of no return in a converstation and when the arms will start flying. At that point I trapped the guy's over excited hand over his other, and trapped them, whilst I pushed him lightly away. He could not move his hands, but it was subtle enough for him not to take it as an agressive move from my part.

So the one technique that I though was not really useful turned out to have difused a situation with no fighting! Amazing!

I realised that when you talk about realistic training and fighting, it doesnt mean just sparring, just defence against the right hook or the shoot. Realistic training means random, and random in real life means infinite number of possibilities, including some where 'unrealistic' techniques are realistic.