When you train for self-defense with firearms, the gun can become the answer to every problem.
When you train for self-defense with empty-hand martial arts, your fists can become the answer to every problem.
It’s the “when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail” situation.
This is why good self-defense training involves running scenarios that can be resolved by alternative means.
Ikigai posts a story of a man trained in martial arts who was all too ready to solve a problem with his fists, but what ultimately solved the problem was an open ear and a caring heart. Read the story here.
I know. That sounds all sappy and schmaltzy, but it’s still a sound reminder that every situation is different and must be solved on its own merits. We must keep our minds and options open, because everything isn’t a nail.