Just because you have a hammer, doesn’t mean everything’s a nail.

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.

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