Self defense, martial clash and war clash

After exposing declared techniques, sparring and sportive fight, we conclude the discussion on the 6 general types of martial confrontation with: self defense, martial clash and war clash.

Self defense. Normally it is not a chosen fight, almost always it is with unexpected people (with more or less experience, more or less weapons, often poorly determined):

  • Almost never we are lucky enough to wear protections if not improvised (eg. a jacket draped over our arm)
  • These clashes occur in a random place (at home, in the street, in a club, etc.), devoid of boundaries and filled with dangerous obstacles
  • The hits have speed, power, technique and determination, in extreme cases the opponent directly attempt to our lives (eg. a vengeance)
  • In case of involvement by weapons (firearms, cutting, acids, etc.) these are real, or at least, realistic enough to fool us and apply for persuasive purposes and / or life-threatening
  • The goal is to flee and / or to make the most inoffensive as possible the opponents, not directly to prevail on him (the idea is to protect our integrity and that of those around us)
  • In general, the clash ends with the escape, the yield, the lock of the attackers (immobilization, ko, etc.) And / or the arrival of law enforcement
  • Self-defense has no written rules but it is a choice to consider carefully because in addition to expose us to serious physical danger, it also exposes us to countless legal problems (excess of defense, etc.)
  • Self-defense is permitted by law but strictly regulated at the same time (it is good that each martial artist will inform himself about this)
  • Emotional stress due to the clash is very high

The martial clash. The most clear example of martial clash is the classic duel of warriors (eg. the ancients samurai):

  • In some cases armors are weared (metal, wood, woven fabrics, etc.), in others do not
  • Clashes take place in public places (arenas, battlefields, etc.) or in the middle of nature (eg. in a forest), sometimes delimited spatially and rarely temporally but almost always in the presence of random dangerous obstacles (eg. walls) or imposed (eg. fire circles)
  • Hits have speed, power, technique and extreme determination, in many cases the opponent is mutilated or killed
  • In case of involvement of weapons these are almost always real (firearms, cutting, etc.) and are applied for lethal purposes
  • The goal is to prevail at the cost of living
  • The battle may end with the surrender, death, through the mercy of the winner or the unexpected intervention of third entities (potentates, allies, etc.)
  • This martial confrontation rarely has rules but sometimes it still maintain the respect of the opponent (eg. 1 vs 1)
  • The real martial clash (rightly) is not allowed in any civilized country and is severely punished by law
  • Emotional stress due to the clash is extremely high

The war clash. It occurs in the most horrible situations of war or guerrilla and tends to be devoid of any ethical or moral limitations:

  • In many cases reinforcement are weared (metal, new generation materials, etc.), in others not
  • Clashes occur in any kind of place, they are never delimited temporally or spatially, and are almost always in the presence of random dangerous obstacles (eg. dilapidated houses) or imposed (eg. traps)
  • Hits have speed, power, technique, extreme determination and often furtivity, the opponent is taken prisoner and / or killed
  • In case of involvement of weapons they are always real (firearms, cutting, etc.) and are applied for lethal purposes or immobilization
  • The goal is to prevail atthe cost of life, by any means or deceit (preferably disproportionate)
  • The battle may end with the surrender, death or capture of the opponents
  • The war confrontation has no rules and rarely involves respect for opponents
  • In a civil environment, the war clash is (deeply) illegal and severely punished, his only “legal” (but immoral) application can take place within a military body under army jurisdiction
  • Emotional stress due to the clash is the maximum conceivable

Final notes:

  • There are a lot of intermediate clash/fight types (this is only the rational scheme we will use)
  • 6DKF hates violence, its improper use and promotes peace

Author: Master Kongling

Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.

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