“The Realities of Violence”
Richard Ryan
Published on the Budo Talk site.
I liked this short article and thought I would share it with our readers.

People who haven’t experienced sudden violence rarely understand the realities of it. Over the years I’ve attended numerous seminars and demonstrations given by martial artists and law enforcement instructors, and have found within a few moments, I can usually determine whether an instructor gets it or not, unfortunately, some don’t seem to have a clue about how fast a real assault can be, especially up close.

Real violence, the kind that happens outside the cage, is often explosive and brutal. In many situations, you only have a split second to react before you’re overwhelmed. If you’re not mentally and physically prepared, you stand little chance of surviving. People who grow up on the streets quickly learn that. They also learn how to use it to their advantage.

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