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Most likely, you haven't been careful of your situation and mindful of your surroundings, avoided dangerous places or people, and/or worked hard or smart enough to defuse and de-escalate situations of rising emotions, tensions, and territoriality (either your own or of those around you). Now, a lot of "you failed to do X!" discussions seem to assume ...


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To be a little bit Zen: So, I'm in a fight. What have I failed to do? You've failed to end the fight. There could be nothing that you've failed to do. People are like animals, one day you can end up in a fight that you had nothing to do with. To absolutely remove all chances of having a fight you would have to live your life in a vastly different way, ...


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I think it really just comes down to one thing. If you made a mistake, the mistake is that you were looking for a fight. It's an understandable tendency among martial artists, especially those that train for the "mean streets," after all; what's the point of training to fight and defend yourself in the mean streets if you don't ever actually use your ...


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You should practice slide-stepping -- with the ball of the foot, arching the toes up. Slowly, slowly, slowly -- quicker -- quicker -- quicker -- full speed. Until the step becomes so natural that you will not hit your toe in the mat anymore. And now, practice losing your balance and recovering it with that step.


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Maybe you failed to do everything... maybe you failed to do nothing. Its one of those quotes that may make an old master seem wise in a movie, but its basically just a noble sentiment that falls apart on examination. Sure, perhaps you're out wandering in the wrong section of town... or didnt cross the street when you should have... or you're in the wrong ...


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Sometimes you cross paths with a douchebag. The reason why martial arts and self-defense classes actually teach you how to hurt people, and not just how to run away, is because some situations are unavoidable. I have found that the more useless the martial arts school, the bigger the emphasis is on running away rather than fighting. That being said, the ...


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Your little toe incident sounds like a fracture. The big toe may be the same, or just a deep seated hematoma (bruise). In either case there is very little you can do to prevent this, toes are not really made to collide with solid objects at high speed. Strapping toes together is not particularly productive due to the shortness of the toes, the fact that ...


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One way I protect my feet in my classes is I wear shin guards with a foot flap or sleeve. There are full encapsulating feet protectors as well, they basically cover the entire top of the foot, with straps on the bottom allowing your bare foot to come into contact with the ground. For toe injury, foot space is very important, keep your toes pointed or a ...



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