- Has anyone else every heard this maxim in any form?
I was taught by an experienced combatant that:
"Killing is the lowest level of skill. The ability to incapacitate without killing is a higher level. But the highest level is to subdue the opponent without harming them."
This could even be applied to dueling with weapons, whereby a non-fatal strike can be used to incapacitate, but the highest degree of skill is simply disarming the opponent.
Note also that "come along quietly" is the primary objective of bouncers, for a variety of reasons, which is why they tend to be bigger and stronger than most. Even where the troublemaker is a skilled combatant, it typically only results in additional bouncers joining to mob the attacker, keeping them from being able to do anything, and removing them from the premises.