There is No Such Thing as a “Fair” Fight

July 25, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Let’s clear up one seriously dumb-assed misconception. There is no such thing as a “fair” fight.

This applies whether we’re talking about sparring in the ring wearing pads with a referee standing nearby, or fighting off a home invader at 3am in your tighty whities.

Neither party truly knows the skills, motives, or determination of the other party until the fight starts, and at that point, all bets are off. I’ve seen 250 pound weight lifters get tore up by guys half their size because they underestimated their opponent. I’ve seen countless men get beaten senselessly because they fought under the false premise of fighting fairly.

Look, if you’re sparring at your local McDojo, feel free to abide by whatever rules of “fairness” are in place, but if you’re in a fight for your life, there are no rules. You can bet your ass any criminal, thug, stalker, or anyone else intent to do you harm will do whatever is necessary to take you down. Your only objective is to get home alive, so if that means stabbing your attacker with a steel Cross pen, kicking him in the nuts, or throwing sand in his eyes, so be it, because you never really know who you’re up against or how a fight will go until it’s over. Just ask this thief.

When someone physically attacks you, you don’t have to abide by some set of arbitrary rules. You don’t have to prove how tough you are. And you sure as hell don’t have to give your attacker a “fair” chance. That’s just ignorant and deadly.

P.S. This post is for the guys—women, evidently, are smart enough to know this already.

*Hat tip to Aaron Chappell for the phrase “McDojo.”

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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