Consensual Violence (Fighting) vs. Non-Consensual Violence (Self-Defense)

In this video I discuss Consensual Violence (Fighting) vs. Non-Consensual Violence (Self-Defense). These are terms I coined to mark the difference between the natures, objectives and methodologies of criminal violence and duelling with other martial artists. They are very different, and we therefore need to be sure we approach them differently in training. This is not a matter of “good” vs. “bad”. This is a matter of appropriate vs. inappropriate. Both fighting skills and self-defense skills have their own inherent value and I’m a great believer in a wide martial education that addresses both. However, there can be big problems when the distinction between the two is blurred or even lost entirety. Sadly, that’s very common in the martial arts community.

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

Consensual Violence (Fighting) vs. Non-Consensual Violence (Self-Defense)