All this discussion on self protection the martial map got me thinking about the term self defense. Self Defense is a very commonly used term and I would argue that most martial arts instructors advertise it as being part of their training. We often see advertisements and signs that say something like, "KARATE & SELF DEFENSE" or "SELF DEFENSE LESSONS". With that being said, knowing what most of us already know about self protection and it's various elements (awareness training, tactical communication, ect) can we argue that the term self defense is flawed ? When we attach the word defense to the term in question we imply or stress that we are already in "physical" trouble just by virtue of it's definition. I would suggest that this not the type mindset we want to be in if we are truly training to protect ourselves from crime and violence. Is it then fair to conclude that the term self protection better defines the goals of avoiding crime and violence than self defense ? Does it matter or should we even care ? Thoughts ?