Murphy's Law in Self Defense

1.       Murphy’s Law in Self Defense: If anything can go wrong, it will. Do not be a victim!

2.       If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

3.       If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

4.       Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

5.       If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

6.       Murphy’s Law of stress exercises: Things get worse under pressure.

7.       Rule of Accuracy: When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer. Corollary: Provided, of course, that you know there is a problem.

8.       Every solution breeds new problems.

9.       If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.

10.   The important things are always simple; the simple are always hard.

11.   Exceptions prove the rule, and destroy the plan.

12.   The seriousness of a wound is inversely proportional to the distance to any form of cover.

13.   The bigger they are, the harder they fall. They punch, kick and choke harder too.

14.   Whatever you are about to do, if there is a good chance it will get you killed, you probably shouldn’t do it.

15.   The Police don’t always come to the rescue.

16.   If the aggressor is in range, so are you.

17.   Incoming attacks have the right of way.

18.   The only problem with leaving before trouble starts is the trouble has already started.

19.   Aggressors invariably attack on two occasions: a) when you’re ready for them and b) when you’re not ready for them.

20.   If your counter-attack is going well, then it’s an ambush and the aggressor’s friends are on the way.

21.   Anything you do can get you punched, including nothing.

22.   Every off-handed comment which can be misunderstood will be.

23.   Finding yourself under arrest and in jail is nature’s way of telling you to leave before the trouble starts.

24.   An emergency room visit for multiple contusions, fractures and soft tissue damage is nature’s way of telling you to leave before the trouble starts

25.   Remember, a retreating aggressor is probably just falling back and gathering his mates.

26.   If at first you don’t succeed … clear the danger zone. Try running.

27.   Street experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

28.   If enough data is collected, a lawyer can prove ANYTHING.

29.   Whatever technique you plan to use will be the wrong one.

30.   Never argue with an idiot, people won’t be able to tell you two apart.

31.   Not wanting to ‘hurt’ your attacker ‘too much’ will result in more hurt for both of you.

32.   You are not Superman; 1st Dan Black Belts take note.

33.   Cauliflower ears DO NOT stop bullets or folding razor sharp knives.

34.   No self-defense plan ever survives initial contact.

35.   Once you are in the fight it is way too late to wonder if it’s is a good idea.

36.   Sometimes, being good and lucky still is not enough.

37.   There is no such thing as a fair fight — only ones where you win or lose.

38.   If you can think clearly, know exactly what’s happening, and have total control of a fight, then you’re not in a fight.

39.   Fighting does not determine who is right, fighting determines who is left.

40.   If it’s worth fighting for…it’s worth fighting dirty for.

41.   Never use a contact weapon (like a stick) when you can legally use a distance weapon (like a gun), never use pure hand-to hand when you can legally use a contact weapon, never engage at all if there is a reasonable way not to.

42.   Incoming unarmed attacks always conceal an incoming contact weapon.

43.   Your mobile phone will fail as soon as you need to dial 112.

44.   However you may choose to go armed with whatever is legal for you; always expect that your first defense actions will be unarmed.

45.   If you ever need to defend yourself, at least one of the attacker’s relatives will be a lawyer.

46.   Well-rehearsed self-defense routines tend to fail at night, in bad weather, and especially during both.

47.   The longer and more complicated the movement sequence, the greater the opportunity for the attacker to counter it.

48.   The longer you allow the fight to continue, the greater the chance of sustaining serious injury. Base your movement choices on principles rather than techniques.

49.   You can screw up something like a technique, but you will have to get up real early in the morning to screw up something like, say, gravity…..


50.   The witnesses are never watching until you make a mistake.

51.   The police never arrive until you make a mistake.

52.   The more you’ve done your homework on both legal and tactical fronts, the longer it takes to make the mistake.


53.   If someone is giving you trouble in front of witnesses leave the area. That way, if he follows, he cannot claim it was self-defense but you can.


54.   If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong place. Get out of the line of attack.

55.   If you allow the attacker to keep his balance and mobility, he will have control of his body and you will be in a fight.

56.   A good plan, now, beats a perfect plan dreamt up 10 seconds too late.


57.   Most of your attackers will be bigger, in a group, armed, or any combination thereof. All things being equal, you lose. Cheat fair and square.


58.   Body parts will sustain damage in direct proportion to their value. Get done, get away.

59.   Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.


60.   The more parts there are in a technique, the more there are to go wrong. Make sure you have a system to swear BY, not AT.


61.   When under serious attack, all rules go out the window.

62.   Oh, before I go, don't you ever try the block bellow, I saw a Taekwondo master teaching this block to one of his black belt, telling the poor guy that was an effective way to defend against a knife attack!

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