Gregory Makuch wrote:
.... If you are training in martial arts for self-defense, not just philosophical ideals and you are not training the mind for combat, you are failing in your training.
Except that in our society, there are legal restrictions on how much force a private citizen can use to defend himself or herself. Which is probably why one of my instructors has always said that your goals in self defense are survival and escape. Note that leaving the other person lying on the street in a pool of their own blood is not on the list.