Gregory Makuch wrote:
.... Now I'm not advocating using violence as your first choice, what I am advocating is being mentally prepared ....
That's a good distinctions to make, because my Kali instructor periodically reminds us to be mindful of things like that. The cops and the courts can be predisposed to think a trained martial artist should be able to handle the situation without using excessive force, so if they
think you have, it's actually worse for you. It's an important issue one has to be mindful of; that's why I brought it up.