Oh btw...I don't think defending yourself has much to do with courage, you do this cause you don't have a choice. Courage is having a choice, and choosing to do that which you are afraid to do.
That is a great definition, Kevin.
So can that mental capacity be trained in people that walk into the dojo. I certainly think it can. Physical training can help towards this by giving the person confidence (false or otherwise) but must be trained along side mental development to be fruitful IMO. Depending on how you define spirit, that could be trained to aid in crisis management as well.
I did choose the word crisis
rather than conflict
to point out that we can train for sudden unforseen events to allow us to remain relatively calm to make good decisions. I don't want this thread to be just about self defence.
Thanks for everyone's input thus far