Re: Of self defense
I think that in a very practical sense, the quickest way to resolve the situation is to be a source of serenity. Be a calming influence for your attacker. Hold him securely, but not painfully, in your pin until he understands that you will let him up when he's ready to be civil. One way to avoid feeling anger toward him would be to find amusement in his foolishness, or even to pity him for being in such a state as to find it necessary to physically assault someone.