Self defence is a fascinating subject and in my view a system that should be taught seperately to what we would generally accept as a standard martial arts class. Many of us teach self defence as a small part of our syllabus, some teach it as a complete system, but how many of us actually need these skills? I understand that not everyone lives in a countryside hamlet where the worst crime is some sheep rustling, but sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and I do wonder if a martial artists is any more likely to be able to avoid or deal with a situation where a fight may occur. It seems to me that many martial artists are far more worried about defending themselves than those who have never trained before. Maybe those with absolutely no martial knowledge automatically use the correct instincts to avoid confrontational situations. Of course self defence isn't just about fighting and a good system teaches pre-fight tactics, the different types of aggressor, verbal de-escalation and so on. Is someone with those skills more likely to face off against, for example, a person who bumps into them in the street? Maybe before you had some martial and/or SD skills you would have turned the other cheek, apologised (even if not your fault) and gone about your way. Now though you are a little bit more confident and feel you can say something to the idiot who walked into you. I've always said it's easier to be nice, that way you won't get into trouble. Is this enough, or are those SD skills really necessary?