The quote bellow was posted in response to a thread about how to train in self defence. In the context of the original thread I personally found it "unhelpful". But it does raise a question which is worth talking about. Why train self defence? My personal opinion is that the benefits of self defence training are principally in assertiveness and improved self esteem both of which impact on the chances of being picked as a target of an attack and on the ability to avoid, diffuse, or control an attack. to me self defence really is "the art of fighting wi out fighting" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Ycw0d_Uow Assertiveness and improved self esteem also have impacts on both physical and financial health.