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Breaking Up Fights

I often say that Karate techniques should be used as a last resort and that fighting should be avoided. At the same time, when there is no other way, a person must defend himself or his loved ones.

But I want to clarify something. I have not said that you should go around trying to break up fights. You should avoid fighting. But if two people are fighting, you might get injured if you try to break them up. In fact, bystanders are often injured or even killed. Being a Karate student or teacher does not make you a police officer or school teacher. It is not your job to stop other people from fighting.

Who knows, if you try to stop two people from fighting they might turn on you instead. You could get hit by a wild punch, smashed by a rock, slashed by a knife, or their friends might attack you. In the end, you might even be the one accused of fighting.

Some of the old timers here say "don't stick your nose in other people's business."

The best thing to do, particularly for school students, is to stay out of it and get the proper assistance from teachers or school security. When I say stay out of it, I also mean stay away from it. If you are standing near the fight watching it, you still could get injured or attacked.

In this post, I am writing about breaking up fights. I am not addressing a situation where someone is attacking an innocent person. There may be times when the right thing to do is to come to the aid of the victim -- or to get help. The best course of action will depend on the situation.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin