Re: Self defense fighting style
Whatever style you study, practice it over and over and over ad nausium. Your reactions must be automatic, without having to consciously think about what you are going to do - some call this 'muscle memory', many martial artists call it the 'empty mind'.
If you have to stop and think about what move to use to block that fist heading for your nose, you will not block it before it reaches your honker.
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