This is a short post. I just wanted to get it out before I had to run off. There seems to be three major forms of confrontations out there:
– Social (Monkey Dance)
In fact, you could say (and I know others do) the first two are the same. Any verbal confrontation is part of the social confrontation. As a man though, a monkey dance confrontation is very different from a verbal confrontation (e.g. a shouting match with my wife is not the same as one with a random dude in a bar).
Training in martial arts often seems to focus on part 2 – the social / monkey dance aspects. You can, with good training be quite confident you can handle the violence stemming from a monkey dance (so long as it stays to 1 person at least).
Ambush training though, I just don’t see happening a lot. Which is a shame, though it obviously requires a lot different training. I’m reading a lot of Rory Miller’s work right now, and hopefully I’ll be able to find some people to work some of those drills with. Especially the group / blind ambush tactics.