When you hit another person in a fight, you can never know for certain what the effect will be, says Tim Larkin, founder of the self-defense system known as Target Focus Training.
"I like to show clients back-to-back videos in which the human body takes a tremendous amount of punishment — really good bar fights in which they’re going at it, knocking the hell out of each other," Tim Larkin says. "At the end [of the first one], the guys are able to get up and walk away. ‘Isn’t it amazing?’ I ask. ‘Look what the human body can take!’
“Then I show a short video of a bar fight that starts the same way. One punch and the guy hits his head on the concrete and dies. There’s silence when I do that. They realize it’s a roulette wheel every time you put your hands on somebody.
"If you cross the physical plane to protect yourself, you have to be OK with the fact that you or the other person could end up seriously injured or dead. The situation had better warrant it.”
To see Tim Larkin in action, watch these exclusive self-defense videos, brought to you by Black Belt:
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