Lotta great replies here. Again, high points in bold sir, I enjoyed it very much. YES...fatigue, adrenaline dump, distractions, unknown weapons, etc...fighting through it all is vital for survival. It doesn't feel comfortable at first, but neither is real violence. YES...OC Spray can be a "time saver", but as you mentioned, direction change in air. YOU may be the one standing downwind...violence shows no prejudice. Also the fact that it may not have the effect you thought it should. In my day job, I have seen perps fight through it, I have gotten sprayed while extracting perps from a cell...no fun. If you've ever had pepper spray go down your throat, you'll NEVER forget it. Also, you had BETTER know how to decontaminate yourself and others. I agree on the over complication of things. Keep it simple. Be aware of many things, but you don't have to add them to your nervous system. Like Bruce Lee said, "Add what is specifically your own." (Something like that.) "Fight" only if you MUST. Make it savage, make it fast. As for "extreme"...well, people have to realize that it is one of the key ingredients in violence. So be MORE EXTREME... Final thoughts: Sad in this day and age, the perps have more rights it seems than the victims. So be prepared for a possible fight ala litigation. Be safe everyone...but please, NEVER be a victim if you have any means to prevent it.