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    A fight’s a fight, isn’t it?

    Yes. No. Maybe? Different people think about fighting in different ways, with different assumptions, and often those different ways don’t mesh with the realities of a situation when fighting skills are needed most. The term “fight” has become many things to many people.

    To assist in the discussion of how martial arts or other training relates to fights, it helps to be very specific. To me, there are three general types of physical conflict, by which I mean adversarial, non-compliant altercations. These are: contest, dominance, and predatory. I categorize these types based upon their defining goals. Note that there can certainly be cases in which the lines between the types can blur, depending upon the individuals and any contributing context.

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