The Turkish Slap
This photo is from 2017. I've just given that jacket away and I was a bit thinner then. I was just on my way out to a Krav Maga conflict management and justification seminar. "Fight school" as Irina called it.
In the UK you're allowed to punch first in self defence. One punch can kill you, so you don't have to wait for an aggressor to actually attack before defending yourself if you're certain they will attack and you can justify your self defence to a policeman or magistrate.
So the same signs you use to tell that violence is imminent are the same things that are your justification for self defence. You have to be able to explain how you knew you were about to be attacked.
So it was theory and practise. We learned the turkish slap amongst other things. With the turkish slap you can break someone's jaw (the slap is with the heel of the palm and your arm is relaxed and you use it as a whip with all the force in the hand) - but you get to tell the police officer (and what shows on cctv) that all you did was slap them. We also learned a new punching technique even more effective than the Krav Maga punch which is deadly. In krav maga you punch first with your body and shoulder, exploding into it and drawing back fast to repeat, only making a fist at the last minute. With the new technique you drop your hips and swing your whole body into the punch, using the same technique as the turkish slap for the arm.
He also taught us a genius way to initiate a fight (that you think is going to happen anyway) in a way that makes it clear to anyone around that the other person is the aggressor. You keep your arms up - just speak with them as if you're Italian - bladed stance facing the person (it looks natural but is your ready position). This keeps them at arms length at a minimum. When you're sure combat is about to start place your fingertips on their chest and then slam the heel of your palm into their chest whilst shouting "get away from me I don't want to fight". This will propel them several feet away, probably knocking them over, and trigger their fight/flight/freeze/fawn response. But now they're six foot away, you're ready to fight and they're off balance and everyone else can see they're the aggressor. Most situations this will get you out of the fight, if it doesn't you now have the advantage.
"The only power a curse has over you is your own faith in it."