Try to defuse the situation. The battle will be more with your own ego than it will be with your antagonist. Do not be afraid to admit that you do not want trouble. Leave at the first opportunity. He who runs away live to fight another day.
Take command of the situation. Step back and raise both hands, arms outstretched, palms facing the antagonist, and issue the command "Stop! Leave me alone!" This works sometimes because:
- When you step back with your hands up, you are controlling the range, not the antagonist.
- You have given notice that you are willing to resist.
- With your hands up, you have marked a boundary that tends to keep an opponent further away.
- Witnesses can instantly identify that there is a problem.
- You keep your weapons in between you and the antagonist. Your front hand is a gauge of range, if you may touch the antagonist with your front hand, you may also touch with your rear hand.
- When you have your hands up protecting your centerline, you force the antagonist to either swing around your hands or to grab or move your hands.
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