I’m not saying don’t fight back or give up easy. The way my teachers taught us is they had us fight hard and if someone got hurt we tried to continue and shake it off as we fought.
The point I am trying to make is there may be times where it is not a bad idea to respond to an outside influence saying stop. Fights are unique dynamic events where no two are exactly alike. You should be responsive to your environment. Not be programmed to shut out everything around you, mindlessly grind someone down and not stop.
There is a yin and yang to martial arts. Killer instinct can make you dangerous to an opponent, but too much can make you a danger to yourself. I know people who have ended up in jail being hard asses. I also know people who have been sued for tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
I know a guy who had to pay over a hundred thousand dollars to settle out of court for a fight that he didn’t start. The reason why he had to settle out of court is because he had a criminal record from fighting. If you work in law enforcement you should know that once you get even one assault charge that can have a huge affect on the rest of your life. ie try getting a CCW with an assault charge on your record. Or try getting a job with a felony assault on your record.
Sifu does have a lot of good points in this thread, whether they were necessarily asked for or not.
The idea that a cop pulling up is going to assume that the person beating on the other person is actually the one who was attacked is faulty- cops know that criminals stack the deck in their favor and don’t attack unless they think they can win. For your average person to completely turn the tables on them and beat them to the point of domination is EXTREMELY unlikely.
In a straight fight, which you’ve got to be an asshole to be in anyway, the winner of the fight gets the assault charges while the loser gets beat down. It shouldn’t work like that, but most times it does. Sometimes, even the loser gets pegged with assault charges- happened to a friend of mine when he got jumped and got the shit kicked out of him. A guy tried to fishook him, so my buddy bit the end of his finger off. Inexplicably, he’s the one who had serious charges AGAINST him.
I read somewhere that the justice system doesn’t necessarily care about being fair, it cares about getting things RESOLVED. Keeping that in mind, you must take care to not go overboard in a streetfight. If you do, you’re opening up the doors for involuntary manslaughter.
It isn’t a bad idea that, if you’re attacked by a criminal in a secluded spot, leave them where they lay and don’t call anybody. Make your life a bit easier. (Disclaimer- I didn’t just advise anyone to do that.)