- Because we are about choosing the smartest option in response to any threat situation given who we are - not one dictated by our peers, our ego, the current martial arts fashion or by those who say we must have 'attitude' and deal out justice to anyone who threatens us.
- Because those who attack others in the street target victims who are not as strong, are unarmed and/or are outnumbered. In order to survive we must outsmart, not just outfight our attackers.
- Because every confrontation is different and as luck would have it almost always different to whatever we have practiced in training. We must think and adapt, fast and under pressure.
- Because talking our way out or walking our way out of a confrontation is much smarter than fighting our way out.
- Because the real challenge of a street confrontation is more psychological than it is physical.
- Because we don't care about being the 'best', only being the best that we as individuals can be.
- Because we choose to be different where it makes sense and not follow the herd.
- Because we choose to think for ourselves and encourage others to do likewise.
Training ordinary people for extraordinary circumstances
Graham has been a Contributing Editor to Blitz Australasian Martial Arts Magazine for the past 11 years and has a regular column, the "Tactical Approach" in each issue.