You almost killed me, asshole! If I’d known what kind of guy you were, I never would’ve agreed to work with you.
Are you going to bark all day, little doggie, or are you going to bite?
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
I’ve been thinking a lot about flash points.
Although there has been some work done on this area in the last five or ten years, traditionally martial arts have ignored the human psychology behind fighting, in particular, what causes a conflict to jump from verbal to physical or what I’m calling the flash point.
I recently did an interview with a friend who was a very experienced street fighter as a young man, with about 40 fights under his belt. I showed him how Wing Chun works and we talked about his fights and how they went down and success or failure in a fight was influenced heavily by what happened at the flash point.
He said, “if a fight lasts more than 30 seconds, you’re home free. Most of the guys out there could not handle what you’ve got. ”
Geoff Thompson is well-known for his idea of the “Three Second Fight.” His experience on the door of a club in Coventry showed him that most fights were won by a sucker punch to the head.