Sometimes on TV or even in real life you’ll hear people say they could have won a fight if only the other person had only fought fair… Really? There’s some expectation that individuals tho digress from disagreement to heated, insult-riddled debate, to physical altercation will abide by some sort of code of ethics? A chick can throw her drink on you, but not the glass itself? A dude can punch you in the gut, but not in the balls?
If you punch me in the face, I’m not allowed to punch you in the dick because… Oh, wait, nope. If you punch me in the face, I’ma punch you in the dick and poke you in the eye and scratch you, and if there’s sand I’ll throw that too.
Mixed martial arts seems like the most violent and no-holds-barred physical competition ever to be considered a entertaining to non-pre-offenders. However, consider their laundry list of “fouls”:
As set out by the Association of Boxing Commissions:
Holding or grabbing the fence
Holding opponent’s shorts or gloves
Butting with the head
Eye gouging of any kind
Biting or spitting at an opponent
Groin attacks of any kind
Intentionally placing a finger into any orifice, or into any cut or laceration of your opponent
Sorry, but that’s pretty much a list of guidelines for me (and you, if you’re smart)– especially in the post-apocalypse. If someone means me physical harm, i mean to debilitate them to the point where they’re unable to harm me physically. Maybe they’ll get up in a few hours and still want me damaged, but they’ll sure think twice about it. Or I’ll be so far away that it won’t matter.
Consider this: There’s no hospital, no lawyers, no police, and no door locks. What happens if you lose a fight?
Do you get to stay? Does your battered body get sold to slavers? Do you get “finished”?
Come the end of the world I’m fashioning myself some brass knuckles and practicing my elbow follow-through to add more power to my punches. Fair warning, stay back or stay down.