Gnarlie posted a set of question last week, I have choose a few to answer below In a situation where violence is likely, what should you concentrate on? Depending on the detial of the situation, leaving is usually the top priority. If i can walk/run away then that i what i'll do. I may have to attack first in order to give me a couple of seconds advantage. howver if in a situation where running away is not possible, maybe in my own home or if i have family with me, then hit first. You have been asked to run a self-defence course for beginners. Content is up to you. What do you include? First it depends on the group of people, age, gender, occupation. I would do pad drills, based on stress situations. the 'common' attack i would include would be based on who they are Is learning about the culture that a martial art was born in important? Why? I think it is important but not to be obsessed over. Important becasue we need to understand where certain practices came from. with that understanding we can evaluate the practices based on real information. for example, in some other japanese based arts there are techniques for grabbing the belt or the topnot, since these are not really applicable and should be modified. However, it is very easy to get buried in culture and use it to replace phsycial ability, they you can be come soem one standing at the side of the do jang telling eveyone that they are wrong but not actually being able to do any of the 'right' techniques yourself. What ridiculous cliches have you encountered? the phrase " i never quit in training" kihaping all the time (even when that person was getting hit) the phrase 'walk like a tiger' being shouted to someone during an exam an 'oath' taken by 2 student that they would never sparr each other Is talent genetic? yes, but it is often wasted and does not surpass hard work If you were on the grading panel, what techniques would you determine to be 'too aggressive' or 'excessive' in a self defence demonstration? Why? Techniques invilving punching to the throat, stamping on downed opponents, and using disarmed weapons on attackers. these show a lack of maturity when dealing with self defence Thank you Gnarlie for posting the questions.