On another board I frequently visit we were discussing sub-skills and transition. In our collective world of self defense and guns many people tend to see the gun as the answer to everything, everything from a stranger walking rapidly toward us to the knife wielding attacker. The truth be known your chances of being approached without a visible weapon or getting into a fist fight is more likely. What we here and see in the news is only where a gun was put into play. There are far more physical assaults than gun fights, not that they donâ€™t happen, just really less frequently. In saying that I feel we must take the OODA Loop and use it to our advantage as best we can. We need have a firm foundation in several areas in order to be effective. Awareness and avoidance should be first, when this fails or we are caught behind the power curve other sub-skills will be come necessary. Hand to hand, chemicals, contact weapons, and then guns. Utilizing the appropriate one to meet the threat sufficiently to stop it: while remaining legal. Legality is a real problem, yes I know we all or most of us feel that we should just be able to whip out our ghetto blaster and shoot the one wanting to do us harm and take our goods, but in the real world we canâ€™t do that without facing along stint in Big Bubbas company. So what should we do? Take the skill sets above, get training in each, integrating them all and knowing how to transition from one to the other smoothly. If we run into the golden glove thug that can box, boxing him may not be the best bet, however maybe his ground game is not up to snuff, moving into that will help us. In other words do not fight on the bad guys terms, constantly keep transitioning to keep him guessing and having to adapt to us. This also comes into timing, the average street thug doesnâ€™t really want to get caught, therefore they like to get close and commit their crimes in a confined manner. This keeps it discrete and less obvious to people around them. If Thug Boy has a gun rammed into your gut or throat going for your gun maybe not be a great idea at that point. Getting control and managing his weapon maybe a higher priority, timing the access to your weapon to your advantage. Not getting shot, cut, or hit should be a higher priority than shooting him. What is everyoneâ€™s take on this approach?