Although many martial arts focus on the virtues of violent restraint during conflict, the commonality of all styles is that they’re systems of self-defense training. In regard to fighting, the bottom line is survival: defeating an opponent by any means. Yet in the wake of 9/11, the general public is more aware of the preparatory effectiveness that martial arts brings to those interested in protecting themselves and their families.
The trend of self-defense training systems moving away from the codified traditions of martial arts as a way of life have led to a view of martial arts techniques as a means of survival. Self-defense training has become about quickly developing skills for personal combat in which the mindsets range from maiming your attacker with brutal, lethal tactics to escape tactics (i.e., get the heck out of there as quickly as possible). Any self-defense system is about identifying your goal and training to meet it.