In any dangerous situation, there are “optimal” and “asymmetric” conditions. Example 1: You are driving your kids to an ice cream social and stop at a red light. A person approaches your window, skins a handgun and says “Get out of the car”. You calmly look left and right and then accelerate through the stop light, leaving your would be carjacker standing in the street with a puzzled look on their face as you drive away to safety. This would be an “optimal condition”. Only a limited amount of action was needed for you to face the threat and succeed. No drama, no trauma. Example 2: You are driving your kids to an ice cream social and a car in front of you slams on the brakes, you stop in time to avoid a collision but a car behind you taps your bumper and you are boxed in. Two people approach your car from either side, pull ARs from under their coats and tell you to “get out of the vehicle”. This is an “asymmetric condition”. The equation for success in this instance, has a huge amount of variables and your freedom of action is extremely limited. You’re more than likely going to get wet and if you haven’t prepared and trained for it, you’re going to face the threat and fail. Hope for Optimal Conditions in every aspect of your life. No violence, no trauma, no strife. Just living that life and staying dry. Prepare and Train for a hundred bad men wanting to do a thousand bad things to you in every aspect of your life. The skillsets you hone wont express themselves in Optimal conditions. For instance, just because you prepare and train yourself for close protection of your kids in asymmetric conditions doesn’t mean you’ll be driving your kids to an ice cream social while wearing body armor with an AK on your knee and a chest rig full of flashbangs. It just means that when it gets real, you aren’t staring at them headlights and pulling you bladder cork while bad people visit bad things on you… Enjoy the ice cream. Prepare, Train, Succeed.