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What can I do in order to overcome a person who is stronger, faster, bigger and more lean than me?

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The following quote and question tripped my curiosity toward my answer in an article. Yeah, an article subject matter I don’t think I have done in all the years of blogging and writing. A solid, real and very good question that deserves a whole lotta answers so here is mine. First tho, the question - quote:

“If your assailant is bigger, stronger, faster, leaner, how can possibly defeat him?” - Joseph Walker question on Ryukyu MA Facebook Wall

Second, thanks a bunch Mr. Walker for taking the time to put that question out there, much appreciated. I noticed first off one thing not addressed as a trait that would further validate the overwhelming obstacle that bigger, stronger, faster and leaner implies - daunting obstacles for sure.

What is missing, “Smarts, Knowledge and Understanding.” The first word was smarts, being smarter than the adversary who is larger, stronger, faster and leaner is the real trick to this problem. Lets say this proverbial adversary is preparing to attack but his attack methodologies are pretty much based on his perception of power by being bigger than you, stronger than you, faster than you and with a leanness that really has nothing what so ever to do with fighting, combatives and self-defense. After all, all of these traits often mean, I said often, the person is going to rely on the intimidation he thinks will win the day even if he has to attack. 

Since you are a whole lot smarter, and I would add in sneakier, you truly do have the advantage. Lets start with avoidance, if that body type person is attacking you or threatening you, you already in most cases missed being smart cause the road to the junction is almost always filled with warning signs and turn-offs - avoidance. If it is, often seldom encountered by most, a predatory resource or process attack then your being smarter means you exude an aura that often would defer his goals to another more easy target. 

Lets say that you are being attacked by this large, strong, and fast (like I said, being lean is simply an outward presentation meant to be intimidating so forget the lean part) and he is ready to attack assuming you had awareness, etc. but it was that one off-chance happening that exposed you to his fury, it happens but not all that often unless you are a professional who works with conflict and violence. 

Now, smarts means you trained properly in an adrenal stress-conditioned reality like environment and you have a full and complete tool box of, wait for it …. Fundamental principles that will provide you the advantage Mr. Macho I am bigger and stronger and faster than you guy. He relies on image and intimidation along with his size and strength to meet the day but he ain’t got a clue as to how you can achieve superior status in this fight.

Hey, I am a witness to this because I have seen a few of smaller stature along with less strength in relation to size, etc. who literally cleaned up because they learned how to depend on principles and not get caught up and tied down by perceptions as to size and strength, etc., means they will be the one doing all the damage. 

Don’t get me wrong, if this guy just happens to be a bad guy and also proficient in using that bigger, stronger, faster and more lean body with principles along with all that strength and since I forgot, mind-set and mind-state, consider yourself toast BUT (I mean a big BUT) if he isn’t well versed in principles and applying them and your are definitely smart then your principles based proficiency along with a mind-set and mind-state will dominate reaching your goals of survival regardless. 

I don’t know the guy but I know of a guy and his reputation who actually meets the standard of high proficient ability in principles based tactics as well as being a very, very big person who happens to be very, very strong; very, very fast; very, very smart and has tons of hands-on experience dealing with very, very violent people. As to my impressions from other professionals who have written about this guy, even they are wary and cautious around him. So, there are guys out their like that but the chances of your encountering them is pretty darn small - if you are smart, if not then you are in for a world of hurt. 

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