i know there is alot of on and off conversation regarding self defense what works on the street and so on; nine times out of ten people assume the person theywill be fighting are untrained or something of that nature. An more than likely that is true... that being said i decided to examine the other side an ask u guys if u would be prepared or as confident if the person u were facing was trained; many people i know who do standup (boxing/mt/full contact karate/kickboxing/krav maga/etc) are confident knowing the people they are facing aren't trained. so if u knew the person u are or were facing was trained would it affect ur confidence or would u avoid a confrontation you might habe been more willing to get into; but now that u realize this person is good or better than u, u might not be as willing to fight him. i assume w/in a very short time span u could recognize a skilled opp from an unskilled one.. or let's say somehow u got into a confrontation w/someone u knew was better than u were, would u be willing to fight still... i have gotten into fights w/people who are trained..an it's just a whole diff world.. an i have had near altercations w/guys who i was familiar w/ whom i knew would most likely hand me my ass; but that is just how it goes sometime. ex: guy i used to train at this judo club i went to, was a bjj bluebelt and actually had about 10 muay thai fights; well i was out w/a friend of mine and some kind of argument ensued and they were about to fight. I basically stepped in between them, cus i had a) grappled w/ this guy and b) seen him fight muay thai; so i was very aware what he was gonna do to my friend.. an it basically came to a point where this dude was gonna fight me instead... it ended up being averted. But i was really thinking this could get real ugly, not sayin i don't have faith in my skills or whatnot; but just being honest w/myself and knowledgeable of the person i was dealing w/. I would have fought him anyway if it came to that; cus regardless of what he would have done to me, he would have killed my friend. No joke he would have KILLED him... lets just say not having that built in adv of skills/awareness and in fact being at a disadvantage not just physically but tech, was a diff sort of thing and so i decided to get ur input.