Mary wrote:Sounds like you know Daniel Ryu anyway. Keep on fighting dirty - when you have too.
Well, I guess that is true. Daniel Ryu is the way of avoiding a fight whenever possible. I've been lucky in that I have been able to deescalate most situations where someone was interested in fighting me.
The whole point with this drunk was that I didn't want to fight the guy in the first place. Sticking my thumb in his eye was just to get him to let go. Once he let go I stepped away from him and let him (everyone else in the room) know that I wasn't interested in fighting him. He got in my face and was all pissed off about the gouge, but unless he tried to attack me again I wasn't going to react.
The best way to win a fight is to not get in one.