Hitting someone first puts you at an advantage in a violent encounter. The opponent will abandon their plan, switch their mind to a defensive position and - if the strikes are good enough - fill their brain with pain, disorientation and rebalancing.
You are now in driving seat to continue to strike until you can neutralise the threat or escape the situation.
There’s only one ‘problem’. You need to be able to show that striking first was justified and reasonable in the circumstances you were in.
You can do this in some simple ways - but don’t underestimate the simplicity. During the shock and adrenaline-rush of a prospective violence, even simple tasks often become harder, even everyday tasks such as speaking or moving.
Keep it simple and include this in your training. Use easy to remember phrases. ‘Stay back. Don’t hurt me’. Say these loudly. They’re designed to tell witnesses even far away that you were fearful and considered the aggressor a threat.
Move away (if you can’t run or escape) - but not backwards (you don’t have eyes in the back of your head), but sideways and away, opening up your view of the surroundings and forcing the aggressor to follow you.
You told him (or her) to not get close. You tried to move away but they still followed you. They refused to listen - and by doing so, actually elevated the threat level to you by showing even greater intent to harm you. This is your legal defence.
Now you strike. Hard. Repeatedly. Non-stop. Until you can safely escape.
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