Rules of Engagement


This week in class we will be focusing our curriculum on self-defense!

During class, we will be sharing this important concept:  The Rules Of Engagement

First Rule

The first rule of engagement is to always AVOID conflict!  If someone is calling you names or criticizing you, just ignore them and WALK AWAY.

No matter how skilled you become in protecting yourself, it is always more prudent to walk away and avoid the chance that someone might get lucky and hurt you.

There is also a more practical side to this rule.

If you fight in school, you will almost certainly get suspended.  If you fight on the street, you better have a good explanation as to why you went on the offensive – especially if you are a man.  The law assumes you will make a good faith effort to avoid confrontation.

For many, walking away is easier than it sounds.  Younger children (and adults) often act on impulse – letting their ego or anger take over.

A black belt is expected to be disciplined and have excellent self control and avoid confrontation whenever possible.

Second Rule

We only use our martial arts if we are in danger of getting hurt or someone is trying to take us to another (more dangerous) location.

Again, if in school, use your blocking techniques to protect yourself.  There is nothing offensive about putting your HANDS UP to avoid being hit.  While this won’t always guarantee you from being suspended at school, it will greatly improve your standing.

As all experienced practitioners know, a well executed block is just as effective as a strike.  The idea of the block is to protect, but also to create pain to give the bully or the abuser pause to proceed.

On the street, once you have made the determination that your life is in danger, all bets are off!  You do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and escape – including using attack points to stop your attacker in his or her tracks!

Third Rule

This is pretty basic, but an important reminder.

Always attempt to maintain 2 arm lengths from any confrontation.  If you outstretch your arms a full 2 times, the attacker is just out of reach from reaching you (unless they have a stick).  Try to maintain that distance (or more) throughout the altercation.


When it comes to self defense, there are really no hard and fast rules.  These general principles are meant to be a guide when it comes to confrontation.

Each and every encounter is different.

Our goal is to always try for a peaceful solution, however, if necessary, be prepared to let that inner Samurai warrior come out to defend yourself when absolutely necessary.

Let me know your thoughts?

Sensei Feldt



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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

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Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for martial arts instruction for 8 consecutive years in a row.

Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.

Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made

up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is be ing bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]

Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.

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