There is a thin line between pre-emptive attack and counterattack. I'm not saying that pre-emptive attack is a bad strategy- sometimes it's a pretty good way of defending yourself. I'm also not saying that counterattacking is morally superior to pre-empting aggression, but think about this...
- At what point do you cross the line and become the aggressor - the one responsible for precipitating greater violence and chaos?
- At what point have you waited too long and you are forced into a reactive role?
The thin line depends on prediction, which is shaky because chaotic violence is outside most folks field of experience – you have little or nothing upon which to base a prediction.
So, does pre-emptive attack play a role in your martial art or your self defense strategy, and if so, how do you know when to pull the trigger?