Without mercy, ukemi is impossible: “On Mercy,” by Charles Warren

If I choose to go unarmed, some of that is risk assessment. Being armed in a public place in California is usually criminal, so what is more likely, arrest on a weapons charge or being subject to some criminal attack? Some of my choice is confidence in my unarmed martial skills. Some of it, though, is my distaste for killing things, which is a species of mercy. Does that give me some sense of virtue? I suppose…

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