These are the elements I feel are required for proper self-defense training and that I prefer to use. They include: 1. Drill Training - An example would be the Circle Stress Drill and its many variations. 2. Sparring - This does not have to be done all the time but can be helpful in understanding body mechanics other things and it can be fun. It can range from light to full contact. 3. Scenario Based Training - This is simply doing role playing with the many different ways you can be attacked and there are many different ways to perform them. Also, gear can be added (as it should be) and full contact attacks can be simulated with anything goes. Of these 3 I feel that 1 and 3 are vitally important and must be done to understand a violent encounter. They allow the practioner to develop ability and understanding of psychology, adrenaline response, gross motor skills vs. fine motor skills, attacker ques and body language. Obviously, one must develop techniques and skills as well but I just want to focus on elements that you use specifically to develop self-defense. How does everyone else train for self-defense and what other elements do you use? I would like this to be an exchange of ideas and training. Thank you. Joe.