i didnt mean it like that. I meant it like, if you had a fence up and kept distance and always did that for pretty much every interaction, particular tells wouldnt be as important in said situations as you would default go into some form of defence. They would be more important if you couldnt, or in talking somone out of something. Or rather due to the dynamics of said situation. Basically if you can get away with and dont mind looking like a weirdo most of the time. (obviously directed at people you dont know mainly) I dont dispute said point anyway, as if you are expecting something you will have a plan of action for that something in place. isnt there a issue with, if you expect something and they do soemthing else it can delay your response time in altering the plan? Not too sure if it does and if it does, if it would have a impact worthy of noting. Addendum: i dont mean randomly go into a high cover when ever you talk to someone, i meant if they come close to you, or you orginally ID them as suspecious, but you dont know what particular tells are ie punches, kicks, rushing. But you still have some form of guard up, SA to the level of knowing the tells for every attack seems un nessisary to know, so long as you know the general gist of it and can go into a good guard/defensive posture.