I want to ask the people with real self defense experience (bouncers, police officers) what they think are the most common attacks that a person should prepare for. The reason that I ask is because I have 35 years of martial arts experience but a lot of what I have learned is theoretical and not necessarily practical. I'm at the stage of my life where I'd like to find out what is effective in self defense from people who live it everyday and not just someone who claims to be a "reality self defense" master. Thank you in advance.
This is an excellent post, but a lot has to do with mental preparation.I am 33 years, and sadly have been in some bad situations. The only issue with looking to police and bouncers for advice is they live in a very different world. When one of these professionals gets into a situation the attacker knows he has a challenge. For the average person, assuming it is an attack and not a bar fight, the attacker is not expecting a problem. That is why he chose you. You have the element of surprise, and as long as you do respond, your skills should come out.