Sensei Iain (@IainAbernethy) is not only a highly skilled martial artist, but also a knowledgeable historian of karate and the development of martial arts. The following are only a few of the verbal tidbits given on day 1 of his seminar.
An actual fight is anything but organized. To be truly successful in a self-defense situation you must train for and embrace the chaos.
Keep your opponent in front you, but don’t be in front of your opponent.
The martial arts were not meant to be used with/against other trained martial artists, but in defense of attack by villains and ruffians. (This is a paraphrase of a teaching by one of the first masters of karate)
More to come.