How to Fight Fair! What is Fair Fighting?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Dueling
3 May 2014

3 Responses to “How to Fight Fair! What is Fair Fighting?”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    I really enjoy your writing, John!!

    I have some ambivalence about this. Probably because, as a facial surgeon, I have to repair the results of fights! Thinking about it though, I have never said to an injured patient, “Was it worth this?” As I did say one time to a man who I was giving shots of two huge syringes of penicillin to for making love not war, so to speak, lol!

    In middle school, I punched some guy in the face that was poking me in the back, then before any real damage could occur the teachers broke us up. We went on to become best friends after that, so I do understand how fighting fair can be a bonding experience, strange as that may seem to others that have never experienced it.

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Dr. J!

    I have mellowed over the years but I realize the youths are still going to do some of this. While I see the challenge match as stupid now, back in my youth I did not back down often.

    I did learn first aid and CPR and taught it when I got my black belt. I figured I could take them out and patch them back up. :)

    I did have the experience of a doctor (before I trained in karate) in the emergency room when I was getting my eye stitched up asking me what the other guy looked like. You see I got mugged and did not fight back when I was 12 years old.

    I could have fought back but I was not a good fighter yet. So I did not want to risk the gangs coming after me so I took the shiner and pretended I did not know my attackers.

    So when the doctor asked me what the other guys looked like – I just laughed like I got my good pokes in… in reality that is the incident that made me strive to learn karate so I could defend myself.

    I often wondered what a boxing match between to facial surgeons would look like. Probably a lot of body shots! :)

  3. Robot Fight Fitness Says:


    Great post, I agree that all fights should be fair fights. Two people should be able to settle their differences fairly, then shake hands and have a beer afterwards. The problem these days is that unfair fights have become entertaining, and many youths enjoy watching videos of people being attacked and knocked out. Because of this, the ‘fair fight’ has been forgotten.