Though I would share this here since people might be interested in hearing an example of self-defence put into action, and also so that I can get some advice on things I could have done better. Was on my way back from a party at near midnight with two girls, one of which was very drunk. Two dudes pulled up on a motorcycle and said something to us, I foolishly thought they were asking for directions so stepped closer to talk to them (big mistake, I'm pretty annoyed with myself that I forgot all aspects of basic situational awareness), which is when they hopped off their bike, pulled a 'knife' and demanded our phones. I say knife in quotation marks because it was pretty dark and I wasn't sure, if I had to bet I'd say it wasn't real but I wasn't particularly keen on betting my safety, or my friends, on it. Mistake #2, I suppose, was that I refused to give them anything and tried to talk them down from in. Mistake 2.5, I had my guard down the whole time and as such got sucker punched in the face. I thank martial arts training that I took it fairly well, it just knocked my glasses off But I can see well enough without them. I still didn't give them anything and told my friends to start walking away while I dealt with them. Dude started asking for my bag after that (had about £40 worth of belongings in), I still refused. The other guy started hassling the girls at this point and I got punched in the face again (again with leaving my guard down...). I told the guy if I gave him the bag would he masked profanity off and leave the girls be, he said yeah, we shook on it (even muggers can be polite I guess) and I gave him the bag. The other dude was still hassling the girls - 'Give me your phones I don't want to hit a girl' - so I went over to him but his mate told him to get going and leave them alone. Sirens were heard in the distance so they took off pretty quickly. I wasn't particularly bothered by the whole thing really other than losing my ipod (it had a bunch of songs I don't have in my library any more ) and one of my friends was quite shaken by it. I also admit the biggest damage to be personally was my ego, I didn't fancy fighting two guys wearing helmets and potentially with a knife, but still, getting mugged in front of two girls isn't the best feeling. But I guess it could've been worse as no-one got hurt and my friends didn't lose any of their stuff All in all I think what I learn most from this experience is that I need to work on the 'self defence' side of things as well as just the fighting. Although I remained perfectly calm during the whole thing I definitely slipped up on a lot of important stuff. Now I just want to keep training so that I can keep my friends and myself safe in the event of something like this happening again. Might also take a few self-defence classes that focus on the de-escalation and awareness side of things. I thought I was clued up on this stuff but evidently there's a difference between knowing about it and remembering to practice it.