As we have discussed before, getting into a fight should always be the last resort. Real fights on the street are completely different from fighting in competition, or any other controlled environment. Theres little or no guarantee that the person you are fighting will observe any sort of rules or demonstrate anything akin to humanity in a situation like this. This is why it is ever more important to diffuse the situation verbally before it gets to that stage.
In order to reduce the tension in a dangerous situation, you should take certain steps depending on how things unfold. The first and most important point is that you should try not to anger the person or persons any more than they already are. You can usually achieve this by keeping a calm voice tone, and using open language – don’t suggest or impose, try to keep the conversation stable. An aggressive person will pick up on sarcasm easily, and react to it with violence, so be careful not to act in this way.
Try not to interrupt the aggressor when he or she speaks, this will raise the tension significantly and show disrespect. If you appear to be listening and paying attention this can sometimes diffuse the situation a little. You should maintain eye contact to show, but occasionally break gaze to lessen any intimidating effect it may be having.
Body language is very important, do not cross you’re arms or take a defensive stance, stand as you normally would when talking to a non-aggressive person – you will be surprised at what a profound effect this can have. Don’t stand too close the the aggressor as this shows readiness to attack.
In preparation for the possible failure of a peaceful resolution, always try to position yourself near an exit, and whilst you are less likely to get attacked with other people around, never count on the idea that they will come to you’re aid, because nowadays that sort of occurrence is very rare, which is why you should take the proper precautions for the worst case scenario.