If two individuals engage in mutual combat, the right of self-defense is only available if the defender has:
- Actually attempted, in good faith, to refuse to continue fighting;
- By words or conduct, caused the opponent to be aware, as a reasonable person, that he desires to stop fighting;
- By words or conduct, caused the opponent to be aware, as a reasonable person, that he has in fact stopped fighting; and
- Has given the opponent the opportunity to stop fighting.
After the defender has done these four things, he has the right to self-defense if the opponent continues to fight.
Darren Levine is the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide. A 6th degree black belt, he is one of the highest-ranked Krav Maga instructors in the world and received extensive training directly from Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga.
In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Krav Maga system, Darren Levine received one of only two Founder Diplomas ever issued by Imi Lichtenfeld. An internationally recognized self-defense and counterterrorism expert, Darren Levine has taught thousands of civilians and police officers, as well as military special operation and anti-terrorist units in the United States and abroad.
Darren Levine serves as a Los Angeles County prosecutor and an assistant head deputy of the Target Crimes Division; he has been tasked with prosecuting the most violent crimes committed against law enforcement, including murders of on-duty peace officers. Levine has received numerous commendations, among them: National Co-Prosecutor of the Year 2004, National Association of District Attorneys; Los Angeles County Prosecutor of the Year, 2003 ADDA; and Distinguished Alumni Award, Loyola Law School.
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