So, a couple days ago I started a thread about Martial Arts and I thought I'd share why I was looking into it and what are my other options. This weekend I attended a rather large family party and a guy there decided to pick a fight. Some words were exchanged and he shoved me, I quartered and got ready and the guy said "let's go outside" and he stormed out. I wasn't about to back down, but when he left I wasn't going to chase him either. I figured if he really wanted to get physical he would of just done it. Plus, I didn't want to look like a jerk at the party so I got my wife and kids and left. Nobody likes the guy, he was not personally invited but was there because he is dating one of the girls and he got booted from the party for starting trouble. This got me thinking about getting some training, hence my question regarding Martial Arts. I still want to sign up for training but what about other forms of defending myself (aside from handgun) and how legal or illegal is it? For example, knives, collapsible batons, tasers, etc? This guy has a significant physical advantage over me. I am 5'7" 195lbs and he's probably 6'2" and easily 250lbs (he's a big dude). He lives in town so I'll see him again eventually. I highly doubt I will get in a fist fight with the guy, my wife has known him since high school and has used his size to push people around but backs down when fought back. All bark, no bite! So, what if I have another encounter with someone much lager than I, could I legally draw a knife, a baton, or taser? Or do I have to wait till my face is beaten half way to a pulp to say It was self defense?