Hi Nick C,
If someone brandishes a gun, even the law can recognize the intent to harm. If someone say's "I'm gonna take your head off," that's a declaration of intent, same as brandishing a gun. But people can seem to have harmful intentions when they don't, like when they are just scared and mouthing off.
If it seem that someone is moving towards you with the intent to harm, give them room, if they continue to try to get withing range, warn them, if that fails, then probably the intent is clear.
...you wrote, "Intention, for example, can freeze an opponent like an animal in a car's headlights. And if I achieve this, why not wade staight in? I think the first rule should be to switch on your intention. In fact if you can, keep it ticking over most of the time..."
Your defense is triggered by another's intent, and you think you should walk around showing the same intent? This is too clever by half.
Everyone who agrees with you would automatically have a punch out with everyone else who agrees with you.
[This message has been edited by DavidJ (edited 03-26-2001).]