I understand what you mean BC Mike C.
Brain over brawn is a very good approach.
20 years ago. I just would've beat the crap out of the assailant.
And if I were outnumbered. I would B*S* my way out of it. And get them one on one later.
But nowdays. A fight is not a fight no more. Nowdays, if you get involved in a fight. You might be unarmed. But the assailant is armed. Answer: you'll get shot.
That's why nowdays, I carry pepper mace. And other things. I dare not mention here on the forum.