Technically, the only thing a man must have is a penis. The rest of the list is pretty arbitrary. These days I wonder if even that is qualification...There is an overwhelming number of records of events where say Spartan goplits would go against the army 50-100 larger and win.Indeed, but there's a lot of crap about as well. Look at the Crusades.Most people in Western societies don't realise the level of their inefficiency in a fight, probably because they fight very infrequently. Agreed. However, I don't see it as a "western" thing, but an artifact of living in communities.In populous socieities "fighting" is a social ritual with a bit of shoving, and little real attempt to do serious harm. If you're the sort of person who goes for the kill in every mildly physical situation, you probably won't live long enough to breed.You have to hit hard and into the right spot against a fit opponent, and 99% cannot even hit hard - hit weakly, break hands, or both. Agreed, and you have to hit them again, as from above, people are relcutant to follow through. The best time to kick a man is when he's down, preferably more than once, and in his head. However, this is not a modern thing, but dates from as long as we have lived in stable communities.Adequate physical conditioning is hardly possible in 6 weeks.I picked 6 weeks as is is the basic training period of the British army. However of course, grossly unfit people don't apply or get past the medical.In 6 weeks you can desensitise most people from reluctance to hurt, and get them to basic competence with a firearm and knife.Of course you have to be in a position where you can coerce them, to get this done quickly against random people. You must also be prepared to lose a few in the process. I said "win", I didn't say be popular. "Fighting" in society is actually about popularity not hurting poeple. You must be hard enough that you don't become a target, but no so hard that the friends of your victims gang up on you.More importantly, an adequate disrespect for human life, including your own is not acquirable in 6 weeks.I disagree, again because many people have fought effectively with this level of training.It is not like a gun that you pick up and fire after 10 minutes of training. After a sum total of about 20 hours, one of the bunch of people I was teaching to shoot went to change the target. For no good reason I just said "3 rounds in the target in front, in your own time fire". Without thought all 4 picked up their guns, and only my shriek of horror stopped them kiling one of their mates.Dumbest thing I ever did, still makes me cringe.It is not like a gun that you pick up and fire after 10 minutes of training. A useful thing about guns, as shown above, is that they don't requitre much to desenisitise you.You can do the same thing with any form of combat, just takes a bit longer.In martial arts, one spends hours doing the same set of moves over and over again. By the ends they aren't "fighting", any more then opening a car door is some sort of engineering. They just happen. The whole idea is not to think about the detailed stuff, leaving your mind free to concentrate on the big picture.