An-shu Stephen K. Hayes and his Shihan Kai master instructors guide you through the five stages of a conflict.
When discerning an imminent danger, it is important to keep yourself safe by defending against the attack. The concepts of self-defense often go way beyond the physical, and Shihan Russo discusses these possibilities in detail.
The Five D model is brought to completion when you have delivered your counter attack. Perhaps the fight is not over yet. Perhaps your attacker is not alone. In any case, discerning the situation is crucial.