It’s the weekend, so you might be heading into a drinking establishment or two.

When you’re in there, watch your back. Depending on the place, things can get dangerous in a hurry.

If things go south and you do get stuck in the middle of a barroom brawl, consider these fighting tips from the new book Bar-Jutsu: The American Art of Bar Fighting

  • Most confrontations can be taken care of verbally. Tell the guy you’re sorry and offer to buy him a drink. Nine times out of ten, this will work.
  • If a fight breaks out, there’s nothing wrong with leaving. You’re not a coward if you exit a sinking ship.
  • Never strike first. You should only get physical after someone else attacks you.
  • Don’t take the fight outside. This puts you at risk and gives your attacker a chance to prepare. The situation should always be finished where it started.
  • If you find yourself in a fight with someone, assume he is right-handed and expect an attack with his right hand.
  • When someone attacks you, try to get him off-balance as soon as possible.
  • Punching someone’s rib cage is pretty much guaranteed to drop him. (