Every society has its reclusive scholars, and not all of them study the same things. Every society has its teachers, and not all of them teach the same things. I see my role in society -- especially in Mandalorian society -- as enabling thoughtful discussion and education. I want to improve lives however I can, even in small ways like providing this translator and forum (even if I am a little lax with my responsibility because I readily overburden myself with too many tasks at once).
In that vein, as I consider myself a scholar, teacher, and overall enabler of education, I prefer to talk first and fight last. I will defend myself and others if attacked, but there are many weapons I would choose first before resorting to my fist, let alone any others. I save physical violence for the absolute last resort, and even then, I abhor needless death. If words fail, perhaps an opponent may only be taught to see reason -- or at least think twice about attacking again -- by being pinned or restrained. If not, then perhaps some bodily harm is warranted. If that won't work, then perhaps they need to be made unconscious. People cannot learn if they are dead, so I want to give every person as many opportunities to learn as I am able to give.
If my aliit or my people are attacked, I will defend them. If I am called to arms, I would rather provide support and logistics or strategy. I'll provide food, clothing, shelter, resources, transportation for my vode, but I would be loathe to take up arms against someone. I have studied martial arts in the past (Kempo, Iaijutsu, Tai Chi). At various times in my life I have been handy with a bow (compound or recurve, but I prefer recurve), a rifle (I prefer bolt-action, even though it may not be the most practical choice), a bo staff, a katana, knowledge and awareness of my surroundings (for diversion, avoidance, and escape), and my body (for grappling, holding, punching, kicking, etc.). I intend to resume active study of martial arts in the future, and I do intend to acquire a firearms licence someday in order to keep myself in practise with, educated about, and aware of modern weapons technology, but I have no desire to own a gun at this time in my life (I live in a city -- there is no use for guns here). I practise none of the aforementioned arts currently, but I will once I am in a stable place to do so (practising sloppy technique on your own is a great way to get yourself overconfident and thus injured or killed, which is worse than not practising at all in my mind).
As a kind of aside, I do occasionally play World of Guns on Steam in order to learn about how different kinds of firearms work, and I am fascinated by them from a mechanical standpoint.
So enough of my rationalisations -- this has become long-winded.