They say that our internal dialogue is very important in how we view the world and our place in it. Language and words can be used to change the way we see things ... not necessarily how they are, but how we see them, and thus relate to them in real life.
Therefore I propose stopping using language that insists on 'stopping the fight', 'ending the duel', or 'winning the altercation'.
'Prevailing' is better, as it lends an expansiveness to the method and outcome that I like, but how about thinking of swordplay/dueling/fighting, as something even more radical? How about seeing it all as - 'Creating an Exit'?
It adds a real goal to the whole, and frames the solutions to the problem at hand (how to deal with an adversary) in a very different manner.
It flows past and through rather than stops with one, predefined ending.
It gets you to see space and time differently, both before and after potential contact ... and indeed, it's the 'after', the exit, that matters most.
Perhaps it might
even lessen the human tendency to come to a mental halt within training, in range, and with nothing certain achieved?