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How To Fight
Violent Acres ^ | 12/20/06

Posted on 12/20/2006 4:36:42 PM PST by LibWhacker

The summer I turned 6 years old, some of the neighborhood boys started bullying me. Back then, I owned a pair of cabbage patch kid roller-skates and my favorite activity was skating around the block singing nursery rhymes at the top of my lungs. One day, a few boys in the 8-10 range thought it would be pretty humorous to push me around and watch me flail. I tried to run from them, but I couldn’t skate faster than they could run. They taunted me for a while and then knocked me down. Angry, humiliated, and with two freshly skinned knees, I did what any 6 year old girl would do in my position.

I went home and told my Dad.

My Father was an ex marine and always preached the benefits of learning self defense. Unlike most parents, he had no interest in calling the parents of my bullies to ‘open up a dialogue’ or some other such tripe. Instead, he planned to teach me to kick a little ass.

My Mother balked at this idea. She didn’t think little girls should be fighting. Little girls were supposed to have tea parties and then play dress up. Fighting was for little boys.

“What if someday a vicious serial killer kidnaps her?” my Father asked, “Do you want her to die weeping and begging for her life? Or would you rather she have the courage to wrench the knife from the killer’s hand and stab him in the throat?”

He paused, mid tirade, and said to me, “If that ever happens, V, stab and twist. Stab and twist.”

With my Mother temporarily mollified, My Father took me into the back yard to teach me how to fight.

Nervously, I explained to my Father that not only was I outnumbered by the boys, but they were bigger and stronger than I was. There was no way that I could beat them. My Father merely brushed my fears aside. He said that while they had the advantage of size and strength on their side, I could develop my own advantages. Here are some tips that he gave me:

1. Always Respond to Threats with Complete Confidence
Sometimes all it takes to make a bully re-think pounding you into a pulp is to make it very clear to him exactly how unafraid you are of a physical confrontation. When a bully threatens you, he is trying to invoke in you some fear in which he can feed off of. If you respond to his threats with confidence, even eagerness, it will give him a pause. If he doesn’t chicken out right then and there, he will enter the fight with a slight feeling of unease. His apprehension is your advantage.

2. Fighting Dirty is Fighting Smart
A fist fight isn’t the same as a karate tournament with judges and points. Your opponent is trying to hurt you, so don’t let some silly moral argument prevent you from kicking the little b****rd in the nuts. Throw sand in his eyes, kick him in the back of the knees, bite him, or punch him in the stomach hard enough to knock the wind out of him. If he’s got you pinned down and you happen to see a rock out of the corner of your eye? Don’t be afraid to grab that rock and smash his face with it. There is no shiny trophy waiting for you at the end of this fight, so everything goes.

3. Talk Some Sh!t
Nothing will rattle your opponent faster than you screaming a steady stream of s*** at him while you’re engaged in combat. The crazier you sound the better. If you can’t think of anything tough to yell, yell nonsense like, “I’m going to eat your eyes!” If you can’t think of any nonsense to yell, just plain scream. The second your opponent suspects that you’re a freaking lunatic he’s going to get scared. Fear causes people to make mistakes.

4. When You Lose, Claim It Didn’t Hurt
Sometimes you’re just outmatched. But even losing a fight can be used to your advantage. When it’s over, feel free to spit blood in his face and tell him that it ‘didn’t hurt.’ Laugh when he walks away. You might have just gotten your a** kicked six ways from Sunday, but I guarantee you that anyone watching that fight will think twice about ever messing with you in the future. No one wants to f*** with the crazy kid who feels no pain.

Armed with my new tips and tricks, I laced up my skates and headed out to face the jungle that is childhood. When the boys confronted me again, I dared them to mess with me. One ballsy kid lunged towards me with the intent of pushing me down. Quickly, I kicked that kid squarely between the legs with my skate. He crumpled to the ground as I hysterically screamed at his friends, “I’LL EAT YOUR EYES! I’LL EAT ALL OF YOUR EYES!” Terrified, those boys got up and ran like Hell. I’ve never felt so empowered in my entire life.

In retrospect, I think my Father was just trying to teach me a little something about fear and courage. Back then, and even more so today, it became quite popular to advise your children to: Run. Hide. Look away. Go get someone bigger. Be afraid. As a result, modern children and adults alike are easily paralyzed by fear and have no idea how to defend themselves.

After reading certain articles on my website, I’ve even seen people comment, “What is she going to do if she says the wrong thing to the wrong person? She’s going to end up getting hurt or killed.”

I feel sorry for those people. So paralyzed by fear of what might happen, that they lack the courage to stand up for themselves or for someone weaker. I refuse to live my life afraid to say what I feel or do what is right because there might be some mysterious villain lurking in the shadows who is bigger and stronger. Better to be dead, than to live your life afraid.

Besides, I could just as easily spend my life acting meek and compliant only to still end up with a bullet in my head. However, because my Father taught me courage, it’s not likely that I’d go down without a fight. Who knows? I may even end up wrenching a knife from some psycho’s hands and stabbing him in the throat with it.

Of course, I’ll remember to stab and twist.


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Lessons for little girls (and nations).
1 posted on 12/20/2006 4:36:44 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Thanks.


2 posted on 12/20/2006 4:41:20 PM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: LibWhacker

Good article and good advice. Thanks to your dad for his service and teaching his little girl right.


3 posted on 12/20/2006 4:42:40 PM PST by fishergirl (Proud mom of an Iraq war veteran - to all our veterans Thank You and God Bless)
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To: LibWhacker
Love it.....I think if these bullies were dealt with at an earlier age maybe they wouldn't grow up to be adult bullies like Rosie O'Donnell.....

They also need to be taught to take it off school property because the attackee will suspended along with the attacker....
4 posted on 12/20/2006 4:46:24 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: RhoTheta; Orgiveme

Excellent.


5 posted on 12/20/2006 4:53:03 PM PST by Egon (I stand beside you as your partner, in front as your defender, behind as... hey! nice butt!)
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To: LibWhacker

Thanks. Just reading it made me feel more empowered.

I've led a very sheltered life, and I've never had a "fight" in my 65 years. But I hope and pray that, if need be, I'd have the courage to do exactly as your dad so wisely taught you.


6 posted on 12/20/2006 4:53:28 PM PST by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: LibWhacker
When I was a wee lad of 10, and bullies started to make their neigborhood rounds, my Dad did what was right too. For Christmas, there appeared two pairs of boxing gloves as a gift for me. A man sized black pair by everlast and a junior red pair by everlast. They were not fighting gloves, but the big hefty padded variety.

My dad then would show me a little boxing every few weeks. He also installed a heavy bag in the garage.

I never lost a fight with anyone, not that I fought very much, only when I had to. As a 15 year old, I broke one bully's arm by blocking a roundhouse punch right on his arm from which a cast had been recently removed. He was twice my size. And I can assure you my teen years were peaceful. No one messed with me, and I never had to fight a bully again, and have faced down many, without fighting, as a matter of periodic professional employment where that sort of thing may be needed.

My family is of Irish stock. My Uncles all had really fast hands, and encouraged me.

I passed it on to my son.And he too lived a peaceful teen life after marking his personal bully. I think it is a right of passage.

Thanks Dad!

7 posted on 12/20/2006 4:56:40 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: Kimmers

My Mom and Dad taught me the same things with one additional item that worked pretty well.

I was always the smallest in my class and as a result got beat up by this one bully who was much bigger. He did it every chance he got - even though I fought hard I still lost.

Mom told me to wait till he's walking the other way in the school hall between classes, call his name, when he looks sucker punch him and keep walking. She said to do it every time he picked on me.

I did - the first time the punch knocked him on his butt and he never knew who hit him (but his bully buddies did!). It took me doing that about 5 or 6 times till someone told him who it was, and he quit picking on me. The guy never new when to expect the get suckered - HE lived in fear for a while! After he found out he looked for me in the hall and made sure he was as far away as possible! All on school grounds and neither of us got in trouble for it.

It was great! Like the writer above said - no need to be fair.


8 posted on 12/20/2006 5:00:22 PM PST by msrngtp2002 (Just my opinion.)
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To: LibWhacker

In US public schools, a child can be suspended or expelled for fighting back bullies...


9 posted on 12/20/2006 5:02:26 PM PST by Soothesayer (Birth is murder!)
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To: i_dont_chat; fishergirl; All

Oops sorry, I neglected to include the name of the author (it's not me)! The real author goes by the pseudonym 'V.' That's all I know about her.


10 posted on 12/20/2006 5:03:12 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: fishergirl

Hit 'em with so many lefts, they will be begging for a right.


11 posted on 12/20/2006 5:04:25 PM PST by corlorde (New Hampshire)
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To: LibWhacker

"3. Talk Some Sh!t
Nothing will rattle your opponent faster than you screaming a steady stream of s*** at him while you’re engaged in combat. The crazier you sound the better. If you can’t think of anything tough to yell, yell nonsense like, “I’m going to eat your eyes!” If you can’t think of any nonsense to yell, just plain scream. The second your opponent suspects that you’re a freaking lunatic he’s going to get scared. Fear causes people to make mistakes."



That is a yankee thing, in the south we go quiet, and proceed to fight to the death.


12 posted on 12/20/2006 5:08:18 PM PST by ansel12 (America, love it ,or at least give up your home citizenship before accepting ours too.)
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To: LibWhacker
Of course, I’ll remember to stab and twist.

As every proper lady should.

13 posted on 12/20/2006 5:10:36 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: LibWhacker
Lessons for little girls (and nations).

And Iraq Study Groups.

Your opponent is trying to hurt you, so don’t let some silly moral argument prevent you from kicking the little b****rd in the nuts.

Now, James Baker and Colin Powell would NEVER approve of that. Its all your fault the bullies are angry at you. You must dialogue with the bullies if you want a "comprehensive solution" to their bullying. :-)

14 posted on 12/20/2006 5:13:30 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: ansel12
That is a yankee thing, in the south we go quiet, and proceed to fight to the death.

Right. Lets all take a lesson from the LOSERS of that war. ;-)

15 posted on 12/20/2006 5:14:36 PM PST by lowbridge ("I wonder if he's in touch with the critics out there, like Matt Damon, the actor" -Chris Matthews)
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To: LibWhacker

When I was about 8 years old I was picked on by a much bigger, larger kid. I fought back but still had trouble with him.

One day I saw his younger brother who was my size and my age. I shoved him against a chain link fence and requested that he tell their parents that every time his brother jumped me I would track him down and stomp a mud puddle in HIS a**.

His brother never bothered me again.


16 posted on 12/20/2006 5:16:05 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Soothesayer

Not only in public schools. Our son went to a private school (of a certain religion) for several years - the principal and teachers would end up blaming the victim and chastise him/her for "tattling". If the victim defended himself/herself, they received the same punishment as the bully. (And we paid tuition for this!!!) We told our son, the heck with it - go ahead and defend yourself well - you'll get in trouble for it anyway, beat the murtha outta that kid and at least make the punishment worth it. Not a single one of those bullies signed up to serve in Iraq. Go figure.


17 posted on 12/20/2006 5:20:03 PM PST by fishergirl (Proud mom of an Iraq war veteran - to all our veterans Thank You and God Bless)
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To: LibWhacker
A long time ago, I found myself in a subway station, noticing a gang of about 8 teens working themselves up to do a beating on this effeminate little guy. I walked over and just stared at them. Never said a word, but my hand was on the knife in my coat pocket

They talked some s**t for a while, but finally left. As a group, they could be sure they could take me. As individuals, they could be certain that I would kill the first one to come within reach of me.

Nobody wanted to be first.

18 posted on 12/20/2006 5:22:10 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: LibWhacker

If want to learn how to fight, start with watching the UFC ("Ultimate Fighting Championship") programs. That will show you what actually works in a fight, as opposed to what works in theory. Then practice what works.


19 posted on 12/20/2006 5:22:28 PM PST by Retief
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To: msrngtp2002

LOL, great story and outcome.....you had a great mom...


20 posted on 12/20/2006 5:29:27 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: LibWhacker

Damn! I am reading the rest of her blog. She is the type of gal I would want beside me in dark alley. :-)


21 posted on 12/20/2006 5:38:42 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (History convinces me that bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ansel12

Those boy's from the south yelled like hell when they went into battle!!!!


22 posted on 12/20/2006 5:39:19 PM PST by VNam68
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To: lowbridge

Yes, I believe after the circumcision , yer momma threw away the wrong bit........


23 posted on 12/20/2006 5:45:18 PM PST by misanthrope (There's only one way Islam will ever become "The Religion of peace", it's up to us to help them out.)
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To: ansel12
"That is a yankee thing, in the south we go quiet, and proceed to fight to the death."

Uh, there was this thing called the "Rebel Yell" during the Civil War that struck fear into the hearts of the Yankees.

24 posted on 12/20/2006 5:49:37 PM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: LibWhacker

Excellent article.. All fathers should do the same especially those fathers with little girls.. Many boys are already testoserone enabled..


25 posted on 12/20/2006 6:02:01 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole)
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To: LibWhacker
Nice post.

I taught the kids what I thought they needed, the Marines finished the job. I marvel at my son, so calm and peaceful, no matter the situation.


Having seen the elephant, nothing bothers him that I can see.
26 posted on 12/20/2006 6:02:05 PM PST by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: Wonder Warthog; lowbridge; VNam68

I never thought about the civil war, I was describing the regional differences when it comes to a fight.

In my personal experience as a Texan and in conversation with northern transplants to the south, one thing the yankee has to learn is that a good southern boy won't trade street jive with him, instead the southerner goes quiet, and violent, once he has decided the fight is on.

Several yankees told me that they thought they had won the peacock strutting with a southerner, only to find out after the beating that (white)southerners don't do the peacock thing.


27 posted on 12/20/2006 6:11:54 PM PST by ansel12 (America, love it ,or at least give up your home citizenship before accepting ours too.)
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To: ansel12

Have you forgotten the REBEL YELL?


28 posted on 12/20/2006 6:24:42 PM PST by TweetEBird007
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To: ansel12

As a kid, in the Southwest, we never talked sh*t to each other, we just fought. When we moved to New York, all they would do is talk. Hence, I beat the crap out of some kids, and got beat as well. Ultimately, though I found out that being a rude smart-a$$ is just being a New Yorker, and they were expecting a response in kind, sorta like a heckler in the audience expecting insults hurled right back at 'cha. It was the quality of the insults that determined whether you won the 'fight'. Personally, I found popping the smart-a$$ in the mouth much more enjoyable, but that's just me.


29 posted on 12/20/2006 6:49:53 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy (It's a fight to the death with Democrats.)
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To: Soothesayer

In US public schools, a child can be suspended or expelled for fighting back bullies...

Wow a two fer. Actually, the last time I had to stand up to a bully I was a senior in HS. Half the class told the principle that they weren't coming to school if he expelled me. I got six stitches in my lip which the bully paid for, but that's all that happened.


30 posted on 12/20/2006 6:50:15 PM PST by freedomfiter2
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To: freedomfiter2

That's extraordinary. You went to school with some wonderful, caring people. The students in my high school were very selfish and sour. They delighted in seeing others suffer and weren't afraid to admit it.


31 posted on 12/20/2006 6:53:14 PM PST by Soothesayer (Birth is murder!)
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To: LibWhacker
Our only daughter took a RAD (Rape Aggressive Defense) course, given by our town's police department, with her Senior Girl Scout Troop. I was never so proud as when I saw her during her demostration fighting off one of the guys. She was pounding, kicking and yelling away. The guys were all suited up with padding in the necessary places, because they were really encouraging the girls to fight hard and dirty. It was a great experience for all of the girls, and their watching moms.

At one point, the instructors told the girls that they wanted them to lie down with the eyes closed, to respond to an attack. One of the mothers questioned why that was necessary, and I reminded her that many women are awakened from a sound sleep by someone intent on rape, and that they need to have the skills imbedded to respond in an instant. I'm amazed the woman hadn't even considered that; maybe she'd always lived in a safe place and hadn't heard of that happening, but it happened several times when SirKit and I were living in Tallahassee. Maybe college towns are more notorious for men crawling in windows and attacking young women while they're sleeping.

32 posted on 12/20/2006 6:54:10 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: LibWhacker
"...stab and twist..."

Like we did last summer?

Now that'll unnerve your opponent!

33 posted on 12/20/2006 6:55:22 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: freedomfiter2

An elbow strike to the eyebrow will produce a ton of blood.


34 posted on 12/20/2006 6:59:16 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: LibWhacker
My dad was in the Navy. We moved almost every two years until I was 13. I could solve the bully problem once because the next location made it necessary again.

We lived in Hawaii for kindergarten and 1st grade. The kid next door was in 6th grade. He was alway picking on me. Pretty easy for a 6th grade kid to pick on a kindergarten kid. He went too far one day and grabbed me from behind. My arms were pinned, but we were both barefoot. I took my large toe nail and laid the top of his foot open like a cut with a knife. He let go and bent down far enough for me to punch him in the nose. That ended the bullying.

We moved to Federal Way, WA for 3rd grade. The kid across the street was pounding on my every day from the bus stop until I arrived at my front door. A week before we were due to move, he advantage of my position on the ground. He picked up a large truck tire (no wheel) and threw it down hard on my head. I lost my composure and delivered a single upper cut to his jaw. It shattered every tooth in the upper and lower jaw. Thankfully my parents had liability insurance. That covered his full set of false teeth.

We moved to Chula Vista, CA for 4th grade. I had 3 different bullies in the classroom. They were all good buddies. One decided to grab the front of my shirt as I was leaving the school grounds. I asked him to let go. He responded with verbal threats. I smashed his nose and mouth, picked him up off his feet and hung him by the back of his shirt on the chain link fence. End of bullying.

35 posted on 12/20/2006 7:06:18 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: LibWhacker

This is a great post. I will pass it on to my Grandchildren when appropriate if I am still around.


36 posted on 12/20/2006 7:24:20 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends we need a 800 ship Navy.)
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To: BIGLOOK; freema; LadyNavyVet

" Remember to stab and twist."


37 posted on 12/20/2006 7:30:58 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Soothesayer
In US public schools, a child can be suspended or expelled for fighting back bullies...

Some kid hit my 6 year old niece at school. I asked her if she hit him back, and she said no, because they have a "zero tolerance policy" for violence (anybody who advocates this bullsh!t ought to be strapped to a gurney and castrated with a plastic fork, btw) and she would have gotten in as much trouble as the kid who hit her. I told her to punch the little bastard back next time and if she got in trouble I'd have a private word with the principal in the parking lot.

38 posted on 12/20/2006 7:36:02 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: lesser_satan

"I told her to punch the little bastard back next time and if she got in trouble I'd have a private word with the principal in the parking lot."

Pretty much what I told my kids, only had to deal with it once.


39 posted on 12/20/2006 7:46:56 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Uh, there was this thing called the "Rebel Yell" during the Civil War that struck fear into the hearts of the Yankees.

Still does. Trust me.
40 posted on 12/20/2006 7:49:47 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: george76
I was a Navy brat and when young the 'townies' would way lay me and others from the Navy housing on the way to school. My dad wasn't around, out at sea. Learned very quickly that bullies didn't like being hit back so while they would shove and body punch to intimidate, a hard punch to the nose would get me out of trouble every time. If there were 3 or 4, a well placed head shot on one would back all of 'em off.

Real trouble happened when I got to school and found that there were 3 or 4 witnesses against me.
41 posted on 12/20/2006 9:54:31 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: BIGLOOK

ping


42 posted on 12/21/2006 1:06:16 AM PST by TomSmedley (Calvinist, optimist, home schooling dad, exuberant husband, technical writer)
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To: MonicaG
Interesting thread vis-a-vis our email discussion. And thanks for the book review, I'll definitely get a copy of that one!
43 posted on 12/21/2006 1:28:31 AM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: LibWhacker
Most serious martial artists know that once a practiced technique (or series of techniques) become an automatic reflex, then that's when they are truly available for your self defense, and they become a reflex after you've been practicing a good long time.

For some serious, heavy theory on, not just martial arts, but what your own attitude, expectations, and purpose should (or must) be, get a copy of Stephen Kaufman's translation of the Japanese classic, The Book of Five Rings, by Sensei Miyamoto Musashi.

Musashi was the "Sword Saint" of Japan, and although he killed guys for a living (Samuri) he was very religious and philosophical about it.

His book is full of thought provoking wisdom, like he says "You can only fight as well as you train", and "I really must insist that constant training is the only method to achieve the way of the warrior", and he can surprise you with this reasonableness, like "there is nothing wrong with withdrawing quickly from a situation if you believe that you truly cannot win", and "when fighting against a group, identify who is the loudest and most violent, and defeat him first, the move on to the next most violent, the next, and the next. keep your center moving and do not allow yourself to be surrounded by them or they will overwhelm and defeat you."

And there's lots more, it's just 100 or so pages long, but reads like your grizzled old Pa telling ya like it is. Some months I try to read 10 pages each day for the first 10 days of the month, it's the kind of teaching you can read over and over and get something more each time (which he himself states). He constantly stresses that the sole purpose of using martial arts is to destroy your enemy at the time it is necessary, any attitude less than that is flirting with defeat (very Japanese mentality, no?)

I, for one, found reading the book greatly improved my technique in every way, not because he addresses techniques (he doesn't) but because you're just so damn serious after reading it that you do everything with more conviction and energy.
44 posted on 12/21/2006 1:56:44 AM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: ansel12

You are right about that.


45 posted on 12/21/2006 2:18:18 AM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
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To: lowbridge

It ain't over yet!!!


46 posted on 12/21/2006 2:19:14 AM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
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To: VNam68

Couldn't help themselves, They enjoyed it!!!


47 posted on 12/21/2006 2:20:40 AM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
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To: Hoosier-Daddy

Good thing we fight together against liberal whackos.


48 posted on 12/21/2006 2:23:01 AM PST by SWEETSUNNYSOUTH
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To: starbase
Stephen Kaufman's translation of the Japanese classic, The Book of Five Rings, by Sensei Miyamoto Musashi.

Good advice. The martial arts are movement meditation and training the mind first is essential to training the body.

My sage teacher once told me it is always the weaker man who threatens.

49 posted on 12/21/2006 2:36:17 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
My sage teacher once told me it is always the weaker man who threatens.

Hmm, very insightful. A Buddhist teaching states "Learn this from the waters, the small brook prattles constantly, but the mighty river flows silently. Those things which are empty are noisy, while things which are full are quiet."
50 posted on 12/21/2006 2:44:40 AM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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