After teaching my Karate class tonight, I was talking to my students about the difference between a fight and self protection. A fight being where you agree to participate (even if seriously provoked), whilst self protection is where you are given no choice and are literally forced to defend yourself.
My new student, Paul, who is in his late 30’s relayed a recent incident that happened to him whilst shopping with his mother. Some large young thug stole a ball from a nearby shop. A couple of elderly ladies admonished the youngster. To Paul’s surprise and dismay his mother joined in admonishing the thug, so Paul was obliged to stand by his mother. As even many thugs don’t like to hit old ladies, the thug squared up to Paul instead. Continue reading “Self Protection: A Lesson From My Student”