Better yellow than dead!  

redmustang91 58M  
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3/16/2006 8:40 am

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3/17/2006 8:32 am

Better yellow than dead!


Read an intelligent response from a self defense teacher about fighting back against a mugger. His sensible response also applies to US foreign policy, that is avoid wars that can be avoided...

On Tuesday, The Herald reported that a Hap Ki Do student was mugged on his way home from class and successfully fought off his attackers ("Student thwarts would-be robbers near Waterman and Hope streets," March 14). I teach the Hap Ki Do class here at Brown and I am pleased that my student was able to defend himself so successfully, and especially pleased that he came away from the incident unscathed. However I am also concerned with the way it was reported in The Herald. In addition to covering the details of the situation, the article had an undercurrent message that "fighting back is cool." The reality is that fighting back is dangerous and should only be done as a last resort.

I teach my students how to fight, but I also carefully teach them that the best self defense is "don't be there." This means if you find yourself in a bad situation, the best choice is simply to run away. Fighting back is something which you do only if forced, not as a choice, and fighting, no matter how skilled you are, is always more dangerous than running away. For example, note that the article mentions that it was not known whether either assailant was armed, only that no weapon was drawn.

So in closing, while I am both pleased and proud that my student was able to defend himself when forced, I also want to be certain that other students do not take this as encouragement to fight back when assaulted. Fighting back is not cool. It is something you do only if you have no choice and even then just until you can escape a situation. If you are assaulted, run. If you are cornered, do only what is necessary to get away - something as simple as handing over some cash. No, it doesn't sound nearly so cool, but it is much safer.

libgemOH 57M/53F

3/16/2006 3:27 pm

I believe in the Miagi way....Best defense, no be there!!! -B


redmustang91 58M  
8917 posts
3/17/2006 8:32 am

Or as the Bikini waxers say, wax on, wax off (so hairless...)


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