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Old 01-08-2007, 08:16 AM   #5
Dojo: Ponca Aikikai
Location: Ponca City, Oklahoma
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 131
Re: When is it time to step in?

Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
Examples that come to mind here are, eg, an argument on the street involving a man/several men and a woman who is in serious danger of physical violence. But they are all members of gangs and the violence is an internal gang issue. Would you step in, as a foreigner, and try to solve such a conflict on the basis of your oath?Best wishes,
I guess the idea of intervene is to save someone else, not being killed along with the person in danger.
It is up to you to judge your skills and being realistic about them. Overestimating your own skills can get you killed.
The fact that you can do a Randori doesn't mean that in the street you can actually face 3 or 4 people at the same time. Ask your Ukes to actually mean to kill you in a Randori which may mean all 3 or 4 punching at the same time, one punching on the back of your head while you getting rid of someone in front of you...unless you have really good skills it is hard to do it in the streets.

I think that the idea of helping someone shouldn't include an idea of sacrificing your life to do that. You would be of more help calling for help, like police, and in a second moment thinking about helping the person in danger...which can also be done by yelling "police's here!!!".
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