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Old 09-27-2004, 04:40 PM   #10
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 543
Re: Real Realistic attack, really...

David Francis wrote:
You can say all these things that the guy should have done, its too late now. He didnt know what to do its obvious he just did what he thought seemed right at the time. Challenging them to a fist fight to stop them from beating up some other guy, i think what they did to him is disgusting and that they are animals. Makes you wonder, what you would do in a situation like that, you can say you would do all these things but when it came down to it could you? Often at times like that you dont think straight anyway you're too pumped full of adrenaline and fear.

Very, very good comments.
He didn't know - though I suggest simple common sense would have saved him a lot of grief. But if he didn't know; at least we can learn from his example and not make the same mistakes.

As for what we'd do; that in itself is a complex issue. Until you are faced with that situation; you can't know exactly. However; before getting into that situation; you can do everything possible to avoid making the same mistakes: You can study stories like this; understand what is happening, and learn accordingly.
You can also tailor your own practice in such a way that your mind and body will act in the best way even when you're scared to death and pumped on adrenaline. This takes understanding and practice. It's not easy; but valuable when needed.

Answers are only easy when they're incomplete.
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