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Old 06-01-2006, 01:59 PM   #1
Dojo: Zanshin Kai
Location: Birmingham
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 865
United Kingdom
Close call

I was walking home on monday night when I heard this woman screaming. So I went to have a look to see what was happening. In an alley way behind some flats I saw this large man (6'+ well built) dragging this woman along the ground into one of the flats, she was in quite a state, in a mess with blood pouring out of her nose. As I saw it there was nothing to be done but to challenge the man.
So I shouted "Oi!" but he ignored me. So again I shouted "Oi, leave her alone!" and started walking towards him. At this he started walking towards me and I started backing off slowly trying to keep my mai-ai telling him to calm down and relax, calmly but firmly. This didn't seem to be working and it looked like I was going to have to fight him, so I stopped. At which point he calmly turned around, walked straight past the woman and into the flat. The woman got up and ran behind me and I told her to stay behind me as I started backing off onto the street. At this point I thought he'd gone for a knife or something. Then this other woman ran out of the alley way and started shouting at the first woman "I told you not to come round, I told you he was in a mood". The first woman was laying in a heap against a wall crying at this point and I probably should have gone and checked her out but I didn't want to turn my back on the alley way incase the man came out again. Anyway it wasn't long between the second woman coming out and the arrival of a third woman who told the other two to "get into the car", so they left the scene. I was about to call the police when they showed up, en masse. They asked if I had anything on me and I told them I was unarmed and that the person they were looking for was in one of the flats, at which they left me standing there and went off into the flats. Then a second load of police turned up and I told them where to go. I thought I'd hang around incase they wanted to talk to me and eventually one of them came out and asked me where the woman had gone, I told him that as far as I knew she'd got into a car. He took me out on to the main street and asked who the woman was that was being talked to by a couple of police and I told him that it was the woman that was being beaten up. He thanked me and sent me on my way.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:06 PM   #2
Kevin Leavitt
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Dojo: Team Combat USA
Location: Olympia, Washington
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Re: Close call

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Old 06-01-2006, 02:10 PM   #3
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Close call

Good job...good samaritan and kept your cool.


Ron Tisdale
"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:29 PM   #4
Dojo: North County Aikikai
Location: San Marcos, CA
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 72
Re: Close call

Nice job indeed. The most dangerous kind of intervention is a domestic one, so it is fortunate that things turned out as smoothly as they did.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:30 PM   #5
Lan Powers
Dojo: Aikido of Midland, Midland TX
Location: Midland Tx
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 660
Re: Close call

Congrats....you didn't get killed and no-one else was hurt either
Sounds like victory to me!!

Play nice, practice hard, but remember, this is a MARTIAL art!
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