Friday, April 09, 2010

Ancient art of Koryu Hakalugi

Warning: This is generally a G-rated blog but today I will be using a quote with some vile language. If bad language offends you, this would be a good post to skip.
Some years back, a buddy of mine who was in medical school related this story to us. He'd just gotten to the point of his medical education that he was starting to work in a hospital, and his resident-in-charge gathered all the noobie doctors together and told them something along the lines of, "By the end of this first year, you will have been shit on, pissed on, cussed at, and spit on. People will bleed on you, sweat on you, and cry on you. They will slap, bite, and scratch you. You might even be shot, cut, or stabbed. If you don't think you can handle that, you should get out of this field now."
That is, I take it, par for the course in the combat zone that is the inner-city ER. But it brings to mind the unpleasant aspects of fighting that we cannot practice in the dojo and that we usually don't like to think about. Unsanitized fighting. If you are going to call what you do, "self defense training," then it behooves you to consider a few things. If you get into fights then everything in the quote above, and maybe more, will likely happen to you.
  • What is worth fighting for to that extent?
  • What would you be wiling to do to someone to prevail? Spit in their eyes? Bite an ear off? Break a knee?
  • What sort of insult and injury are you willing to endure in order to preserve your life or someone else's?
Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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