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  •  Thanks for this... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not proud to say it but I had a history of barroom and street scuffles in my younger years. In 1980 at age 26 I took up Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido and was within one test of my black belt when I hurt a shoulder and had to quit classes, I still trained but no longer attended classes.

    What martial arts did for me was to make me realize that I was only trying to prove something to myself with my previous antics and there was nothing wrong with just walking away from avoidable confrontations. I became confident in my abilities and who I was and no longer needed to prove anything to myself. It calmed my rocky seas.

    I got the self discipline at a time I really needed it.

    •  I got some courage, some heart, and some brains. (4+ / 0-)

      I learned strategy and I learned 'clarity of mind in a crisis', probably one of the best things I ave ever done for myself.

      I still have the "Oh SHIT!" moment, but it passes and I remember "this is my hobby..."

      In my work I have had to go into some pretty scary places and my training, as simple as it is, gave me enough confidence to do what needed to be done.

      I wish I have known this as a child.

      •  Yes, me too... (0+ / 0-)
        I still have the "Oh SHIT!" moment, but it passes and I remember "this is my hobby..."
        I've come very close a number of times since my training days but was able to pull myself back. The fact that there could be legal implications if I use my training in an instance that did not justify or warrant is always in the back of my mind. Excessive force with martial arts training can work against you in a court of law.

        As to your confrontation in the parking lot in 1991, I would have done the same. ;-)

    •  Thanks for bringing this up...we always teach our (2+ / 0-)
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      Johnny the Conqueroo, Creosote

      kids that a good judoka stays the hell OUT of fights on the street unless there is absolutely no avoiding it.

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