I had the wierdest experience in Barcelona a week ago. I was out with some friends I had made at the hostel I was staying at, and as they had ventured ahead of me to buy drugs from some Pakistani guy I was walking back a good distance by myself, late at night mind you. Three guys walked up to me trying to sell me hash (which is very common in Barca) so I just said no gracias no gracias and kept trying to walk. Then they started trying to talk to me in English asking me where I was from and started to crowd me against a wall. Immediately my hand went into my pocket to hold onto my wallet. They started telling me they were from Brazil, and I was like okay great, I´m going to meet up with my friends. At this point my friends were out of view. Then one of the guys starts trying to grab my arm in my pocket and it felt like he was trying to slowly put a submission on my arm... so I started to laugh at them and said all juijitsui, you´re from Brazil. They started to laugh, and the guy was putting his leg in between my legs to try to throw me to the ground but I stood firm and kept saying I know juijitsu.. I know what you´re doing and they kept laughing, but the guy kept trying and then tried to take my hand out of my pocket. I just acted unaffected and kept laughing at them... eventually they backed away and pointed a finger at me as to say, you know what´s up and laughed and walked away backwards with their eyes on me laughing and pointed at me.
needless to say, it was nice having some background in martial arts to realize what was up and how to defend it somewhat... however, even though I have trained in several martial arts for several years, I was quite drunk and could have easily had my ass beat and robbed in a Spanish alley way...
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