Originally Posted by Liddellianenko
thanks for the compliment. You could always rep me
(by clicking on the scales icon under the avatar).
Listen: Your advice about Escrima has paid off big time in a totally unexpected way. It goes like this:
I don't know if you've seen one of my latest threads,the one "Which is the best martial arts for a woman?"but,I am going to take the risk of redundancy and assume that you didn't, and repeat myself here:
My friend's wife is a nurse.Another nurse was attacked in the elevator at the hospital where she works.At first that sounds totallly insane;there are security guards in the building, there are cops on the premises, there are zillions of other people in the hospital at any given time,it's not like she was alone in dark alleyway or something.but when I thought about it, it reminded me of two things:
1.In self-defense expert John Perkins(whom I once had the honor of meeting and talking with),in his book Attack Proof, he talks about how, when he was a police officer in Yonkers, New York, somebody actually raped somebody in the elevator in the courthouse,of all places.In thinking of this, I am reminded of:
2.The true story of how Murder,Inc.'s Pittsburgh Phil actually committed a murder with FBI agents a few feet away, and he got away with it!Apparently, Pittsburgh Phil knew that the FBI knew that he was in town to complete a contract, and they were following him around, and Pittsburgh Phil saw it as a challenge to his "Professionalism" to actually pull off the hit with federal agants right there!
So I am thinking"maybe it's the same kind of thinking,that some sickos see it as a challenge to pull off a crime or an attack on a woman with the police and security right in the vicinity.
I remember when I lived in New York City,somebody actually stole a police squad car right from in front of the 9th Precinct House.
But back to your advice: Since the attack, my friend's wife signed up for this women's cardio-kickboxing self defense course they teach at the health club where she regularly works out.
You know what I think of that, don't you? My calculus professor, Professor Pocci was fond of saying,"That and a dollar won't get you a Big Mac!!!"
Exactly."Women's cardio-kickboxing self-defense" sounds so McDojo to me.
But your advice on Escrima sounds spot on for her, and I'll tell you why now:
Look at her profession!
The last time I was in the hospital with an infected hand,
the nurse took out a blade and cut off the bandages, then the lady doctor took out a blade and cut my hand wide open.Any of the blades that these nurses have access to are ferociously sharp,with the bonus:
This is a part of her job!She have every legitimate reason in the world for having one in the pocket of her uniform!
Plus, I imagine, as she is going from patient to patient,she might have several of different sizes.
So if (God forbid!) she was actually attacked and she had to defend herself in court as to why she did a number on the guy with a blade,she has a defense that will stand up way better than most as to why she had the blade to begin with!
It's a part of her job,for crying out loud!!!!
She would be in a better position than if (again God forbid!) you or I were to shoot some punk on the street,irregardless of what kind of permit we had.
What do you think?
Right know, I am trying to locate some qualified Escrima instruction for her, and run what I just keyed in here, I am going to run that by her and her husband and see what they think.
Thanx again,buddy, for some terrific advice!
I really think that if she gets good with escrima and learns how to wield a blade,she'll be in a much better position to defend herself against an attacker than she will by studying "women's cardio-kickboxing self-defense."