From Art Gonzalez...
Imagine in your mind. The images of a good person and a bad person.
Appearances and intentions can betray you. When a person appears to be good. But, has bad intentions and is prepared to deceive. You should use your intuition.
Your intuition, “Gut Instinct,” is a strong insight into situations and people. We all have this insight, but many of us do not listen to it. Listen to it.... This could make the difference.
Now let’s reason together in a more serious note.
Imagine a bad person that has gone through martial art training. Knows how you will respond to an assault. Imagine a bad person who trains to deceive. Hence, The Ruffian is a con man. Imagine even worse. You being over confident and not knowing the real game.
Make a day of it. Go to the Circus or Fair. Where this is practiced in a different way. But it’s all the same. The sleight of hand tricks. Where we see or don’t see. Problem one: The hand is faster than the eye. This is used against you in a fight. The card games, the vanishing coin trick, The 3 walnut shells with marble in one of them.This is the art of distraction
Now go to where they play with your emotions as they put you through the scary tunnels and rides.
Problem number two: Your emotions and your reactions are used against you.
See how the carnies taunt you to play the games. Problem number three: Study, how they taunt you for advantage. Study, how this makes you feel.
The bad person plays these games against you for coin, women or blood. Know that there are more games played to deceive. All acts in the world are preform with imagination. Knowledge is prevention
Imagine a bad training scenario: Where at your school. You are taught to defend against a knife attack. Where you face an opponent and defend against one knife attack in jest. A happy attack, a nice attack. An attack that you see and have all the time in the world to act. Is this Real? What about if you fell into the trap of the con man.
Ask your instructor for realistic urban survival training. My first warning: When you practice a game of chance with a professional Ruffian. Against a man or women that has train to deceive and you don’t know it. A taste of defeat awaits you. Imagine playing with a quarter to see who wins. In the game of Head or Tails. A cheater practices to feel for the smooth side knowing where head is. As he looks at your eyes, he can make it fall on the head or eagle side. He is just waiting for you to call it. This is a set up. You have been weighed and measured in a fight.
Learn to recognize and stop these set ups. An officer goes through an arrest procedure designed for con men or Bad Boy tactics.
My advice: If this is a fact. Prove and action are necessary. Reflect over this. Never stop learning. Keep going to your martial art school for this knowledge. Keep it real. Be safe.
GM Arthur Gonzalez of Tenio's DeCuerdas Escrima and DeCuerdas-Diestro Fighting Systems