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This has happen several times in my life, and again today. Someone will be part of  group conversation and for whatever reason decide to pull their knife out quickly and go into some kind of fighting stance. This time the individual ( a ex-con) was attending a community class that my work was hosting. I had been talking with another person about a women's self defense class when 1st this guys said I got a knife and quickly flicked it open and stepped back into boxing type stance. I responded as trained with two fast finger jabs to the eye but pulled the shot, a 1/2 inch short while stepping in to check slap the weapon hand away. The guys was stunned by my attack and stepped back. This cause him to put away his knife and be quite civil. He is now my new best friend. Now to understand the background I work on a Indian Reservation and knives are common as guns are and fights are not uncommon. Because I work here the level of violence needed was metered to just the right level as I will have to see this person and his family again here in my town every work day. Some would say the you should just blast-seriously injure the guy for doing this. That is not always the solution. I have found that this situation is one is being test by a local tough to see if you are all that. I feel that just this metered level did just what it need to.

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Comment by Patrick Lee on July 30, 2011 at 11:26am
Mr. Lawrence, that is a great reaction to someone who needed to understand the seriousness of his self interpreted joking actions.  I teach my students about the three assailants: 1. the Joker-normally your friend who knows your abilities, or a new acuantance that is trying to see if you know what you're doing. 2. the Opportunist- someone who would hit you if the timing was right and take your wallet, but if you actually face him or take him on he would back down. 3. the Killer- this person doesn't care what you know and has the will to take you on.  The Killer is who we all train for, but knowing and understanding the different levels is extremely important in being responsible warriors of our society.  In this way (and the way you showed your new best friend) we spread a better message of FMA.  Thanks for the great example.
Comment by Marc Lawrence on August 2, 2011 at 10:45am

Patrick,

Thank you for the comments. Not enough people understand they types of people in our social situations. Whats funny is I  find that most of the time you run into #1 & 2 in your travels. But you correct that your must train for #3. The ability to respond apropriately to situation in what sets us apart.

Mataw  Guro Marc Lawrence

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