After hearing about the horrible tragedy in Connecticut this past weekend I got to thinking about what could have been done to minimize the loss of life. While I do not know what the answer is, I do know that there are some skills that I am sure most of us as martial art practitioners are aware of for disarming and subduing an armed attacker if we are close enough to surprise and engage the attacker. My question to my martial art brothers is what if at all is should be our responsibility as trained martial artist to pass on these skills to not only our law enforcement and or military but to our teachers who are tasked with caring for life’s most precious commodity, our children?
We typically host seminars and workshops for individuals who have some previous training in the combative arts as part of their job, but how often do we take the time to train academic faculty and administrators who may not have a martial art background, we have an opportunity to arm these individuals with some tools that may be used in a life or death situation, at least as a last resort. My last question is, what advantages do you think we have, as martial artist that the non practitioner does not have that may have helped save at least a few lives at the elementary school were this horrific tragedy occurred. Is it being able to react under duress, situational awareness, our speed, or using whatever is available as a weapon that gives us an edge?
I know this is all hypothetical but I can’t stop thinking about what I would have done in this situation or what my martial art colleagues would have done. I am typically armed at all times with two folders, and a small wooden kombatan, with this in mind I wonder if I was able to get close enough would I go for control of the weapon, or would I stab the attacker, etc…. Thanks for listening as this is the only forum I can pose questions such as these.
Best regards, Merry Christmas, and be safe,
Guro Mike Cardenas
VEA Martial Arts Academy