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Like most little boys, I was taught that you do not hit girls. Unfortunately, one of the neighbor girls knew this. I was probably between six and eight years old, and this little girl loved to torment me.

She made it a daily habit to come over and pick on me. Eventually, her abuse started to involve the use of sticks. She would grab bits of branches or sticks lying around and began beating me with them. I did a pretty good job of hiding the torment from my parents. For one, she was a girl and I wasn't allowed to fight back. And, it was embarrassing.

My attitude towards a number of things changed one day. The little girl had came over, and in her customary way she began hitting me with sticks. Thankfully, my mom happened to look out the kitchen window and saw what was going on. She flung the window open and yelled, "John, kick her ass!" I did. The girl never bothered me again.

The situation taught me several important lessons. Key among them was the respect for sticks. Getting hit sucks - but you can take it. Anything life throws at you can be dealt with. Second, I determined that if a person steps up like a man then they can take a beating like one - regardless of gender.

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Comment by Matt Carter on June 8, 2010 at 9:50am
I totally agree. I don't believe in hitting girls/women but there is such a thing as defending yourself!
Comment by Carlos Casarez on June 8, 2010 at 10:14am
War is War. Combat is Combat. It does not discriminate on any basis. Win or be vanquished!
Comment by David Taylor on June 8, 2010 at 10:55am
I tell my boys it's never ok to hit a girl but , If she hits you like a man, slap her like a bitch!!
Comment by terry joven on June 8, 2010 at 10:55am
My defining moment came later in life. I had trained for many years in different martial arts. In the 90s i started formally to train in escrima. I went through the 2-3 years of training under some of the most accomplished instructors in my area..... so i thought i was pretty good. Anyway i started attending class in Leo's basement and Guro June Gotico came up to me and asked me to perform a roof block against a No#1 strike. I said no problem i have been doing that basic block for a couple of years. He asked me if i was ready i said yes. he delivered a no#1 strike broke through my block and hit me below my right eye... he said "i guess you weren't ready"..... he said would you like to try again i said "yes" .. he said " are you ready?" He gave me another no#1 strike with pretty much the same outcome. He simply stated again " i guess you were'nt ready again. So he said go work on your roof block. Guro June than walked over to Steve Tarani who had come down to train that day and pretty much did the same thing to him. So what i realized that day is... that you can train and learn drills, blocks and techniques all day and in your mind you think you can perform those techniques when you need them....but you will most likely have a rude awakening. "
Another defining moment was during my graduating ritual. I had my back against the wall ready to perform Miscla Contras which is the multble opponents blocking drill. Where all graduates & instructors get to throw multible strikes at you and u have to defend. I had been training with Guro June for a while so i thought i had a good chance of defending myself. I saw June at the head of the line and he came at me and delivered a BIg no#1 strike. I have never seen a strike come so fast and so hard in my life. i barely had time to get my roof block up and he still managed to collapse my bock and touch me... I survide with some bruised ribs some small pieces of meat taken out of my hand so there are a few things i needed to fine tune...but i'm so glad that we train the way we do otherwise i would have been seriously hurt that day.
Bahala Na!
Comment by Kyud Guru Julio Nacario on June 8, 2010 at 10:57am
Like Matt Carter; I totally agree!
Comment by Gary A. Hall on June 8, 2010 at 1:37pm
My first defining moment was when I was beaten in an alley by a black belt. That got me into martial arts. My next defining moment was when I was used TKD against a Wing Chun student. Complete humiliation as I was ranked in TKD than he was in kung fu. Then I met John and discovered how the Filipino styles blended beautifully with Wing Chun. And I agree. If a woman wants to go hand to hand, slap the bitch down.
Comment by Parvez Alam on June 10, 2010 at 10:58am
love the story bro!... ya know the fact is John... you may have saved her from becoming a monster and perhaps even from being taught a more serious lesson from a less morally concious individual later on in life :) ...it's not always bad to get a wallop here and a wallop there every now and again eh! :D ....keeps us humble :)
Comment by John R. Malmo on June 10, 2010 at 2:16pm
I agree Parvez. As Uncle has stated to a few of us, "sometimes they just need a spanking."

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