Thursday, June 23, 2011

A question of choice...

I was working with a group of young students this week and one of them, who was really genuinely concerned, asked me a question:

"I'm going to a party on Friday. There are going to be a bunch of guys there who always start fights, they carry knives and one of them stabbed a guy at a party last year and is a real psycho. Everyone knows they are going to start something on Friday, 'cause some of the other guys who are going to be there had a fight with them before. What can I do to protect myself?".

Of course he was looking for some magic move or tactic.

From there the conversation went something like this:

Me: "Mate, I can give you a strategy will will absolutely GUARANTEE that you won't be stabbed or bashed at the party, 100%, sound good?"

Him: "Yeah, cool. That's what I need"

His mate: "Yeah, Can you show me too?"

Me: "Of course, I'm happy to"

His mate: "Awesome'

Me: "Don't go to the party."

Them both: "Oh, aye?"

Me: "Use your heads fella's. This is self defence 101. You know there is a high liklihood of trouble, you are worried that you may be bashed or stabbed. You almost know for sure that shit is going to go down there...So why would you go? Seriously guys, find another party"

Him: "Oh, yeah, I s'pose"

Me: "That's the best advice I can give you guys. You asked me, and I'm telling you. Don't go, it's not worth it."

Them: "Yeah, true aye, we didn't really look at it that way. Yeah, that's cool"

I hope like hell that they listened. Sometimes people just need to hear the obvious. Stage 1 of what we teach: Avoidance through awareness and recognition.

Just thought I'd share it anyway...

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