Roy Bedard Sensei posts:The reality of fighting and also of defensive posturing.
Now That was interesting! I nelieve you are right about learning to fight having the opposite effect most people would expect.
It reminded me of something my first Judo sensei told me back in 1967.His name was Preston Pugh sensei, sandan, he had been in Okinawa in the Air Force and also did a little Shorin ryu karate which he taught us in between Judo classes.
He never talked about any actual experiences he may have had, was always gentle of demeanor even when throwing us around the mat like a whirlwind,but somehow you got the idea he had been there.And that he didn't like it, bt accepted it.
So one day it was just him and me talking about judo in the locker room, after class, and I asked him about it.
And he told me, with a kind of sadness I have to call philosophical, one sentence I have never forgotten from that day to this:"The more you know about fighting, the more you know what can go wrong."
I was fifteen then, but the lesson affeced me deeply, and I never felt the need to ask him more on this subjec, for it seemed he had summed up all his wisdom on the subject of fighting with those few words.And you just brought it all back, more, you just showed me my impression of Pugh Sensei was correct.He had been there.
His advice to me has probably saved my life on more than one occasion.
The defensive posturing stuff was delightful.Even though, as you say, it is pure BS, it works.:-)
Who was it who said the appearance of power is sometimes more important than actual power?Or "Power perceived is power achieved?"
Here's a good one: On occasion I have been "braced" by some would be tough guy of the sort you describe, all fierce gaze and swagger.
And smiled, throwing him totally off.Why was I smiling?I was thinking of many severe trining sessions over many years with several teachers who beat me worse in training than I ever had been in the streets, and when informed that one of these worthies was going to kick my ___, I smiled to think that they would really have to go some to outdo a few of my teachers.:-)
Kind of funny, but the never proceeded to try to do so, and several commented as the backed away that they really didn't like that smile.
Maybe its lke a moutain climber being told to watch himself on the staircase.I know we should never underestimate a potential attacker, but sometimes, dogonnit, it was just funny!:-)
Thank you, Sensei Roy,