Christopher, my tender seventeen year old son, was attacked from behind tonight at a Bruins game. Some belligerent fan in his 30s was giving people at the game mouth and shoved a few people, including Chris. Nothing came of it then a little while later he jumped Chris from behind with a bear hug then punched him solidly in the back of the head, leaving a lump, and things happened fast from there. This was Chris’ first fight ever and in a strange place with only strangers around except for another teenage friend. The results of the events made me more a believer that years of proper martial arts training does, in fact, help develop the proper mindset to enable someone to take charge of his mind and body and react properly. Chris came out of it with two bruised knuckles but the adult was much less fortunate. Chris was later informed by security, who witnessed and stopped the incident, that he could have pressed charges, even though he was the victor, because he is a minor.
You never know when things are going to happen but when they start it just happens sooo fast. A month or so ago I was in Boston and I was repeatedly shoved by a young woman in a crowd until I got fed up and told her she was a very annoying young lady. Upon my leaving her boyfriend shoved me and I shoved him right into the crowd without even thinking; it was automatic. I stood motionless like a rock facing him for a few seconds with my hands in position until I snapped out of it then walked away. I never mentioned the incident on the forum because, well, it’s nothing to be proud of, nothing happened, and I forgot about it until tonight.
I mention these two events because fights can start in a split-second over something really stupid and there can be a price to pay afterwards. For Chris, he was under attack and had no choice but to defend himself. I had a choice, and could have (should have considering the consequences in hindsight ) absorbed the shove and just walked away.
[This message has been edited by moulton (edited 11-07-98).]