Your forum continues to be provocative. You have set a pace that will push the envelop a little. This brings out many good opportunities for learning, sharing and growing, but sadly will probably continue to draw out the miscue and miscreant as well.
Not that you asked for it, but your sharing was really gutsy. I wonder how many of us could be so frank and elequent about such deeply personal and disturbing matters. To this mere minnow this would seem to be Uechi at it's best. Osu!
Kudos to you as well.
It's apparent that these forums, will continue to be emotionally charged, direct and challenging to us posters and lurkers alike. Seems to me that there is very powerful rationale to study and understand why we are drawn to karate. What is this insidious addictive beast of violence? How do our personal backgrounds affect our lives now and our study of karate? Where are the circles of potential threat and harm and how can we recognize them? Because of the proliferation of domestic abuse and/or it's revelation, chances are we will encounter it whether through an inlaw, neighbor, new student, etc. Better to know it and understand it to be better able to contend with any situation or encounter.
Lori's posts, along with Allen's and Anthony's are poignant reflections into this dark glass of self, brutality, self-defense and survivalism. Hardly triviality or extraneous in my mind to the study of self defense or, especially, women in the martial arts, since domestic abuse is a far greater likelihood than random violence.
[This message has been edited by JohnC (edited 11-25-98).]