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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:27 am 
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Joe,
Stay out of Australia mate!! :wink:
This from google news service.

Man charged for waving sword

January 23, 2004
A MAN who threatened officers at a Sydney police station last night with a samurai sword has been charged.

The 36-year-old Wentworthville man turned up at Wentworthville Police Station at about midnight "waving around" a samurai sword.

He has been charged with two counts of assaulting police, use of a weapon to commit an indictable offence and three counts of possessing offensive weapons.

A police spokeswoman said the man swung the sword at a police officer, but missed and hit a door frame.

He will appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:32 am 
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Samurai victim fights for life

By Rosli Abidin Yahya
A man in his forties is fighting for his life at the Intensive Care Unit of the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital, Kuala Belait after he was attacked and critically stabbed and cut last Sunday night in Kg Pandan by 10 youths, one allegedly armed with a samurai.
The victim was accompanying his friend who wanted to get back his car held back as a collateral for a $100 bet lost in a snooker game on Saturday night.

Since the loser did not have the money to pay, the winner suggested to keep the loser's car for the night. He promised to return the car the next day - Sunday - when he was paid $100.

When the friend came with the $100 to claim his car, the winner refused to return the car unless the loser paid $500.

They negotiated and the winner said he would give back the car the same night near the pool club at Kg Pandan Kuala Belait.

This time the loser came in another car accompanied by the victim.

However, the winner still refused to return the car. There was a verbal argument and the two started to push and attack one another.

The victim, who was waiting inside the car, saw the commotion and came out to calm the situation.

However, he was also pushed and punched by the winner. The winner then phoned up 10 of his friends. The youths, between 18 and 23, came in another vehicle.

On seeing the gang, the loser sought refuge in his car. The gang attacked the victim with a samurai.

Road blocks must be regularly set up in Kuala Belait to check the interior of cars because the samurai being used in the attack is kept in the vehicle, observers suggested.

Police in Kuala Belait are still investigating.

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Im still not going to go and practice how to fight someone wielding a sword... forget that. There are any number of weapons someone could have, and you cant practice them all and they are ALL very unlikely. If they have a weapon run, plain and simple.

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Joe- ignore the sword. What we learned arose in specific environments. The environment, in a very Darwinian fashion, controlled the tactics, techniques and strategy that would survive to be taught.

In that very ugly battlefield environment (which is the origin of all Japanese and probably all unarmed arts) the highest percentage strategy was to close. That was my point.

As the environment changed (from battlefield to dueling to sport to fantasy) the lower percentage options could survive long enough to be taught.

With good advertising, the vast majority of people can be convinced that something that is tactically suicidal is "the Best" , but only because we live in a place and time where someone with more than a couple of incidents where his life was on the line is almost unheard of.

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Okay, sword is out.

Yea I understand what you mean, lower percentage things work for people because the chances of them testing them in a live situation is so much less.

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Norm,

I could not agree with your simply put statement. I think that you are "right on" !

With all due respect to others, trying to prove that any one view, idea or concept is correct and/or appropriate in all situations is very opinionated.

Some of us may respond well by closing the majority of the time while others may resort to initial side steping and/or retreating while quickly evaluating what we are dealing with.

Grapplers and ground fighters go in differently than stikers, and to the contrary believe that size does not matter ? I beg to differ that when confroted with one or more opponents that are twice as big, much stronger and younger than ourselves who carry themselves with much "intent" it does effect our mindset.

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