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Originally posted by Eidolon23
reply to post by smyleegrl
Right on! That is very encouraging to hear. I agree entirely with you on the upshots of regular practice- you might even be able to wean a few kids off the Adderol. Do you practice yourself, and if so, what are you into?
As a petite female who has lived in urban areas, my self-defense skillz have saved my bacon twice. I feel very strongly that all women should look into it. There's always going to be the size differential, but like I said: it's all about equalization.
Originally posted by cavtrooper7
Any use of any martial art may constitute use of a lethal weapon,in some states.If someone pops a stance in front of me that is how I would take it and I would respond with full bore combat.I don't act tough and I always warn them to leave me alone I'm a combat vet.
245(a)(1) defines a deadly weapon as "an object, instrument, or weapon that is capable of producing and likely to produce death or great bodily injury." Now, since hands, feet, and other body parts are not an object, instrument, or weapon, it is commonly argued that they do not qualify as deadly weapons. However, prosecutors have argued, successfully, that if the hands, feet, or other body parts were "capable of producing and likely to produce death or great bodily injury", they qualify as deadly weapons....
Back on point: If you were arrested for and charged with aggravated assault, the prosecution may argue that your background in a martial art made you "capable of producing and likely to produce death or great bodily injury". Now... Let's say that the person in this situation was a drunk, off-duty, police officer, who was killed as a result of your fight (two hits -- you hit him, and he hit the ground. It happens.) and you were arguing self-defense (an affirmative defense) and lost (say because the jury felt your training meant you should be held to a higher standard -- again, this happens). So your aggravated assault would be a felony, and a death occurring during the commission of a felony is murder, and you are S.O.L.
As a martial artist, you have a responsibility, whether you like it or not, to use restraint, and it's a jury that determines whether you've lived up to that responsibility. 12 citizens, statistically unlikely to have any martial arts background, are going to decide whether or not you are behaving in a responsible manner. But, you are not held to any different a standard than any other law-abiding citizen otherwise would be. Everyone has the potential to cause grievous bodily harm to another with no weapons at all.
Originally posted by Stonesplitter
I think the philosophical aspect to martial arts is the most important. There are many styles out there, but in my opinion very few teach this correctly....if at all. The "Bob Jones" martial arts were (or still are) popular because you were guaranteed a black belt within 3 years (sometimes 18 months) as long as you paid your fees! This type of teaching breeds more meat heads. Traditional styles are harder to come by because of a lack of decent/spiritual/philosophical teachers, but they do still exist.
One of them is that they don't want to get sweaty and look 'ugly' whilst training. Another one is that they don't want to get bruised or hurt. It just doesn't fit in with their lifestyle of wearing pretty things and looking feminine.
Female friends I have also do silly things like walk around in heels at night whilst drunk, listen to ipods whilst walking etc. I witnessed a violent mugging recently where the girl was completely oblivious because she was walking down an alley way engrossed in her phone conversation, she didn't even know what happened.
*One third of teens reported being bullied while at school
*About 20 percent of teens had been made fun of by a bully, 18 percent of teens had rumors or gossip spread about them, 11 percent were physically bullied, such as being shoved, tripped, or spit on, 6 percent were threatened, 5 percent were excluded from activities they wanted to participate in, 4 percent were coerced into something they did not want to do, and 4 percent had their personal belongings destroyed by bullies
*Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school
*About 2 of every 3 bully victims were bullied once or twice during the school year, 1 in 5 were bullied once or twice a month, and about 1 in 10 were bullied daily or several times a week
Originally posted by loveguy
Maybe Aikido is better suited for women and children? Fact is that I have little experience in violence.
*Women are shorter than men on an average and therefore have a lower centre of gravity, which makes them far better than men in Aikido than the males.
*Unlike men, women who are generally of shorter body frame can use a number of opportunities better than men in Aikido.
* Women are more gentle in raising their arms above their heads to gain more momentum.
* Women are more efficient in using their neck muscles to hold their heads inches away from the cool or a hard surface.
Will you please pass the potatoes?
Originally posted by Stonesplitter
I think the philosophical aspect to martial arts is the most important. There are many styles out there, but in my opinion very few teach this correctly....if at all. The "Bob Jones" martial arts were (or still are) popular because you were guaranteed a black belt within 3 years (sometimes 18 months) as long as you paid your fees! This type of teaching breeds more meat heads.
Originally posted by Xoanon
I was bullied till I snapped as well. I was like the boy, in that my problem was not that I lacked the physicality to deal with the problem, it is just that it took me years to digest the fact that people actually treated one another that way. Once it sunk in my heart was overwhelmed with hurt and disappointment.
Originally posted by Gauss
I often think that if all good people took some form of martial arts class, there wouldn't be a single robber, rapist, bully, drunk, skinhead or anything else that could harrass an innocent person