2/11/09

A$$hat #2

Well, we've got another one we can add to the list...

My instructor offered a self-defense class through the local community college & about eight people signed up - including a 6'2", 250lb guy in his upper 40s. Now, anyone can use some knowledge of self-defense, right? Well Too-Tall here doesn't - he knows EVERYTHING!

Yes, this guy, who does his own TKD thing, thinks he wrote the book on self defense. Actually, it's not even a pamphlet. This buster, secure in his size, weight & overly supreme ego, has a philosophy of "might makes right". In other words, he hits with 250lbs of mass behind him, so you should, too.

For those of us lacking that weight, well it's too bad...we just aren't allowed to defend ourselves.

Now, that's bad enough but buster isn't done just yet. He walked a couple of the female students out after class & proceeded to inform them that: 1) he could take them down & there's nothing they could do to stop it; and 2) "don't tell the instructor but none of these techniques will work".

Being an experienced practitioner & one who is well-versed in said useless techniques, I would like to respond, in turn:

1) Really nice, creepfest! Seriously, these women are taking a SELF-DEFENSE CLASS. This means they are there, surprise, to learn. They don't know everything & neither does anyone else. We're all learning, except for you, genius. Threatening women with an attack on their first day of class is the most asinine thing an arrogant moron like you could do.

2) Yeah, because you've done all of the techniques before. I have yet to meet the person who can keep his grip on the simplest of wrist escapes offered in this class. Of the 300+ techniques in my binder, I'd argue 90% are effective (10% are demonstration techniques) & the average student could reasonably employ 75% of them in a self-defense situation (15% or so are either very flashy throws or likely lethal). The self-defense curriculum is a subset of the HKD material & is implemented specifically to provide the opportunity to escape. As such, it is 100% practical self-defense (hence, the course title).

Look, I've met you before, fella. The martial arts world is rife with ego-maniacal jerks who think they know it better than everyone else. First, traditional TKD isn't practical for any self-defense. Second, creeping someone out in an overt attempt to steal students is unethical. Fittingly, your kind is the least useful to the community & knows next to nothing about offering a service besides your lips on your own a$$.

At least your head is up there for easy access.

7 comments:

pamibe said...

I'm glad the women relayed his comments... frankly, I would have been angry with his approach.

Some people...

Hapkido said...

Pam: Fortunately, he hasn't shown up again. Given the arrogance of this one, I think he was there to try & swipe some students (he knew they'd be there) by misleading them into thinking TKD involves self-defense.

That kind of misleading arrogance could get a hapless student killed...

Bitterroot said...

I know another technique for taking him down a notch: For the object of his outside-the-dojo attentions to call him on it LOUDLY in front of everyone in the MIDDLE of the dojo, just as the instructor and all the classmates assemble.

Seen it happen. Sensei ejected the summabeech from the dojo after what was essentially a silent asskick - a long, meaningful stare-down when he asked the jerk if the accusation was true. Of course the idiot blubbered a transparent denial. Several LOOONG moments passed, then "Leave. Do not return."

He had hit on a young woman from the class who was nowhere near as technically skilled as he. When she refused him, he creepily said the same "I could take you down right here... if I really wanted to."

She luckily got away from him then, but when she saw him strut into the dojo before the next class looking his usual smug, she turned the spotlight of peer attention on him. Never once saw him after that.

Anonymous said...

Yeesh. What an A$$hole...

~Richmond

Hapkido said...

BR: Well, the only thing that discourages that is how it would disrespect my instructor by making a scene.

Don't get me wrong - jackhole deserves to be called on his bull - however, there are...more subtle ways to address issues like this & let jerks know they are not welcome.

Hapkido said...

Richmond: You aren't kidding! Just a jerk, plain & simple.

Hopefully, he falls off the face of the earth. We've only had a couple jerks & none have lasted long - the regulars in class won't associate with them.

Hapkido said...

He was back in class. Fortunately, he kept his mouth shut...

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