Tuesday, October 04, 2011

"How to Win a Fight" is out today

I wanted to let readers know that Larwence Kane and Kris Wilder’s new book How to Win a Fight: A Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Violence is out today.


Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

stupid book. it will get more than one person injured or killed.

a friend of mine, a governor general's award winner for excellence in martial arts taught women "street-proofing" until one of his students tried to fight her way out of a robbery and got her skull crushed with a punch.

here's a message to women reading; men are stronger than you physically. not just a little bit either, especially when pissed off.

a 12 year old boy can kick your 180lb ass all day, so if you want to be safe, look at real options, like not being in unsafe areas, and having someone with you (a man.) or a dog ( a real one.) or if you can, a gun that you know how to use and is accessable to you quickly.

11:08 AM, October 05, 2011  
Blogger HMT said...

Fighting when you don't know how to fight is dumb. If you don't know how to fight, run or capitulate if those are options. If they aren't... sorry.

The only way you can learn to fight is by training to fight. Period.

I can explain how to get someone off of you once they're sitting on your chest. I can explain it all day long. You can go watch you tube videos about how to do it for the next 8 hours. If you've never practiced it, I'll sit on your chest and beat you to a pulp and you'll wonder why that BS doesn't work (it does).

Before you engage in combat you should be able to (easily and quickly) answer these questions:

1) How many people am I engaged with. If you're only focused on the guy in front of you, you've very likely missed that he has 2 friends nearby.

2) Does the person (people?) I'm engaging know to fight? Not is he willing (obviously he is), but does he have any real skill? If you can't tell, you're not good enough at fighting to engage.

3) Am I fighting this person because they've made me angry? If so STOP. You engage preemptively or defensively. You engage only to protect yourself or someone else from harm. You engage calmly. The goal of the engagement is to gain control of the situation. Once this has been achieved you end the engagement.

2:55 PM, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

@Dr Alistair:

Wow. No offense, but you are so full of fertilizer.

I've attended over 30 martial arts demonstrations in my adult life, including a demo by the Capt of the US Olympic Tae Kwon Do team, a demo by Bill "Superfoot" Wallace (which was jaw-dropping), and a demo by the Gracie Bros of BJJ fame.

The most incredible thing I saw was in the mid 1980s at the Vermont Aikikai. A 32 y.o. woman from West Lebanon, NH, with a 2nd degree black belt mopped the floor with three much larger men who attacked her simultaneously. Their incentive was if they could knock her over or just trip her, all three would get free 1-year tuition (well over $1K for each).

That 130-lb woman played with THREE 200-pound guys like a kitten plays with a ball of yarn.

Maybe in boxing size matters, but in a circular martial art like aikido or small circle juijitsu, a relatively small woman--highly trained--can put you in a f*cking coma.

If you think you have to be a big person, get on YouTube and look up Gozo Shioda. He was a puny little guy who could have massacred Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal 10 times out of 10.

4:17 PM, October 05, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

zorro, one woman does not a society make, there are always exceptions that make the rule.

teaching women that they can be just like the exception gets their skull crushed occasionally, but mostly encourages them to be in potentially dangerous situations needlessly.

and i wasn't offended by your ad hominem statement. i don't know you.

5:45 AM, October 06, 2011  
Blogger pdwalker said...


That can only be true when the three men agree to play by the rules. All martial arts bouts are restricted by a set of rules designed to keep the participants relatively safe. Under those circumstances, a skilled practitioner can prevail against someone who'd normally ruin their day.

Had the men chosen not to play by the rules, any single one of them would have mopped the floor with her easily.

6:04 AM, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

Neither of you were there. Ad hominem this.

8:32 AM, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

Oh, and as for "rules," clearly you haven't heard of the randori, an intricate part of aikido black belt testing.

There are no rules. Anything except weapons goes. Multiple attackers, no holds barred.

Go back to your barcaloungers and reminisce about the good old days. At least I've got the stones to pay credit where it's due.

8:43 AM, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...


zorro, i studied and trained in aikido for 10 years with larai in oakville ontario.

larai said that best bet is a gun.

8:56 AM, October 06, 2011  
Blogger Patrick Kelly said...

Sounds like that 130lb woman's ability was a bit beyond "street-proofing". Sure seems like a very rare exception to the rule.

I've encountered women who have been convinced that watching a few videos and sparing for a couple of months have made them ready for a street fight.

They are likely to be greatly disappointed should they have to test their skillz against a determined attack by a much larger man.

I've also become skeptical such martial arts exhibitions conducted in their house. I've seen some "masters" crushed when put into the cage with a mediocre but very experienced MMA fighter.

1:16 PM, October 07, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

patrick, i found that most of aikido, the way it was taught when i was learning, was a mix of ballet and theater. i was fortunate that my teacher, who was from the phillipines originally, brought a more combative approach to the art and we learned weapon defence as well as the coreographed movements.

the difference between demonstration of any martial art and mma is that mma is true competition, with the only thing missing is the release of the lions at the end.

and many women think with a few lessons from an instructor will make them street-proof, which is a terribly dangerous thing.

i'm quite sure that thinking has got more than one woman raped and/or killed.

9:01 AM, October 08, 2011  

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