at family gatherings, i always pester my two uncles who i have a lot to learn from. one is a sheriff/taekwondo expert/violence junky, the other is a street fighter who grew up having to always fight guys twice his size. this weekend i told them how much violence i witness in nyc, and how i have to prepare myself for the inevitable brawl i know is coming
the street fighter:
-never fight someone at their height. if hes taller, lower yourself. the distance will give you time to react
-strike with speed to the soft spots: nose/mouth, neck, sternum, below the ribs. its a mistake to concentrate on just the head
-always keep your eyes up (since we were practicing and i kept dropping my eyes to his body blows). concentrate on the whole outline.
-do not flinch (my weakness. every movement around my nose and my eyes would shut tight). only practice will help. plus, blinking wont do you any good since a strike will fly at you faster than you have time
-practice with someone to deaden your nerves in your forearms and fists.
-always keep your fists up, chin tucked in (its an instant knockout button), and expose your forehead (the thickest bone in your head)
-learn what its like to get punched in the face. its not the end of the world, and you will live
tangent sheriff notes:
-it takes a certain someone to fight. most people just dont have it in them to strike another human being. he loves it tho
-heroine is on the upswing these days. meth is still big, but heroine is finding a surge with teens for some strange reason
-i asked him about riots in SF vs NY. he says a lot of crowd control approaches are up to the administrations. west coast liberal cities are very hands off, nyc is very "shut it down now".
-he'll shoot you in the chest and say he was aiming for the limbs, but you moved. hes sad if you survive
-when he arrives to the scene, people look to him to have a solution amidst the chaos. its really not in his incentive to straighten it out completely, and if he cant believe anyone, everyone goes to jail.
-i am in total awe of how he can juggle humor, aggression, and responsibility. hes a really chill guy and i have to probe him constantly to get this out of him.