The Common Types of Violence
Before teaching any of my “Art of Boxing” students how to fight I first teach them first how to avoid a fight. The second thing is how to escape from a bad situation before violence occurs if possible. The third thing on my list is how to use verbal dissuasion if the first two steps have failed. The last resort is what I call a pre-emptive strike once violence is imminent and you are afraid for your life. This is the key to surviving a street confrontation in the Real World.
Read the first paragraph a few times and let it sink in. I know that some of those reading this will have a hard time with the pre-emptive strike portion. Let me ask you this, “Do you think that someone who has not allowed you to escape and who will not listen to reason will not hit you first? That this person screaming profanity and making threats while their face is turning purple is not about to hit you”? If you answered yes to either of those two questions please stop reading this article. I think you should bookmark this site and then go do a quick “Google Search” and do a bit of research on violence in the real world. When you are done with your search please come back if you are so inclined.
The worst and most evil type of violence is the type used to harm women and children. It is all our responsibility to prevent women and children from being harmed. The predators amongst us most be stopped and locked away where they can never harm an innocent person again. Level three sex offenders are more than likely to harm others again and have to be monitored at all times. I live in the City of Duluth in the State of Minnesota and level three offenders are constantly being released in my community.
People have been assaulted in violent confrontations since the beginning of time. If you did your Google search you might have come across a link to the latest and most grotesque modern trend that is sweeping the Country called “The Knockout Game” where random punks sucker punch some random stranger to see if they can knock them out.
Bullying has many forms and I have addressed these forms in one of my three sites. In this article I want to address a different type of bullying. The dreaded “Physical Bully” the type that pushes and hits people that they perceive as easy targets. The type that make younger kids cringe when they see them walking down the hall or at the park when there are no adults around to help deescalate violence.
Boxing is a matched typed fight in which two boxers of the same weight and ability are matched and placed in enclosed space where a referee officiates to help prevent the fight from getting out of hand. When I was a kid there were matched fights in the neighborhood that I grew up where the older kids would make sure no one got what we called a “West Duluth Boot Party.” (This is where when one person hits the ground they get stomped). Sometimes the parents would even officiate to make sure it was a fair contest and didn’t get out of hand. The social norms were different in those times and Adults let kids learn that life was tough and you had to stand up for yourself. Those days are gone and we live in a much different world. You still see matched fighting today but the rules have changed. People jump in and some will lay the boots to a downed opponent. In the next article I will cover Avoidance, Escape, and De-escalation. Once those are covered in some detail I will cover some solid and simple Pre-Emptive Strikes.
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