Monday, August 30, 2010

Do not try this at home!

You never know who you’re messing with. So don’t mess!

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The video raises a serious point for those of you who worry about being too small, too old, or too incarcerated to be able to defend yourself.
I'm making a lot of assumptions here, but this guy may not have had many options:
  • Run? Nope. Nowhere to go.
  • Talk his way out of it? May not be able to speak the same language. Or they may all be drunk. Or something.
  • Use an improvised weapon? Hmmm. Don’t they usually search for, and confiscate any weapons before they put you in the slammer? Not an option.
  • Give up? Not this guy. He may be our last, best hope. When the nuclear apocalypse happens, there will be cockroaches and this guy left. Somehow he will have to repopulate. Don’t want to think about it.
  • Fight back? That would imply waiting for the attackers to attack. Which leads to the inevitable defending against five guys. Which is probably just stupid! So…
  • He attacks! The unexpected here is what will work. Or has the best chance of working, however slim that chance may be. Go on the offensive, and have the tools to get the job done. In this case, those tools are some good boxing skills.
What did you take away from this one?


Elias said...

Props to him for getting out of there without getting thrown down the stairs or anything, but they didn't even fight back. Makes me wonder if they were hostile to begin with.

And on watching it again it doesn't even seem like the argument was with him. Was this justified? Or did I miss something?

Nathan Teodoro said...

Not sure Elias. And without that information I can't judge his justification. My point was really focused on that tactics of someone who is outnumbered and smaller than his adversaries. Generically. One can almost never win a defensive battle, but when outnumbered and surrounded, it's suicide, in my opinion.

You're right though, in that he didn't get swarmed as a result of his actions. That would've hurt. Also, he can punch!

Nathan Teodoro said...

The other lesson, to me was, you really don't know who you're messing with (I know, bad grammar).

Anonymous said...

I think this is another example of one of those eastern European bouncers in a club who solves all problems by knocking everybody out. If you notice at the beginning it's just 2 guys having a verbal argument when "mr tough guy" punches both of them out along with anybody else standing around. None of which ever displayed any physical threat.

Its easy to knockout 5 people who are just standing there.

Nathan Teodoro said...

Tom, You may be right- I can't find anything more on the video. There is still a size differential, but surprise and aggressiveness usually trumps everything.