Between the ages of 11(4th grade) and 17(Jr yr in H.S., except for possibly the very last year), I was beset and besieged by one to as many as 5 kids my age who literally chased and beat me. every. ****. day. What is strange is that I was a hockey player, but not a fighter. I grew up in Chicago, and then the bedroom communities 35 miles West of Chicago....where all the Chicagoans moved to to get away from the riots taking place over busing.
At 16 I took up concrete work during the Summer, and lifted. The hunted, became the hunter. And, I was vicious. And, I still am vicious. I remember hiding in the house day after day to avoid the beatings. I remember bus drivers dropping me off after school, in my driveway to stop the beatings. I remember going down to the police station to file juvie complaints against at least 3 kids...and their parents were hauled in for the meetings. Most of these kids had rap sheets that went on for pages by the time they were 16. 2 of them were deceased, and 2 were in prison by the time they were 19.
I've studied hand to hand combat and small weapons for most of my life in my free time. I am not consumed by any of it. 95% of it is fluff, and I'd say, I know 20 decent moves, but I always watch UFC tapes, and anything related to escrima/arnis.
I stay out of fights. I don't look for trouble. I have not lost a fight since I was 17. I have just one rule. Don't threaten or touch me. If I am attacked...you just started a small war.
Spyderco Collection: Military (S110V), Bob Lum Darn Dao(CPM-154), Yojimbo 2 (1 in S30V & 2 in 20CV), Sustain(20CV), Native 5(Maxamet), Jumpmaster 2(H1), Province(4V). SHORT LIST: CF Shaman(S90V), Native Chief, Street Bowie(4V at 60+ HRC), Nightstick, Yojumbo.