Alan D wrote:Many years ago, I did do Ki Akido, cannot rember much about it now. Does anyone here practise a Martial Art? Have you ever used it to defend yourself in a road rage incident? Any other thoughts on this unpleasant subject?Alan
This is a difficult question to answer because until a violent situation presents itself, no person really knows how they will react.
I am an ex Karate instructor. I gave up because I moved to the UK and I found things very different here. There is never a replacement for a head instructor and club that you have trained with and at for most of your adult life. Cycling has more than adequately replaced martial arts as an exercise regime and I’m happy with that.
I do remonstrate with drivers if I am subject to bad driving if I get the chance. I have had a few aggressive responses but none that have ventured beyond shouting dressed with a bit of profane. I will never initiate violence so if it does happen it will have to come from the other person.
My approach is not particularly clever. I do it because my blood is up more than any sense of reason. The risk in confrontation is real. I have been in the game for long enough to know that if you get the wrong guy and you are in real trouble.
A good street fighter won’t indulge in a shouting match. There will be no pre-warning in the form of “fronting up”. You won’t see the punch coming. The first you will know about it is when you are on the ground and he’s putting the boot in. And he will continue to do so way beyond the point that he needs to eliminate you as a risk to himself. That’s what makes him a street fighter.
Mentally rehearse an exit strategy if there is any threat of confrontation. You can cycle faster than an attacker can run so get away from there. It’s better to put your pride at risk than your safety.
Above all, DON’T initiate violence, whatever the provocation.