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Self-Defense Tip #68 — Don’t act stupid!

This self-defense tip continues the theme of looking ahead and avoiding needless risk. See the video of an avoidable streetfight.

Two drunks are arguing on a sidewalk, and a couple, a man and a woman, walks by them at an unsafe distance. One drunk, to show off to the other one, backhands the woman as she passes close to him. Both drunks get knocked down by the woman’s companion, but not permanently…. They pick themselves up and follow the couple, and the man has to fend them off again and again.

What was the reason to walk that close to those two bozos? And to have the woman walk closer to them?

Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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6 responses to “Self-Defense Tip #68 — Don’t act stupid!”

  1. max loh says:

    Great video, saw it on youtube a while ago. clearly the guy is a very aggressive type who’s just asking for situations like this. it’s not that he lacked the smarts to keep his distance; he just likes to instigate things. Maybe he needs chaos and action to fuel his dreary life.

  2. Thomas Kurz says:

    I wonder, does his girlfriend realize she was walked into this and then used as a shield to give him a good position for initiating his attack? Nah, not likely by the looks of them.

  3. Jean-Luc says:

    Thanks for this great example.

  4. Sarah says:

    I think to describe them as ‘stupid’ which the title suggests is unfair. It’s not ok to blame this women for getting punched in the face. It’s only the blame of the person who attacked her. I understand that they could have gone to the other side of the road but this fight was cause but a drunken dick hitting another person out of nowhere in the street. Feels like victim blaming to say that the girl should ave walked further away.

    • Thomas Kurz says:

      The man was in charge. He walked her into the situation. Look at my comment of June 12:
      “I wonder, does his girlfriend realize she was walked into this and then used as a shield to give him a good position for initiating his attack? Nah, not likely by the looks of them.”

      • Dr.Bombay says:

        The woman is not being blamed for getting punched, she is blamed for being stupid – ie allowing herself to be punched. Big difference.

        Second, she was not ‘walked’ anywhere. Adults make their own decisions. If you want to be treated as an adult, you also have to act that part.

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