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#103027 - 04/19/05 08:41 PM intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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I read an interesting article on the Shaolin monks a while back, pertaining to their life and such. It went on to deal with their appearance in which it speculated that they dressed in a very unique way, bright colors, dramatic cuts, in order to be easily identified as Shaolin monks. This was not to be intended as a ‘hey, look at me’, but in itself a sort of deterrent to would-be-trouble-makers, stating that they were no one to mess with. This led me on to ponder on my fellows at the mma gym I train at, and their common appearance traits, such as the shaved head, the tattoos, and always wearing the ‘MMA, MAN ENOUGH?!’ shirts everywhere.
The question: could this in its own right, be a form of self defense? Self defense through intimidation? The shaved head and tats saying ‘I’m Hardcore’, the shirts reading “SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BLOOD BANK, TRAIN FOR THE CAGE!”. Its all a billboard reading of your knowledge of ‘fighting’, which, in hopes, could deter would be troublemakers. Could there be something to this?

Thoughts and opinions?

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#103028 - 04/19/05 08:53 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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Maybe...I am bald, big (sort of) and tattooed. But I always thought that it was my level-headed demeanor and "aw, forget it and let me buy you a beer" attitude that kept me out of trouble [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG].

Seriously, the "intimidation" factor may work for some, but I would not rely on it. Back about 13 yrs ago or so when I was an undergrad black belt and training 6 days a week, I was not shy about sharing my love of MA with others. This guy in my dorm saw this as a challenge to his masculinity (I must admit to not being so innocent back then - I did my fair share of macho posturing. If only I were wiser then, I could have avoided a few altercations. Live and learn, man, live and learn...).

Anyway, the fact that I lived and breathed MA did not stop him from challenging me to a fight about once a semester for a couple of years straight. These were stupid skirmishes, and I was lucky he never involved weapons or friends. The only reason these happened was because I "advertised" my MA training, and about begged people to test my skills.

In short, I think sometimes those who look and act "bad" often get tested more than those who try to fly under the radar. I'm not saying to look like a wimpy victim, but I don't believe in acting the tough guy anymore either.

Peace,
Mike

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#103029 - 04/19/05 08:56 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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Eh, the problem is that it can go either way. I could walk around on the street with some sort of "black belts R Us" t-shirt on, and probably half the people would think "stay away from that guy."

But the other half would be thinking "Yeah? Bet I could kick HIS ass."

Speaking personally I prefer flying under the radar. I only start getting intimidating when it looks like its absolutely necessary.

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#103030 - 04/19/05 09:00 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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I don't about the shirts and so on in terms of mma training, but intimidation is definately a method of self defense.

I am 6'2". Height has its advantages. :-)
I didn't realize this until one winter when I was wearing a long coat. A client of mine mentioned that other clients that didn't know me just called me the "guy in the long coat" and said it was very intimidating. That was not my intent but it demonstrated the point that intimidation can be self defense.

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#103031 - 04/19/05 09:06 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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I think it is a double edged sword.
Yes, some may be intimidated, but as stated above others may think I could take him-then start something.

Shaved head just makes sense in grappling. Long hair gets caught and pulled, flops in face, etc.

As for the tattoo thing-I think that is just the culturally accepted "in" thing now. That and piercing.

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#103032 - 04/19/05 09:15 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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yes, agree agree. yes, size does add intimidation, wich adds some validity to the issue. also, could not a demonstration of skill once the altercation has started give the opponent some second thoughts? ie show him u know what you're doin? but like yall said, it could just add to the antagonization of their manhood.


ps: btw, i'm not lookin' to start being a bully to be Mr. Toughy McCoolguy, just so ya'll kno... just wondered ya'lls thoughts on the idea

[This message has been edited by kobra_kai (edited 04-19-2005).]

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#103033 - 04/19/05 09:23 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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[QUOTE]Shaved head just makes sense in grappling. Long hair gets caught and pulled, flops in face, etc.

As for the tattoo thing-I think that is just the culturally accepted "in" thing now. That and piercing.[/QUOTE]


looks tough, though, right????

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#103034 - 04/19/05 09:34 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
nekogami13 V2.0 Offline
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Registered: 04/10/04
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Loc: Texas, USA
I don't know, I'll go ask someone if my shaved head and single tat makes me look tough.

Somehow, I doubt it. [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/biggrin.gif[/IMG]

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#103035 - 04/19/05 09:54 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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Where I grew up the standard philosiphy was that in a situation of altercation if you take out the biggest toughest guy in the group they would leave you alone, and 9 times out of 10 it worked. So the most intimidating guy was always the first target. I find confidence can be more intimidating than anything. As for the shaved head and tatoo/pierced they will be the ones bothered by the police the most so if you are clean cut you can get away with a little more.

I have tatoo's but I love my hair will never shave head. keep hair short enough you cant grab a hand full though. I have a jacket and shirt from my school I where them proudly and smartly, don't where them to a bar on Sat. night. Dont brag about your abilities I discus the arts lots but thats all.

Dan

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#103036 - 04/19/05 09:56 PM Re: intimidation as a valid form of self defense?
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the shoalin's shaved heads looked tough [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/frown.gif[/IMG]

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