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A Loud Voice And Assertive Attitude

By Timothy J. Schutte

Editor’s Note: This post recently appeared on a martial arts e-mail forum, and we thought the incident would be an interesting addition to’s “Street Stories” column. Tim Schutte granted us permission to post it here.

We have been discussing self-defense here (in the forum) quite a bit recently, so I would like to relate an incident I experienced just a couple of hours ago:

I was sitting here at the computer, playing poker online when the phone rang. It was my next-door neighbor who asked "Did you know that there is someone in your car?"

"No." I replied, "Are you sure?"

"Yes. He propped a bicycle against the back of your car!" my neighbor said. So, I went to check things out. Sure enough, there [was] a guy in my car, sitting in the driver's seat rifling through the box in the center console of my T-Bird.

"What the hell are you doing in my g-d car?" I hollered. The guy jumps out, obviously surprised at being yelled at by a guy in a wheelchair.

"I-I thought it was my car!" the guy said fuzzily. He seemed high.

"You get the hell out of here %&(%&^%$&$%!!! I'm going to call the cops!" I roared, closing the distance between us to increase my advantage in case he swung. He didn't swing--he jumped on his bike and pedaled off as hard as he could!

I was--and am--totally amazed. A loud voice and an assertive attitude saved my chubby old butt!

It just goes to show you.

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About the Author:

Timothy J. Schutte was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the hips down. Despite this limitation, he has trained in Isshinryu Karate for 38 years.

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