May 18, 2007

Another Funny Martial Arts Story

Originally posted 10:42pm Monday, Nov 13, 2006 on Facebook

For those that know me well, especially in terms of the Martial Arts, this is yet another “close call” story. For those don’t or have never heard one of my “close call” stories, enjoy.

I spent most of the day today in the Library (not my favorite thing to do… at all) doing research. I was in “work mode” (again, some will get this, some won’t) and thus VERY focused on what I was doing. I got up to go to the restroom, which has a small, closed-in foyer, dimly lit, with two double doors. In the times that I have been in there, I have never seen anyone else at the same time. I was walking at “Aaron speed” and almost went through the door full-speed (the doors swing in), but backed off a little as they are not heavy. As I pushed the first one open with my left hand, within a split-second I saw two people standing there coming towards me (some of you already know where this is going :). It scared me so bad and happened so quickly, I came within a split second of thrust-punching (my right hand was free) the object in front of me. It REALLY scared me. As it turns out, the object was what I would estimate to be a 7-year-old boy, who would have sailed into his father! As always, I managed to catch myself before even making the fist, realizing it was a boy and his father, but MAN what another close one. After this, I had to stand there for a few seconds to calm down. Thanks be to God, I have never struck anyone with one of these close calls, but they do make for some hilarious stories!

For those that do not know me, please don’t think badly of me!!! After a while of training, your training becomes ingrained and ideally at a reflexive level. Thankfully, another part of training is assessing the situation. Also, most importantly, thanks for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in keeping us from doing stupid things (well, sometimes)!


Heather said...

Ah, if only training ingrained at the reflexive level could be used to counteract the in, hey, I was GOING to fall down that flight of stairs because of my poor reflexes, but now, thanks to my "counter reflexes," I won't. :)

Glad to hear you were able to stop the punch while it was still in the planning stages!

A-Hawk said...

Ha, that's funny, congrats on being my first blog comment maker, glad to hear from you. Yeah, I was really happy it stopped as well. As to the falling down the stairs thing, yeah, I've done that twice. Both times at a movie theater when the light in the stairwell was out and I was moving at my usual speed, which spelled certain disaster!