Friday, 11 May 2012

Fighting

Some of you may be surprised to learn that I have in fact been involved in a fight before. It was back when I was in secondary school, I figure I was maybe 13 or 14 years old. I remember Jessie was there at least. When I was younger I was actually quite violent. I still have that temper to this day but I restrain it a lot better. I can't count the number of people I've held up by the throat. I also once chased a guy across a park in an attempt to catch him and beat the crap out of him. In the end I got the day off school and the police were involved. Because I never actually managed to attack the guy, and he started it by provoking me, I got off without even a warning. Whee. I also mentioned before that I once tried to break a guys arm just to see if I could. He pissed me off and I knelt on his back and pulled his arm behind him. I guess I was really trying to pull out of the socket rather than break it.

But back to the closest thing to a legitimate fight I've actually been in. There was this kid who was about my size (by which I mean outwards. I was big as a kid, and still am) and he tried to pick a fight with me. I could tell he had been bulled himself, and if anything it was like looking at who I could have, and may have, become. He was more popular though because he was a full on bully himself. He picked on those weaker than him to make himself look stronger. He even had a small fan base behind him. All I had was Jessie but really that's all I needed. I'm fairly sure she was there anyway.

So, I don't rise to his provocations, so he decides to just throw a punch. Despite my size, I'm decently agile, plus he was slow as fuck anyway. So it wasn't hard to dodge. I dodged a few punches and he just got madder and madder while the sarcastic smirk I wore got bigger and bigger. I was refusing to fight. I didn't see the point in it and I didn't really have anything to prove. I mentioned his fanbase earlier right? Yes I did. Anyway, he goes back to one of them, and I see her point to her lip. She's telling him to hit me on the lip.

Now, I'm an arrogant ass. I want to just say that. Well, I can be. At the time I was. I had seen a lot of martial arts movies and I got the stupid idea to let him hit me. Just to show off a bit. To say to him "Hey, even if you hit me, you can't actually hurt me." There's one small problem though. Can you guess what it was? Yeah, it bloody hurt. He actually busted my lip too. In the end I actually ran off crying. I'm not sure if it actually hurt all that much, or if it was just the shock. It looks so much easier in the movies.

I would still love to learn how to fight, and will probably take up Tae-Kwon-Do again eventually, or maybe kickboxing. Rather than have the power to hurt, I want more to have the power to protect.

So there you have it, another embarrassing story from my childhood, and probably the only time I was involved in something actually close to a real fight. Outside of sparring in Tae-Kwon-Do class. Which I sucked at. Because I was so used to dodging, and I hated getting hit, I would never block, just dodge. My teacher did not like that all. But he still saw fit to give me a yellow belt. Oh well.

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  1. Ouch Mark, I read this hoping that when he went to throw that punch at your lip that you would have dodged it then smacked him right in his fat face and then stomped on him or something, it's a shame life isn't always like it is in movies right? This post reminds me a lot about my childhood too, I have plenty of embarrassing moments from my youth, maybe there's something I can blog about for a while haha, great post buddy.

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    1. Haha that would have made me more popular for sure I bet. Provided I kept it up. It's kind of nice actually to know things don't go how they do in the movies. It makes the guys in them seem tougher. Embarrassing stories are always something one can blog about.

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  2. I can't imagine you in a fight. You're such a sweet guy that I just can't see you getting mad. I, too, had quite a temper. I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to box in order to release all of my aggression. Bad idea. The anger remained, but I had become dangerous. I fought both men and women. Thankfully, I discovered meditation.

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    1. I'm so sweet and kind people just don't believe I have that side to me. I could never take boxing, I really hate being hit. But I did have, and still have, quite a temper at times. I know how dangerous it can be though so I keep it well in check. I tried to meditate before, lot's of times, but I can never clear my mind.

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  3. At least you got a yellow belt. I never took off from white belt first stripe, and I did it for TWO YEARS.

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    1. Man that sucks. I don't think I could have gotten past that though, because I could never remember the sequences. I'm surprised I got the yellow belt sequence right.

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  4. You seem far too sweet.to fight, but it is a childhood rite of passage I suppose. I too was in a big fight in the schoolyard when I was about 11. It was with a girl whoived on my street, and we actually had been friends. We had a crowd cheering us on and everything. I don't remember me getting in trouble, but I can't remember about her. We still talk every once in a while...even though it was almost 30 years ago. Time heals.

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    1. Well I was in kind of another fight. One when I was much younger with a guy who was my best friend at the time. I actually didn't fight back though. I think I barely moved out the way either. That thing hurt. One of the reasons I'm so sweet now is that I actually know how much hurt can be done. I've done it and had it done to me.

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  5. Good story but at work they call me to stop fights and end the violence....

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    1. I've never seen many fights break out at work, but I think they have broken out.

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  6. O.O <--- my eyes in reading the first paragraph.

    My brother is in the stage where he thinks he should voice out everything and yes, that includes getting into fights. In an effort to tame down his aggression, he got sent to Muay Thai classes. Well, I still don't see any improvement but its been a while since he came home from playing football with a swollen eye.

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    1. Well it sounds like he's getting some discipline or he's just beating the other people so badly he doesn't take any hits. Hopefully it's the former. I make myself sound much worse than I actually was :)

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  7. Dude, try to never take a hit. Taking a hit and being smug about it may seem badass, but the opponent still got a small victory over you for it.
    Also if he was that slow you could've easily dodged him and gave him a small push so he continued going and fell before he could move hit feet (or block them with one of your own). The faceplant would've embarrassed him in front of his "fans": ULTIMATE VICTORY.

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    1. I don't get into fights these days but don't worry I did learn my lesson. It would have been a victory in the fight, but it wouldn't have been much of a moral victory. It would have left a more bitter taste in my mouth than my own blood. Fuck that's kinda deep really.

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  8. I never ever would have dreamt that you were a fighter! It seems so contrary to how you are now. I'm glad you made it through that period without the police ever getting too involved!

    I studied Kalari Payat (Kerala martial art) for a few years but I was worthless at it ;-)

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    1. Nah other than this one time, that was it really. I was a failed fighter is what I was. Outside of the tae-kwon-do class. I wasn't too bad in there. Practice makes perfect, maybe you should give it another shot :)

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  9. I'm not much of a fighter. I don't think I would intentionally take a punch. Even though you aren't afraid of getting hit, it still might hurt. Plus it could give him the advantage. Best to hit first if you are going to fight!

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    1. Yeah if you're in a fight then it's best to hit first if you're going to hit. I think you could take a lot of people really, with those muscles built by lifting beers.

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  10. Bah, that must've been frustrating knowing that you could've easily beat him, but I believe in karma, so hopefully he'll get his due. Though, I must say you've a lot tougher than I. I would never willingly take a punch to the face.

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    1. I was an arrogant fucker. I wasn't really thinking. I doubt I'd do it again. I believe in karma too. Most of the people I knew back then are leading lives that seem terrible from the outside.

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  11. im the worst fighter in the world.

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  12. Whoa! You had me scared for a second there, Mark.. It's good you can control your temper much better now. I don't like fights.. Physical fights. I usually avoid confrontations. I'm a cry-baby..

    Hm. You should have blocked him.. or maybe move away when he's about to punch, and he'd just fall. But yeah, they do make it so easy in the movies.. Fights. Solving mysteries. Even falling in love. Ugh. Hollywood. ;P

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    1. Aww well I'll protect you :) Don't worry.

      Hey even movies outside of Hollywood make that stuff look easy :P Love can be easy. Ish. It depends on who you love :) There was plenty I could have done but didn't. The best thing to do would have been to just walk away.

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    2. D'aww.. You'd protect me? <3

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    3. Yes, yes I would :) Even if you didn't want me to.

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  13. Lately, I've been watching a lot of the great boxing fights I never got a chance to see before the internet. Watching the great fighters is inspirational. Or like the movie Rocky...very inspirational. Personally, I am a runner, not a fighter. Anyway, I am surprised to hear you had a propensity toward violence. You seem so mild mannered, and a gentle giant sort of fellow.

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    1. Well I am like that now. Or I will be. I'm not that much of a giant though :)

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  14. I'm too much of a wimp to get in a fight. No that I think I'll lose I just don't want to get hurt!! Ironic since I rugby!! :S x

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    1. Well if you're really good you won't get that hurt in rugby :)

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  15. Wow you had a temper? for some reason I can't imagine that :P and aww I was hoping at the ending that you'd go all Jackie Chan on the fella but no :( I'm not a fighter I've only been in one fight in my whole life (might I mention I won and beat the heck out of that annoying bully) :D

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    1. I still have a temper really, but I'm a lot calmer overall, and I flip out a lot less. Though congrats to you for standing up for yourself and winning :) No one can really imagine that I have a temper.

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  16. Ouch...did the bully at least get in trouble for what he did?

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. Nope, but they rarely did at my school. It was pretty damn bad. I mean, I didn't even get in trouble for trying to break that kids arm.

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  17. I'm impressed that you didn't internet tough guy it up and say youve been in hundreds of fights. I have had my share of physical alterations, as you mature you realize their are other ways of solving issues. However, situations such as prison etc. . . .

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    1. Well I do accept that some times there is no choice but to fight. I don't mind admitting that I wasn't that successful. I still talked myself up a bit by saying that he only hit me once, when I let him.

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  18. I just can't picture you fighting, but this is just one of the many mysteries of Mark.

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    1. People really do have a hard time believing it. There's a lot of stuff in my past no one would guess, or believe.

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  19. I had this funny notion that you were trying to get in shape. Seems like a two-birds-one-stone thing might be possible here.

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    1. I do plan to go back to learning how to fight when I'm in a bit better shape, which would help me attain "awesome" status in terms of physical fitness and shape.

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    1. Oddly enough I have an easier time finding people who would fight me than people who would make love to me.

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  21. It's not embarrassing! It takes a bigger man to restrain himself and control his anger therefore making you braver then the dick who started with you! It's good you control your anger better now though :)

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  22. I got into a LOT of dust-ups when I was a kid. You may find this hard to believe, but I was a little mouthy. Yeah. I know. Go figure.

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  23. Having never been in a fight myself, I can't say much. But your handling of the second situation was pretty good (except when you let him hit your lip)

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  24. I've only gotten into three legitimate fights

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