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Response to alfredo (Reply #95)

Mon Mar 4, 2013, 10:24 PM

97. Me too

I'm 68 in 2 months, and I've forgotten more about street fighting than most of these newborns ever knew or ever will. My main sensei was a man who conducted regular classes for a business, but then the students he liked best got invited to stay after hours for special instruction. When you were ready to buck for a new belt, you got locked in the dojo around midnight and upperclassmen tried to beat the tar out of you. (Sensei was there to keep it from getting out of hand.) The only thing that mattered was whether you wimped out and wanted to leave. Not your technique or lack of it. That could be taught. He wanted to know who'd run, because that's harder to correct.

Even with the strictest discipline, we managed to have fun. One day he mentioned that it's impossible for most people to keep their eyes open with a powerful fist being thrown at their face from close up. I said, "I can do it, Sensei." So he stood me up in front of the class and threw a punch that stopped a nanosecond before smashing my face. But I didn't blink at all. He asked, "How did you manage to do this?" Nobody surprised Mr. Minh very often.

I bowed and said solemnly, "By thinking how rich I'd be if you missed, Sensei."

The whole room burst out in laughter. I was the only one who didn't have to duckwalk around the whole place.

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