Man dies after knockout punch at convenience store

Usually it is difficult to kill but sometimes it is very easy.

When Roger Perry cut in line at the convenience store, Mohammad Hussein confronted him.

Perry (“allegedly”) backhanded him across the face and Hussein cracked his skull on the floor and died.

Now Perry will be going to jail for murder.

We must control our tempers and weigh the use of violence against the very real possibility of this outcome.

From Wikipedia: 

In most jurisdictions, defense of self or of others is an affirmative defense to criminal charges for an act of violence. It acts to provide complete justification.

However, when an assailant ceases to be a threat (e.g. by being tackled and restrained, surrendering, or fleeing), the defense of justification will fail if the defending party presses on to attack or to punish beyond imposing physical restraint. A somewhat less obvious application of this rule is that admitting the use of deadly force in an attempt to disable rather than kill the assailant can be construed as evidence that the defendant was not yet in enough danger to justify lethal force in the first place. Sometimes there is a duty to retreat which makes the defense problematic when applied to abusive relationships (see battered woman syndrome and abuse defense), and in burglary situations given thecastle doctrine (see: Edward Coke), which argues that one cannot be expected to retreat from one’s own home, namely, “a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium” i.e. Latin for “and one’s home is the safest refuge”).[citation needed]

New York Penal Law section 35.15 effectively ordains that:

“A person may… use DEADLY physical force upon another person” “when and to the extent he reasonably believes such to be NECESSARY to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be …. a kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy or ROBBERY; or (c) … a burglary….”

There is no duty to retreat under these circumstances. However, if one is “challenged” in a bar for a fight, accepting such challenge and using deadly force, instead of walking away, generally will not constitute a self-defense.

In some countries and U.S. states, the concept of “pre-emptive” self-defense is limited by a requirement that the threat be imminent. Thus, lawful “pre-emptive” self-defense is simply the act of landing the first-blow in a situation that has reached a point of no hope for de-escalation or escape. Many self-defense instructors and experts believe that if the situation is so clear-cut as to feel certain violence is unavoidable, the defender has a much better chance of surviving by landing the first blow and gaining the immediate upper hand to quickly stop the risk to their person.

It is often said that you should only use violence if you felt in fear of your life or the life of a loved one or companion.

Remember how easily someone can be killed when making your choice.  Make sure it is a choice and not an emotional outburst.

The life of the other person is on the line and so is the determination of whether you will spend your life in freedom or incarcerated.

Violence must be a last and desperate resort.

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We’re Not Going to Stop Until We Get at Least One Quitter

You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.
Saying from BUD/S Training

The fourth week of BUD/S Training (aka Navy SEAL training) is known as Hell Week, when trainees are tasked to run around for five days and five nights solid with a maximum total of four hours of sleep.

For five days, the cadets spend every waking minute in four person teams (boat crews) running and crawling in and out of the cold surf, usually carrying their inflatable rubber boats or a 300 pound log over their heads.  Meanwhile, instructors yell at them and spray with fire hoses as they perform various specific tasks.

Instructors may purposely leave out part of an order or give wrong instructions to see who is listening or even awake.

All they need to do to end their suffering is to go the nearby bell, which conveniently has a little hammer.  The instructors frequently point this out – all you have to do is quit.

Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)

Why is that bell there?  Why would the Navy spend so much money on these recruits, investing in flying them to California, feeding and clothing and otherwise taking care of them for the three previous weeks?

Let’s not mince words.  SEALs are trained to kill.  Being a soldier doesn’t mean you are a killer, but being a SEAL means you are a killer.  Period.

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The Efficiency of a Jab

When skilled martial artists face off, it is very different from choreographed Hollywood fight scenes.  High level practitioners rarely overextend, and they know how to read incoming attacks.  Large fancy movements like cinematic spinning back kicks usually don’t work.  They are too telegraphed and take too long to reach the target.  A boxing jab is more effective because it covers little distance, its quick, and it’s fundamentally sound….A critical challenge for all practical martial artists is to make their diverse techniques take on the efficiency of a jab….It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning

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Wing Chun: The Works

Self-defence is only an illusion…Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very sophisticated weapon – nothing else.  It is a science of combat, the intent of which is the total incapacitation of an opponent.
Wong Shun Leung

Sifu Alan Gibson lives in Southampton in the UK, one of the more populous areas outside of London, and an area with a pretty decent crime rate (a sister city for Oakland?).

He started studying Wing Chun in the UK, later moving to Hong Kong and studying first with Ip Chun (son of Ip Man), then later, after an encounter with Wan Kam Leung, he switched over to the Wong Shun Leung lineage.

Over the years, he has studied with some of the best of Sifu Wong’s first generation students, including Clive Potter, David Peterson, Cliff Au Yeung, and John Smith.

Wing Chun: The Works is a consolidated and updated version of Alan’s first three books (Beginning Wing Chun: Why Wing Chun Works, Simple Thinking; Intelligent Fighters, and Wing Chun Forms).

Reading this book with this review in mind, I had the impulse to quote it in its entirety.

Lee Morrisy and Alan Gibson
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Fights in the UK News

Stories like this show you need to stay alert out there.

Six years for killer who stabbed friend in street fight (from The Northern Echo)

“A KILLER who stabbed a friend through the heart in a street fight after he was called “a divvy” (slang for idiot) was today jailed for six years…The two men – who had been friends for years – are said to have fallen out about rumours in their neighbourhood, and a debt.  On his way to the clash, Conway sent a text to father-of-one Mr Bennett, a barber, saying: “Don’t call me a divvy.”  Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, told Conway that he had changed the nature of a fair fist fight by using a weapon.”

Suspended prison sentence for man who intervened in Willington pub dispute (from The Northern Echo)

“A MAN stepped into a pub dispute between other drinkers over a mobile phone, a court heard.  But, Mark Lee’s unwarranted violent intervention almost landed him behind bars….The disagreement stemmed from one of the group inadvertently placing a mobile phone, similar to his own, in his pocket….Even though it had nothing to do with the defendant, Mark Lee involved himself, approaching the complainant and attacking him.  Witnesses said the victim was repeatedly punched about the head, causing him to go to the floor.

The judge “imposed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered Lee to perform 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay his victim £200 compensation.”