Fights and sparring stories
I've been in martial arts for awhile and I keep thinking or posting about the same old ****, so hopefully I'll have the time and motivation to type a lot of the stuff that comes to mind, or if the response is that it's too boring I'll just pout. This way I can just cite a post, maybe, in the future and save my breath, so to speak.
This Xmas my family was visiting us and we were spending a few days in Kailua Kona (the dry resort tourist area of the big isle of Hawaii). We were on the main drag and I saw an aggressive drunk or high man harassing people on the sidewalk. Being a old ma I took my family across the street to give us some distance and out of curiosity watched - also I figured if he went after someone he could hurt I could kick his ass. Literally, I wouldn't dream of "fighting," maybe driving side kick him into traffic or a storefront window, or come up behind and grab the back of his shirt and kick his knee and try and break his head on the cement, some high percentage technique (I've never injured anyone outside the dojo [before I was bb I did break some ribs and noses before I got better control], well except once, but we were friends fucking around).
He approached two tourists, both men, Latino looking guys in their thirties, maybe South American. They didn't back down and it got louder. Then suddenly he made a shitty punch and a lot faster the Latino guy in one smooth move blocked and took the aggressor's right hand or wrist with his own left, spun under it going to his left (guy's right), and pulled it into a hammerlock (kimura shoulder lock?) with the wrist high up near the guys neck, flipping the guy onto his face, bending him over the sea wall.
He held him there until the guy calmed down, then had a little talk and let him go. By that time cops were showing up and we split. The technique impressed me and I later found it's taught in BJJ schools as a self defense, and if given a chance I'll drill the kiddies at the dojo tonight. I'm sure it's in JJJ and Judo, buy I don't know if those dojos teach that kind of thing.
Bob Wagner was a big karateka from Chicago, eventually getting his bb in Kyokushin, and famous for being a dirty fighter. Once he bloodied my nose and I wiped a handful of blood all over his gi. He got mad but I said, you broke it, you wear it. One Friday night Sensei Yukio Kono and his visiting (also) 4th Dan Shorinji Kempo buddy came down to our class, being it sparring night. Bob had 50+ pounds on the buddy and was showing no 'respect' to the older Japanese guy. He was his usual aggressive self, trying to take the guy's head off. Then the Japanese bb got ahold of Bob's hand and made Bob dance around him with wrist locks. He looked calm, but I think was obviously annoyed at idiot bully and he kept it up for some time, switching hands making Bob run back and forth with his face near the floor.
After, Bob came up to us all wide eyed and enthusiastic, "Did you see what that guy did?!!?" Yeah Bob. We gave each other the eye, and hoped that Bob had learned something, but we doubted it, he was plenty dense. It was good that Bob hadn't managed to hurt or really piss of the 4th Dan; he could have had his arms broken or shoulders dislocated - the guy was that good and also, by the way, a master of massage. He could dislocate joints and put them back, amazing stuff. People say Shorinji sucks, and I'm like, sure, boxing and judo and mt and bjj etc etc, but I know better. While not a fast way to learn (and it does have a lot of old fashioned drills and exercises), the high ranked people I've seen are great fighters. And wrist locks don't work, yeah, that's The Correct, unless you are good, then they work just fine. Yukio did quit Shorinji and go to KK after he went back to Japan I heard.
Yukio vs Kurt King, maybe later, it's fucking 5:28AM