7/29/2010 9:59am, #1
British Martial arts expert fighting for life after being stabbed by burglars
Martial arts expert fighting for life after being stabbed by burglars
Jul 24 2010 Mark Mcgivern
A MARTIAL arts expert was fighting for his life last night after he and his wife were stabbed in their home by intruders.
Johannes Alder, a five-time British champion in sombo wrestling, confronted two teenage burglars after they attacked his wife Liz, 38.
But, still half asleep, the brave 37-year-old was stabbed in the head and body before the thugs fled.
Medics at first listed him as critical, fearing he would die from his serious wounds. Liz also underwent surgery for a slashed wrist.
Both were in a "serious but stable" condition last night. Blood could be seen on the door of the couple's home yesterday.
Police branded the attack "appalling".
Apprehend It is understood Johannes and Liz were asleep in their home in Saucelhill Terrace, Paisley, when the burglars struck. It is believed the teenage thieves were loading valuables from homes into a car parked nearby.
Liz heard noises and went downstairs, catching them in the act. Johannes then tried to apprehend one of the youths before both turned their knives on him.
Neighbour William McGuire said: "We could hear shouting. I heard Liz shouting, 'Phone the police, phone the police'.
"She sounded frantic, really terrified, and I suspected that there were intruders in the house."
William, 61, added: "They are lovely neighbours. I know Johannes is into martial arts, but he would never be aggressive. He is a very decent, quiet guy."
Johannes is an expert in sombo wrestling, a Russian martial art, which merges judo, ju-jitsu, karate and east European wrestling.
He has an IT degree and worked for the police before moving to another job. He was recently made redundant.
Liz runs a business with her sister Angela, selling children's clothes. The couple married in 2008.
Police said the attack happened in the middle of a spree of thefts in the area.
Superintendent Niven Rennie said: "This is an appalling attack on a couple within their own home. Clearly, our thoughts are with them at this time. I would appeal for anyone who has information to contact us."
Police said the suspects were between 17 and 19. One was 5ft 10in, with short, blond spiky hair.
The second was of similar build and both wore dark clothing.
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7/29/2010 10:07am, #2
how much better would it have been if they weren't carrying knives?
Headline: Two Youths get Choked to Death.. at the same time.. after flying through the air."The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
7/29/2010 11:05am, #3
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I know that area a lot of Judo and rugby union guys live round their, it's a not bad area surrounded by Paisley. If I lived their there would be dogs in the house Paisley has always been a dump full of nutters.
7/29/2010 11:13am, #4
The only lesson to draw is that irrespective of your MA skills, defences against a knife (or, worse, 2) is only ever theoretical in a training environment. Sadly, the best defence of running away seems to have been denied.
Hope he soon recovers and that the scumbags are jailed.
7/29/2010 2:27pm, #5
I hope he gets to see them before they get jailed.
I'm still hoping to see arms ripped off and scumbag-shaped holes in the earth from harai goshi."The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
7/29/2010 2:51pm, #6
"He has an IT degree and worked for the police before moving to another job. He was recently made redundant."
Could someone help me out and tell me what redundant means in this context?
This is pretty bad, but he obviously did enough to keep his wife and himself from being killed. Hopefully they will fully recover and the theives will get found. It didn't mention in the story if they escaped with their stolen goods either.
7/29/2010 3:11pm, #7
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7/29/2010 3:14pm, #8
7/29/2010 3:42pm, #9
... says the guy is a Taekwondo expert. Which is it???"Judo is a study of techniques with which you may kill if you wish to kill, injure if you wish to injure, subdue if you wish to subdue, and, when attacked, defend yourself" - Jigoro Kano (1889)
***Was this quote "taken out of context"?***
"The judoist has no time to allow himself a margin for error, especially in a situation upon which his or another person's very life depends...."
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7/30/2010 5:59pm, #10
Does it really matter ?
Let's hope he and his wife make a full recovery"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".