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Can't Block This

This is a story.

A tough Karate student was driving down a road when a car sped up and cut in front of him. The windows of both cars were open. The student could not control himself and yelled out an obscenity as he honked his horn, shook his fist, and gave a one finger salute.

Now this student was very tough. He could fight well even before he started training in Karate. In fact, earlier that day he had won a tournament.

The front car slammed on its brakes and the student could barely stop in time. The cars were only inches apart.

Out from the the front car stepped a rather short and skinny fellow wearing a long coat. He walked calmly up to the car, stuck a shotgun through the window and blew the Karate student's head off.

Wait! That's not fair.

That's right! Lucky this is just made up.

Before you challenge or provoke someone in a car (truck or other vehicle), you should consider that the occupants could be armed. They could also be drunk, high on drugs, or just mad at the world.

I always say that if someone wants to change lanes in front of me, I am happier to have them in front of me rather than behind me. If they are behind me, they are harder to avoid. At least if they are in front of me, I have a chance to change lanes or otherwise avoid them.

Even if a driver is not armed, a car is a deadly weapon in and of itself.

An angry driver could also follow you to your home or work and attack you later.

So think twice or three times before you curse at another driver, shake your fist, salute with one finger, honk, or otherwise show your displeasure. Remain calm and continue on safely. Karate students should be calm and in control of their speech and body motions.

And the final moral of the story is that even a skilled Karate student cannot block a shotgun blast.

When I was a Kenpo Karate student, we actually practiced defenses against punches or grabs through a car window... but not against shotguns.


Charles C. Goodin