The End of Horseplay

While working on a new ebook about horseplay, one of my subscribers, Pedro P. wrote to tell me that he sort of missed the days of a little roughhousing.

You see, as you gain martial arts skills, your buddies become less likely to “pick it with you in fun.” Pedro’s friends stopped trying to test him. In fact, they avoided any horseplay with him, from a certain point on.

This is a common occurrence. In fact, I remember one event involving some teasing boys, fencing, and my daughter….

Fencing with Rulers

A couple of years ago, at the height of my wife and daughter’s fencing practice, my daughter came home with a proud story to relate. It involved some roughhousing boys in her classroom.

Two or three guys had taken out wooden rulers and were having sword fights. The problem was that their rambunctious behavior was spilling out of the aisles and onto desks where some students were working.

Leave it to my daughter to see an opportunity….

She borrowed ruler and jumped into the fray.

From the accounting that one of her friends gave later, some of the boys snickered. They even boldly took predictions on how long she’d last.

And as the cliché goes … “Little did they know …”

JKD and Fencing

My wife and I both approve of her fencing instructor and his method. Just like JKD, they head straight into the body. They stay on centerline. They learn not to telegraph.

This meant that when the Q (my daughter) attacked, she ignored their “swords” and lunged straight in. Very direct.

It immediately put the boys on the defensive. They didn’t want to get poked in the chest by her ruler.

And when one of them tried to attack her, they most likely tried to cross swords.

Later, Quinn told me that she barely had to parry.

It was very one-sided. So much so, that just like Pedro P., they no longer wanted to play or tease.

Why Talk About Horseplay in a Wrist Locks Blog?

The ebook that I’m working on focuses on ending horseplay efficiently.

Fortunately, one of the best ways to put a stop to roughhousing is with wrist locks and joint locks.

Are you with me?

Let’s continue this discussion as I get closer to finishing the ebook. OK?

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