He has been considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of all time. If he is not the greatest boxer of all time, he is certainly one of the greatest and, unquestionably, the most loquacious, saying of himself: I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round. Who is this most talkative pugilist dubbed The Louisville Lip? It is none other than Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on 17 January 1942.
Muhammad Ali’s boxing record is extremely noteworthy. Enroute to becoming a professional fighter, Ali won the Light Heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome in 1960. During his professional career, Ali had sixty-one fights, winning fifty-six (thirty-seven by knockout) with five losses. Impressive.
Athletes are part of life. Most of us in an athletic field or profession, regardless of our discipline, are often referred to as jocks. Fair enough. However, although jocks can be nice guys and contribute to the well-being of society, there is a time when discretion and common sense dictate withdrawal from a potentially violent situation. Instincts play a part, as do circumstances. But let’s be clear-simply being a great athlete, weight lifter, buffed out football player, hockey player or any configuration of the same-does not guarantee one’s safety in a self-defense situation. Retreat is a viable military tactic, and knowing when to retreat and create distance between you and a potentially destructive or lethal situation is vital to staying healthy or even staying alive. One may be right in an argument, but he may also be dead right, and that’s the crux of the problem.
From a need-to-know-self-defense perspective, you might find it beneficial to check out the series “Most Daring” on TruTV. The insanity of some people-men and women-depicted in this series is incredible. Also of note is how fast a situation can turn ugly, even lethal. It doesn’t matter if a person is a bystander or not.
You might also want to take notice of the lack of skills in many of the people involved in the situations and how a calm, well-trained, disciplined and skilled individual would have a definite advantage. We live is a crazy, tension-filled, potentially explosive world in which socially volcanic eruptions can occur at any time, any where, and where having self-defense skills and knowledge is a definite and true advantage.
One major tip: The #1 self-defense security is “distance.” Notice in the video situations how people, even cops, violate it. To be safe, when possible, always keep at least a two-to-three arm distance between you and a potential assailant. This will give you time to react if attacked.
Second major tip: Notice how alcohol creates so many ugly and dangerous situations in these videos. Suggestion: stay away from places where alcohol is flowing abundantly, especially you young people who are not as wise or experienced in the world as your parents. Too, as we know, the reasonable warning is “Don’t drink and drive.” From a self-defense, well-being point of view, our King’s Karate philosophy suggests we create our own distance from alcohol and the problems it creates by simply not consuming it in the first place.
Having muscles is a good thing. Being a jock, an athletic stud on campus or in the neighborhood can be an ego booster. However, thinking muscles alone will save you or your loved ones in a self-defense engagement is a recipe for injury, even death. Therefore, be wise and avoid the egocentric trap of the Illusion of Jockdom.
The Illusion of Jockdom is an erroneous belief that muscle power is omnipotent in a self-defense, competitive or hostile engagement. A concept often held and promoted by naïve, self-absorbed, testosterone-laden, and clueless young men devoid of any understanding of combat, battle or war, the Illusion of Jockdom usually afflicts men in their teens, twenties and thirties, but it can affect anyone of any age. Sadly, The Illusion of Jockdom is a recipe for injury, even death.