Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crunch time

Last night I was teaching this particular move...its called a shoulder twist takedown. The idea is to drop your attacker at your feet. The guy going down has to do a breakfall. In the picture, Jean is throwing me down at his feet. Thats Jean in the red armour, with me on the bottom. The student demonstrated less control than I like, and dropped his right knee onto my ribs. ouch! Imagine if Jean, in the picture below, dropped to his knees on top of me.

I should survive this...its only a cracked rib. But it hurts to laugh. Which cuts dramatically into my fighting since I laugh continuously when I fight. I look on the bright side...he "could" have dropped his whole weight instead of pulling his punch, then I would be in the hospital.

So in the shop today, instead of pounding on steel, I'll be making buckles and cutting leather. Grrrr....

10 comments:

justagirl said...

OMG Stag!!! That's awful. Maybe you should go see a doctor?

STAG said...

Well, it hurts, but I don't think there are any pointy bits scraping my lung. I would be spitting blood if that was the case, and I am not.
Not a damned thing I could do about it...

Pacific College Mom said...

Holy Guacamole, Bat Man! I really hope you are OK!! Whadya go and do THAT for?
Yeah, if it was me I'd be more than a little grateful for a pulled punch! That, and the fact that he didn't trip and land a bit lower with that knee... Feel better!

Pacific College Mom said...

Breathe slowly ~~~ Inhale, grimace... exhale, wheeze... hiccup, oh no!

Sorry, you know I had to!

STAG said...

Guacomole? Wow...I can't even spell that word!

Darned good thing I don't smoke any more...the morning coughing would be a special level of hell. (not a complete level mind you, just a mezzanine, but still.....) One of the things you have to watch with cracked ribs is pneumonia since you really can't clear your lungs. Well, you "can" but you don't want to. One gets the impression from your comment pcm that you are familiar with this phenomon.

pcm, I think he did trip a bit...he is very tall, and had to reach way down to hang onto me. He is also military, and so (like me) is used to playing rough. I am going to have to be ever more vigilant.

Oh well, Wednesday morning...it seems to be easing a bit. Give it a couple of weeks, and I'll be kicking with the best of them.

So instead of pounding metal, I am reading some of the slush pile of books I picked up at the show last week. The one I am reading right now is called "Jerry Falwell Versus Larry Flynt", a book about the time that Flynt (owner and publisher of the trashy "hustler" magazine) deathly insulted Falwell back in the eighties in one of his magazines. The book is actually about the trial and personalities involved, the millions that went into the hands of the lawyers, and the consitutional challenge that resulted. It is pretty even handed. Courtroom drama at its best...makes Perry Mason seem awfully tame!
(And the insult was pretty funny actually....I remember it well and remember thinking that if you are going to stand up on the steeple of the church and be a lighting rod for evil, don't be so darned surprised when the sizzling bolt actually hits! Made me grin at the time. Ahh, the simple pleasures of my lost youth!)

I'll send you the book when I am done if you like justagirl. email me with a po box number.

ms-danson said...

Yikes.

Cara said...

Boys will be boys, i'm glad you aren't too badly damaged.

justagirl said...

I would like to read the book. I read about the case back when it was taking place, and thought the right decision was made (still do). Falwell was an idiot. But I was also surprised to see Flynt on Larry King Live and he said he really respected Falwell.

STAG said...

Larry King must have payed Flint a bucket of money to say that....after he ended up in a wheelchair, I don't think he had a lot of respect available to go around.

OTOH, I don't know what efforts Falwell made to censure his misguided benefactor. I suspect that Fallwell was aghast at things having gone that far! At least I hope so...

Kim said...

Ouch! I just read this. Hope you're feeling a bit better by now Bill.