Saturday night I was walking in downtown San Diego and when I came up to a stop light some guy comes up to me and yells in my face "leave now, get out of here". I just calmly tell him to take it easy. I slow down as we proceed to walk down the street so that I'm behind him by about ten feet. Well he turns around comes right back to my face and yells the same thing and more but now he's getting some body language and for a second he reaches for his belt and I think the worst A GUN/KNIFE. I'm not armed but I watched his hands every second and when they went to his waist I thought I was going to have to kill him with my bare hands. Pause: It's been 18 years since I've thrown a punch and I think to myself "should I ?" My fight instincts are on big time and I just want to beat this guys face to a pulp but, inside I knew I would only attempt to wrestle him to the ground and make a citizens arrest. Well I didn't need to. After the second approach I gave a grizzly yell "Back the fu** off or I'm calling the cops, do you want to deal with the cops mother fu**er?" and he said "no" and backed off. I'm thinking of taking an Aikido class for self defense mainly because I want to be able to apprehend a potential threat, I don't want to beat somebodies head in the concrete, like I thought I might have to.
So having said that has anyone taken self defense classes and have you used it in real life?