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Never Assume Anything

Just for ammusement. I've had this situation several times since I started my new job back in December and I'm sure it can't be just me. This evening was a classic example. My patient, a Wado Ryu yellow belt, injured himself whilst training. Making the assumptiuon that I knew nothing about Karate he started to explain what a roundhouse kick was! I assured him that I'd grasped the idea.

It was around twelve years ago that I worked with an agency lady who spent the night shift telling us all about her Karate. I let her carry on. Toward the end of the night she asked if I'd ever considered having a go at Martial Arts (I started in 1990!)

I learned a long time ago never to assume anything. That Jujitsu Orange may just be a Karate 3rd Dan / Kickboxing world champion / ugliest streetfighter in Britain.

Black Tiger
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Totally agree

I always say the most dangerous Students in a school are the White (Beginners) and Brown Belts (Red belts in TKD/TSD).

I agree never presume or underestimate anyone, hence why I try to be the first person to spar with any new students to see what skills they have already.

So do you know how to correctly perform a Round Kick now? And did you let him know of your area of training at the end of the session

Zach Zinn
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I personally don't volunteer martial arts info unless its specifically asked, or it comes up naturally in conversation.

I try to leave out details about how long i've trained, what styles i've been around etc., and just focus on what I do now if people are interested.

The only reason is that there is so much room for misinterpretation and nonsense in conversation, the conversations are usually patently meaningless too, unless it's another "lifer" you are talking to, in which case you might get a nice sense of comradery as a pleasant surprise.