A person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted by the masses.
We pride ourselves on being heretics. Our tribe has always pushed the art of fighting and violence ever forward, going against established ideas and unproven concepts. Our ethos is driven by discovering and developing new ideas, while irreverently destroying old paradigms like the brittle little temples of false doctrine that they are.
On Saturday last week in one phase of one of my Sim Days, I ran a mocked up abduction for the four teenage boys that were taking part. This was a Kobayashi Mary scenario, but I ran it to help both the adults and teenagers explore options and to see what we could learn. We also ran a racially/politically motivated equivilent scenario for some of the adults.
I stumbled across this video today and thought it was a good illustration of a much talked about topic here. The video discusses duels, with swords, during the time of Waterloo. It makes the point that in these duels the French combatants would chose a weapon that was unfamiliar to their English opponents. The result of this was that the English fought in a “unskilled” but aggressive way, and this often resulted in victory over the more skilled French swordsmen who were anticipating a skilled back and forth.
A powerful story about just how useful good self-defence training can be! Jordan Giarratano of Fighting Chance in Seattle (the instructor who ran the course, and a member of this forum) is a thoughtful and skilled teacher who cares greatly about his students. He’s a regular at the seminars in the USA and I always enjoy talking with him about all things martial … and our shared taste in music :-). The right training can be very empowering and this is a great illustration of that! Good job Kelly and Jordan!