A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

A Philosophy of Radical Aliveness

"Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."

John Kerestes


Sunday, October 21, 2007

1993, 1994, 1996 Model Mugging

An adventure of another kind was inspired by my daughter Lisa, who took a self defense class in Model Mugging. Following her example I took the basic class, and a year later took the "defense against weapons" class, and two years later took the "defense against multiple assailants" class. Model Mugging was developed as an easy-to-learn set of techniques (as opposed to years of martial arts). The "assailants" are in heavily padded suits so full kicks and strikes can be made without holding back. The theory is that the learning must be "state dependent" in a high adeneline state. Otherwise, if students are actually attacked they won't appropriately respond. Having never been through anything like boot camp my confidence to physically defend myself, was considerably improved. Hopefully, I will never be called upon to use it.