Self Defense Classes…

Something everybody should do.

A very long time ago, while getting out off  the train station in Park slope, Brooklyn one evening,  a young girl approached me and asked if I was the b#@*!# who was sleeping with her boyfriend.

She was clearly angry and pretty convinced that I was the person she was looking for.  I looked her straight in the eyes and told her “no, I am this person.  I have a boyfriend of my own and he lives a couple doors down if you want to see for yourself”.   It took quite a bit more arguing before she eventually, reluctantly, walked away.

Thinking back, I was pretty scared after words.  I thought to myself.  What if I had not convinced her?  What if she had hit me?  How would I have reacted?  I’m pretty sure I would have been in such shock I would not have been able to do much at all.  The only physical fight I have ever been is with my sister when we were teenagers and it stopped quickly when she learned to punch and knocked the wind out of me.  I never picked a fight with her again.

This little incident lead me to the conclusion that we should all be prepared to defend ourselves.  The next day, I went to the gym and took a class…ok,  it was a yoga class.  What can I say, I am a lover not a fighter.  I still think it’s good advice, so do as I say, not as I do…awe hell!  Take a yoga class too.  You won’t regret it.