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Hit Me Anywhere...

A Karate student returned to Hawaii after training in Okinawa. This was in the 1960s. The student had practiced Kenpo and Okinawan Karate here in Hawaii, and went to Okinawa for additional training.

When he returned, an Aikido instructor, who was not very impressed by Karate, told the student to hit him anywhere. The Karate student said that he did not want to, but the Aikido instructor took a ready position and insisted. So the Karate student kicked him in the groin! The Aikido instructor, apparently, was not ready for that, and doubled over in pain.

This story was told to me by the student, and I believe it to be true.

The point is that the Aikido instructor was probably ready for the kinds of attacks he was used to seeing in Aikido. He probably would have been ready for most types of punches, but the kick came as a complete surprise. You have to remember that this was in the 1960s and Karate was not that well known. Of course, I am sure that there are many fine Aikido instructors who could have handled the kick easily. The martial art is not the point.

Today, everyone knows that when someone says you can hit him anywhere, you should watch out for a kick to the groin. It is an easy attack, can be launched from a long distance, and can be easily modified into a kick to the knee, a sweeping kick, or other technique.

And if you ever tell someone to attack you anywhere, don't be surprised if you get kicked in the groin -- or today you might have to watch out for a Superman Punch!

A word of caution -- I would never advise inviting anyone to hit you anywhere.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin