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Hitting Hard
A Sacred Value

The importance of bringing the pain is immeasurable, of being the man that can, that can snatch the will of the weak with a stroke, can put a big man to sleep with a punch.

I have had to consider this in preparation for a stick-fighting clinic for non-contact martial artists. The first thing this has to consist of is have each of these people hit me with a stick as hard as they can. These are nice people, they aren't going to want to hurt me.

When this big man, this father of two and husband, cannot muster the animus to strike me hard, what will I tell him?

What if your son gets drunk when he's grown and is about to head out the door and fight the cops? Would not the ability to punch the one you love in the solar plexus and end the situation—saving his life—would not it then be the highest value to be able to hit hard.

Twerps, Goons and Meatshields: The Basics of Full Contact Stick-Fighting

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