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April 23, 2007



Sorry to hear about your husband's injury. I have not trained in 16 years (yikes) but when I was training I competed against an opponent with the same sort of respect for tournament rules as the opponent your husband had. In fact, the entire dojo of my opponent was known for such aggression and uncontrolled contact during tournaments. Fortunately, I didn't get injured, but was a recipient of a groin kick (I had my cup on) a high sweep (right against my knee) and other sorts of uncontrolled facial contact where none was allowed as per tournament rules.

It turned out that the sensei of a dojo I didn't attend saw what was happening so he assisted me in my match by giving me some tips and pointers to keep him at bay and off balance. That event led to my training with him (the late Sensei Stuart Quan who was well-known in the nation tournament circuit).

Your attitude and response to the experience with that "thug" was exemplary and I commend you. You both are truly martial artists. God bless.


MMA tournaments exist for a reason.

You want to hit hard, go there.
Else, keep your cool.

Sorry about the injury. My best wishes are with you


I appreciate the support but I have a confession to make: this incident has not brought out my "perfection of character"! My husband has displayed much truer martial arts spirit than I have.

I'd like to see this guy get his face kicked in. Anyone who dishes it out so freely deserves a dose in return. I've questioned why the hell someone with such a violent record hasn't been suspended from competition to think about his choices. And I've gotten really, really, really irritated with a couple of people who didn't agree with me on one or both of these points.

Some of that is obviously personal. I don't enjoy seeing my husband bleed, and enjoy it less when I consider it was totally avoidable. I'm not going to appreciate someone from our dojo who doesn't support their sempai but makes excuses for someone else's lack of control. I've pondered whether or not punching them in the face and breaking their noses when it wasn't necessary would help them understand my feelings better.

Okay, I don't really want to see this guy seriously injured. Ditto for the people who I feel were unsupportive. I'm just venting my temper and being protective of a loved one. That's the point: I've got just as much of a temper as anyone else, I'm just as stubborn, I'm just as convinced that I'm right and they're wrong, and I have just as much potential for violence.

But I'm trying to practice what I preach, and walk away from it. So far, with the exception of some private grumblings and fuss, I'm succeeding.

Colin Wee

Dealing with difficult opponents makes for good experience. I had a similar experience. I was fighting a much larger but slower opponent - took him down, got on top of him and placed my fist in front of his nose, and stopped. As I was pulling away, he punched me right in the nose - of course making my nose bleed. And said: "Takes more than that to stop me."

Your husband may try to provide more coverage to his face next time - keep his chin down, and keep his guard up. But I'm sure you all know that.

In my opinion, self control and courtesy should not prevent you from providing feedback to him. As you say, if it was done by a brown belter or shodan, you would have brushed this accident aside. However, this incident was done by a high ranking black belt. I understand that you or your husband is also a high ranking black belt? Why then it should be your responsibility to inform this person of etiquette and proper form. Think of other situations where this idiot could end up hurting some other poor sod.

Good luck! Hope your husband heals quickly.



Injuries stink. It's been a few weeks. I hope your husband is recovering well.


Although this might be impossible in our day's technology, I would say that recording tournament performances should not be allowed. There is a higher chance for performers to "showboat" for the camera rather than focusing on the moment.

Ah.. but then.. even as I say this, I can see people recording themselves anyway. It helps them to see what happened from the outside rather than just from their personal perspective.

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