Short story even shorter, one of our Black Belts (Mel) here at Kuk Sool Won of St Paul beat down a mugger the day before Thanksgiving in broad daylight with a loaf of bread while the mugger tried to steal her purse. I will let Mel explain her strange self defense in her own words:
“Last November, the day before Thanksgiving in fact, I was walking down a busy local street with my purse in my right hand and a bag of bread for the next days festivities in my right. Suddenly, I heard the sound of thundering feet behind me. I started to turn around and the next thing I knew the cute boy that I had checked out only moments before ran up beside me, grabbed my purse with both hands, and attempted to rip it out of my grasp and run.
He would soon discover that it was not his lucky day. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for the guy who was attempting to steal my $6, I have a black belt and after 5 years of Kuk Sool training I have some pretty specific reflexes. Plus, I was armed to the teeth with a loaf of bread that instantaneously transformed into my mugger club.
I think I’d kicked him 3 or 4 times before my brain caught up to what I was doing. Nothing fancy, nothing advanced, just basic kicks that every white belt learns for effective self-defense when necessary.
Now, I have been told many many times that anything in your hands can be a weapon. So, while I was kneeing him in the stomach I was also beating this poor boy over the head with my bag of bread (aka mugger club). Again, I’d hit him 3 or 4 times before my brain switched on and said, ‘Hey, dummy, dinner rolls aren’t going to do much damage, why not drop the bag and use something more substantial….like your hands’.
Of course, by the time that message got through to the rest of my body my attacker had already let go of my purse and sprinted off across the street to the waiting getaway van, where I’m sure his cohorts were laughing hysterically.”
There you have it. Another mugging foiled by martial arts and a bag of bread. Keep this in mind next time you’re in that dark alley across from the bakery armed to the teeth with wheat.