Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Time for More...

"If Not Me, Then Who?"- Motto of Spetznaz counter-terrorism team Alpha.

"The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.”
—Sir William Francis Butler

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - Attributed both to George Orwell and to Winston Churchill

Inveniam viam aut faciam - my team's motto: "We will find a way or we will make one."

"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." - George Bernard Shaw

Trust is the greatest reward for the fighting man- Niccolo Machiavelli, "On War" (from memory).

"Men don't follow orders, they follow men."- ?

"The right thing to do is rarely the easy thing to do."-?

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"- William Shakespeare "Henry V"

"Bones heal, chicks dig scars, pain is temporary." - Evel Knievel

"The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly." Theodore Roosevelt


story takes time said...

Hiya Rory,
I did a google search for 'stomp kick to the thigh' and your blog came up. I'm writing a young adult sci fi which has a teenage girl stomp kick an adult (her dad actually, but for the 'nicest' of reasons) but he gets out of the kick. Could a person with quick reflexes twist our of the way and awoid such a kick?

Rory said...

Most kicks are easy to avoid, especially a stamp, and a stamp to the thigh takes quite a windup, so yeah. Unless there were another element (attack from surprise, a feint, etc.) that kick would almost never contact an aware person... except, with that targeting and unless the kicker is much larger than the kickee, it will do almost no damage.

So there is a good chance that I would just stand there, take the kick and laugh. I've also seen a lot of people try that kick on a stationary target and push themselves over.


story takes time said...

Hiya Rory, thanks for getting back to me. Can you help me out one little bit more, please, what sort of move would a martially arts trained kid (forgot to mention the ma thing on your blog) be likely to make apart from a kick to the groin and how could it me avoided?

Kami said...

This is starting to get complicated. Why don't you e-mail rory with a few more details:

Are you involved with NaNoWriMo? Actively working with a critique group? A published author? Is publication the goal?

And the specific questions- what type of story, what martial art has the kid trained in? How long? How good? How much spirit? What's the trigger? Many many things make a realistic answer very hard.