They were at a birthday celebration at a music club and the same drunken aggressor separately assailed each. They both had to take some physical action. One simply stopped and projected the guy with our Embrace the Pearl posture, causing him to crash against the bar and hastily beat a retreat. The other simply turned and turned again as the drunk lunged at him a couple of times before leaving the club.
No one was injured and the aggressor was discouraged enough to simply walk away. The exciting part for the students was that they never even got angry (both have stories of youthful and not-so-youthful hot headedness) or felt aggressive, as they would have in the past. Other students were in the room listening to this story. To hear that fellow students used the art in such a simple, effective way was a golden lesson.
This is one of the best things about studying in a regular class. You build momentum in your learning process, pick up invaluable information from fellow students, and share experiences. In essence it provides the one thing that cannot be had any other way, camaraderie. We develop that beautiful sense of fellowship as we help each other learn and grow our skills. The feeling of safety in sharing our learning process is invaluable.
I cannot be more proud of the two who told their story. They were both amazed at the effect of our Baguazhang training on their reactions to a potentially dangerous situation. The message was that of neutralizing the aggression, causing no harm, and being thrilled at how it all worked. They then conveyed their excitement about this to others in the class.
I think everyone went home and practiced! 🙂