How to Fight Like The Fonz

January 16, 2013

My heart sinks just a wee bit every time my karate instructor yells “Gear on everybody!” Sparring is not my forte. I rarely get paired with the overzealous dudes that want to pummel each other, but still. These guys range in age from teenagers to middle aged desk jockeys. There are a few that are very zen, but will totally kick your ass. They just do it very calmly. You don’t see them coming, you just all of a sudden find yourself looking at the chin strap of your head gear. Then there are those that are all jittery, like they chugged a Red Bull and downed too many over the counter daytime cough meds before class. They will also kick your ass, but they do it in a way that is much scarier because you do see them coming. I stay away from these guys at all cost because they get me all riled up too. It is hard to move quickly and strategize when you feel like a hunted rabbit (insert Elmer Fudd joke here).

This is where my real lesson of the night came. My instructor basically said to not let the other person’s energy contaminate my own. Yes, my opponent might be excited and jumpy, but I need to keep calm and fight the way I normally fight. I do not have to match the style of my nemesis partner, especially if they are high strung. In fact, I need to be calm so that my arch enemy partner can absorb some of my vibe and bring it down a notch.

Apparently, this technique can also be used if you are arguing with your spouse. I would not know what it is like to YELL AT MY SPOUSE, because I never do that (snort laugh), but my instructor says it does happen and I can practice staying calm in the face of fury that has been festering for days by keeping cool “like The Fonz”. Yes, he referenced a character from Happy Days and I showed my appreciation and understanding of the lesson by letting out the most relaxed and tranquil “eeehhh” of all time.


2 Responses to “How to Fight Like The Fonz”

  1. Katja Says:

    So this technique should work when my kids are out of control (not that it never happens) too? I need to channel the Fonz and Pinky Tuscadero.

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