Ed-vise: Practice

A great presentation GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, another early morning presentation on bio-mechanics. Cool thing is I incorporate my love if Ju Jitsu into the ppt. Makes for a GREAT show!

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!


By now you have all probably seen the video of the flight attendant getting punched in the back of the head by the angry passenger. Passenger was pissed off he couldn’t use the First Class toilet. Side note: I am back on forth on that. Don’t see the issue of using the first class toilet. It’s no different than the coach toilet and, well, sometimes you have to go!

I have big problems with the flight attendant on this one. First, the initial confrontation video shows him with his hands in his pockets. Bad, BAD BAD! Especially when dealing with a confrontational person. And I am pretty sure the TSA Self Defense does not teach putting your hands in your pockets.

Second, he turns his back to the passenger rather than making sure the passenger has left the engagement area. The passenger was still on his feet when the flight attendant turned away. Listen folks! The back of your head has a LOT of soft target points that will cause serious issues to you if they are hit with enough force. Especially at the base of your skull.

If you are disengaging from a person in a tight place don’t turn your back. Instead, slowly back up with hands ready to deflect and defend if necessary.

All that aside, What Would You Do if you were a passenger on that plane? Would you attempt to de-escalate the situation? If so, how? Remember, there are no “Right” answers; only answers.

Would you have the forethought to get ready to engage this irate passenger? Or would you simply put your headphones on and ignore the situation?

Here’s the other thing: Perfect practice yields perfect performance. Or something like that.

For flight attendants, they have been given the self defense lessons. Now, they must be given the time to PRACTICE! I say this all the time. If they do not practice, the lessons are useless and will fail the flight attendants. Practice, practice, practice.

For passengers, practice AND when things are getting crazy, take a look around. See what is going on. In the video, you see all kinds of people in the background not paying attention. Close out your apps, put your stuff aside and get ready. That crazy passenger could have easily started attacking EVERYONE! He would have had so many “soft targets.” Because too few people were paying attention.

Practice can come in many forms. The form here is VISUALIZATION. It takes just a few minutes but can pay off in huge dividends. Especially when you have to do something. When that happens, you will be ready because you will have already walked through What You Would Do.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember whales blush because they see the…OCEAN’S BOTTOM! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHA…(snort)!


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