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Published:August 5th, 2012 14:55 EST
Martial Arts: Size Does Not Matter When Fighting a Much Larger Opponent

Martial Arts: Size Does Not Matter When Fighting a Much Larger Opponent

By Ron G Anselm

Something that has always hit a nerve with me growing up was hearing people say, "Don`t ever get in a fight with him, he is three times your size and you will lose." In a fight if you are confronted by a larger and heavier opponent it has nothing to do with size it has all to do with skill and mental strength.

If anyone has ever taken any type of Martial-Arts or have studied the Martial-Arts then you realize size does not matter when defending yourself. An example of this is in the Olympics; on Friday in the men`s Judo competition in a match that featured Guam`s Ricardo Blas Jr., who weighed in at 218kg (481 pounds) in the 100+ kg class in judo against Oscar Bryson from Cuba. Blas is the heaviest Judo competitor at 481 pounds and when going up against the much smaller and lighter opponent, Oscar Bryson who weighed 243 pounds less that Blas beat up on Blas like he was a dead horse.

Bryson used Blas`s size against him. Of course in Judo the Martial-Art mainly uses throws against your opponent which made this match ideal for the smaller Bryson. In the Martial-Arts if you can use attackers or in this case opponents much larger size against him the much smaller opponent will trash you like a Monday morning garbage pick-up party.

A good example of a Martial-Art that uses an attackers body weight, momentum and size against them is Aikido. If you ever saw a Steven Seagull movie then you will know what I am talking about. An attacker runs at you, Aikido uses the attacker`s momentum and size to get thrown like a tackling dummy getting hit by a 290 pound Linebacker.

Most of the Martial-Artists you see a probably an average of 5 feet 2 inches tall and if they are confronted by one, two or three or more attackers they turn into a raging wall of rushing water as they hit you with every ounce of their skill, metal being and strength.

I have always been a fan and trained in the combat sports like Boxing, Maui Thai Kickboxing, and Karate (Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, a little Ju-Jitsu and so on). I have found the little guys especially in boxing always seem to win the fight. There was a match in the 1970s when Ed Too Tall "Jones who played for the Dallas Cowboys decided he wanted to retire from the NFL and try his hand at professional boxing. Jones lived up to every part of his nickname "Too Tall" since he was about six foot, nine inches tall and weighed about 271 pounds. He was one of the tallest defensive ends and was fierce to try to stop when he was at full speed and trying to hit and sack the quarterback as if he was a Mack Truck out of control.

Jones went up against Jesus "Yaqui" Meneses the much shorter and smaller fighter. Jones won the fight eventually but not after getting knocked to the canvas in the third round of the fight and getting pummeled during the fight. Jones being six foot nine should have crushed Meneses with ease but failed to do so since Meneses used Jones size against him and with Meneses boxing skill he was able to just about pull off the win. Let`s just say if I remember correctly, Jones looked like something the cat drug in after the fight was over.

So, if you are confronted by an attacker twice, three or even larger times you size, don`t run, stand there and ask him or her with a grin on your face, Are you sure you want to go this dance with me? Because I am about to open a can of Whoop A** on you and it ain`t going to look very pretty for you after I tear through you like a hot knife going throw butter. "

Size does not matter in a fight. What matters is your mental strength, skill and yes years of diligent training in the Martial-Arts to prepare you to face these types of situations.

Here`s a questions for all you Baseball fans out there; what was Jerry Reuss`s most defining moment of his twenty-two year career in the Major Leagues? You can find out by ordering a copy of my next book, Our Grand Ol` National Past Time " from the interview I did personally with Jerry Reuss. His interview will be in my book and the answer to this question. Jerry played with eight different ball clubs over his career but he is best known for playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers; or at least I say he is best remembered for playing with the Dodgers because I am from Los Angeles and have been a Dodger fan for over thirty some years now and have watched him play at Dodger Stadium and on those great and old baseball games on NBC Game of the Week that used to air during that time and era of professional baseball. Anyway, the ordering details of my book will come later once I know.