Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"In the end, there can be only one"

Previously on Budo Blog....

Hey guys remember last blog when I wrote:

Granted it is very unlikely I’ll ever walk down the street with a sword in my belt.  Even less so that at that very moment another guy in America in the 21st century will jump out and attack me with a sword of his own.  That doesn’t mean we should train “unrealistic” situations in unrealistic ways.  If you are going to do it (train Koryu / Old school) do it as if your life depended on it. 

Well, it seems it isn't as unlikely as I thought.  Here is a news article written the same day as my last blog about sword fight right here in good ol' Minnesota (see also 21st century America)

Man arrested, jailed after sword fight in rural Beltrami County home
On early Tuesday morning, July 12, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a rural Beltrami County residence to investigate a complaint of an assault with weapons involved at this home.

Deputies responded to a rural Beltrami County residence to investigate a complaint of an assault with weapons involved at this home.

As officers were driving to the scene, it was reported that swords were being used in the assault. After arriving in the driveway, deputies located an intoxicated individual attempting to leave the residence on a bicycle. The suspect was stopped, and as deputies began their investigation, they learned the suspect had been drinking with the occupant of the residence when suddenly the suspect attacked the homeowner with a sword. The homeowner also grabbed a sword to defend himself, and the two engaged in a sword fight.

A 10-year-old child, who was also present and witnessed the entire event, was injured when he was struck in the elbow by the suspect’s sword. The suspect was booked into the Beltrami County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, felony child abuse and gross misdemeanor obstructing legal process.

The 10-year-old was treated at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for his injuries and released. The complainant received minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. The case will be presented for review by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office.

Train hard, train smart, be safe


  1. I've witnessed a fight in Dublin city with swords, baseball bats and a nunchaku. A friend fought of three armed raiders with a samurai sword in his own home. The authorities eventually banned the sale of samurai swords due to people losing limbs in bar fights. It does happen in the 21st Century and in the Western World.

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