Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Hello everybody – It’s been too long since I updated the blog.  I’m not lazy, things have been crazy.  Seems like I have started a lot of blogs like that lately. 

Things are and continue to be crazy, but good crazy.  The Taiho Jutsu Minnesota project is going very well.  Later this month I am doing a ground skills class for the United States Police Canine Association (District 12), and we have our own Dojo!

I made arrangements with the Elk River American Legion to convert a 34’x 27’ storage room in their basement into a training facility.  Taiho Jutsu Minnesota will have a permanent location. 

This facility will focus on providing free training for Law Enforcement, Military, and veterans.

We have begun calling it The Legion….of DOOM

We will be up and running full time April 10th.

This is a fantastic opportunity.  We don’t have to work around any other school’s schedule.

Because we will be hidden in a basement, because the training will be geared for Law Enforcement and Military, and because I’m a nerd, we are setting up the facility like Division from Nikita.  More of a paramilitary training facility vibe as opposed to a strip mall Dojo.  We even have a hidden secret entrance. 

I can’t guarantee the presence of co-eds in form fitting training togs looking for a chance at redemption, but a fella can hope.

The area is basically a large empty brick room.  Every thing we put in there can be moved and stored somewhere else.  So we can set it up like the X-men’s danger room.  We will have a Dojo setting, class room setting, room clearing setting, reality based scenarios setting etc.

We will still provide traditional martial arts training to civilians, and women’s self defense classes but the primary focus of the school will be training by Operators for Operators.

Ok, now that we are caught up we can forge on.  I heard this news story on the radio during my commute this morning. 

Louisiana man dies at ‘Wrestlemania' party after refusing to ‘tap out' of cousin's choke hold

A LOUISIANA man died at his own "Wrestlemania 28" party after he refused to "tap out" of his younger, much smaller cousin's "rear naked choke hold," causing him to stop breathing, police said.

Stephen A. Arceneaux III, a 24-year-old from Destrehan, was pronounced dead at 10:39pm (local time) Sunday night, The Times-Picayune reported.
Mr Arceneaux had invited a number of friends to his home to watch the pay-per-view professional wrestling event.

He and his cousin, aged 14, began wrestling on an inflated mattress at the party and the teenager, who weighed just 110 pounds (50kg), placed his arm around the 100kg Mr Arceneaux's neck.

Witnesses said Mr Arcenaux was in the hold for 30 to 40 seconds, but refused to give up or "tap out."
When one of the witnesses saw Mr Arceneaux turning blue, they told the youngster to let go, but by that stage he had already stopped breathing, the report said.

Mr Arceneaux's girlfriend tried unsuccessfully to revive him before he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.
"It's bizarre," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes. "We're still investigating it. But when you have violent horseplay like that, it just goes to show you that anything can happen."

So what can we learn from this?

Violence Dynamics
  • Social Violence

First, I wasn’t there.  All the information I have is from the article I posted, and the report on the radio.  It is possible that the guy refusing to quit could have been him freaking out because of the air choke. 

Maybe he didn’t know how to tap. 

Maybe he couldn’t get air to say stop, I quit. 

Or maybe the fear of losing status to his friends by getting “tapped” by his cousin wouldn’t let him quit.

Again I don’t know, and no one will ever really know what exactly happened.  Just for illustrative purposes lets examine the little information we have through a social dynamic.

Arceneaux is 24 years old.  The radio report said he weighed 220lbs.  He invited a bunch of friends (social group / tribe) to watch wrestle mania at his home.   
His cousin, aged 14, weighed just 110 pounds.

They started play wrestling in front of everybody.  Simple, even playful social violence between members of the same group.  Not intended to injure, but has the connotation of establishing status (peeking order)

The cousin placed his arm around Arceneaux's neck.   Arceneaux doesn’t want to look like a chump in front of the group (lose social status). 
[Witnesses said Mr Arcenaux was in the hold for 30 to 40 seconds, but refused to give up or "tap out."]

Instead of giving up Arcenaux wrestles back, but he can’t get air.  Before he knows it he is out

The cousin doesn’t know to let up or thinks Arcenaux is just playing.  Before you know it…

[Arceneaux turning blue, they told the youngster to let go, but by that stage he had already stopped breathing]

Chokes are no joke.  Which makes you look more like a chump?  Tapping out and patting your cousin on the back.  “Wow that was awesome you really got me there I was starting to see stars”.  Or being killed by a 14 year old?  No one knows why Arcenaux didn’t tap, but if you find yourself in a simular situation just tap.  Your not tapping doesn’t impress anyone.  Nor does tapping ruin your status, even in competition.  There is a reason the tap exists!  Better to tap and learn from your experience than break an elbow and be out for 6 months learning nothing.

Law Enforcement:
Again, Chokes are no joke.  A 110 lb 14 year old ended a guy twice his size with out trying in 30 seconds.  A subject putting their hands around your neck is a lethal force situation.  When lethal force is justified USE LETHAL FORCE, you can ease back if control can be gained, but you don’t have time to try less effective lower force options. 

Train Hard, Train Smart, Be Safe

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