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Pensive but Amped from Class
2001-09-12 9:52 PM
No simple answer
I haven't been to work in two days, but after seeing nothing new happen today, I feel better about travelling near LAX. So, I went to my martial arts class. I wasn't sure what to expect from class. How will our society be changed by the attacks? Would we alter the normal schedule and perhaps learn some techniques for defending against knives (in light of the knives used to hijack the planes)?
It turned out that was soon as class started it was business as usual, the only mention of it was before class. The students were talking about it, too lightly than I would have liked. They were talking about how easy it would have been to overthrow the terrorists. However, I've been thinking about this a lot, as I mentioned before.
All of the previous hijackings usually end with the hijackers forcing the plane to land in some foreign country, the passengers are detained and finally released. So, the passengers would have no reason to put themselves in danger. The one plane that didn't hit a target was due to a cell phone call that alerted them to their future, so they revolted. Now, I've been thinking about this, obviously it's going to be a lot harder to get a weapon onto a plane, but if we are simply talking about some kind of blade, I'm sure people will figure out a way to bring one on.
So, assuming that someone gets another blade onto a plane, what happens if I'm on the plane? How do you attack and disarm someone in an aisle full of people? I'm sure that I could fight someone in a confined space like that (not neccessarily win, but certainly fight). However, the hijacker is surrounded by hostages. As soon as he sees me coming, he could grab some little kid. What do I do then? It's just a terrible situation any way you look at it, and it certainly isn't as clear cut as the students in class were making it out to be. *sigh*
I'm sure I'm rambling now, but potential scenes have been constantly playing my head for two days now. *sigh*
My mood mentions being amped in class.. I didn't learn any new techniques, but I was really proud of myself during sparring. I sparred two people (individually) and did really well against both of them. So, I'm still up from that.
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