Ikken Hissatsu, the popular Japanese Karate maxim, is usually translated as “one punch, one kill”. And although you won’t see it in the sporting ring, it does happen in real life. As reported in the Seattle Times,
The July 9 confrontation began while James Paroline was watering plants in the traffic circle, where he set cones on the street to protect his watering hose. Instead of driving around the cones, a group of girls got out of a car and two of them yelled at Paroline.
One of the girls summoned Brian Keith Brown, who was driven to the scene. He hit Paroline once and walked away…
Hans Aschenbach, a friend of Paroline’s for 20 years, said the [cellphone video evidence] proved Brown deserved a long sentence. “The video is shocking and was really an execution with a fist.”
Now, I’m not going to ask whether, with all your Karate training, you could have stopped someone like Brian Brown. That is too easy. What I want to ask is whether, with your righteous Karate ethics, you are someone like Brian Brown.
At the time, he probably considered himself a hero, rushing to the defense of his vulnerable lady friends, who Paroline allegedly squirted with his garden hose. Unfortunately, when your best tool is a punch, every problem starts to look like a sandbag.
It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again: we don’t need another hero.