Sledgehammer

Subtle: So delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze.

If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land. I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, all over this land.Yesterday during Jiu-Jitsu class, Amy said something that really struck me.   She was explaining a technique to Joe, and she told him he needed to be more “subtle”.  It’s not like I haven’t heard the concept before, Conan says the same thing.  He’s always telling us that Jiu-Jitsu is “a game of inches”, and that we should learn how to be “sneaky”, but for some reason when Amy said that, I was struck by how unsubtle my fighting style is, in both Jiu-Jitsu and Karate.  I’m not subtle at all, I’m like a sledgehammer.  I am the Gallagher of martial arts!  I don’t even have a subtle fighting style when I play video games.  I don’t like missions that require stealth, because I just want to run headfirst into the fight.

So, how’s that been working out for me?  Well, in video games being unsubtle often leads to my death, but luckily I get a new life every time!  In martial arts, my mad sledgehammer skills really only work on white belt watermelons.  The colored belts usually see me coming from a mile away, and they just avoid my attempts to smash them, until I wear myself out.

My aggressive fighting style might work better for me if my body actually closer resembled a sledgehammer, instead of one of those tiny pink lady hammers.  It’s become painfully obvious to me that I need to learn to be more stealthy, even though it goes against my basic instincts.  Years ago my Karate sparring teacher told me that he was worried I might not survive a street fight, because I only have one direction: Forward, and two speeds: Fast and Stop.  It’s time to lay those old bad habits to rest.

“I’ve kicked the habit, shed my skin
This is the new stuff, I go dancing in…” 
-Peter Gabriel
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