Mr Wood, who learned the Japanese art of aikido as a teenager, said he was approached by four young men on Thursday as he walked down an alleyway close to Lynn Road at about 21:00 GMT.
“They said, ‘We want your wallet’ and then my phone rang and they said, ‘We’ll have your phone as well’,” he said.
“I said, ‘If you want it, you’ll have to come and get it’.”He said he managed to kick the first two men in the knees and, using one hand, fought off the third.
A fourth man then stabbed him in his chest but he said he wrestled the screwdriver off him before throwing it away.
The story goes on to say that Mr. Wood managed to keep his fish and chips in one hand during the attack! In the long-standing Striking Thought’s tradition of bloviating about things without having all the details, I have to offer a few thoughts…
- Mr. Wood is lucky. With four against one odds he really should have dropped the fish and chips and used both his hands! He is also lucky they did not have knives.
- He second mistake was not giving up the wallet and phone. Again, with the odds and the possibility of one or more weapons, the logical thing to do was to give up the phone, wallet, and food!
- I can’t help but think that the randori practice he learned in aikido had to play a role in surviving a four-on-one attack.
On point number three I leave you with a little randori!