Baseball Bat Attack

I hope this post isn’t taken as bad taste, it certainly isn’t intended to take advantage of a terrible event, it’s simply an account of what happened to the best of my knowledge at this time, which has some implications in terms of martial arts training.

I’ve just got back from visiting my brother and his family in London to find an unwelcome message on Facebook. A very close friend has been attacked by thugs, outside his home. The thugs were, actually neighbours from three doors down. Initially there was an altercation, my mate squared up to them, was exchanging blows with one while the other grabbed the baseball bat, from his house and proceeded to beat my friend.

In the melee my friend received a badly broken ankle (two bones and torn ligament). So he was unable to get away, the thugs continued to beat him round the head and clearly could’ve killed him. They were locked up for the weekend and went to court this morning. The Police want bail refused due to the seriousness of the crime, hopefully it will be.

My mate will be operated on tonight or tomorrow and will have pins, screws and allsorts inserted, and then he’ll be in plaster for eight weeks. A further op to remove the screws will precede a long slow rehab. Probably six months to recovery. He was lucky that the he survived without suffering serious head injury or even death, the hospital staff literally glued his head back together.

Apparently, he is in reasonable spirits and hopes to be out of hospital next week. Apart from being a bit of a shocker, to say the least, it highlights a couple of things in terms of self-protection.

  1. Fate – if he had arrived one minute earlier, he would’ve had his key in the door and not bumped into the Chavs. A clear, wrong place wrong time scenario.
  2. Drunkenness – he was very drunk and cannot remember much about the beating, possibly also due to the stress. He has done martial arts training but not for a while, he is fit, plays a lot of footy, but he wasn’t capable of protecting himself due to the alcohol.
  3. Mistakes – he made the error of squaring up to his attackers. Easy to say in retrospect, but it flies in the face of self-protection advice. If he was going to fight them he really needed to pre-empt, take the one out, etc.,etc. But possibly a result of too much sparring, where protocol is different to that on the street, he squared up rather than hitting first.

Self-protection theory is all very easy to write but in the heat of the moment, drunk and with luck certainly against you mistakes can happen; the reality can be so far removed from theory.


10 thoughts on “Baseball Bat Attack

  1. So true Jon and I’m very sorry to hear about your friend, despite not knowing him I wish him all the best in his recovery. Unfortunately recovering from an actual altercation does not just involve recovering physically, emotionally it can leave lasting damage. I hope that he can continue with his life and learn from this extremely harsh lesson.

  2. Thanks Terry. I think he will be okay, he had a bad beating a few years ago and got over it just fine. He’s not one to look for trouble, again he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unlucky.

    I do have another friend who suffered a bad beating and I don’t think he has recovered at all. It must be seven years ago now. So I have an idea of what you mean.

    Hopefully, he will be able to do some work from home as he recovers, which will keep him busy and his mind away from beating himself up about it. I think the main problem will be coming to terms with the fact that he might not be able to play footy again.

  3. A friend of mine was attacked with an iron bar last year as part of a mugging and was very lucky not to be blinded in one eye. He had also been drinking and did try to defend himself but he was surprised and empty handed against a weapon, which is not a good place to be even if you are in full possession of your faculties. It took a long time for him to get over the emotional effects of the incident.

    I echo Terry’s sentiments in wishing your mate a full and speedy recovery.

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  5. Hi Jon,

    I just had a friend attacked with an ax handle and he could not get out of the way fast enough… he had to deflect it with his forearm. He was able to grab it and chase the guy off. He came out with bruises.

    Kind of a fluid situation a real fight and it is true that one generally fights the way you train.

    Glad you friend will do ok

  6. Far out, that’s crazy stuff. Seriously, all the best for your mate, its amazing he didn’t come out of it with brain damage. I hope the idiots who did this to him get the sentencing they deserve.

  7. Thanks Sean and John. I saw him in hospital on Wednesday not long after the operation, he was fine, couldn’t feel a thing as the anaesthetic hadn’t worn off. Very bored though and keen to go home.

    The two attackers have been given bail, with conditions. The one has to live in Manchester until the first hearing in court, while the other is excluded from where they live, by a fairly large zone. Both have pleaded guilty to GBH. Hopefully, they will get commensurate sentences.

  8. Good info on the site Jon, and very well written IMHO.

    Sadly,I think the baseball attack was unfortunate (obviously) but stupid on the part of your mate – I hope he recovers fully as I’m sure many of us have been close to the same scenario – Shoot the buggers who gave him a pasting I say.

    Bottom line:

    If you are really an advocate of Self-protection you wouldn’t let this situation arise. SP/SD is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a weekend tactical underpants hobby.

  9. Thanks Paul, glad you like my writing. And yes he probably could’ve avoided the whole episode, but that’s all very easy to say in retrospect.

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