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Category: Superhero Chat
Date: 15 Oct 2005
Time: 23:15:13 -0500
It's a choice between your risking own safety and "capturing" someone who doesn't want to be held. I was involved in serious martial arts training for over twenty years and worked as a MA/self defense instructor, and for me, the risk wasn't worth the results. There's a big difference between a "nice guy" who has done lots of MA training and a dysfunctional street fighter who has been scrapping his whole life, and I'd put money on the street fighter. Most street crime is opportunistic, which is a good argument against patrolling in the first place - I quit because I got bored with waiting for something to happen. However, the two times that I did manage to intervene, I felt great about it; no-one got hurt, my anonymity was not compromised and the crime was prevented. These days you could try to gather evidence with cellphone cameras, etc. - none of that technology was around when I was active - but this would involve liasing with the police and I did everything anonymously.