Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Aikido Hailed as Simple Key to Curb Rage

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Aikido Hailed as Simple Key to Curb Rage

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Byline: rae wilson

TO celebrate a mate's birthday, you and a group of friends head to the local pub on a Friday night.

Midway through the night a hearty atmosphere radiates throughout the venue.

Your footy team logged another victory, the live music has got everyone in an energetic mood and you have met a lot of interesting people.

You have had one too many beers, but enough that it does not matter any more.

The stress of the week is behind you and life feels pretty good.

That is until you accidentally spill a beer on the girlfriend of someone who has more testosterone than muscle.

That exuberant frame of mind you were just experiencing has been crushed into a ball of stress and anxiety.

You are faced with two options.

Grovel at his knees or try to hold on to some pride and fight back.

Your rational side would choose option A and try to talk some sense into the bloke.

Unfortunately, man's primal instinct results in clenched fists more often than not, and you only have to watch the 6pm news to see where that ends.

They are Lachlan Coleman's words to describe a scenario based on his own, and his mates', experience when hitting the town.

"I'm 6'7a and 100kg and I guess I'm seen as more of an imposing target for someone to try to test their skills against after they've had a few drinks, which has happened to me," he said.

"But I've also seen people quite the opposite of me a small and not imposing a and people have taken advantage of them for whatever reason."

Mr Coleman wants you to imagine a third option in his scenario.

He says the world today functions on a global economy, which subsequently leads society to find hierarchy through competition a who is richer, who is stronger, who is smarter, and who is more famous.

But the 19-year-old said practising aikido, a purely self-defence form of martial arts which carries a positive thinking approach, could teach people discipline and self-control. …

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