Kabe-don...

Good morning everyone,

Well, this typhoon is the typhoon that just keeps on giving, isn't it? The eye of the storm is miles away from us, so we're not being affected by the 'storm' at all. It is, however managing to dump tons of rain on us in the past few days. This typhoon was moving so fast a few days ago and now it has hit the Korean archipelago and has stalled. Which means that we're getting passing showers for the past few days! It's sunny. It's cloudy. It's rainy. It's torrential rain! It's sunny again...the good news is that this typhoon has kept typhoon #11 really far south of us so it's looking more and more like I won't have to worry about my flight being affected by a typhoon. It's going to be rainy and cloudy off and on for the next few days though. I hope you kept your rainy season clothes handy...

Can someone please explain to me this recent attraction with kabe-don? It seems like it's verging on sexual assault...but young women are enamored by the idea. It's so popular that there's even a commercial poking fun at it...

If you're one of those people who, like me, don't think it's slightly scary and therefore slightly sexy, here are some tips for you...

The guide conveniently breaks down self-defense options depending on how persistent the guy is...

Level 1 is a quick knuckle thrust just below the armpit. With luck, you’ll be able to slip a knuckle into the tender spot between his ribs; a clear warning to back off, but no lasting damage.

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Level 2 is a solid jab to the center of the guy’s torso, right around the same level as his elbow. Martial arts folks might recognize this as the small, baseball-sized area that “knocks the wind” out of someone when struck.

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For very persistent individuals or extremely unwanted advances, Level 3 is perfect: a hook to the jaw. Make sure you go for the attacker’s vulnerable side – he’s got one arm up on the wall in a sort of de facto defense, but since he thinks he’s super cool, he probably has his other hand in his pocket. Aim for that side and make it count. The side-to-side snapping of the head caused by a hook is more likely to result in loss of consciousness than a straight punch.

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And, for the very worst offenders, Level 4 suggests launching yourself up and driving the top of your head into your attacker’s jaw. This can cause lasting damage and possibly death (as can Level 3), so it’s probably best to use this one only if you feel in imminent physical danger.

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And remember, ladies, with great power comes great responsibility. Since the kabe-don is trending, you might find yourself on the receiving end of an unwanted one, but do try to gauge the real danger of the situation before resorting to something that might put the poor guy in the hospital for a month. For example, this kabe-don situation, while certainly unwanted, is probably unintentional and doesn’t warrant a karate chop to the neck:

I hope this brought a smile to your face on this rainy day...I know it did mine! Ha ha!

Have a great day!


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