Do you know your bad guys?

by Lori Hoeck on January 4, 2010

Beyond the Self Defense Tweets:
Taken randomly from my self defense tweets on Twitter.  I write super-short blog posts to go Beyond the Tweet, chosen from the archives.

The Tweet:


Do you know your bad guys? Rooster: bullying, cocky user. Snake: Trust betrayer. Shark: Typical criminal attacker.

Beyond the Tweet:

We all know bad guys don’t usually wear a black hat and twirl a mustache while laughing menacingly.

That’s for melodrama and spoof movies. In real life bad guys work in different ways and for different reasons.

Teaching kids this is especially important, because they tend to stereotype bad guys, thus blinding themselves to other types of attacks.

Here are my follow-up tweets to the one above:

  • Rooster-like bad guys (bullies/users) use body language & intimidation. Don’t act insecure or unsure; just act bored. ~ThinkLikeABlackBelt
  • Snake-like bad guys (trust betrayers) use charm, manipulation & your emotions to worm their way into your confidence. ~ThinkLikeABlackBelt
  • Shark-like bad guys (stereotypical criminal attackers) allow violent words, actions, & body language to intimidate. ~ThinkLikeABlackBelt

Lori Hoeck

I tweet here @LoriHoeck.

Photo: Roman Pinzon-Soto


1 dogkisses January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

“Know you’re bad guys” Nice post and oh so true in such few words!

2 Lori Hoeck January 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hi “dogkisses” —
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

With a head full of self defense and martial arts information, learned since 1980s and my first taekwondo class, I used to find it hard to condense self defense information into short, but pithy blog posts. But then I started putting some of the info on Twitter — with its 140-character limit — and that certainly helped!

3 vered | blogger for hire January 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Kids do tend to stereotype bad guys. Thank you for this.

4 Barbara Swafford January 8, 2010 at 3:48 am

Hi Lori,

I’ve heard many people say, “Well, he doesn’t LOOK like a bad guy”. Good example, Ted Bundy.

5 Lori Hoeck January 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Vered,
You’re welcome!

Hi Barbara,
Bad doesn’t come from looks but a pattern of actions. When we detect those patterns and action early, we avoid a lot of bad guys. The earlier we can teach kids this stuff, the more self defense savvy they become.

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