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Self-Defense For The Road Warrior

Posted Feb 24 2013 9:30pm

The following is a story taken from a news report dated 2/15/13:

A Newton man was held on bail after allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in an apparent case of road rage.

Byung Gin Kang, 21, of Newton pleaded not guilty on Friday after allegedly pulling a gun on a 34-year-old man. Police said the victim may have had trouble looking around a large snow bank and may have cut off the suspect. The two ended up pulling over and that’s when Kang allegedly pulled the gun.

“The defendant was confrontational. Both parties exited their vehicles and the defendant allegedly stated ‘Do you want to go?’ while pointing a handgun at him,” said prosecutor Alexandra Watson.

What Kang didn’t realize was the victim has a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and tackled the suspect near the corner of Dedham Street and Wendell Road in Newton, grabbing the gun until police caught up with Kang and arrested him.

Sources indicate the "victim" was MMA trainer Keith Florian . In addition to BJJ, Florian is also schooled in Muay Thai and wrestling.

There is so much wrong with this story I don't know where to begin. Florian and his flock may be crediting his martial arts skills with saving the day. Under slightly different circumstances Mr. Florian would've been summarily blown away. Miraculously nobody was injured.

Road rage is a by-product of the culture of disrespect we currently live in. Some tips that should be a no-brainer

  • Give yourself time to get to work or your destination. Don't speed, weave in and out of traffic or honk at motorists.
  • If you're on the road and someone wants to mix it up with you, ignore them. Avoid eye contact, keep you mouth shut, and whatever you do, do not exit your vehicle.
  • Avoid talking on hand-held cellphones. Never text and drive.
  • Use common courtesy. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

  • In summation, I would like to reference my father's sage advice on how to avoid highway aggression: "Idiots have the right of way."
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