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Gulf War vet: Suddenly he realized he had picked on the wrong guy

Gulf War veteran and multi-black belt Jason Smith: "People sick of yob culture enjoy seeing someone turn the tables."
Gulf war vet with two black belts gives aggressive guy multiple warnings - finally reaches his limit

Gulf war vet with two black belts gives aggressive guy multiple warnings - finally reaches his limit.

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Jason Smith, living with his wife Rebecca, and two-year-old daughter Boudicca, on Woodcroft Way, Four Acre, St. Helens, Merseyside, England, reported up to 60 crimes to the police in one year on the estate. In a typical incident, local lout Les Andrews, backed up by fellow goon Alan Hodson, was trying to goad the family man into a fight. Smith, 35, had no idea why the foul-mouthed Andrews stood ranting abusively on his steps.

The incident was filmed as a crowd gathered. And then Smith, 35, was pushed too far, literally, and legally. Les Andrews was about to receive a major life lesson. 

As it turns out, Smith is a Gulf War veteran, with black belts in karate and jujitsu, who had worked as a bodyguard to stars. In a moment, those personal protection skills went viral.

Seconds later, Andrews is crawling away from the property on his knees, as the gathered crowd looks on jeering.

Technical Breakdown

The thug is screaming at Smith, who stands front-facing, hands clasped in front of his body. When the Andrews touches him, but not before, Smith shoves back, maintaining remarkably proportional force. When the yob grabs a nearby trashcan, presumably to throw or swing, Smith shoves him again. 

Then Andrews rears back to throw a strike, and Smith attempts to hit back first with a straight, karate-like punch; then, that blow coming short, he assumes a defensive stance. From there a second blow is unsuccessful. But the third time is a charm, landing clean, and dropping the yob to the cobblestones.

The third, successful punch was set up with careful distance management. Smith's stance is a street variation of karate's Kokutsu Dachi Shuto Uke. As the yob moves forward, Smith moves backwards, staying just out of reach.

If you are farther away from the opponent than the opponent can reach out with fingers outstretched, even by leaning forward, then, as long as you are not distracted, or there are other assailants, or long-range weapons, you are relatively safe. When Andrews entered that space, moving forward, Smith reacted with a gyaku-zuki reverse punch. The timing was impeccable, striking the opponent as the opponent moved forward, greatly increasing the effectiveness.

The result speaks for itself.

After the incident, which took place in May of 2008, Andrews, 22, was arrested, hit with an outstanding warrant for robbery, and convicted

Wife Rebecca, 23, who had cowered with 22-month daughter Boudicca, told The Star, "I was proud."

“I’m no hero I was just a normal guy who was protecting his family," explained Rebecca's husband. “From the moment he started pushing me I was weighing him up. It got to the point when I decided I had had enough, and in the end, I hit him and put him on his backside.

“The lightbulb then finally came on and he realized he had picked on the wrong bloke and started fleeing. He got arrested by the police and the matter went through the courts.”

“We had endured a nightmare living up there, my wife was ill at the time and our little one just a few months old. After I hit him we didn’t get much more trouble from the yobs – but we were glad to get a move to somewhere else.”

"People sick of yob culture enjoy seeing someone turn the tables."

Do you agree with the Gulf War hero? Did you enjoy that?

And in the end, maybe it's more accurate to say that the thug picked on the right bloke. 

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