“Anecdotes from a Jerk, Part 7” by Autrelle Holland

“In the course of my training and working security in night clubs, I have some to meet some very, very nice members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, aka JSO, aka, the fuzz. Their humanity has reminded cops are people too. It’s sad that JSO has such a reputation for being rather not nice, with these shining individuals out there. It’s because of them that I am always respectful to JSO whenever I cross their path. Every officer that I have ever met knows each of the officers that I know, and they always speak highly of them. That’s what makes these stories awkward to tell. Anybody that reads this and thinks that I get a hard-on beating on cops, well, you’re wrong, and I don’t encourage it in anyway whatsoever.”

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  1. Ew. Not exactly Aikido Journal material. I don’t know who submitted this entry from my blog here, but it’s on my blog for anyone to read, so I can’t be sore about it. Keep in mind it was a long time ago, and, like the title says, I was a real jerk back then. Eek.

  2. Brandon Clapp says:

    I disagree, aside from the way you describe yourself behaving, I think there were some really good insights there, I just hope everyone reads all the way to the end.

  3. Bruce Baker says:

    One on one is always shortsighted because at any moment something could happen to completely change the superiority or you into a helpless you. A gunshot, a table, any number of unseen sharp objects thrown by more then three people in a darkened room could change a situation into you being the one beat on, but each person must judge where they are and what they must do for that particular situation.

    I run across these ex-law, and present law all the time, but since I am one with wide shoulders, I usually get them to talk before something happens, and in fact with the laws we have in Jersey rare do we get the ROARING drunks like we did in my youth during the 1970s.

    But, my thought is … don’t put yourself in these situations!

    I am sure that after some bad experiences, let alone reflection, Autrelle Holland has matured and uses more tactically efficient means without using as much violence as he once did. I prefer to use the tactical efficiency of surrounding a loud mouth and talking them out, but more often than not, when that tactic is useless, the local police are quick to come when called. Hey, I love pain submission, but a choke to take the fight out of someone is fine too.

    I must be getting old, because I would rather smile and do nothing, act as distraction until the local police come.

    Normally, if there is one person who is out of control, there are four or five either Ex-retired soldiers/ Law in the room too, at least the places I haunt all seem to have a couple of people who are sober and training in some martial art do.

    In some ways, we are the silent back-up to the bouncers, who usually know who we are, or we have discussed what we train in, or have trained in so they have the physical back up of bodies standing behind them as they talk most drunk down before calling local law.

    Actually, local law is pretty much aware of where trouble occur, and very quick to respond. In a couple of dust-ups I have seen in the last three years, as a patron across the room of course, only one got out of hand where I was physically putting my hand on someone’s chest to keep two goofs apart who had just rolled around on the ground getting in a couple of punches.

    Either it is just South Jersey, or just the places I go to, but the house doesn’t take well to anyone getting out of hand no matter what their credentials. Bartenders, and waitresses monitor how much each person, and each table gets for drinks, and how the behavior of patrons goes during the night keeping the atmosphere pretty much controlled.

    My thought is … if you must get caught up in something, use the least amount of force but end whatever resistance you are getting leaving the least amount of physical evidence, injuries or marks on the skin. The efficiency of your actions will come from sensitivity as to how much pain you can inflict without injury, and how much energy you need to use to achieve in neutralizing your opponent.

    I have always been too violent, which is where aikido has helped me to control myself so I don’t break bones, or injure people when that adrenalin rush comes. I think … the most difficult part of getting through your twenty-something/ thirty-something years is to control your emotions and your actions especially when someone is egging you on with words, with their violence, with their very over-inflated ego they are privileged and you are not.

    I probably would have been the guy to ask, where is Autrelle when he is out back teaching the guy a lesson, and stick my head outside the door and say .. That’s enough Autrelle! I will watch him until the police get here, you go take a break. If the guy was still out of control, he gets hog tied, maybe awake, maybe not.

    Around here there would be a cheering crowd, some going back in for drinks, some waiting to talk to the police. There aren’t any beat-downs these days, just short bursts of entertainment!

  4. Keoni May says:

    I have been in law enforcement, on & off, since 1974 till present (2009) and have done supplemental nightclub work, from 1973 to 1986.

    I have never trashed anyone, in the nightclub business, because of liability issues.

    In law enforcement, you are rough & tumble when you are young in your career. As you get older, you do not heal quickly, and don’t like to explain yourself to your department, the district attorney’s office, and the courts.

    There are times when you trash someone, however, you are also trashed a little bit, from that encounter. Therefore, everyone can visibly see that it was a vicious fight and the sky was the limit on force.

    Aikido stopped me from trashing people. No visible black & blues, no broken bones, and no hospitalizations. Aikido saves people from having to explain intensive care injuries of defendants.

  5. I appreciate everyone that read that with the open-mindedness I had hoped it would be read with. Like I said, I only wished to point out that our waza is effective with my own first hand accounts.

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