I work in an environment that has a high percentage of workplace violence. My coworkers and I are assaulted in one form or another on a weekly if not daily basis. The statistics for assaults to emergency room workers are astounding. See here . Delegate Chris Stolle here, quotes a study that says emergency room workers are 400% more likely to be assaulted than the average US worker. The problem with the numbers, I feel that they are low. Yes, as high as they sound, I think the larger majority of assaults go unreported. Why, assaults are seen as part of the job. If we took the time to report every assault that we endured, we would spend all of our time filling out paper work and sitting in court rooms. All we want to do is help people. Also, patient confidentiality laws make it difficult for us to discuss such incidents.
I’ve been cursed, spit on, scratched, clawed (yes, there is a difference), pinched, hit, bitten, choked, hair pulled, clothes ripped off me, kicked, and the list goes on. I continue to suffer through, because I love my job and I love what I do (when not being assaulted). I’m one of the fortunate ones. I’ve trained in martial arts for over ten years. In the process, I’ve developed reflexes that enable me to dodge and deflect most attacks with relative ease and without injuring the attacker. However, in a recent assault, I sustained one blow to the face, nine scratches, and I count four bruises so far. Four of my coworkers were also assaulted. Thankfully, we all walked away with only minor scratches and bruises.
I’m thankful for BJJ, because I am able to protect my coworkers and myself without hurting the patient. I’ve often wondered when I would start “feeling” like I’m doing BJJ. That time is now. The BJJ that I’ve learned has blended with all the other martial arts that I’ve taken, and become a part of me. I now own the Jiu Jitsu.
P.S. BJJ really does work!