OK, so now you've got your super cool name and your awesome costume. It's time to go fight evil, right? Slow down there, buddy. Before you can fight evil it would probably help to know how to fight. This column isn't nearly long enough to teach you everything you need to know, though, but if you look at Google Maps or White Pages online or something you can probably find places that can teach you boxing, martial arts, etc.
For today I'm going to focus on what kind of fighting style you should employ. And to do that I'm going to use two examples from my novel A Hero's Journey. (In part to keep reminding you how supercool the book is for whenever it gets released.)
Given his size and background, Percy was pretty much a brawler. He didn't try any fancy kicks or throws or any of that stuff. He'd just bash you in the jaw with a solid haymaker. That was pretty much the style of "Golden Age" superheroes in the comic books right on through the Adam West Batman TV show--POW!
Anyway, since she's shorter and skinnier than Percy, she's not well-suited to brawling. Instead, she relies on speed and agility to defeat her opponents. She uses her legs far more to deliver vicious kicks instead of clumsy punches.
Or to sum it up, Percy is more like a boxer while Emma is more like a ninja.
And the point of all that is to say you should figure out which fighting style would work best for you. If you're built more like Percy, you probably aren't going to be all that fast and agile for kung-fu shit. If you're smaller and thinner like Emma, you're not going to want to go toe-to-toe with dudes much bigger than you. And if you're a big fat blob like me, you should really just stay home and watch MMA fights on TV.
Once you figure out how you want to fight, go do what I suggested earlier and look for someone in your local area to teach you. It will set you back a few bucks and it will take some time to develop, but it'll be worth it when you're not ending up a bruised and bloody piece of meat in an alley. I'm just saying.
Now that you know a little about what kind of fighting skills to employ, next month we'll talk about weapons. Hooray!
Just for Michael Offutt, here's another picture of Butler Blue II, desecrating the entrance to Notre Dame.
The shooting in Colorado last week has brought back the Grumpy Bulldog once more to talk about gun control tomorrow...