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(BBC)   Hong Kong litter inspectors taught martial arts.   ( divider line
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2002-07-16 08:42:18 AM  
I thought everyone in hong kong knew martial arts.

Just give them guns.
2002-07-16 09:19:44 AM  
So far about 500 officers have taken the course in aikido, which uses throws and holds against an attacker.

I guess anythings better than getting a$$ beat and sobbing like a schoolgirl.

2002-07-16 11:14:46 AM  
does this mean that the'll be able to dodge bullets too.
2002-07-16 11:15:32 AM  
Everyone should learn a martial art.
2002-07-16 11:15:58 AM  
That's going to make Hong Kong's litterers shiat themselves. I wonder if Hong Kong's shiat scoopers also know martial arts?

Also, has anyone seen a great Chinese movie called Shaolin Football? Seems kinda relevant.
2002-07-16 11:16:12 AM  
I believe Bruce Lee said it best:

"Litter doesn't hit back"
2002-07-16 11:18:14 AM  
jay-vee-yah, that movie was pretty funny. more on tpic, why did they choose aikido out of all the martial arts options? just curious...
2002-07-16 11:22:29 AM  
Because garbage fly style couldn't beat tiger style.
2002-07-16 11:23:27 AM  
I see a photoshop on the horizon. ( .)( .)
2002-07-16 11:24:03 AM  
They should have gone to the library and checked out " The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu "
2002-07-16 11:30:37 AM  
"I can kick you, higher than you can kick me.
I can kick you way up into a tree.
Who wants a taste of my oo-long tea?
Ho ha ho ha ho chi chi!"
2002-07-16 11:35:58 AM  
It's about time someone showed those thug litterers who's boss. I think it's about time I learned aikido and beat the crap outta anyone who tracks dirt on my carpets.
2002-07-16 11:36:09 AM  
Everybody was kung fu fighting.....
2002-07-16 11:41:04 AM  
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2002-07-16 11:50:10 AM  
Heh. Time to take out the trash.

Seriously though, I think they chose Aikido because it's a defensive martial art, like the article said, 'holds and throws' (or something), to subdue the attackers, not just punching and kicking the shiat out of them (ie. Karate, Tae-Kwon Do).
2002-07-16 12:16:23 PM  
So, if I drop a gum wrapper, they can now hold me/throw me until I pick it up? No thanks, I just find a trashcan.
2002-07-16 12:27:10 PM  
I like the idea of anti-litter patrol and all...I don't understand how so many people can be so filthy in the first place. But I don't think that a 3 day seminar in Aikido is gonna do anything but show these guys just enough to get themselves into more trouble. Aikido has a very high learning curve before one can be useful with it outside of a dojo.
2002-07-16 12:33:58 PM  
RVN: HAHAHAHAHA, nice. thats a great vid. i've got them all on cds some where..

"hepp me hepp you"
2002-07-16 12:50:40 PM  
Tsui Hark, are you listening?
2002-07-16 01:14:56 PM  

I agree with your assessment - it wouldn't be
prudent for city workers to be dealing out
wing chun style centerline punches and knee-destroying
kicks to pedestrians.


Most definitely agree with you. A little knowledge
is a dangerous thing. I've never studied Aikido,
preferring the mixed bag of Hawai'ian Kajukenbo,
but I'd propose three MONTHs of thrice-weekly
training would be the minimum to build the kind
of muscle memory to be of much use.

Maybe this is more of a propaganda thing, to
send a message to the public? In that sense,
it might be effective. Really, though, give 'em
pepper spray or something as well - so's they
can actually protect themselves from litterers
who see through the whole thing.
2002-07-16 01:17:07 PM  
I wonder why they didn't teach them like, kung fu or hung fut or somethin'... Why a Japanese art? At least they could've used shuay chaou instead (chinese wrestling... i know I spelled it wrong)... weird.

Ah well.. I wonder if they need instructors?
< hong kong fooey.
2002-07-16 01:17:41 PM  
FYI, there's a hidden irony here. The Japanese are famous
for dissing the Chinese as filthy pigs who litter and
spit in public, and Hong Kong is using a Japanese martial
art to assist in changing that reputation. :-)
2002-07-16 01:18:49 PM  
I think you can learn a few moves in a three day seminar. I've helped out in women self defense seminars where we taught a few aikido moves and basic concepts. The feedback we got from the participants all indicated that we gave useful, practical skillz that are simple to execute yet very effective. These were one or two day seminars.

And if they're learning Yoshinkan Aikido, that's the same people that train the Tokyo Riot Police.

"Angry White Pajamas" by Robert Twigger is a good read FWIW.
2002-07-16 01:22:12 PM  
I don't much care which martial art they would use to lay a beating on me, I'd rather take the beating than pay $77 for flicking away a cigarette butt. That seems a little much.
2002-07-16 01:52:44 PM  

Maybe you're right, but I still worry. Women (and men) in
self-defense courses are also admonished to avoid dangerous
places and situations. A guy grabs you in a parking garage
in an effort to rape you, you're likely to have that extra
second or two to consciously think "grab the balls,"
"gouge the eyes," "turn slightly and elbow the ribs as
hard as you can" before you execute your maneuver.

You're handing a ticket to someone and they deck you,
though, you need to be able to react without thinking.
And, if you're a litter inspector, your job is to be
in the dangerous place and situation. AND, the Tokyo Riot
Police practice weekly throughout their term of employment.

IMHO, pepper spray would be a better practical alternative - instruct the litter inspectors to have it out and ready
when serving tickets. It doesn't do any permanent damage,
but boy does it deter. Just my two cents, though.
2002-07-16 02:38:07 PM  

I agree w/ the pepper spary. Maybe a retractable baton. They should have the same armament and training as a normal Hong Kong police officer.

Confidence is probably the most important thing to have in a dangerous situation.
2002-07-16 02:39:34 PM  
They should skip the 3 days of Aikido and just issue each litter-cop a backpack containing several cans of whoopass.
2002-07-16 03:03:26 PM  
Crouching Inspector, Hidden Hygiene starring Chow Yun Fark!
2002-07-16 03:11:42 PM  
I don't agree with the pepper spray idea. it's bad tactics to use a close range weapon that can be turned against you (knives...).
2002-07-16 03:30:53 PM  
heheheheheheheh. nice one, Chemosabe.

On Deadly Ground II, starring Steven Seagal as a
Hong Kong litter inspector.


Pan left to show long shot of busy Hong Kong shopping
district. Zoom in on Chinese businessman in suit
waiting at a crosswalk for the signal to change. He
takes one last drag of a cigarette and throws the butt
on the curb.

Pan right to show undercover litter inspector Chiang Jones (Steven Seagal) pulling a ticket book and pen from his back
pocket. Chiang approaches the businessman.

CHIANG: "I'm gonna give you one chance to pick that
up and throw it in a garbage can."

MAN: "Pick what up? I don't know what you're talking
about. Why don't you leave me alone?"

CHIANG: "That cigarette butt. Once chance."

MAN: "Fark you. Who the hell do you think you are?"

CHIANG: (flipping badge) "Litter inspector, tough guy.
You a tough guy, huh? Are you? Well, Mr. tough guy, you
just earned yourself a nice fat ticket."

CHIANG begins scribbling on his pad, seemingly oblivious
to the fact that the businessman is taking off his
suit coat.

CHIANG: "What's your name, tough guy? Hmmm? Why don't you
show me some I.D."

MAN: (throwing a looping haymaker CHIANG's way) "Here's your
I.D., motherfarker!!!"

CHIANG catches the businessman's clumsy punch in his left
hand and twists his hand at an impossible angle. As we hear the sound of bones crunching, the businessman begins to scream like a little girl. CHIANG then spins the man around
in order to kick his knee from the side. The combined aikido
moves cause the businessman to collapse into a writhing, moaning heap. CHIANG closes his ticket book, and nonchalantly
places it back into his back pocket, and leans over the man.

CHIANG: "Consider your fine paid in full."

Fade to black.
2002-07-16 03:35:58 PM  

Cripes, man, nobody's knifing these people. Just pulling one out in a threatening manner carries the death penalty in
China. The spray is out when the ticket is issued to deter.
Plus, you buy the good stuff, and you have a solid range
of ten feet.
2002-07-16 03:41:50 PM  
Oh, I misunderstood, you're thinking the hooligans are
going to use the pepper spray on the inspectors.
Possible, but far less likely (the stats in the U.S.
anyway show this) than in the case of a bat, club,
knife, or gun. Plus, if it does happen, the inspector
isn't seriously injured. You could be right, but
IMHO, the deterrence value far outweighs the potential
2002-07-16 07:25:05 PM  
I'll get you for this, Midlerrrrrrr!
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