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I have not been shy in voicing my opinion that physical fitness is the cornerstone of hand-to-hand defense. Train hard, build muscle and endurance, and one will probably prevail if set upon by a violent criminal intent on robbery.
A reader sent me the above picture, which I think is from 2011 when Occupy Wall Street protestors were confronted by members of the New York Police Department. She points out that the police officer is hardly a vision of vibrant physical conditioning, and yet he seems to be rather effective when it comes to convincing would-be rioters to disperse.
Absolutely true. I think it would be a different story if the officer pictured above was squaring off against someone with a stout club of their own, particularly if his opponent was younger and better conditioned, but the man in blue seems to be getting the job done.
Could the officer look overweight due to wearing a bullet resistant vest under his shirt?
You do have a point!