And this is why I believe everyone should at least be exposed to some form of martial arts, just so that they have more of a chance of protecting themselves should the situation arise. Obviously useless in a lot of cases, but there are times when you are threatened by unarmed assailants, and in cases like these everyone should at least have the ability to stand up and give a good account of themselves.

If this blind guy can do it, just what the heck is stopping you?

Berlin – A blind judo expert astounded a mugger by pinning him to the ground after he tried to steal his cigarettes, police said on Monday.

The assailant, a 17-year-old man of Asian origin, spotted the 33-year-old, who police identified only as “Emil E”, at a train station in the south-western town of Giessen and thought he would be easy prey, police spokesperson Rolf Wellershausen said.

But what the attacker did not know, the spokesperson said, was that his victim was a world-class blind judo wrestler.

The 17-year-old threatened the blind man, then punched him in the face, at which point the martial artist flipped him and held him down until police arrived.

IOL, September 10 2007 at 11:50PM