Wednesday, October 22, 2008

He Fights, She Fights - Part 3

What I'm reading: Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods

What I'm writing: Chapter 32

To wrap up the fighting workshop, we'll look at women fighting women. Compare these points to the ones in yesterday's post about men fighting men.

In a cat fight, anything goes.
Fights tend to be short and violent.
They don't stop when one participant is subdued.
Women never forget the outcome or the reason for the fight. (You remember that time in third grade when you scribbled on my homework?)
Women don't want their appearance diminished.
Women will go for what is most precious to her opponent. (Ruin expensive clothing, pull hair, etc.)
Women are embarrassed about fighting and seldom brag.
Women slap rather than punch, to avoid injury to hands.
A woman trained in fighting will be more violent and hold a grudge longer than a non-trained woman.
Women will sacrifice just about everything to protect their children and loved ones.

Advice to women (regardless of the gender of the opponent)

Make noise. Lots of noise. Attackers don't want to be noticed.
If you can get away, don't stop to look back. Get somewhere safe first.

In writing, remember that for characters in fights, all scenes have consequences, both physical and emotional.

Deb Maynard also suggested that unless you know a lot about the specifics of the various martial arts, it's wiser not to mention them by name. You might have your character performing moves that are totally out of place for that method. She divided the martial arts into two basic styles: Wrestling and Boxing.

Wrestling includes: Judo, jujitsu, Aikido and Hapkido.

Boxing includes: Karate, Kung Fu, Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do (which she pointed out is more martial sport).


Katie Reus said...

Very interesting posts. Good call on going for the throat instead of the groin. My hubby's always telling me that's the smartest thing, maybe I should listen.

You're right about women never forgetting! What is that about? It's not like I want to, but I remember the most ridiculous details about fights that happened years ago.

Terry Odell said...

Yeah, I might have to rewrite my heroine's kick to the groin ... although he was off guard at the time.

Anita Birt said...

I fought my last fight with a girl when I was eleven. I withdrew when she landed too many blows. My brother and I were best friends but used to have the odd fight. I quit fighting him when he grew to 6 ft. 4" and I stuck at 5 ft. 6"
In my not-yet-published book, Marrying The Boss, my heroine thinks her boss is crazy and thinks about fighting him - hand to hand combat but her good sense drops that idea.

An interesting blog.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thanks for the series, Terry. This info could come in handy in a fight scene.

Elaine Cantrell

Terry Odell said...

Glad you found it useful, Elaine.