This is for all y'all motherfuckers that believe that these combat sports make us invincible.
What sport is good for self-defense comes up often, and there's often a variety of answers ranging from striking to grappling and everything in between. But when it really comes down to it, violence in the streets happens quickly and brutally, and rarely, if ever, involves two guys squaring off like it did back when we were young.
In reality, the shit's bloody and terrible, involves weapons, and is over in seconds. Guys end up with their heads split open in the street - and I've seen that pool left over on the sidewalk. It's unbelievable watching some guy live his last seconds.
Attached are some news clips from papers around my area that show what really happens in the street. If there's anyone that really wants to be involved in this stuff and goes looking for it, remember that you're the wrong move away from ending up like these cats.
We lift, we fight, but that doesn't mean we're invincible. I might be overeacting, but it really bothers me to see these young bucks who show up on here asking if they should have gotten out of the car over road rage, or whether they should have tried to fight multiple attackers instead of calling police.
These are serious incidents that have happened around where I live in the last couple months. Some of these places I'm at all the time.
Man robbed by knifepoint outside Clifton gym
CLIFTON - Police are asking for the public's help in finding two men who robbed a man of his cell phone, car keys and cash at knifepoint last night.
The victim, a 23-year-old Ringwood resident, was in the parking lot of the New York Sports Club on Main Avenue at 9:25 when he was approached by two men, reported Detective Capt. Robert Rowan. One of the two held a knife to the neck of the victim and then fled with other other man in a small, gray four-door sedan, Rowan said. One man had brass knuckles and the other had a knife, Rowan added.
W. Milford man faces charges in slashing
WEST MILFORD -Township resident Adam Q. Hurtado faces a charge of aggravated assault after he allegedly slashed the throat of a good Samaritan who tried to stop him from pushing his girlfriend.
The wounded man, Alan Renta, survived but required 40 stitches to close the cut, police said.
Hurtado, 22, of South Richfield Road, was in the Passaic County Jail on Tuesday night with bail set at $120,000. He is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on Thursday.
Hurtado walked into Primo?s Pizza & Deli on Lakeshore Drive Sunday evening and appeared drunk, police said.
There, they said, he got into a confrontation with employees and customers that escalated and moved outside.
Hurtado?s girlfriend arrived at the deli, and when she tried to calm him, he pushed her, which prompted Renta, 20, to go outside and try to stop him, police said.
They said Hurtado swiped at Renta with a box cutter, leaving a 5-inch gash on his throat that required 40 sutures to close, police said.
Renta was taken to the St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick for treatment.
Hurtado fled, but Patrolman James DeVore and Sgt. Thomas Celano apprehended him in a nearby wooded area.
He faces a count of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
Police charge boy in killing of Guardsman
PATERSON - A 15-year-old city youth was arrested and charged Monday by police in connection with the shooting and stabbing death last week of a 25-year-old member of the New Jersey Army National Guard.
Jaime Bermudez Jr. of West Paterson was shot in the chest and stabbed in the back around 8:30 p.m. Friday on Robert Street in South Paterson, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center at around 9:20 the same night.
His 17-year-old brother, who lives in Clifton, was at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center on Monday with a gunshot wound to the hip. His condition could not be determined Monday night.
Detective Lt. Ronald Humphrey of the Paterson Police Department said the incident may have started with an altercation between the younger Bermudez brother and neighborhood residents.
The younger brother allegedly called Bermudez, and they later returned to the scene, Humphrey said. The shooting and stabbing occurred during a second altercation, Humphrey said.
On Monday morning, police charged the 15-year-old with murder and attempted murder, according to Detective Lt. Anthony Traina, a Police Department spokesman. He was being held at the Passaic County Juvenile Detention Center in Haledon.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and would not discuss how the juvenile was involved or where he was found. More arrests could be made today, Humphrey said.
Bermudez enlisted in the National Guard earlier this year and was a mechanic in the support unit, said his girlfriend, Ayse Ata, 22, of Pompton Lakes. He was due to leave last Sunday for two weeks of training, Ata said.
Ata and friends said Bermudez also served in the Navy for four years, from 2001 ? the year he graduated from Clifton High School ? until 2005.
"He was so motivated," she said. "He always wanted to do better. He always wanted me to be better. He was so brave."
Bermudez had worked for about five months at Crestmont Volkswagen on Route 23 in Pequannock, friends said. They described him as humorous and a fitness buff who played football, loved staying in shape and ran every day at Garret Mountain Reservation in West Paterson.
"He'd make us go to the gym, and after he was finished, he would take us out to the buffet," said Raquel Lopez, who knew Bermudez for at least five years.
On some nights when he was not working, Bermudez could often be found at home playing video games, including Call of Duty, Fight Night and Madden NFL, said his friend Wilson Feliciano, 25, of Paterson.
NORTH JERSEY - The family of a stabbing victim who lost his life after a night of partying were ?satisfied? with the sentence of 27 years dealt to Michael Coppola for aggravated manslaughter and attempting to rape the victim?s girlfriend.
Yes we're satisfied. It?s been many years,? said Paul Vogel of Bloomingdale, who had called for the maximum against Coppola for turning his son Andrew?s 22nd birthday celebration into his last on March 12, 2005.....
In handing down his sentence, Judge Mizzone said, ?There has been a lack of remorse by the defendant even today.? He also cited a ?denial of responsibility.?
Mizzone recapped the nightmare thrust upon both victims? families since March 12, 2005 when Vogel of Wanaque and his girlfriend befriended Coppola, who was staying with an aunt in Pompton Lakes.
"There was no 23rd birthday for Andy Vogel and his girlfriend will have to live with the trauma for the rest of her life," he said. Acknowledging the pain facing the Coppola family as well, he said, All three families are living a nightmare and will continue to be devastated by the events of March 12, 2005.
In dishing out 20 years for aggravated manslaughter, from a possible 10 to 30 years, the judge described the repeated stabbing as senseless, brutal and cruel in nature,[b] noting that the impact was so severe the handle of the 8.5-inch kitchen knife broke off in the victim?s neck.[/b]
Besides the brutality, the judge also weighed in the defendant's admitted use of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine, calling him a risk for further substance abuse. The record shows that Coppola had smoked marijuana and drank alcohol in his aunt's townhouse prior to the tragedy and also went in a Jacuzzi there with the victims.