Hello all, I figured I'd make some sort of introduction of myself since I have been on this forum for a little while. I am a new practitioner to DTS. I've had some other martial arts training but nothing significant or in-depth. I've only been studying DTS for about 6 months now and I had thought that it would be a fun martial art to learn until I realized this style is not just meant for fun, but to save your life. I realized this after some contemplation about my experience of being attacked and almost mugged about a month ago. I was walking to my car after getting off the train to get home after work. It was dark out and realized I was walking in the wrong direction to my car, so I decided to get through an alley. As I was walking, I noticed that three guys appeared behind me literally out of nowhere. I continued walking and realized that they were spread out and I did not like the feeling at all. I then got a hold of my knife that Guro John gave to me as a present for Christmas and held it in my hand with my hands in my jacket pocket. All of a sudden, I hear someone running and I turn around and one of the thugs pushed me in a sorry attempt to tackle me. At this point I pulled out my knife and held it close to my hip. I did not want to show any sign of aggression to give them reason to try anything else. All they kept saying was, "Give me your ****ing money," "Represent *****," "What the **** you doin' here?!" At this time, I continued to walk backyard and repeated that I was just trying to get home and that I did not want any trouble. After a few seconds, I realized that they were not going to back down, so I adjusted the knife in my hand and pointed the tip at them while still having it close to my hip. One of them noticed and asked, "What are you going to do, shank me with that?" I just said no and that I was just trying to get home. It was then that they started to back off a little and one of them said to forget it and he told me not to be so scared next time and then walked away. I continued to walk backyard to make sure they were not following me and then went straight to my car. After much contemplation of that situation, I realized that if I did not have the knife nor the confidence to hold it and possibly use it, I might not have been so lucky. I was confident because I had already become somewhat familiar with the knife through the small time I had training with Guro John Bednarski. It was after that situation that I had come to understand the reality and seriousness of my training with DTS. I plan to continue my training as well, so get to know my name. I'll be around for quite sometime, thankfully.