Edited from posts to Rec.Martial-Arts
There are several strengths we know of in martial arts. There may be more,
so please advise of any I may have missed:
Young ‘un strength – The unique strength gifted to the youth. Like young
superheros experimenting with their new-found super powers, young ‘uns
delight in exhibiting their explosive strength.
‘tard Strength – The less mentally capable have a strength all their own.
Some ascribe it to a lack of fear as to harm they may cause to themselves or
others. Some see it as a similar to the increased hearing acuity that the
Dad Strength – Childbirth bestows upon many men inhuman strength – just ask
their 9 year old sons.
Roid Strength – Puffy cheeks, a baaad attitude and pecs that won’t quit?
You’re a roider. Bends steel bars between his ass-cheeks and gets guys to
arm-bar him just for the curls exercise. Pre-aneurysm he’s about the
strongest guy out there.
Fat Strength – The truly obese have a strength of sorts. Probably a mass
thing. Most people underestimate how strong and fast fat people can be. They can cover
comparatively short distances (10 or 20 feet) surprisingly *fast* and they are
often quite strong.
Old Guy Strength – Beware the old guy. If he’s still doin’ it, there’s a
Croatian Strength – There is something to this. Several countries in that vicinity have a claim…..
Drunk strength – we’ve all seen this one.
Psychotic strength – No brain, no pain.
Crazy-bitch strength – Mostly for squirming away rather than actually fighting.
Anger strength – I’LL KEEL YOU!!!
Guess-I-don’t-know-my-own strength – Look at his head… fuck… I’m
going to jail.
Drugged out of their mind strength – The guy on PCP up against 6 cops with truncheons throwing ’em around like rag dolls until they break some bones, which slows him down a bit until they break the major bones in both arms.
“It’s just a flesh wound” strength – those guys who hobble around but say they’re okay.