"be fighting mad" = be very angry

"My wife was fighting mad when she found out that I went to Las Vegas without her."

"pick a fight" = start a fight or an argument with someone

"Don't pick a fight with Michael today. He is in a very bad mood."

Martial Arts:
Protecting Yourself

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

How do people often protect themselves, their families, and property in your area? One example is an alarm in a house.

HELPFUL TIP : Learning a martial art such as judo or taekwondo can help you stay fit and protect yourself at the same time.

2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

1. The man wants the woman's ___________.
A. computer
B. money
C. phone number

2. The man is trying to rob the woman ___________.
A. outside a karate club
B. next to a clothing store
C. in front of a bank

3. The man isn't afraid of the woman because __________.
A. she is very small
B. he is carrying a weapon
C. he learned to fight online

4. The woman suggests that the man call ___________.
A. for medical attention
B. some of his strong friends
C. the karate studio for advice

5. We can infer that ____________.
A. the man and woman became good friends
B. the woman had to cancel her credit cards
C. the man didn't have luck robbing the woman


1. money
2. outside a karate club
3. he is carrying a weapon
4. for medical attention
5. the man didn`t have luck robbing the woman


Man: Hey, stop. [What?] And give me your money.

Woman: What? No, no. Listen here.

Man: No, you listen. Hand overyour purse, and I won't hurt you.

Woman: You've got to be joking.

Man: Do I look like I'm joking?

Woman: Heh. Look. I only have two dollars in change.

Man: I don't care. Give it to me! And your phone and credit cards.

Woman: Okay. Listen. Obviously, you haven't thought this through. I mean, who's going to rob someone as they walk out of a karate studio? Really?

Man: Right. You don't fool me. Anyone can get a black belt online in 10 minutes. And I have a knife.

Woman: Listen, mister. I'm telling you to back off. I'm a fifth-degree black belt, and I've trained for 25 years. I don't want to hurt you, but I'll defend myself if I have to.

Man: Alright, baby. Let me have it.

Woman: You'd better call 911 first.

Man: Right.

[Punches and kicks and yells and screams . . . ]

Man: Ahh, oh, man. Ooohhhh. That hurts.

Woman: Yeah. Listen. Here's your two dollars. You'll need them to cover your medical bills.

3. Post-Listening Exercises
In this conversation, the woman learned a form of martial arts to protect herself. How do you feel about the forms of protection below? Which of these do you or would you use personally in your daily life? Which are legal forms of protection in your city or country?

  • a gun
  • a spray such as mace
  • a knife
  • a dog
  • a whistle or loud horn
  • a big boyfriend

4. Online Investigations
Use the Internet to find information on one form of protection from the Post Listening Task above and answer these questions:

  • Is this form of protection legal in your country?
  • Do you need some form of license from the government to own or use it?
  • How much does the form of protection cost, for example, a gun?
  • What percent of people use or own it?
  • What are the benefits and dangers of using it?
  • What are the penalties for using the method illegally or if it causes unintentional harm to others?

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