Win Bar Fight

How to Win a Fight in a Bar


I’ve never actually had a fight in a bar, but that seemed hardly relevant when I had the idea for this Ignite Durham speech (<– click link for video, if you’re reading this on Facebook). It didn’t seem to bother anyone who voted for me, either, and I thank you for that.

The Ignite idea is that if enough people vote up your idea and put you on the stage, you get 5 minutes and 20 slides (which auto advance every 15 seconds) to say your piece and change the world.

Or at least have a few laughs and beers with friends, which can also be wonderful. You must end precisely on time or you get razzed, Rick-rolled, and pelted with fruit. As you can see from the video, I missed the cut-off by half a sentence, so I didn’t get the fruit treatment, only the razz and roll.

I want to be sure and thank the real power behind this speech to my friend Mike Velotta, who taught me a little bit of Brazilian Ju Jitsu and has worked with me in the boxing ring as well. Mike is a wonderfully friendly, potentially deadly man, and he spent several hours talking to me (and periodically demonstrating) the key things people should consider and act on in any bar fight, dark parking lot, or other dangerous situation.

Everything in this speech comes out of my notes from talking and working with Mike, although I should add that I didn’t get to run it past him before getting on stage, so I may have screwed up something without knowing it.

Thanks to the hard-working producers of this year’s Ignite Durham: Ryan Boyles, Zach Ward and Jeffrey L. Cohen – the same people that bring us Ignite Raleigh!

PS: I just now realized I never posted my speech from last year, “13 Reasons Women Should Take Up Boxing” so look for that video in a few days!

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8 Responses to How to Win a Fight in a Bar

  1. Darcyjo April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    YEEHAW!
    Love it! (not that I spend a lot of time in bars….)
    You are incredible, as usual. :o)

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Hee. I actually spend a fair amount of time in bars (that’s where the rock and roll lives) but so far everyone in those bars has been too happy to want to fight me. I don’t even have to get out my scary face. So I just save it all up for the ring 🙂

      Wait! I need an emoticon for a scary face!!

      • Mike Velotta November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

        Lisa! Thank you very much for the shout out! This video turned out awesome and I’m so proud that you did it! GGGRRRR! Scary mean face! I hope all is well, and I’m sorry we didn’t get to speak much after that interview since I moved to Colorado!

        • Lisa Creech Bledsoe November 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

          MIIIIIKE! It’s beautiful to hear from you, dude. North Carolina doesn’t seem nearly as awesome without you in it. Are you still fighting, teaching, doing your thing? What’s making you smile these days?

          I’m headed over to FB to catch up on your universe…

          Thanks SO much for dropping in and saying howdy…!

  2. Charlotte April 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    My scary face emoticon of choice (read from right to left) is D:<

    You were terrific, as always, and I hope that if I'm ever in a fight, you'll be there to pummel with fists while I pummel with words. <3

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      You know I would beat the crap out of someone for you, Charlotte. It’s how real friendship works. D:< Keep on kickin' ass, girlfriend. And page me on the bat channel any time.

  3. Ms_Krista April 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Great video Lisa, but I didn’t know you were African-American 😛

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      You funny, funny woman!

      I miss hearing from you, chica. You know you were the one who started me on this whole path by hooking me up with Bonnie. You should get some kind of prize or something. Too bad there’s not any money in bad-assery, you’d be rolling in it!

      Great to see your picture on my comment page. {hug}

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