No you were not. Not even close. Unless you really are as stupid as you are trying to suggest you will know that the reference to knives was a metaphor. This was not a thread about training with knives. If you really thought it was, maybe you should try reading the threads before making your snide remarks. If someone who has already insulted me were to offer me some "friendly advice" such as to watch my back, or be careful I'm not run over on the way home, I take it as a threat. You say you were referring to avoidance. That is irelevant to anything except your comments suggesting I should go and tell my teacher I didn't think they were teaching tai chi. This fatuous comment of yours is again only based on your own supposition. So, given that no reference was made to any individual by me, who are you referring to when you are talking of snakes in the grass?