Being Caught in a Half Nelson

Posted: April 1, 2007 in All and Sundry, Film Reviews, Musings, Random Observations

from wikipedia:

Half nelson slam
The wrestler stands behind, slightly to one side of and facing the opponent. The wrestler reaches under one of the opponent’s arms with their corresponding arm and places the palm of their hand on the neck of the opponent, thereby forcing the arm of the opponent up into the air to complete the half nelson. The wrestler then lifts the opponent up, turns, and falls forward, slamming the opponent into the mat.

if the half nelson is a professional wrestler’s move, how is it relevant as a metaphor for life and relationships?

you’ve got to watch the movie half nelson to understand what i mean. from the perspective of a life of long-term addiction, the film explores how life can be an endless wrestling match. sometimes, one actually allows oneself to fall smack on the floor.

lots of scenes in this movie that brought memories not meant to be remembered.

i wonder if you can do a half-nelson on yourself. perhaps not. unless you have an alter-ego that’s meant to constantly wrestle you. although, more often than not, you are your own opponent. your internal conflicts are often more powerful than the external ones.

the best part of being caught in a half-nelson hold is the point when your opponent lifts you up in the air before he/she slams you into the mat. it’s fleeting. perhaps, it will take just a few exhilirating seconds. but it signals the highest point of possibilities in a battle. the paradox is that you know you will eventually fall but you struggle anyway so you don’t have enough time to enjoy being in the air.

how does one get out of a half-nelson, i wonder. is there some sort of counter attack in wrestling that will prevent you from eventually falling?

* rating πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ it’s a must watch. i shall tag you snookums.

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