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Many years ago, I did a Santa performance for hundreds of children, probably from the ages of 3-9 or 10 here in Japan.
Japanese children are world-renowned for their obedience and discipline, with several exceptions - one being Santa.

After the show, and through an interpreter, I was asked if Santa would like to shake hands with the children.
I said yes, got down off the elevated stage to shake hands (I was white gloved) and chaos ensued.

I was rushed by many and got knocked down to the ground, Santa's Down, Santa's Down.
For me, the most important thing was preserving the dreams of the innocent kids believing in Santa, so the only thing I wanted to do was keep my wig and beard intact to not shatter the kids' dreams.

As a martial artist, I know a bit about ground work having studied BJJ and other arts.
I curled up in a BJJ defensive position, like a turtle on its back, with my knees curled up and my elbows inside my knees, and my hands protecting my beard and wig.

Happy to say, no one was hurt, the kids' image of Santa remained intact and lesson learned.
I now never go out into large crowds as Santa unless I have several "bodyguards" as Santa is always nice and jolly and can never raise his voice to say "get back, get back."
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