Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:


I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn


Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.


Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

Verbal Self-Defense

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding. Oh, and just because I wrote it and just because it sounds reasonable and just because it makes sense, does not mean it is true.)

I talk often about SDMA, self-defense martial arts, but have not really given a lot of time and written word toward a more important skill, the art of verbal self-defense. We as martial artists tend to teach how one uses physical skills against physical attacks yet it is clear that many of those, if not almost all, physical situations started long before the blows flowed from some verbal altercation. Add in the fact that in those verbal attacks the responses tend to escalate whereby emotional triggers will often take those in verbal assaults all the way up to a level where blows begin to fly.

How many SDMA teach such verbal defenses toward avoidance and deescalation? How many assaults and fights could be avoided by simply practicing and defending against verbal assaults, attacks, etc.?

Dr. Suzette H. Elgin first came to my attention from a bibliography of one of Rory Miller’s books on conflict communications. His presentation, when I read his books, were hitting on some internal buttons that I could not relate to either my martial arts or those conflicts I had in my early years until I started to relate his work to other aspects of my life. Regardless, it also appeared logical to me that if this were important in our personal lives then is it not logical, once again, that it would apply toward SDMA, etc., as to avoidance and deescalation? 

Since I began studying this I have found, over time, that my ability to bypass triggers that hit my hot buttons and see a bit more clearly how I could avoid, deescalate and defend against such verbal assaults. I then found that experience as beneficial toward SDMA where avoidance, to me perception and perspective, has become a primary means of self-defense. If you ain’t there or can avoid a verbal conflict then you can avoid the escalation of the verbal toward the physical - a very good thing. 

Think of it this way, has there been a time when someone makes some comment toward you that triggers your anger and the resulting monkey response that then causes another higher level of verbal aggressive response from that someone and you think about it later and wonder what it was that actually made you so damn angry? 

If you are not actively practicing verbal self-defense in your SDMA you may want to consider it, the sources I used along with other references is support of Dr. Elgin’s work are what I am using to train, build and fortify my verbal skills (and boy do I need them). The others are given in the self-defense bibliography that follows.

Bibliography (Verbal Self-Defense):
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Self-Defense at Work." New York. Prentice Hall Press. 2000.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997
Elgin, Suzette. "Staying Well with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." MJF Books. 1990.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Miller, Rory. "ConCom: Conflict Communications A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication." Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2014.

Primary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBC drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Meditations of Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence" YMAA Publishing. 2008.

Bibliography Articles on Self-Defense/Conflict/Violence

The main page leading to the articles I have chosen as a starting point to attain knowledge of conflict, violence and self-defense is: http://ymaa.com/articles/society-and-self-defense where you can navigate to the below or you can simply find a title below and click for direct access to the articles. Most of these are actually introductions to the references written by the authors themselves. It is advisable to start here then move on to the more in-depth stuff in their publications. This section will get you a beginning understanding necessary in phase one of learning self-defense. 

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion http://ymaa.com/articles/2014/10/imop-principle-intent-means-opportunity-and-preclusion
Introduction to Violence: Scale of Force Options http://ymaa.com/articles/introduction-to-violence-scale-of-force-options
Facing Violence: The Unconscious Stuff-Finding Your Glitches http://ymaa.com/articles/facing-violence-the-unconscious-stuff
Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fighting http://ymaa.com/articles/violence-what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-fighting

Secondary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBC drills included):
Ayoob, Massad. “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense”Gun Digest Books. Krouse Publications. Wisconsin. 2014.
Goleman, Daniel. "Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]." Bantam. January 11, 2012.
Miller, Rory. "ConCom: Conflict Communications A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication." Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2014. 
Miller, Rory and Kane, Lawrence A. "Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision-making under Threat of Violence." YMAA Publisher. New Hampshire. 2012
Miller, Rory. "Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide." YMAA Publications. NH. 2012.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publishing. 2011.
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Morris, Desmond. “Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior.” Harry N. Abrams. April 1979.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #1: Getting Shot.” NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #2: Getting Stabbed.”  NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2015.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997.
Maffetone, Philip Dr. “The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness.” McGraw Hill, New York. 2000
Strong, Sanford. “Strong on Defense_ Survival Rules to Protect you and your Family from Crime.” Pocket Books. New York. 1996.
and more … see blog bibliography.
Jahn, C. R. “FTW Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2012
Jahn, C. R. “Hardcore Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2002.

Bibliography of RBC Drills (Some titles have RBC drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc (Animal). “Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective.” Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1999.
MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.
Miller, Rory. “Drills: Training for the Sudden Violence.” Amazon Digital Services, inc. Smashwords. 2011.
Quinn, Peyton. “Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training.” Paladin Press. Amazon Digital Services, inc. 1996

My Blog Bibliography
Cornered Cat (Scratching Post): http://www.corneredcat.com/scratching-post/
Kodokan Boston: http://kodokanboston.org
Mario McKenna (Kowakan): http://www.kowakan.com
Wim Demeere’s Blog: http://www.wimsblog.com

Professional Training (Conditioning) for Self-Defense (weaponless)

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)



In an article posted by janine@bwss it was stated, “In the aftermath of a violent encounter, documentation of professional training could give your attorney ammunition she needs to stave off a prosecutor’s attempts to convince a jury that you are an ignorant, irresponsible, trigger-happy vigilante. Your textbook and any handouts your instructor gave you can be submitted as evidence on your behalf in either criminal or civil proceedings. Your certificate of completion not only demonstrates that you did your utmost to be responsibly armed, but it could help your defense attorney track down your instructor who can then testify that you were trained to stop a legitimate threat to a life, not to take a life.”

Now, in an attempt to relate that to martial arts used for self-defense, as an exercise in thinking toward a self-defense defense (regardless, you MUST always seek advice on this stuff from a qualified self-defense attorney). 

“In the aftermath of a violent encounter, documentation of professional training could give your attorney ammunition they need to stave off a prosecutor’s attempts to convince a jury that you are an ignorant, irresponsible, aggressive vigilante. Your textbook and any handouts your instructor gave you can be submitted as evidence on your behalf in either criminal or civil proceedings. Your certificate of completion not only demonstrates that you did your utmost to be responsible in your use of force, but it could help your defense attorney track down your instructor who can then testify that you were trained to stop a legitimate threat to a life or the threat of great bodily harm, not to take a life or to inflict great bodily harm.” (note: underlined are the changes I made)

First question, is this a legitimate, accurate and legally acceptable change? Second, is this actually relevant toward a legal defense of a self-defense situation? If yes, is this also possibly a means for a prosecutor to convict a person? Is this even reasonable and prudent toward a self-defense defense?

If this were even remotely viable that gives whole new meaning toward the how, when, where and what type of training and practice are provided by self-defense courses. I wrote articles about high ranks, etc. and how they may be perceived toward a higher level of standards toward application of self-defense and this occurred to me when reading the article, “Knowing What he Defendant Knew and The Necessity of Professional Defensive Firearms Training.” 

If your instructor actually took the time to learn the entire spectrum of the self-defense discipline would the materials and instruction provide the same benefits as discussed in the articles linked in this post? I mean, if they provide you, at a minimum, appropriate source references such as Marc MacYoung’s book, “In the Name of Self-Defense,” would those sources along with associated and inter-connected lessons in class and on the dojo floor actually hold the same value as those talked about in the linked articles? 

If you are asking these questions and if your instructor is also along with teaching them you may be in the right dojo. If not, maybe you should find some place that will do just that and if you are a gun owner and you expect it to be your self-defense weapon then go back to the linked articles and read on brother, read on!

Primary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBT drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Meditations of Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence" YMAA Publishing. 2008.

Bibliography Articles on Self-Defense/Conflict/Violence

The main page leading to the articles I have chosen as a starting point to attain knowledge of conflict, violence and self-defense is: http://ymaa.com/articles/society-and-self-defense where you can navigate to the below or you can simply find a title below and click for direct access to the articles. Most of these are actually introductions to the references written by the authors themselves. It is advisable to start here then move on to the more in-depth stuff in their publications. This section will get you a beginning understanding necessary in phase one of learning self-defense. 

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion http://ymaa.com/articles/2014/10/imop-principle-intent-means-opportunity-and-preclusion
Introduction to Violence: Scale of Force Options http://ymaa.com/articles/introduction-to-violence-scale-of-force-options
Facing Violence: The Unconscious Stuff-Finding Your Glitches http://ymaa.com/articles/facing-violence-the-unconscious-stuff
Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fighting http://ymaa.com/articles/violence-what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-fighting

Secondary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBT drills included):
Ayoob, Massad. “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense”Gun Digest Books. Krouse Publications. Wisconsin. 2014.
Goleman, Daniel. "Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]." Bantam. January 11, 2012.
Miller, Rory. "ConCom: Conflict Communications A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication." Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2014. 
Miller, Rory and Kane, Lawrence A. "Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision-making under Threat of Violence." YMAA Publisher. New Hampshire. 2012
Miller, Rory. "Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide." YMAA Publications. NH. 2012.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publishing. 2011.
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Morris, Desmond. “Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior.” Harry N. Abrams. April 1979.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #1: Getting Shot.” NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #2: Getting Stabbed.”  NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2015.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997.
Maffetone, Philip Dr. “The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness.” McGraw Hill, New York. 2000
Strong, Sanford. “Strong on Defense_ Survival Rules to Protect you and your Family from Crime.” Pocket Books. New York. 1996.
and more … see blog bibliography.
Jahn, C. R. “FTW Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2012
Jahn, C. R. “Hardcore Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2002.

Bibliography of RBT Drills (Some titles have RBT drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc (Animal). “Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective.” Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1999.
MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.
Miller, Rory. “Drills: Training for the Sudden Violence.” Amazon Digital Services, inc. Smashwords. 2011.
Quinn, Peyton. “Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Training Through Scenario-Based Training.” Paladin Press. Amazon Digital Services, inc. 1996

My Blog Bibliography
Cornered Cat (Scratching Post): http://www.corneredcat.com/scratching-post/
Kodokan Boston: http://kodokanboston.org
Mario McKenna (Kowakan): http://www.kowakan.com
Wim Demeere’s Blog: http://www.wimsblog.com

Knives, Legal Carry

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)

There was a FB Wall post displaying the drawings for a particular knife and in that post someone made the comment that knives are “Legal to carry in .” This prompted me to consider what may or might happen if you carried a knife, then this particular knife, then had to defend against an attacker. 

It is to be noted that this is an exercise in thinking about such things before one has to enter into the self-defense square so that if such questions arise the person can be prepared, etc. 

Any knife experts who read this, I would appreciate your point of view in the spirit of learning and better understanding.

First, I do like knives. I have found, like this one, many that are just wonderfully artistic creations of bladed tools. Second, the statement that I wanted to comment on was, "Legal to carry in "

What I wanted to say is this, just because a state says it is legal to carry a weapon or type of tool like a knife that does not mean they will tolerate it as a self-defense weapon if used. Then add it all the perceptions of knives as weapons of a lethal level with levels of force necessary in self-defense then maybe carrying it is not such a good idea.

In some places, even if you never draw the knife from the scabbard, just having it on your person brings up your ability to use that level of lethal force and it presents the possibility that the other person in the self-defense situation now through visual detection can reasonably believe that their life is in mortal danger regardless.

Say, it goes to court, the person carrying the knife even if not used still has to, in many cases, justify that carry in the self-defense situation. There is so much more that can and does occur in such cases so I recommend, my personal view, that when you decide to carry in a legal fashion you consider why you are carrying and if you are confronted in a situation that may end up as self-defense understand the repercussions of that carry should you be successful.

You can be well within the self-defense square by using appropriate levels of force, etc. but the fact you have the knife my be perceived as a higher perceived threat, etc.

Complicated stuff, the point here is know the full ramifications to carrying a knife be it a hunter knife, a working tool or simply an expression of your legal right to carry such a device because in self-defense you never know how the first responder is going to react, how the prosecution will handle it even if it is a legal act of self-defense and how the other guy will see it as it regards their case and possible civil case against you if you were successful in self-defense.

The possibilities are not always conducive to good reasoning carrying a knife, etc. Especially if the configuration seems aggressive, combative or dangerous and so on.


Just Sayin …
Beautiful workmanship, not to insinuate that one should not own such a blade but do consider possible repercussions if you have to enter into the self-defense square/arena. Truthfully, if I had the funds I wouldn't mind owning one myself (if my wife would let it into the house and that brings up another comment. 
My wife, bless her, would go ballistic if I brought this into the house. Even if just as a collectors item because she sees it as something unnecessary, inappropriate and would wonder as to why I would want such a “dangerous and deadly” knife. If my wife would perceive this that way, how would many other possible folks in a juror pool feel about it especially when the prosecutor states to use inflammatory descriptions of how this made me the aggressor who upon wearing it meant was looking to provoke, etc. Hmmm, think about it. 

Rule Enforcement

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)

First, a short explanation of the three brains model found in many of the self-defense tomes you will find referenced in this article. 

Human Brain, Monkey Brain, Lizard Brain

The human, human brain, thinks in terms of solutions.
The monkey, monkey brain, thinks in terms of winning.
The lizard, lizard brain, thins it terms of survival.

Now, a little bit about how rules in tribal groups were used to educate and condition its members toward a more acceptable form of survival. This model seems, on the surface, barbaric but the alternative we find in modern society tends toward a greater level of conflict and violence where death, great bodily harm and incarceration becomes the norm. 

Rules of Fighting

One, you never pull a weapon on one of yours, your tribe members.
Two, when you have won you stop, regardless.
Three, if you lose you take your beating like a man, no revenge.
Four, winning is not everything and losing is not the end of the world.
Five, when the fight ends, no matter what, you make up.

I actually remember this as a youth. I got into a lot of disagreements with my fellow childhood friends. It often led to fights and those fights never involved weapons and were never truly dangerous (although, like any violent encounter it can lead to death or great bodily harm but more often than not lead to bruises, cuts and abrasions.). I remember we stopped when one or the other gained a win, the other just understood their position and we would stop and consider the end understanding, i.e., one’s position accepted as the rule or new rule. Then we would laugh, pat one another on the back and take off on our bikes to get some sugar from the local 7-11. 

What all this means is what I propose in the following about the lost art of violence to enforce and condition persons toward the rules and toward the need to follow them or receive the beat down necessary to enforce said rules while keeping the level of healthy, fit and capable tribal members that equated to tribal survival. 

The Lost Art of Tribal Fighting for Enforcement of Rules

We seem to have lost this fine art of fighting or violence (at a non-injury/non-deadly level) as it applies to the enforcement of social rules set for survival of the group or tribe. The result is an inability to know when to stop in a conflict with and without violence as well as how to lose. It appears to me we have lost our way and allowed our monkey brains to dominate through emotional conflict and violence where there are no rules except that the monkey has to win at all costs. 

In our past when someone broke the rules there were repercussions that would and could range from a stern look, to a verbal reprimand and when needed to a beat down. This seems, on the surface, to equate to the conditioning that comes from operant conditioning, a form of teaching and learning that is most effective toward reflex responses. Today’s monkey, due to a lost teaching and understanding of appropriate use of conflict and violence as a teaching and learning tool, has become fearful, dreaded death is imminent kind of fearful, of “losing.” 

It makes me wonder how many modern violent attacks were about a feeling that if one loses they die where weapons are easily introduced into what would normally, long ago, be an “Educational (conditioned learning) Beat Down? (phrase coined by Rory Miller)”In those days a solid, non-injurious, beating with punching, often got the point across and resulted in the person toeing the tribal line. 

If we re-instituted that model of learning, at least at the family level and even in the social levels where groups gather, maybe our slide into grievous bodily harm and even death would decline until only the predatory process/resource conflict and violence existed. This may also result in a lot less “innocents” becoming in an instance of monkey dancing, becoming “criminals.” A life time of correct behavior of the innocent can turn into criminal behavior in one single instance. 

Let me say it this way, we have a human brain that is logical and tends to think without emotional interference so that logical, acceptable and socially correct solutions can be determined, reached, and agreed upon. We also know that when emotions are triggered because of fear, anger, stress, etc., that our human brains take to long to kick in and that means the monkey gets in the door. The monkey is going to want to win and if we, as a society, try to suppress our natural tendency toward conflict and violence through suppression of knowledge and facts on this very same subject while ignoring the benefits of the rules of fighting as well as the use of violence as a rule enforcing tool we tend to have a bunch of chattering monkey’s dancing to  the tune of emotional drives with the only and ultimate goal of “winning” that in turn triggers the lizard toward actions inappropriate to the true goal of the conflict and violent situation. 

This comes up in the training and practice (not conditioning although many egoistic pride driven training is about conditioning, the wrong kind of conditioning or goal in conditioning) for self-defense where goals are monkey driven “I gotta win this fight” model. Self-defense is not about winning and not about losing. You don’t win if you fight and win because greater forces, try legal and civil to begin with, will take you to task for breaking the laws of society about fighting. You have to focus on a goal where winning has no place in that goal. 

If we allow such things space in social acceptance toward rule/law enforcement then we open the gate to knowledge and understanding that will allow us to learn and condition ourselves with the logical, acceptable and reasonable solutions of the human brain who will drive those actions kicked in by the lizard brain. This could go a long way toward reducing true criminally unacceptable conflict and violent behaviors.

Primary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBC drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Meditations of Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence" YMAA Publishing. 2008.

Bibliography Articles on Self-Defense/Conflict/Violence

The main page leading to the articles I have chosen as a starting point to attain knowledge of conflict, violence and self-defense is: http://ymaa.com/articles/society-and-self-defense where you can navigate to the below or you can simply find a title below and click for direct access to the articles. Most of these are actually introductions to the references written by the authors themselves. It is advisable to start here then move on to the more in-depth stuff in their publications. This section will get you a beginning understanding necessary in phase one of learning self-defense. 

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion http://ymaa.com/articles/2014/10/imop-principle-intent-means-opportunity-and-preclusion
Introduction to Violence: Scale of Force Options http://ymaa.com/articles/introduction-to-violence-scale-of-force-options
Facing Violence: The Unconscious Stuff-Finding Your Glitches http://ymaa.com/articles/facing-violence-the-unconscious-stuff
Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fighting http://ymaa.com/articles/violence-what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-fighting

Secondary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBC drills included):
Ayoob, Massad. “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense”Gun Digest Books. Krouse Publications. Wisconsin. 2014.
Goleman, Daniel. "Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]." Bantam. January 11, 2012.
Miller, Rory. "ConCom: Conflict Communications A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication." Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2014. 
Miller, Rory and Kane, Lawrence A. "Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision-making under Threat of Violence." YMAA Publisher. New Hampshire. 2012
Miller, Rory. "Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide." YMAA Publications. NH. 2012.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publishing. 2011.
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Morris, Desmond. “Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior.” Harry N. Abrams. April 1979.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #1: Getting Shot.” NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #2: Getting Stabbed.”  NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2015.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997.
Maffetone, Philip Dr. “The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness.” McGraw Hill, New York. 2000
Strong, Sanford. “Strong on Defense_ Survival Rules to Protect you and your Family from Crime.” Pocket Books. New York. 1996.
and more … see blog bibliography.
Jahn, C. R. “FTW Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2012
Jahn, C. R. “Hardcore Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2002.

Bibliography of RBC Drills (Some titles have RBC drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc (Animal). “Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective.” Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1999.
MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.
Miller, Rory. “Drills: Training for the Sudden Violence.” Amazon Digital Services, inc. Smashwords. 2011.
Quinn, Peyton. “Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training.” Paladin Press. Amazon Digital Services, inc. 1996

My Blog Bibliography
Cornered Cat (Scratching Post): http://www.corneredcat.com/scratching-post/
Kodokan Boston: http://kodokanboston.org
Mario McKenna (Kowakan): http://www.kowakan.com

Wim Demeere’s Blog: http://www.wimsblog.com

Training vs. Conditioning

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)

I have written a good deal about terminology and how it is important. Its importance lies in the definition and meaning behind the term. In this particular case it is about the term “Training vs. Conditioning.” I just finished an article by Rory Miller at the YMAA website titled, “The Practical Problem of Teaching Self-Defense.” This, by my view, is about teaching, teaching through what Mr. Miller terms, “Operant Conditioning.” 

When it comes to self-defense apparently the time honored model of martial arts, training, conveys and teaches the wrong message. When martial arts talks about speed they often are speaking to how fast you apply a technique in any given situation but it now has an additional meaning to me. To take full advantage of speed you have to condition yourself to do a few things, i.e., first is develop a faster OODA loop, second is to develop the physiokinetics necessary to achieve speed and third you have to condition your responses to the point it bypasses cognitive processing and makes that action speedier from its reflexive speed. 

In other words, we want to condition our mind and bodies to go directly to reflexive speed and that conditioning comes from the understanding and implementation of operant conditioning in lieu of “Training.” 

Rory Miller does warn us that operant conditioning can be mucked up if our “egos (my word/term)” allow us to correct, micromanage, etc., making it training instead of operant conditioning. 

Rory Miller does not go into how one uses operant conditioning to condition students into a reflex action but I assume, at least for the article, it is up to the teacher or instructor to learn how to condition via operant conditioning. It seems to me another one of the criteria that makes for a good SDMA in RBSD or Self-defense Martial Arts in Reality Based Self-Defense. 

You can look to my writing efforts toward changing over from use of “Training” to “Conditioning” for SDMA articles. You will also see RBC used for Reality Based Conditioning. 

Training: The action of teaching a person a particular skill or type of behavior. 

Conditioning: To have a significant influence on or determine (the manner or outcome of something). Bring something into the desired state of use. 

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Operant Conditioning: a method of learning that occurs through reinforcements and punishments for behavior. It encourages the subject to associate desirable or undesirable outcomes with certain behaviors.

Note: Actually, it may depend on what you are trying to accomplish as training may be adequate for some things while the actual realty based self defense model may require that type of conditioning gained through operant conditioning, etc.

Note II: Hmmm, maybe it is about conditioning then training that but maybe both if conditioned under operant conditioning makes both terms relevant? Hmmm, so many things to think about. I guess if you qualify that training to you is about conditioning yourself and your students through operant conditioning, etc. then maybe it doesn't really matter at all.

Bibliography:
Miller, Rory. “The Practical Problem of Teaching Self-Defense.” YMAA. January 19, 2015.

Articles on Self-Defense/Conflict/Violence

The main page leading to the articles I have chosen as a starting point to attain knowledge of conflict, violence and self-defense is: http://ymaa.com/articles/society-and-self-defense where you can navigate to the below or you can simply find a title below and click for direct access to the articles. Most of these are actually introductions to the references written by the authors themselves. It is advisable to start here then move on to the more in-depth stuff in their publications. This section will get you a beginning understanding necessary in phase one of learning self-defense. 

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion http://ymaa.com/articles/2014/10/imop-principle-intent-means-opportunity-and-preclusion
Introduction to Violence: Scale of Force Options http://ymaa.com/articles/introduction-to-violence-scale-of-force-options
Facing Violence: The Unconscious Stuff-Finding Your Glitches http://ymaa.com/articles/facing-violence-the-unconscious-stuff
Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fighting http://ymaa.com/articles/violence-what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-fighting

Buzz Phrase (word): (RBT) Reality Based Training

Caveat: This article is mine and mine alone. I the author of this article assure you, the reader, that any of the opinions expressed here are my own and are a result of the way in which my meandering mind interprets a particular situation and/or concept. The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of other martial arts and/or conflict/violence professionals or authors of source materials. It should be quite obvious that the sources I used herein have not approved, endorsed, embraced, friended, liked, tweeted or authorized this article. (Everything I think and write is true, within the limits of my knowledge and understanding.)

Actually, the author who wrote a forward for one of the references below actually called it, “Reality Based No Bullshit Community.” That community is, as I believe it to be, made up of professionals who have the experience, knowledge and ability to actually teach folks this reality based training.

What is reality based training? Well, all I can do is provide you my personal view of that phrase and that view is personal and not based on anything other than my personal studies of this most complex discipline, self-defense. 

When I hear reality based it means to me the type of training, in this particular case those drills used by those professionals, that takes the student as close to what they may encounter in real life so they are able to train their mind-state/mind-set. They do this so when the unexpected happens they will have the tools to get-r-done. 

I look at reality training as that something that exposes the student to the adrenal flood as well. For instance, once drill explained how they would put students through a particular regimen that mimics what the body would feel and act like if they were in a full adrenal flood (dump). It involved professionals who when done with the regimen had to attempt to fire weapons, etc. Needless to say, the author indicated that many found the ability to shoot well had gone bye-bye. 

In the world of martial arts, especially the self-defense martial arts, due to the saturation that reality based training is getting from the references I have read not to mention or forget folks who have actually experienced that reality based training will in all probability cause an explosion of “Reality Based Training” expose’s as well as testimonials that their particular training is the only training that will get you reality based training and yadda yadda yadda. 

It will end up dominating the market much like those who profess to have the ultimate and best and most superior ultimate uncontested world famous self-defense courses ever if you only will sign up now for their two month special rate of yadda, yadda, yadda. When this happens you will want to remove the chaff from the wheat to find those courses that are actually real - “Reality Based Training Courses.” 

So, my personal suggestion is to “GO-TO” those professional sources. Not only for their presentation of material that describes their drills toward reality based drills/training but also for their recommendations on places and people who actually teach you “Hands-0n” reality based training programs. 

Granted, you may find others out there but from my chair those who qualify are those who have gotten enough training and, hopefully, experience that the professionals who teach RBT (Reality Based Training) have given their blessings, certified in some way, to teach this stuff.

Like teaching self-defense, RBT requires a program that will include the entire spectrum of the SD (Self-defense) discipline so that folks who may have to face and deal with conflict and violence won’t find themselves frozen and unable to act. It comes down to life-or-death-or-great bodily harm, right?

So, with that said I am adding to my bibliography those references that teach you the drills and/or training regimens that will at least introduce you to those things that will either train you for the reality of violence or at least get you off the starting block and into the run. Look at both SD and RBT as a set of mile markers on a marathon run that prepares your body and mind to deal with conflict and violence. If your life or your body and mind are the price you pay, don’t you want to have the “Real Thing.” 

In a nutshell, "BUYER BEWARE" when seeking out RBT!

Primary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBT drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Meditations of Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence" YMAA Publishing. 2008.

Secondary Bibliography of Self-Defense (Some titles have RBT drills included):
Ayoob, Massad. “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense”Gun Digest Books. Krouse Publications. Wisconsin. 2014.
Goleman, Daniel. "Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]." Bantam. January 11, 2012.
Miller, Rory. "ConCom: Conflict Communications A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication." Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2014. 
Miller, Rory and Kane, Lawrence A. "Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision-making under Threat of Violence." YMAA Publisher. New Hampshire. 2012
Miller, Rory. "Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide." YMAA Publications. NH. 2012.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publishing. 2011.
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Morris, Desmond. “Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior.” Harry N. Abrams. April 1979.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #1: Getting Shot.” NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc. “Writing Violence #2: Getting Stabbed.”  NNSD. Amazon Digital. 2015.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997.
Maffetone, Philip Dr. “The Maffetone Method: The Holistic, Low-stress, No-Pain Way to Exceptional Fitness.” McGraw Hill, New York. 2000
Strong, Sanford. “Strong on Defense_ Survival Rules to Protect you and your Family from Crime.” Pocket Books. New York. 1996.
and more … see blog bibliography.
Jahn, C. R. “FTW Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2012
Jahn, C. R. “Hardcore Self Defense.” iUniverse. Amazon Digital Services. 2002.

Bibliography of RBT Drills (Some titles have RBT drills included):
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 2014.
MacYoung, Marc (Animal). “Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective.” Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1999.
MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.
Miller, Rory. “Drills: Training for the Sudden Violence.” Amazon Digital Services, inc. Smashwords. 2011.
Quinn, Peyton. “Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training.” Paladin Press. Amazon Digital Services, inc. 1996

My Blog Bibliography
Cornered Cat (Scratching Post): http://www.corneredcat.com/scratching-post/
Kodokan Boston: http://kodokanboston.org
Mario McKenna (Kowakan): http://www.kowakan.com

Wim Demeere’s Blog: http://www.wimsblog.com