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

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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

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


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I was inspired by the post by Wim Demeere on the preemptive strike. You can read it here. He makes a comment about assuming everything you do will be on video for later analysis. Take a look at all the past event of the killing of Oscar at Fruitvale Station BART in Oakland. Also Wim Demeere has a good video of a home invasion as well. With today's technology there is potential to be recorded at any moment. 

Do we teach this is self-defense? Do we allow the concept and possibility affect how we apply self-defense to our detriment or even to our benefit? How do we apply this to our self-defense training?

Last first, I believe we should train for self-defense in as realistic manner as possible and to add in video's by allowing those who are observing to gather like a street group might in a real fight and take video's with their phones. Everyone has a phone with video capability so use it. Then you can analyze how it was handled after by discussion then enhance that analysis by viewing the various video's and discussing what you see and how you or a normal, everyday citizen might see it. If you have any professionals in the group they can add in their expertise as well. Look at how the news, society and the legal system look at such video's and then try to analyze your training videos with the same perspectives. 

Look at it as Wim Demeere posts, i.e. remember it will be scrutinized later. 

Do you think that the videos might not be used legally, well just wait because it will be on YouTube moments after it all happens so you should train and practice and prepare for the inevitable. 

Note: this type of training can also be used to help you train to communicate your self-defense reasoning, i.e. why you did what you did, etc. 

This also provides you the experience as to how it will effect your self-defense in the training hall, not on the street. This would benefit you by allowing you to train for it so you won't hesitate and freeze because you suddenly become worried that the group gathering with their phones out and running are going to be used against you. Train and practice so you will be confident that the video will support your actions and explanations toward self-defense. If you don't train and practice this kind of stuff then those videos will be to your detriment, i.e. used as proof that you were fighting - you are the aggressor. 

Listen, I am not the professional on this stuff and my ideas are just ideas for testing and analysis but I believe there is some benefit here for anyone who is training for self-defense. Go back above to the link to Wim Demeere's post on the preemptive strike as there is, in my humble opinion, great information to use in finding a good SD program and enhancing your SD program, training and practice. 

Note: It would benefit your self-defense training, as an aside but a thought occurred spurring this post, if you have or could get a police representative to give a talk on how they would handle a situation regarding self-defense, etc. Then again, go schedule a seminar with Marc MacYoung and Rory Miller. 

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