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

Hey, Attention on Deck!

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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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. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.


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Three levels: Escape, Control, Survival ~ Rory Miller Chiron Blog

Escape: Literally means, “Break free from confinement or control. an act of breaking free from confinement or control. getaway, breakout, jailbreak, bolt, flight, disappearance, vanishing act.”

Control: Literally means, “The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events. Jurisdiction, sway, power, authority, command, dominance, government, mastery, leadership, rule, sovereignty, supremacy, ascendancy; charge, management, direction, supervision, superintendence.

Survival: Literally means, “The state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. an object or practice that has continued to exist from an earlier time.”

A quote from a post at the Chiron blog by Rory Miller. I had asked if he could expand on that concept regarding basic self-defense as a model to teach along with things like avoidance, etc. I have a concept that I believe is relevant but would not assume that this perception or perspective was what Mr. Miller meant when he made that statement containing the three levels.

In my perspective escape is a model that comes into play at a variety of levels. I would assume that to avoid circumstances that might escalate to violence is a form of escape. Any action taken in a SD model means to me any action that results in a person escaping a situation and/or circumstances that would result in physical violence and so on. For example, when in a social situation that seems to be escalating into conflict any method of deescalation such as how you control your own monkey brain, how you respond verbally toward an antagonist, and the body language you present could result in deescalation meaning you just escaped violence or at least opened a path to leave - escape or as I used in the Marines, my ability to advance to the rear. 

Then to me escape also means a model of actions that allow you to escape the physical actions currently being used against you in a physical encounter, i.e. someone grabs you or throws a haymaker at you or is posturing and yelling and building up toward taking some physical action toward you to break free, etc. An example is someone attacks you so you use such techniques that release the hold on you allowing you to move in a manner that provides you a means to escape. Another is when you find yourself with not escape route so you move and take actions that will open a path or take you right over the top of an adversary as a means to create your own escape route. Finally, if in the fight trying to escape as part of your defense, assuming you could not avoid, evade or escape beforehand, is to use leverage through joint manipulations to provide a means to place an adversary in a position that would allow you to escape. 

Finally, as a means of survival all the above are a part of that model. After all, survival of not only an attack but as a part of your SD defense by remaining, as Marc MacYoung states as staying within the SD Square, within those confines that allow you to survive things that happen while in the fight then all those legal, medical and psychological aspects after all is done. Surviving just the fight is of course critical but survival is a lot more because of so many different obstacles and hurdles a fight in SD presents if you are unable to escape and avoid the entire situation. 

Now, I am not sure that this would fit with Mr. Miller’s intent but it seems relevant if someone is trying to learn and apply SD to any given situation. I can take this thought a bit further that these three can also be applied to any given conflict at any given level of conflict be it a personal argument between spouses to the argument or discussion with bosses or fellow staff members all the way up to that encounter with either a social monkey or an asocial adversary. 

Like most things I am slowly learning that the narrow model of SD often taught within MA tends to focus on the cool stuff and the rest seems to be ignored, discarded or simply missed by those who teach it, learn it and then try to apply it. 

What are your thoughts about a model of SD that also focuses on the three levels of escape, control, and survival? Granted, my examples above may not be comprehensive but at least they are idea’s that will benefit in SD. Go along with all the materials that, at a minimum, both Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung have worked so hard to create and provide such as their books (see below bibliography for some recommendations, that there is really no excuse for any SD model to not include the entire spectrum including such atomistic topics as, “Three Levels: Escape, Control, Survival.


Thanks Rory Miller, for todays Chiron blog post:  Organization

Bibliography:
MacYoung, Marc. "In the Name of Self-Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It." Marc MacYoung. 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. "Violence: A Writer's Guide." Pacific Northwest. Wyrd Goat Press. 2012.
Cain, Susan. "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking." Broadway. New York. 2013. 
Bown, Tim and Miller Rory. "Leading the Way: Maximize Your Potential as a Martial Arts Instructor." Rachelle Bown. Kindle. 2012
Overland, Clint; Anderson, Drew Dr.; Kane, Lawrence; Trahan, Terry; Burrese, Alain; Demeere, Wim; Eisler, Barry; MacYoung, Marc; Miller, Rory; Miller, Kamila. "Campfire Tales from Hell: Musing on Martial Arts, Survival, Bounding, and General Thug Stuff." CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012.
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.
Bolton, Robert, Ph.D. "People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts." Simon & Schuster. New York. 1979, 1986.
Navarro, Joe. "What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People." Collins. New York. 2008.
Kane, Lawrence & Wilder, Kris. "How to Win a Fight: A Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Violence." Gotham Books. New York. 2011.
Grossman, Dave LtCol. "On Killing: The Physiological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Back Bay Books. New York. 2009.
Grossman, Dave Lt.Col. Christensen, Loren. "On Combat: The Physiology and Physiology of Deadly Colnflct in War and Peace." Warrior Science Publications. 2008.
DeMente, Boye LaFayette. "The Origins of Human Violence: Male Dominance, Ignorance, Religions and Willful Stupidity!" Phoenix Books. Kentucky. 2010.
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.
Newberg, Andrew MD and Waldman, Mark Robert. "Why We Believe What We Believe: Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth." Free Press. New York. 2006
Sutrisno, Tristan, MacYoung, Marc and Gordon, Dianna. "Becoming a Complete Martial Artist: Error Detection in Self Defense and the Martial Arts." Lyons Press. Connecticut. 2005.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Meditations of Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence" YMAA Publishing. 2008.
Miller, Rory Sgt. "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." YMAA Publishing. 2011.
Pearlman, Steven J. "The Book of Martial Power." Overlook Press. N.Y. 2006.
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 Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1993.
Elgin, Suzette. "The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense" MJF Books. 1997
Elgin, Suzette. "The Last Word on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" Barnes & Noble. 1995
Elgin, Suzette. "Staying Well with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." MJF Books. 1990.
MacYoung, Marc. "Violence, Blunders, and Fractured Jaws: Advanced Awareness Techniques and Street Etiquette." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1992. 
Goleman, Daniel. “Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition].” Bantam. January 11, 2012.
MacYoung, Marc (Animal). “Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective.” Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1999.
Morris, Desmond. “Manwatching: A Field Guide to Human Behavior.” Harry N. Abrams. April 1979. 

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