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

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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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Documented Training (Evidence for Prosecutor/Evidence for 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.)

In a recent article a statement was made about the use of firearms in self-defense. The statement is, “Documented training is part of the antidote to post-shooting accusations that you acted without regard for your responsibilities to society.” The article is, “Knowing What the Defendant Knew” by Janine@bwss of the Bitterroot Women’s Shooting School 

This statement triggers a thought process that I followed up with in the form of this question, “Does this apply to those self-defense situations that don’t involve weapons?”  What I am aiming at, if this applies in this particular case would the same thought processes follow in a non-weapon type situation?

In other words, if I am taking a self-defense martial arts training class would that training also support the same process if I have to present my case for legally authorized self-defense? I do understand that the documented training goes both ways and that is why I understand also that choosing the appropriate type of training, training instructor and training practices becomes critical in self-defense so would the same apply to my self-defense training of empty handed self-defense?

Yes, I also understand that in most attacks, even if they start empty handed, often lead toward some type of weaponized enhancement to one or the other or both parties and yes I understand that this type of situation would often be seen as a mutual combative fight and that is illegal but in the best of examples the question stands. 

Would my documented training in weaponless self-defense be a benefit to support my actions to prove my self-defense claim, i.e., that I acted with responsibility toward societies expectations and thus remained well within the self-defense square?

Recently while listening to the radio the news mentioned about someone on trial for something was being scrutinized for their martial arts training being a contributing factor for their prosecution (I can’t find any articles on it and the radio may have been presenting something else entirely so I can’t verify) so is this the beginnings of the legal system using our training in the area of conflict, violence and self-defense to prosecute? Is it also appropriate and useful in a defense presentation too? 

Should anyone who is training, practicing and/or teaching self-defense create detailed information of the system being taught so that it can be utilized in a self-defense defense? Would the course syllabus, training schedule and its training content along with graduate documents actually be acceptable in either a prosecutorial or defense situation? Who, what and how would that be determined in the case of my question? 

Some may assume this is a non-concern but are those naysayers the ones’ who have never experienced the application of their teachings in reality and don’t have students who can present a case that either validates the teachings or invalidates the teachings? How many of the self-defense programs out there would actually be cannon fodder for the prosecutor? 

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