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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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Composure - Calm Presence of Mind

Caveat: 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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When relying on self-defense there are certain things you need to develop and one of those can be called composure. Your composure radiates a certain presence that can effect how people react to you and that is especially important when that someone is a predator. It is also important when it might be some socially driven monkey brain idiot who decides he needs to establish is status in a group, etc.

When I think of presence and composure I think of, “No tremor in the voice, hand or mind; heart rate remains steady; breath remains deep and rhythmic; muscle remain in a positive relaxed state; you body does not shake; your voice remains steady and in pitch, rhythm and calm; your thoughts remain unemotional and free forming; adrenal flooding is at a usable level; you don’t sweat or perspire; you remain strong; your presence exudes confidence and discipline; your able to remain in the moment with complete awareness; etc”

A big contributor to composure and therefore our presence does come from martial arts disciplines as well as many others that come from involvement in sporting disciplines. One special discipline that relies on such composure and presence for survival are the military and civil authorities, i.e., police and corrections officers, etc.

Nothing does more for the type of composure that expresses your personality than, “Experience.” Experience in conflict and violence from either work in a professional field like police and/or military as well as professional services like bouncer, security person or self-defense provides a huge amount of presence and composure as listed above. 

Yet, it is not the kind that exudes a type of personality that could result in challenges but one that tells a predator that this one is going to be tough to conquer - pick another target (target because this guy is not going to go down as a victim).

Composure is that state or feeling one has within themselves that demonstrates a calm and control of oneself that is taught in the many disciplines including martial arts. It is self-control, self-possession and a self-command that promotes a type of serenity, tranquility and ability that martial artists often refer to as Zanshin. 

Presence is that state of existence of being present, in the moment, of a type of aura that comes from the training, practice and most of all experience such as achieved by soldiers, sailors, airman and Marines along with police and correctional officers to name a few. 

Composure, in my view, is a manifestation perceived from our body language. Presence is manifested through each individuals mind-state/mind-set in the way they think and act as a direct result of their training, experience and abilities. Both composure and presence are a yin-yang complementary aura that creates a certain type of personality conducive to success to include those in conflicts and violence. 

This equates to achieve Zanshin in martial arts but it includes traits that can be missing in the training regimen such as the adrenal effects conditioning necessary to make it all work in the reality of combat, fighting and self-defense. 


One who attains presence and composure have an aura, a charisma and a aura that is representative of a “Strength or Force of” personality the is representative to others of command, ability, experience, leadership and is perceived by others as very, very capable. This is especially important to those who are or can be exposed to conflicts and violence higher than what humans find in normal life behavior and existence, i.e., social violence and asocial predatory violence, etc.

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