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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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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Working the Pain

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.) 

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.

Pain is just a part of life, we deal with all kinds and at all levels. Some is psychological and some physical and some both, so as SDMA practitioners we must understand that pain is going to be a part of what we do. Here is the crunch, pain is going to be used against you in an assault. It is that simple so anything you can do to dampen the effects of pain the greater success you can achieve when you are hit with pain, a lot of intense pain, when under a surprise, aggressive, sudden assault where your attacker has induced fear, a lot of pain (hard, fast and close up), disrupted your balance and structure while inducing an OO bounce (think of the OODA loop), i.e., the freeze. 

First, find out the difference in pain. Some pain means you simply got hit or kicked but other than pain you are not injured or at least not to the point that your body stops working. Then there is pain that indicates some great injury, great bodily harm. When that happens your mind-state/mind-set is going to have to get you past that one because you are not out, not done and not unable to act as long as your mind says, “Get-r-done!”

Second, then provide training and practice that is going to involve pain so that your mind is not totally locked when real pain, intense pain way beyond what normal folks encounter in our daily lives. The kind of pain that your mind may assume means it is over, you are done, give up or tap out. Well, it is NOT DONE, NOT OVER and you DON’T GIVE UP until the attacker is subdued so you can leave, get to safety and then get help. 

You have to work that pain. Say, in sparring you get hit. It hurts and as often as not in sparring both parties STOP. Nope, not going to happen because unlike television, movies and dojo sparring the fight, the attack, the adversary is not your partner or dojo mate but a person hell bent on doing you harm for what ever reasons. You got to ignore things until you “Ger-r-done!”

So, another addition to your SDMA training regimen is to “Work the Pain.” There is another aspect to this that needs to be addressed, the type of pain and how you work it is also something you will have to leap past to get the job done in self-defense, the safety thing. Remember, to achieve the level of conditioning through working the pain would require you attack your dojo-mate with the same intensity and goals of a predator (process/resource). We all know that can’t be done - safely. Regardless, you have to have a mind-set/mind-state that will get you past that pain intensity regardless of injuries or no injuries (from said pain) so you can do what is necessary, applying the proper and acceptable level of force, to “Get-r-done.” 

Work the Pain!

Example: When lying in bed, sleeping the sound dead sleep of the intoxicated. Suddenly you feel a huge pressure across your forehead. Almost an instant later you feel a pain unlike anything ever felt, what do you do? You wake, you rise up, you jump to the floor and you take care of your attacker. It may be that you end up chasing the asshole down only to find that he runs really, really fast. You survived and sent a message, it takes a bit more than an ambush and a 2 x 4 to stop you so maybe the next time someone tries to ambush you in your sleep they will hesitate, think twice and decide to not do it (or if he is really serous he will simply put a bullet in your brain pan, yikes, time to find another sleeping arrangement, heheheehe). 

Example: When lying in bed, sleeping the sound dead sleep of the intoxicated. Suddenly you wake to find your bed levitating toward the window. There are about five guys around you carrying the bed when they see you wake, jump off to the floor, they drop the bed and scatter like the little roaches at night suddenly exposed to the light while you give chase, stomping and raging to kill the little shits. In this instance, the pain would have been your body obeying the laws of gravity when you hit, two floors below, the hard cement parking lot - not a good thing. These guys really need to learn how to ambush and kill, their tactics and strategies really suck then again this guy being a grade-A number-1 asshole doesn’t help does it?

Read Also:
Pain http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2013/06/pain.html
Pain, Fear, Threshold and Tolerance http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2012/04/pain-fear-threshold-and-tolerance.html
Pain vs. Damage http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2011/09/pain-vs-damage.html
Surprise, Fear and Pain in Self-Defense http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2014/12/surprise-fear-pain-in-sd.html
Inflicting Pain http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2011/03/inflicting-pain.html
Listen to Your Body When It Speaks http://isshindo.blogspot.com/2011/03/listen-to-your-body-when-it-speaks.html

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.
Miller, Rory. “The Practical Problem of Teaching Self-Defense.” YMAA. January 19, 2015. http://ymaa.com/articles/2015/1/the-practical-problem-of-teaching-self-defense
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

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