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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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Following the Scripts

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In self-defense, in conflicts and in violence there are certain scripts that control such things as robbery, fights and other violent conflicts, etc. If an armed robber confronts you, points the weapon at you and says, “Give me your wallet, watch and any other valuables or ai will shoot you!” The robber is giving you specific instructions to follow to remain safe and alive. The script is how he does his part and how you do your part. If you simply follow the script:

Robber: “Give me your wallet, watch and any other valuables or ai will shoot you!”

You: “Ok, I am going to reach to my back pocket, remove my wallet and hand it over to you. Ok?” 

Robber: “Ok.”

Action: You slowly reach back, pull out your wallet, hand it over by extending your arm straight out and completely so that the robber can retrieve it without worry. As you pull back your hand slowly raise both arms up in front of your chest with open palms facing away from you. 

Action: Walks away watching you and once some distance is attained turns and runs off.

You: You pull out your cell phone, if he didn’t take it that is, you call the authorities and report the robbery. You follow their instructions and you find a safe and secure place, with lots of people, to wait for their arrival. 

After Action Report: You followed the script, he followed the script and you both lived. You may be a bit short of cash but - you are alive and get to go home to your family. 

You must note that in almost all case similar to this there is a script that rarely fails to achieve its goals and in those other cases it may be because you, as the target, let your monkey brain run the show. In rare cases the robber just might shoot you anyway but remember, following the script makes that rare - mostly.

This is just one way to look at guns and gun self-defense, replace the gun with a knife but pretty much the same thing. Yes, there are rare situations and circumstances that mean you are going to get hurt and you are going to use self-defense but all things considered and being equal you should go your entire life without encountering those kind of guys. 

Want to know more details?

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.

This is only a start point, learning about self-defense as a complete and comprehensive discipline is a huge task. This reading will get the thought into your mind that most of the K&MA self-defense is inadequate and sorely incomplete. Don’t get me wrong, due to the efforts of a few professionals out there this is changing but there are still a lot of changes to go to make it correct. 

Bibliography (Click the link)

1 comment:

Rick Matz said...

The best self defense story that I've heard recently was told to me at the MMA gym I had been training at.

One of the regulars (<30 years old) had a friend who ran track in college on a scholarship. He was traveling around Europe and in Rome, a guy came up to him with a knife and wanted his stuff.

The college friend turned around and RAN.

After 100 yards or so, he turned to see where the stickup man was. He was way back there with his hands on his knees, sucking wind.