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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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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Attitude Adjustments Needed

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

The recent Orlando incident seems to have, at least in one Florida County, caused a change in the way such things are viewed especially as it regards citizen’s readiness if encountering such dangerous situations. I have to put in as well that it is definitely the individuals responsibility to make sure that they are “Aware” of not only the possibility but as to their actions in the rare but possible violent situation.

As a martial arts karate-ka who advocates self-fense (self-defense using defensive and offensive tactics and strategies to safe guard self and others) I believe wholeheartedly that we cannot rely on others for our safety and security. In the Youtube video to follow it is admitted by the Sheriff that response time, although the fastest possible response time, still exposes those at the scene to the dangers of grave bodily harm or death. 

Even if the police arrive in a couple of minutes the predator causing such havoc and violence still has the ability to do a lot of harm in a matter of “seconds”. Take the Tueller Drill as an example, if an attacker is charging at you from up to twenty-one feet or so away they can reach you and do a ton of damage in those mill-seconds to one and a half seconds so consider that adding on about 120 or more seconds and you have a life time before the authorities intervene on your behalf. 

So, as I advocate in self-fense, it is up to YOU to get-r-done. It is just a fact of life and what you do and how you do it will make the difference. Saying that, even after viewing the video, you have to become “aware” of all factors involved in such situations. I would start by reading, as a basic foundation toward knowledge and understanding, Marc MacYoung’s book on writing violence, defense because he covers a lot of necessary knowledge you need to learn, train, practice and apply to survive. 

The bibliography that follows this article lists all his writing violence books including the one on defense - read them all, it is enlightenment. OH, and don’t be fooled by his title and intent of those mini-books because his goal is to teach writers to write scenes of violence that are like reality violence. They are short books with detailed concise information on what defense is, what he termed “fense,” and how it works in the reality of real-world violence. 

I won’t say that the following video is appropriate or even the best way to act in such situations but what I do like about it is it appears that law enforcement, at least in this Sheriff’s domain, are taking a more proactive view and action toward society security and safety through a paradigm shift of what we need to do to survive until the properly trained authorities can act. 

I would advocate what I am calling “Maneuver Fense” where you not JUST learn the knowledge but you take such courses, ongoing and repetitive to keep the knowledge and experience fresh, to learn how to, “Be Aware; Avoid when the situation dictates and allows for your safety and security; to have the knowledge, experience and ability to ARM yourself from your environment when the situation dictates and allows for your safety and security; and to FIGHT/ATTACK/FENSE when when the situation dictates and allows for your safety and security. 

The Sheriff makes good points when he advocates citizens, in those very critical moments before deputies arrive and act, to “Escape-Evade-Fight” with no order where the one chosen is the one the individual has assessed and decided to use as the best fense to survive and protect self and others. 

I can’t personally stress this enough that until the modern dangers of such actions of such predatory nature can be avoided we, the individual citizen, have a personal critical obligation to take appropriate actions according to the situation for our own security and safety. 

I also will say that even with the meme’s provided in the video, i.e., “Escape, evade and fight,” and “Awareness, Avoidance, Arm, Attack,” that it will take “Action on your part” to take the courses and repeat the courses periodically to keep it fresh; to practice yourself, to use visualization; to practice with your family and friends and to take responsibility for your own safety and security BECAUSE moments count and even if in the best of circumstances those two or several minutes of response time for police still leaves a HUGE time gap for a LOT OF DAMAGE. It is just the way it is and it is up to YOU.

Social Conditions and conditioning and attitudes MUST change to make this a safer and more secure society. Currently, the attitude about self-defense, the law and the legal system are not exactly conducive to the best fense possible for society and its citizens. It kind of makes, from where I sit, heroism a true danger to legal ramifications regardless. 

I feel strongly that with attitude adjustments along with a more realistic understanding outside of the emotional effects will allow us to achieve a better defense/offense of societies citizens without our personal loss of how we can affect such things in future violent predatory situations. 

Now, here is that video: “It’s Time to Fight Back”  (video link provided by a member of the “Animal eMail List, thanks guys!)

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