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Growing up in situational poverty, violence was a fact of life for Marc MacYoung. Shootings, stabbings, robberies, beatings and gang violence were know as 'Saturday night.' In later years he engaged in professions where he was required to tell people 'no.' As in "No, you can't kidnap, rape and kill this woman." People who are prone to engage in these kinds of behaviors get upset when you tell them this.
In the late '80s Marc began to write about what it takes to survive in violent and dangerous environments. His focus has always been those aspects that martial arts instructors don't teach and what advocates, lawyers and academics don't know. Specifically about how violence happens, how to avoid, de-escalate and survive. In later years he would start focusing on staying within legal limits of self-defense and how adrenal stress effects one's perceptions (thereby making it easier to cross the line).
Recently he has been shifting his focus to Conflict Communications. A program that he co-created with Rory Miller regarding staying calm and rational in the midst of conflict.
on May 17, 2012 :
I've been part of the listserv at No Nonsense Self Defense for quite a few years, and the lessons I've learned there -- on avoiding violence, inflicting violence, and surviving violence -- have made my novels immeasurably better (they've also helped me live more safely). So imagine how honored I was when Rory Miller (another self defense writer and instructor from whom I've learned a ton) asked me to be part of a book he was editing, with contributions from the heavy hitters on the NNSD listserv.
The result is a discussion between John Rain and Marc MacYoung (all of whose books you should read, if you're interested in violence and self-defense) about the differences between professional violence and the amateur variety; disappearing in urban environments; and a lot more. Rain was more talkative than usual, I think because he sensed Marc understood where he was coming from. They got into some fairly esoteric stuff in the end, including -- well, maybe you should see for yourself.
The entries in this book are unique, uniquely valuable, and offered by people in unique positions to know: bouncers, former criminals, people who know the street because they've lived it. Want to know how to read your opponent? How to talk to cops? The difference between social and asocial violence? It's all in here, and a hell of a lot more, too. For a few mouse clicks and a few bucks, you can learn lessons from people who've themselves paid in blood. Sounds like a hell of a deal to me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)