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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.