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Tactical Violence Part 1

The Elements of A Successful Ambush Are As Follows:

Surprise – Speed – Violence of Action

“It feels unnatural to go slow and limit yourself to one action. It really does. But if you are doing two or three actions to my one, what do you think I am doing? If you parry and side step and counter to my simple punch, in what mythical world do you have time for that before I pile on a second or third or even fourth punch?

If you want to stop someone who is intent on injuring you and he started first, you have to move with maximum efficiency. You have to make each action serve all of your goals: protect yourself, damage the threat, better your position, worsen his. Each move. Every time.

If you separate the pieces, you will be even slower. From the moment of assault, you need to be integrated. No hands and feet moving together. No blocking separate from striking…and not because the actions don’t work (all though they will be suicidally slow if separated) but because the thought process is too slow.

One of the very basic uses of the one-step is to instill this value: what is the absolute most efficient thing that I can do in this second under this circumstance? That drives everything else.”” Link

“You will be smaller and weaker, injured or tired, distracted, unprepared. You will not see the first attack. You will not see the weapon. You will probably be injured before you are aware of being attacked. It will happen at a place and time of the predators choosing. Nothing will be in your favor. The initial assault will knock most people over the 175 BPM mark instantly, leaving only an uncontrolled, flailing berserk or a stumbling sprint as options.” Link

If you get scared enough that your heart rate goes over about 115 BPM, you will start to lose your fine motor skills. That means your precision grabs and locks are gone.

About 155 BPM, complex motor skills deteriorate- you lose your patterns, combinations, traps and sweeps.

About 175BPM, planning and thinking are severely compromised.You lose your near vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Your hearing will deaden or be lost.

Above 175, if there is anything in your bladder, you will lose it.Most will freeze or curl up in a ball and wait for mommy to save them. Only the grossest of physical activity is possible- running and flailing.

In short, the more desperately you need your skills, the less you will be able to rely on them. If you ever hear or say or think, “If it was for real, I’d do better” know that it is a lie. When it is for real, you will do much, much worse than in practice. The belief that people improve under stress is a myth.


In other words, if you live at a low level of violence, the motivations and beliefs of someone who functions at a higher level may be completely alien to you.

Most groups (offices, associations, gym classes, schools) are made up mostly of good people who avoid conflict. Nice people. They are the backbone of society and people generally seem to believe that this attitude is what humans should aspire to.

Nice people are easy victims for manipulators. Manipulation is an extremely low level of violence, but it is violence. Gossip, subtle bullying, understated threats, chilling someone out and forming alliances are all types of coercion.

Truly nice people don’t understand manipulators or really get “why people can be so mean.” Manipulators, on the other hand, see nothing wrong with what they do. They are just ‘getting things done’ and ‘aren’t hurting anybody’.

The manipulator will walk all over nice people, until they run into someone assertive. The assertive person will be the one to stand up and say, “I know what you’re doing. Knock it off or I will stop you.” The assertive person sets boundaries and backs them up, usually not physically but by resorting to policy or not being afraid to talk to others and gather allies.

Assertive people are rare because direct confrontation is discouraged in our society. Until you get used to it, being assertive can feel very uncomfortable… but assertive people, just like manipulators, don’t think they are doing anything wrong.

Manipulators, on the other hand, think assertive people are bullies. Even if the manipulator is self-aware enough to grasp their own manipulation, they will say, “But I never got in anyone’s face. That assertive person is rude!” Even nice people will feel uncomfortable around an assertive person and consider her pushy or bossy.

The aggressive person stops the assertive in her tracks. When someone barges into the office screaming threats and swearing, most assertive people crumble. The aggressive person, again, doesn’t see anything wrong. That was just self-expression. The assertive person (and the nice people and manipulators) feels the aggressive person was completely out of control.

Take a break here and think about these levels. This is as far as most people have any real experience. Whatever level you are at is the one where you can reasonably talk about your own motivations and the level you are comfortable dealing with.

Most (almost all) people are completely unprepared for the next level higher. The level each person is on is the one that they have justified. That level is good. The next level up is ‘bad’. People tend to define violence as the level above the level they are willing to use. The strategies for dealing with any given level do not work and often backfire when attempted on a higher level of conflict.

This is important, because if you are trying to extrapolate the mindset of someone comfortable with high-level violence from your experience with a merely manipulative office bully you will miss a ton. It will not only read false, but it will read as (weak? Watered-down? Tenuous? Unconvincing? Shallow? Impotent? Trite?)

Two more levels:

The aggressive person may feel like a big boss, screaming and insulting and making everyone cower. When some one hauls off and slaps the aggressive person, the aggressor has no idea what to do. Assault trumps aggression. Sometimes assaultive is angry, sometimes it is cold. Emotional intensity matters less than the fact that an assaultive person is comfortable using physical violence as a tool. Again, the assaulter will feel completely justified (“She shouldn’t have made me angry” or “He had it coming”). The aggressive bully will feel violated and self-righteous (“I may be a little loud but I don’t go around hitting people!”)

And, finally, the assaultive person, whether a barroom brawler or a wife beater, is completely unprepared when he crosses a woman who is willing to slit his throat. Murderous (again, cold or hot) is a completely different animal, an undiscovered country.



Michael Jai White Showing Kimbo Slice How To Avoid Telegraphing Punches:

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