"Pay my troops no mind; they're just on a fact-finding mission."

Tactical Violence Part 2

This is fast. A decent fighter can hit you eight to ten times a second. Most street fighters aren’t particularly skilled in the nuances of short power generation- they will only hit about six times a second because they are putting weight and power into it.Do those numbers seem high? If so, it is probably a sparring artifact, where the two contestants maintain a balance between offense and defense, distance and time. In an assault the predator relies (with iincredible reliability) on the speed of the attack freezing the victim. He has probably never heard of the OODA loop, but he uses the dynamics. And it works.  Link
    • Anything you teach must have a tactical use. Reholstering quickly doesn’t have a tactical use.Outside of handcuffing, breaking a turtle (the judo guys know what I mean) not only has no self-defense use but there’s no way to do it without being the bad guy, legally.
    • It must work moving or standing still. If you can’t hit hard when both you and the threat are moving, you can’t hit hard. If you can’t put a bullet on target on a moving target while you, yourself are moving, for all tactical purposes you can’t shoot.
    • It must work whether you can see or not (and this is likely the one I added, because JJ is primarily a shooter and there are lots of shooting skills that rely on sight… but at the same time he insisted that everything except target acquisition be done by touch.)
    • The technique must work when you are scared, under an adrenaline dump. If the technique needs a clear head and pinpoint precision to work, it doesn’t work.
    • Link
Groups have rules.  You can call them mores (pronounced moray, like the eel) if you want to go all anthropological/sociological.  A group without rules isn’t a group. NOT because rules are the bedrock of social control but because rules are the bedrock of identity.  Dietary laws may or may not have had survival value in the past.  The fact that they continue even when they do not is a sign that their primary value is one of identification.
RJ Nash, in “Condition Black” notes that the most common attack (male on female) is for the man to merely display a weapon, make a threat, and put his hand on the victim’s upper arm and lead her away. It sounds so docile, so unlikely. Who would go along with a mere threat? Why wouldn’t she simply…
Teja Van Wicklen, of Devi Protective Offense consistently finds the words to make things real: “It’s not like screaming and bullying. Guys don’t get that. He can hurt her and she knows it, but he says, ‘I know you’re afraid. Don’t worry. Just don’t fight me and I won’t hurt you. I promise.’ And she chooses to believe him even though she knows it’s a lie– an unsolicited promise is always a lie– but she doesn’t see another way.”
Teja makes it personal, makes it real. I teach it dry, academic: Predators want you in your social brain. As long as you are being social, thinking you can control or at least influence the outcome by social skills (talking, bargaining, appeasement, flattery…) the predator knows you are both safe and completely predictable. If you are in your thinking, human brain, you might be smarter than the threat. If you are in your reptilian survival brain, there is no limit to the harm you might do. If your attacker can keep you in your social/monkey brain he knows that he is safe.
When I teach that the first hit after you break out of a freeze is done at half power, it is an observation. No one hits hard in their first strike of their first fight, not when they are surprised. For some unknown reason, it is almost always a tentative, half-power, powder puff. Almost more a signal of intent than a strike. I tell students that and caution them against it.
Teja talks of the consequences: “She tries to fight, but that first hit is half power, like you say, more struggling than fighting and he hits her back, hard. She’s never felt pain like that and she is afraid to try again… and he says, again, ‘Just don’t fight me and I won’t hurt you.’ She has to believe it because it seems like the only chance she has is to believe he is telling the truth.” Link
From Richard Belfield’s book “The Assassination Business”
1. Within our lifetimes all 5 permanent members of the UN security council, the “self appointed guardians of morality”, have all engaged in assassination, often to target democratically elected leaders of other countries, and in every case the orders came from the top.
2. Assassination usually takes two or more people, at least, to provide the logistics to the operation.
3. Assassination is most effective against Hierarchical structures, whereas democratic or open organizations can recover from loses.
4. When you kill a leader, you should make sure he will be replaced by a weaker leader.
5. That evidence that is gathered and recorded will often directly contradict the official press releases about the killing.
6. A patsie is often used to deflect the blame.
7. Movements and ideas cannot be destroyed with assassination alone, instead it often inflames them. The key being how media spreads the news of the death.
8. Bodyguards can be compromised to allow the assassin the chance get in on the target.
9. In the very beginning he quotes a ‘senior NSA Officer: “this world is like three-dimensional chess, made more complex by the certain knowledge that there can be two things which are both true and yet which are mutually exclusive and contradict each other.”
Tax protestors outwitted because they invited supporters into their fortress:

PLAINFIELD, N.H. — Federal officials have cut phone, power and Internet service to the property of a couple who’ve been convicted of tax evasion and have refused to report to jail.

But it’s uncertain whether that hinders things for Ed and Elaine Brown, who have been holed up in their fortress-like home and have solar and wind power generators and reinforced concrete walls. Link

PLAINFIELD, N.H. — U.S. marshals posing as supporters carried out the arrests of tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown, officials said Friday.

The undercover officers were invited in by the Browns on Thursday evening, and before the couple realized they weren’t supporters, they were already under arrest.

“Ultimately, this open-door policy that they seemed to have, which allowed the Browns to have some supporters bring them supplies, welcome followers and even host a picnic — this proved to be their undoing,” U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said. “They invited us in. We escorted them out.” Link

 Assorted Notes:
So knives are used as intimidation displays. The only reason to let you see a knife is if the threat intends NOT to use it. This can go bad, but usually only if you are stupid. Challenge the threat’s manhood, try to save face, dare him to use the knife and he just might. This is also the only scenario where a knife defense might look like it does in many classes: a half-hearted knife thrust from well out of range. The regular class stuff might work here, as well… but you have to be stupid to escalate it to here. (Survived this once) Link
6) Destroy. This goes back to flipping the switch and qualitative differences. Very few people just run. That’s what makes the tactic so effective. Even fewer can just explode into violence. Destroying is not the same as fighting. You explode while the threats are expecting you to think, vacillate or agree. You do fast, extreme violence. It is not fighting. You don’t defend yourself in anyway, confidant that your attacks will give them no time to react.
It can work. If it is not a simple mugging over stuff but, say, a group taking a hostage for later filming of a beheading, it is one of the few things (along with running) that has any chance at all. At the minimum, with this level of aggression and mindset, you will force the threats to make a choice: they can run or they can kill you then and there. You allow nothing else to work.
It’s an alien mindset and there are more people who believe they could do it if necessary than actually can. Many, probably, that will think this is just like #5, fighting, only harder and more serious. It is nothing like fighting. It is slaughtering. And if you go there, you will kill or cripple someone… For a camera. Link
As a lesson, the key is the ‘adrenaline loop’ as Deputy Dinkheller begins doing the same thing over and over again when it is clearly not working and will inevitably lead to his death. In the safety of the classroom it is so easy to see what must be done, to look into the future, to make the appropriate and justified decision. And that’s the big lesson here- because even if your forebrain knows what to do the hindbrain might be in charge. The hindbrain may only know two things 1)Death is in the air and 2)What you are doing right now hasn’t killed you yet.Given those two facts, the hindbrain is reluctant to change until perhaps, it is too late. Link
(U//LES) Gang members and criminals nationwide are targeting law enforcement officials, military, government vehicles, and residences in search of weapons, equipment, police badges, body armor, and uniforms. Link


Remember the Monkey Dance, dominance, non-lethal jazz? That all goes out the window when attacked by a group. You’re no longer a part of the contest to see who is the bigger monkey. The contest is between the members of the group and they will be competing on your body.

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