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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:46 am

Here is another road rage incident where one driver attacks the other with a baseball bat.

The stuff that I mention in every class.

Let's see how well prepared you think you are to deal with this type of attack.

https://www.local10.com/news/local/driv ... in-hialeah

Just don't be full of S*hit and keep on lying to yourself.
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Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:55 am

The driver of the SUV begins to back up and the enraged man appears to walk back to his white sports car, but then turns around and makes a running leap toward the SUV.


The force appeared to jerk the SUV backward. The man then calmly walks back to his own car.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... rylink=cpy
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:14 am

When I keep writing an saying in class that your making it out alive in a confrontation is determined mostly by the type of opponent in store for you, and not by your great sanchin skills...this clip will give you and idea...

https://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/p ... -1November 7, 2017


Police Body Cameras Capture Road Rage, Arrest on Side of I-95


(WSVN) - Police body cameras capturing a case of road rage on a busy South Florida highway. It’s video you’ll see only on 7. Brian Entin has our special report, Hell on Wheels.

It went down on the side of I-95. Body cameras were rolling as troopers and deputies faced a suspect who wasn’t giving up without a fight.

Twenty-one-year-old Riley Singer was driving recklessly according to a passenger in his car.

She told troopers he even tried to collide with other cars on 95 near Commercial Boulevard

She told troopers he even tried to collide with other cars on 95 near Commercial Boulevard.

Sgt. Mark Wysocky, Florida Highway Patrol: “Evidently chasing cars, attempting to hit cars deliberately

She said Singer eventually pulled over and tried to strangle her on the side of the interstate

Police say Singer punched out the car window — and the baby was cut by the glass

Police say Singer punched out the car window — and the baby was cut by the glass

Singer then made a run for it. It took more than seven officers to finally get him to the ground, and he was still throwing punches.

They hit him again with the taser and finally got the cuffs on him..

Body cam trooper talking: “This guy was out of control. It took like four or five tasers.”

Sgt. Mark Wysocky: “He was spitting. He was kicking. He was just violently resisting.”

Once tied down on a stretcher, Singer continued to taunt law enforcement.

Riley Singer: “If your daughter wants to die, let me know. I’ll kill that (expletive.)”

Eventually, troopers put a bag over Singer’s head to stop him from spitting and took him away in an ambulance.

The incident happened back in May, and troopers say this is the kind of rage they’ve been seeing on South Florida.


It looks like Florida has gotten to be the armpits of the world. What a Country.

But this does not mean you are safe from similar fate anywhere else.

When you teach class/self defense...this is the most likely way you will be attacked today.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:03 am

Singer then made a run for it. It took more than seven officers to finally get him to the ground, and he was still throwing punches.

They hit him again with the taser and finally got the cuffs on him..

Body cam trooper talking: “This guy was out of control. It took like four or five tasers.”


When I warn students about this kind of violent attacker...to be careful of what students might have been brainwashed to believe about his Uechi skills or stopping power just because they can punch a bag pretty good...

I also get the 'Well...not every opponent will be like that one where more than seven police officers were needed to stop him...'

Sure...but if you want to be any good at defending yourself, you need to train against the worst case scenario...or you simply die or end up in a wheel chair financially destitute.
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Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:15 am

Interview with Rory Miller


Q: How did you come about writing Meditations on Violence? Did you always have the idea in mind or did your experiences just come together and culminate in the book?

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A: I blame Kris Wilder. He got me started teaching at one of his seminars, Martial University, and it was really clear that martial artists didn’t think about violence the way that I did.

They were willing to believe something was effective no matter how patently absurd it is (12 pounds of pressure will snap a collar bone, for instance). I have to bet my life or, as a teacher, a rookie’s life on what we do. They trained for attacks that were easy, not the kind of attacks that really happen.


When I started talking about it, it was really clear that people were training in SD without any idea whatsoever of how attacks happen.

They were training hard but they weren’t training for anything that actually existed.

So I wrote a short pamphlet for the seminars, “The Rhinoceros and the Unicorn” purely to save me some time by trying to establish a common vocabulary.

Then, in 2002 a lot of very bad s*hit happened and I started writing to get it out of my head. “Meditations on Violence” is from those two things coming together.


And there you have it...
When I started talking about it, it was really clear that people were training in SD without any idea whatsoever of how attacks happen.

They were training hard but they weren’t training for anything that actually existed.
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Sort of you getting hit with a bucket of ice water...isn't it?
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:18 am

And here is the ass/kicker...but a very real one if you look in the mirror long enough.

Q: OK, anything else you’d like to add?

A: Learn how attacks happen. Too many people train like they are collecting tools. Mechanics don’t study tools, they study cars and what can go wrong with them. Doctors don’t take classes on Scalpel 101, they study diagnostics and anatomy.

If you want to defend yourself, learn about violence. It is useless to have a thousand answers if you don’t know the question.

Also, be prepared that your idea of who you are probably won’t survive a violent encounter.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:25 am

Law 13: When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude

If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds. He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion. He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.


“Self-interest alone moves some men.”
– Aesop

“Most men are so thoroughly subjective that nothing really interests them but themselves.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

There is an art to asking for help, an art that depends on your ability to understand the person you are dealing with, and not to confuse your needs with theirs. (f.e. Ryan Holiday on writing press releases for bloggers)

Every person you deal with is like another culture, an alien land with a past that has nothing to do with yours. Yet you can bypass the differences between you and him by appealing to his self-interest.

A key step in the process is to understand the other person’s psychology. Is he vain? Is he concerned about his reputation or his social standing? Does he have enemies you could help him vanquish? Is he simply motivated by money and power?

Self-interest is the lever that will move people. Once you make them see how you can in some way meet their needs or advance their cause, their resistance to your requests for help will magically fall away.

At each step on the way to acquiring power, you must train yourself to think your way inside the other person’s mind, to see their needs and interests, to get rid of the screen of your own feelings that obscure the truth.

“The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.”
– Jean de La Bruyere


Ain't it the truth
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Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:48 pm

The educational beatdownby Rory

http://legacy.ymaa.com/articles/more-ab ... e-dynamics

Understand this—each type of violence serves a purpose. It might make no sense according to the way that you look at the world, but your worldview is small and limited and, most importantly, does not matter when someone is trying to kill you. The Threat’s worldview is the one that is calling the tune.


Do you really think that the way you train is adequate in preventing someone from killing you? Forget the kata/Sanchin talismans/etc., can you really survive someone trying to kill you with a bat or a knife?

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Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:50 pm

http://legacy.ymaa.com/articles/violenc ... t-fighting

When it comes to violence, all the statistics confirm that younger people are far more inclined toward aggressive behavior than older people are. For example, many bars and most nightclubs are populated by younger people. Take an emotionally charged atmosphere, stir in a generous dose of alcohol and/or drugs, and you’ve got a good recipe for conflict and violence.

Young males tend to have a long list of things to prove, whether they are conscious of them or not. Often their motives are unconscious because they are based on biological patterns of the human species. You probably don’t realize how much of what you think and feel is based on these patterns—and this especially applies to territoriality and status.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:52 pm

What do the Participants of Violence Look Like?

Young men typically do not truly understand or fully appreciate the physical, psychological, and legal costs of violence. They often feel immortal, never considering the possibility of becoming maimed, crippled, or even killed in a confrontation.

Consequently, young men will fight for any number of reasons—affiliations, self esteem, social status, not to be considered a wimp, the clothes they wear, revenge for some perceived slight, to impress a cute girlfriend, or just to blow off a little steam, to name a few.

So, what do the participants of violence look like? Well, they look like you, the reader. You might simply find yourself in the wrong place at the right time.

Perhaps some seemingly harmless behavior on your part will be the spark that sets things off, or you may be minding your own business and fail to notice impending danger until you walk into it unaware. Either way, it’s a precarious place to be.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:55 pm

Recognize that every time you engage in violence, no matter how small and trivial, it has the potential of escalating into something that has life-long consequences.

What is really worth fighting for when you might end up spending the rest of your life behind bars with a sociopathic roommate, dreading the moment you might accidentally drop the soap in the shower, confined to a wheelchair peeing through a catheter and sh*tting into a colostomy bag, or declaring bankruptcy under the crushing weight of a massive civil lawsuit?

Is it really worth fighting over a comment that hurts your feelings or makes you feel less than a man? Is it really worth fighting with the mugger over your wallet?

Is it really worth fighting the other driver who flipped you the bird in traffic?

Is it worth fighting over a threat to your child? Is it worth fighting someone who bumped into you at a party and refused to apologize for spilling your drink?

Is it worth fighting someone trying to break into your car? Is it worth fighting a drunk who copped a feel on your girlfriend?
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:59 pm

What if it’s not just one guy who’s messing with you but rather a gang of thugs? What about fighting to protect a pregnant woman or disabled friend who cannot get away from a hostile individual?

What if he’s got a knife or a gun? What if it’s your intoxicated brother or your drugged-up best friend pointing the weapon at you with malevolence in his eyes? These are all situational; they are decisions that without forethought could, and most likely will, be poorly made
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Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:04 pm

http://legacy.ymaa.com/articles/meditations-on-violence

There is a parallel between the unicorn and violence. Just as travelers’ tales passing from person to person and place to place and century to century managed to morph the reality of the rhinoceros into the fable of the unicorn, the insular tradition and history of each dojo has morphed a primal understanding of violence into the modern ritual of martial arts.

Just as the grey and wrinkled skin of the rhinoceros has become the glossy white coat of the unicorn, the smells, and sounds, and gut-wrenching fear of close-up personal violence has somehow spawned the beautiful cinema of the action adventure movie and the crisp precision of the martial arts.

In today’s world, who are the real experts on violence?


We as karate people certainly are not, despite the illusion we like to give that we can teach people how to deal with real violence.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:08 pm

The Priests of Mars.
The minute you don a black belt, the minute you step in front of a class to teach, you are seen as an expert on violence. It doesn’t matter if you have absorbed a complete philosophical system with your martial art.

It doesn’t matter if the art gave you, for the first time, the confidence to view the world as a pacifist. It doesn’t matter if you studied as a window to another age and culture. It doesn’t matter that you have found enlightenment in kata or learned to blend in harmony with the force of your attacker.

It doesn’t matter because you are about to teach a martial art, an art dedicated to Mars, the God of War. A MARtial art.

Even if somewhere over the years you have lost sight of this, your students have not. You wear a black belt.

You are an expert on violence. You kick ass. You are a priest of Mars.

The simple truth is that many of these experts, these priests of Mars, have no experience with violence.

Very, very few have experienced enough to critically look at what they have been taught, and what they are teaching, and separate the myth from the reality.


You need a gi and a priest's robe in your gi bag when you go to class.
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