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Ambushes & Thugs with Rory Miller

Posted in Discussion Question, Martial Arts, REVIEWS, Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by hybridfightingmethod

One Saturday in June I attended a seminar entitled “Ambushes and Thugs”, conducted in London, Ontario, Canada by none other than Rory Miller.

If you don’t know who Rory is, he is the guy who wrote a book called “Meditations on Violence”; which along with Gavin De Becker’s “The Gift of Fear” is canon in the self-defense and combatives world.

My goal in attending the seminar was to learn and grow, and perhaps be challenged in my perception of how violence commonly occurs.

Upon first meeting Rory, I immediately liked him. It may have been his easy, surfer-esque manner that endeared him to me rather quickly.

Throughout the day we worked through several drills that help to minimize our natural “freeze” reaction that occurs during violent attacks. This freeze is mandated by our hindbrain, which was formed back a LONG time ago. The hindbrain tells us that the predator’s/enemies’ vision is cued on movement, and so to stay still means that the predator can’t see you. This is a piece of biological hard-wiring that we have to work to circumvent if we are to effectively protect ourselves in the heat of an attack.

Throughout the day Rory offered us a few lectures, which he dubbed “long-ass talks”. It was here that I gleaned the most.

We learned some key distinctions between social and asocial violence, as well as the knowledge that the de-escalatory tactics you’d use for one actually fuel the other.  It pays to know what you’re dealing with.

I left very challenged…the people that will be victims of asocial violence – disabled people, young women, senior citizens, etc. are the ones who NEED this kind of training the MOST, but are also strangely the least likely to take it (in my opinion).

So the question is –

HOW do I bring this life-saving knowledge to them?

SO….let the discussion begin. How?

All ideas are welcome.

Our “Meditations On Violence”

Posted in Discussion Question, Products, REVIEWS, Violence with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Combative Corner

A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence

Sgt. Rory Miller’s book (his website ), has been a popular read for those of us in the martial arts world.  Particularly those of us that teach self-protection and seek to understand the reality of violence (at least on an intellectual level) without having to seek the hazardous (potentially deadly) real-life experience of violence in-action.  While it is very true that many martial artist today (especially those teaching people how to survive) need a reality check.  Katas, technique, and even trying to condition ourselves for the “unknown” may be vain attempt to (as I put it) “feel comfortable in our own skin.”  While there are lots this book that I liked, there were some parts that I, still, am a little unsure about.  Below are three examples from the book that I would like there to be a discussion on. [click on the pic to find it on Amazon]

Please offer your comments below

(from pg. 6) –my comment in brackets

They (martial artists) teach self-defense and sparring and streetfighting and fitness and personal development, as if they are the same thing.  They aren’t even related.

[Not even related?]

(from pg. 66)

– When the physiology is kicked into higher, more animalistic ranges, the trained fighter is often unprepared. –

[Compared to an untrained fighter? Just because a trained fighter has “more to lose” I don’t personally believe (0r should I say, I’m not yet convinced) that an untrained person is “more” prepared.  I say this is highly individual.]

(from pg. 81)

-If you get an opportunity to leave, leave.  EVEN IF IT MEANS LEAVING YOUR FAMILY BEHIND.  Your information from the inside may make a huge difference in tactical operations.-

[To me, personally, leaving IS a good idea… if this is an episode of 24 and CTU has no leads.  The need to protect (especially in males) is software that cannot be overwritten (in most cases).]

What are your thoughts everyone?  The Lines are open….

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