Self Defense – How Do We Deal with a Violent Society

Self Defense When I relocated to Florida I made a conscious decision as a responsible adult to obtain my CWL (Concealed Weapons License) in order to conceal carry a handgun. Moving from a high crime stricken city like New York, I was always proactive in terms of maintaining situational awareness and an active response to any violent encounter or potentially lethal situation. Unlike many people I have known personally and passively, self defense and being able to handle myself was always paramount importance in my life. I now have a boxing trainers license in the state of Florida, CPR certified and actively train with clients in often grueling outdoor sessions which mimic real life full contact sparring. I have done this with both women and men.

When I was an undergraduate, still living in Queens, NY, I studied Kempo TKD for a physical fitness elective. Prior to that, my formal training in martial arts extended to traditional Chinese Kung Fu systems in Chinatown. I was a student of Sifu Yip Wing Hong Southern Dragon style and also studied with the Wu-Su Association under Grandmaster Alan lee. I briefly studied White Crane Kung Fu as well. However, the southern style seemed to appeal to me more then the long form northern style. Years later my training now takes me into the realms of modern warfare incorporating Israeli Krav Maga, Haganah, Kapap, Russian Spetsnaz Systema, Philippine Arnis and Pencak Silat Mande Muda.

My Home Boxing Gym

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My home gym pictured above, currently exists in my garage and serves as a place to reinforce my skills and also learn and adapt others. My personal respect and admiration for all martial arts styles and self defense in general has over the years, enabled me to amass a large collection of training materials from books to self instructional videos.

When I started training with firearms, I took the same proactive approach as studying hand to hand combat. I read as much on the subject and attended numerous sessions at local ranges to learn and reinforce my skills. To me, a weapon is strictly an extension of my hands/body. A handgun being a range weapon as opposed to a knife being predominantly a close range tactical device. However, the mental aspect of dealing and training with firearms has a more drastic and negative connotation associated with it’s use and especially concerning carry issues. Many people tend to train in martial arts or boxing but for some reason avoid firearms. The same can be said of the pro-gun firearm crowd. They become quite adept and knowledgeable at firearm issues from laws to proper maintenance and ballistic comparisons but equally avoid the physical hand to hand aspects. Obviously, a situation or scenario that presents a lethal encounter will vary and having the best tools and mindset are optimal to ensure survival. This is why both the police and military require adequate amounts of training in both aspects of defense.

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I remember during my Oral Board interview for the police academy, while waiting my turn among the other nervous and anxious cadets. I was strolling the halls and noticed the various graduating plaques with class pictures that adorned the walls along one quiet corridor. Each plaque had a class motto. Most were associated with the usual bravado and primordial machismo one would expect. I remember one in particular…..”Protecting the sheep from the wolves

A Nation of Sheep….

William J. Bennett , in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy on November 24 , 1997 said, “Most of the people in our society are sheep.”

They are kind, gentle, productive creatures that can only hurt one another by accident. We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people, not capable of hurting each other except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

Then there are the wolves that feed on the sheep without mercy . Do you believe there are wolves out there that will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

Then there are sheepdogs; and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep . If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive psychopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens?

What do you have then?

A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the uncharted path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. We know that the sheep live in denial, which is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kid’s schools.

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It would seem on the surface, that this speech exemplifies the typical indoctrinated right wing machismo and bravado, indicative of the military masses or someone searching for personal justification, in living a contrasting perspective as opposed to the “civilized masses.” In essence, most normal people do not look for violence or dangerous situations. Most will do everything to avoid a potential lethal encounter. Even the master tactician Sun Tzu said:

“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.”

However, just because one does not look for violence, does not always mean one’s life will be devoid of it’s reach. In every criminal scenario, since the only constant variable is yourself, it would make the most sense to rely solely on one’s own training, mindset and abilities in dealing with the unknown. Most violent encounters happen when the victim is alone and unprepared. Police are not in the vicinity because if they were, the crime would obviously not transpire. Since all law enforcement can be considered, paid “sheepdogs” then the wolf is easily aware of their physical presence before committing the violent act. Plain clothes or citizen sheepdogs are by and large unidentifiable and undetectable. Since they can be ordinary citizens, their presence is almost impossible to coincide with the time of the crime and location.

A potential victim can not rely on the ubiquitous sheepdog anymore then the police in daily life – The wolf operates on the principle of deception and will attack his/her prey when least expected and when no one is around to help or interfere. This alone negates the widespread belief of the sheepdog’s mentality as a savior since his or her usefulness relies on being in close physical proximity to the crime victim and wolf at the moment the crime is taking place!

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories”

~Sun Tzu

This best choice and most often neglected is in self reliance which leads to self preservation. However, since the sheep mentality is prevalent as Bennett’s speech indicates, this perspective is often lost to those who surrender passively to force or acquiesce easily to authority. This is clearly evident when one hears about recent events or tragic news when horrific and violent crimes occur. The knee-jerk reaction is always to have someone else resolve the issue. The often liberal press and main stream media will tend to demonize a citizen who fights back or takes matters of self preservation in his/her own hands. Case in point, Ronald B. Honeycutt, the Pizza Hut worker, fired for saving his own life.

“I hope those of you in the media will realize the incredible unfairness of a huge company telling its employees – in essence – they must agree to die for the company rather than use legal reasonable means to defend themselves,” Rick Whitham, an Indianapolis attorney, told WND. He says he saw Pizza Hut’s action as “clear discrimination against those who choose to lawfully exercise a legal, heavily regulated right.”

The incident in Charlotte, NC is also similar in that a lone victim was out numbered, beaten, threatened, robbed and faced imminent danger to his life. It is shameful to see the media having a subtle bias against this type of action of self defense. This is clear when the announcer tries to downplay the violent outcome by asking the most ridiculous questions:

“Why he had a gun in the restaurant and why he had to shoot them?”

This is clearly who Bennett was referring to as sheep. I am in violent agreement. This type of reaction is completely uncalled for and pathetic in regards to understanding the mechanics of a lethal situation when no one is there to help you but yourself. This announcer and others like him are clueless and indoctrinated by social controls to believe you are powerless, submissive to laws and authority, incapable of change even at the expense of your own life.  This is the doctrine of passivity that is preached by laws meant to usurp your individual sovereignty, your duty to self preserve and self rely.  You are instead taught to be a victim, a slave to the status quo and the bureaucracy of the state institution.  You are codependent on the parental authority of the laws and legislation meant to control you like a child.  Lost without state guidance, you are incapable of independent action and thought.  The media teaches you to comply.  They serve to instruct the sheep doctrine of citizen slavery and non-compliance is frowned upon and ostracized.

The Fourth Kind….

The sovereign individual is a capable adult, decisive and tactical in thinking. He/she does not subscribe to group/herd word structures that identify and label them in terms of mass carbon copy automatons. In simple terms, they identify with themselves and trust in their own instincts and proactive skills to preserve the sanctity that is their individual life. They require or need no help or permission to resolve a lethal situation. They have come to the realization that reality dictates unfair terms and that reliance on outside forces is not only foolhardy but toxic to one’s own being. The Wolf, the Sheep and The Sheepdog can play their games. They exist in the same plateau, but the sovereign ignores them all. They only survive when the other parts are present. For what is the wolf without his prey, and the sheepdog if his precious sheep no longer exist. The sovereign will still exist when they are all long gone. He/she is a state of being that is complete and not a part that needs the cooperation and codependency of the others.

The sovereign does not subscribe to the group dynamics and socialization of the sheep, wolf or sheepdog. He/she is the aboriginal creative spirit and evolution of a state of being that is natural. The sheep, wolf and sheepdog are fabrications of group think. Similar to how written history is controlled by the victors, the sheepdog mentality is a self justification that serves some self grandiose purpose to become the embodiment of the hero myth. The sheep need heroes so the sheepdog was created to fill that vacuum.

Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal.etc…John Wayne archetypes serving the American sheep for generations to support the Hero myth. The sovereign recognizes these as myth’s and it does not alter his/her perception of reality and the truth. As a result, a more natural approach has developed in dealing with the harshness of life. For the conditioned mass majority of sheep, the only alternative is left to chance and the goodness of society to act on their blind behalf. The sheepdog will relish in those fleeting moments when he/she can act to justify the myth. As a result, society will continue with the subtle indoctrination through mass media and entertainment, telling stories and fables of man made heroes who save the day, get the girl and make right the wrongs of the world. Suffice it to say, the sovereign will wait in the shadows, walk in the sunlight and bask in the knowledge that he/she is a responsible adult who is self reliant and self sustaining. The stories and myths can be left for the children.

It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream.
When you have something like a nightmare,
you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream.
It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this.

~Hagakure – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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  • Murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian
    They were both raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case.
  • Man tortured, raped woman for 7 years, kept in box under bed
    “He told her he was the master, took off all her clothes and tied her to the wall,” said investigators. Moments later, he strapped her down to a table and began torturing the woman inside the room with walls 8 inches thick.
  • Woman Experiences 19 Hour Rape and Torture
    On April 13, 2007, a 23-year-old Columbia University journalism student was followed from the elevator in her apartment building to her apartment door.
  • The Central Park Jogger
    On the evening of April 19, 1989, a young woman, out for her run in New Yorks Central Park, was bludgeoned, raped, sodomized and beaten so savagely that doctors despaired for her life and a horrified nation cried out in pain and outrage.
  • Tortured and murdered for being gay
    Six years ago, on a cold October night on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead.