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Marc MacYoung


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Street self-defense, crime avoidance and personal safety

Experience in the area

I grew up in the streets of Los Angeles in 'situational poverty.' I have dealt with criminals and violent people all my life -- both personally and professionally. I have written 15 books and 6 videos on surviving street violence. I was originally published under the name Marc Animal MacYoung. (Animal was my street name). I've taught police and military both internationally and within the US. I've lectured at universities, academies and done countless TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews. I'm a professional speaker on crime avoidance and personal safety. And I am an expert witness recognized by the US court system. My bio is at My abridged CV (Curriculum Vitae) is at


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Too numerous to list here. My CV (for my expert witness work in court) is at


Read "In the Name of Self-Defense" the streets don't give a Ph.D in scuffle.

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What do you like about this subject?

I like helping people not get hurt by crime and violence.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Never to have to use it again.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most crime and violence is easily avoidable...IF 1)you know what to look for AND 2)if you can keep your emotions from running away from you. When you have those two things going for you, you can see trouble developing a mile away and easily prevent it from happening.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

When I say about violence, "It's better to avoid going there," it's because I've spit blood and buried friends. I am an ex-LA street thug who knows, first-hand, the horrors and complexities of violence. I don't promote fighting or encourage macho fantasies about it. There is no 'safe way' to engage in violence or 'guaranteed' fighting system. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

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Recent Answers from Marc MacYoung

2017-03-19 Knife use drills:

The answer isn't really about drills. It goes much, much deeper than that. It's about familiarity of the object in your hand.     The peoples who allegedly have the best blade systems are usually cultures

2017-03-07 interviewing:

~sigh~     Shit is getting tense out there. Way too many people out there angry, way too many ready to snap.    You're asking a vague question that covers way too many possibilities. And because of that

2017-03-04 Shadow dancing:

No, not really. Shadow Dancing is a part of developing attack range and positioning. It's a warning to the other guy(s) they've treed themselves a bad one. Pro's know it (because they are doing it to you)

2017-03-04 Krav Maga and Oppugnate:

Irmi Lictenstein (sp) is the guy who developed Krav.  The commando I worked out with wasn't into 'demonstrating' we were sparring. So seeing what he looked like would have been like trying to watch the

2017-03-01 Takedown/Tackle Defense:

The move is from the kata called "Saifa." Don't know the exact name for the technique. But being as they're Japanese there probably is one. (The Japanese had a name for every two inches on a katana blade


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