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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

2016-12-03 What sword is closest to the machete in design, weight, and usage?:

The times I played with a falchon the same mechanics worked well. Also bolos.    Your statement about having a basis on how blades works, really only applies to blades weighted that way. One of the biggest

2016-12-03 What is the difference between thrusting and stabbing, and chopping,slashing,slicing, hacking, and cutting?:

Hacking and chopping are close. The difference is the weight of the blade. Both use the edge to sever and split with direct pressure. An ax chops, but it's the weight behind the edge that powers it through

2016-10-26 Are fat people a threat? (in your personal experience):

Oops that was a fragment that didn't get wipe away.    A big part of why I tell people about dancing is it's a great way to meet people you can have sex with. It's also very much about form, structure

2016-10-21 If humans do not like to kill, why then do they become addicted to it?:

It's a power trip. Some people get addicted to it. Some people don't. You're really asking about the nature of addiction    But let me ask you this.     How many people are addicted to combat. There are

2016-10-21 Are fat people a threat? (in your personal experience):

The answer is it depends.    Violence is always a combination of multiple factors.    One of which is how effective is the person at delivering force?    You said, and I quote  Or is all this just a result


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