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Marc MacYoung


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Street self-defense, crime avoidance and personal safety

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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

2017-02-27 Being yourself VS Safety:

It's a little more complicated than that.    Example A: You're 30 and want to wear a Sailor Moon shirt at a comic book convention? Go ahead. Wearing it in the courtroom or a boardroom meeting? Not-so-much

2017-02-21 Finding good biomechanics for blade arts:

An Olympic fencing sword is a toy. It's about as related to actual sword use as kendo is to kenjitsu.    Starting with the 'strip'  you don't sword fight on a straight line. Both fencing and kendo are

2017-02-20 Workplace Bully:

Short version is be more popular than him.     Longer is find someone who he doesn't fuck with -- especially people who have power over him -- and make yourself REAL valuable to them and in their good

2017-02-19 Finding good biomechanics for blade arts:

The best way is to pick up a sword.     Way too many so-called experts on blades spend more time in front of the computer screen and not enough time swinging a blade (or having one swung at them)  Having

2017-02-05 Are the mechanics of open-handed strikes the same as punches?:

The short answer is "No."    The longer answer starts with the mechanics of punching vary from punch to punch, style to style. While an open hand strike can be thrown in a manner that resembles many types


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