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by Tim Larkin category: Book
In the past 25 years I’ve trained more than 10,000 people in more than 50 countries in how to deal with imminent violence, including elite combat units, celebrities and high-status executives, law enforcement agencies, and high-net-worth families.
I train people to avoid violence whenever that is an option. Most of what you see every day is social aggression. This is the two fraternity guys fighting at a bar, or the person behind you flicking you off in traffic. Social aggression is avoidable—and you should avoid it. Deescalate and live another day.
There are times however when avoiding violence isn’t possible. I like to say that violence is rarely the answer, but when it is, it is the only answer. To survive these you must render your attacker incapacitated, unconscious, or dead. I know it’s uncomfortable to think about a moment like this. But it’s also uncomfortable to think about your house getting destroyed by a hurricane...but that doesn’t stop you from getting insurance does it? Seventy percent of my students come to me after surviving an act of violence which is a shame.
That’s why I spend so much time trying to get my clients comfortable with and trained for moments of violence before they happen. How to stop an attacker dead in his tracks by inflicting crippling pain from injury to easily damaged body parts. How to break someone’s wrist, take out their eyes, crush their throat.
As you can imagine, that training isn’t without controversy. I’m banned from entering the UK by now Prime Minister Theresa May.
My most recent book, When Violence Is The Answer, came out this week. It’s the breakdown of what I’ve taught for years. How to think about violence and how to think about using violence. It has everything from what I learned from gang fights to how to break a joint. You can check out more here if you’re interested: https://www.amazon.com/When-Violence-Answer-Learning-Takes/dp/0316354643 .
I'm a self-defense expert and former military intelligence officer. I have trained over 10,000 people in more than 50 countries how to deal with imminent violence in order to protect themselves and the ones they love. I believe that with the proper knowledge and preparation, NOBODY has to be a victim.
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