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This book is intended for academic study and information purposes only. The author, publisher, and the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences assume no risk or responsibility for the misuse of any of the information presented herein. None of the information regarding self-defense and the law should be considered legal advice. Use caution, and emphasize safety whenever performing any physical act including training in the manner presented in this book.

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This book is dedicated to Dave Chambers. This is also dedicated to all combat veterans past and present. Thank you, brothers. Special thanks to Mike, Sean, Jim, and Dereck, who helped complete this book on a tight schedule, and during a gruesome heat wave. I’d also like to give a special thank you to Tim for indirectly inspiring me to write this and move forward with my presentation of this information.

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Introduction 5 8 11 14

Chapter One: Causing an Injury Chapter Two: Action vs. Reaction

Chapter Three: Degrees of Incapacitation Chapter Four: Targeting Chapter Five: Spinal Reflex Chapter Six: Effective Striking 19 68 77

Chapter Seven: Creating and Denying Structure Chapter Eight: Skeletal Destruction Chapter Nine: Throwing Chapter Ten: Weapons Chapter Eleven: Edged Weapons Chapter Twelve: Impact Weapons Chapter Thirteen: Firearms Chapter Fourteen: Improvised Weapons Chapter Fifteen: Fighting from the Ground Chapter Sixteen: Facing Multiple Threats Chapter Seventeen: Violence in Application Chapter Eighteen: Training Chapter Nineteen: The Benefits of Live Training Conclusion 215 130 147 153 160 162 178 180 185 190 209 119



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or otherwise give full compliance. An asocially violent spin on the school yard scenario might be a student who had been made an outcast or bullied coming into school heavily armed and opening fire on all in his path. rape. Asocial violence. In a literal sense. in the face of an asocial criminal. they are not talking about sporting events like mixed martial arts or boxing. and it escalates to violence.INTRODUCTION The term “Self Defense” is something that has bothered me for a long time. You are dealing with a person or a group of people. no one is excited. yelling “Fight!” and encouraging the participant that we liked. These are the situations that we all gathered to watch in the schoolyard. You see when people discuss “self defense” scenarios. A social conflict is the type of thing that happens when two people argue over something. When people think “self defense” they think of dealing with situations where their life. no one wants to watch. Before I go any further. or the lives of others. who have already decided to operate outside of what makes sense socially. Aggravated robberies turned homicides. In her case. is something that is repulsive to us as human beings. the mistake cost the woman her life. The rape victim that is brutally stabbed to death after heeding the advice from the media and her college rape awareness class by complying with her attacker has made the fatal mistake of projecting her own morality. nor are they referring to a shoving match at the local pub. home invasions. or otherwise interested in hanging around. offer them money. In those situations. the term is fundamentally flawed. and the like are all examples of asocial violence. who attempts to reason with them. onto her attacker. I’d like to address the difference between a “social conflict”. drugged out gang bangers in his bedroom. murder as part of gang initiation. are in danger. violence that happens outside of any agreed upon code or law. or that of someone else who has advised her but does not recognize the psyche of the sociopath. and an asocially violent assault. The home owner who wakes to find himself in the presence of two large. even after they begin beating him and making !2013 Villain Publishing 5 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . something that we’ve seen in the news far too often in the past decade.

and which motivated their crime. We want shotguns in the house for home defense. They are wildly different in what is “normal” to them. causing him to expire due to cerebral contusion. Simply put. So we are ok with letting firemen on the ground know where our children sleep in the event of a fire. the most valuable human skill that you need to learn. and is asphyxiating as a result. working knowledge of how to truly incapacitate (read: render unconscious. “defending one’s self” is a fantasy. if he is attempting to stab our child. in my opinion. and can and will render us unable to see well (due to muzzle flash) or hear (muzzle blast) when fired under low light conditions while under duress in a home invasion context. Additionally. has also made the same fatal mistake. I’m sure that you would not scoff at anyone who wanted smoke detectors or extinguishers in their home. is a valid investment in our personal protection. If and when the time comes where you need that skill. socially adjusted human beings. any attempt to truly “defend yourself” in the traditional manner is not going to fare well. The problem here is that we are up against opposition who is not of the same cloth. and all other sorts of contingency preparations for something that we hope never happen to us. A solid. We all keep smoke detectors in our homes. there is no talking your way out of a situation like this. !2013 Villain Publishing 6 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and have lived to tell about it. We accept that a mechanism which requires another human to operate. “TOT Finder” stickers to put on our kids windows. It’s something that sounds nice to us as morally sound. In either of these situations.preparations to rape his wife lying next to him. The only thing that will ensure your survival in an asocially violent situation is to incapacitate your attacker(s). but then turn our noses up when someone like myself discusses how a man who has had his thyroid cartilage crushed. but we are not ok with learning how to rupture a man’s eye. there will be no other solution. cripple. yet how many of us have actually had house fires? If you have. and what they are willing to do in order to fulfill whatever needs that they may have. or kill if necessary) another human being with your hands is. Likewise we have fire escapes. and fracture his skull at the lambdoid and saggital sutures. We accept that the wound that the shotgun would inflict on a violent intruder would certainly kill him in his tracks.

our anyone else harm without the murderous intent in their brain necessary to wield it. What this book will do is teach you how to respond to the asocially violent criminal with an appropriate and effective use of violence. In order to survive an asocially violent situation. I’m talking about life or death. Asocial violence warrants a violent response. knife. Study the principles presented in this book. their brain. I’m not talking about dick measuring over a girl or other non life-threatening occurrence at a bar. These are the situations that people want to learn to defend themselves in. Regardless of what tool may be in their hand.needs to be knocked unconscious so as to die in his sleep so that he can’t cause any damage in the one to five minute window during which he will be shutting down from his injury but still can pull a trigger or stab out with a knife. Develop a working knowledge of them. you need to be able to put the brakes on another human being. be it a gun. you name it. they are incapable of causing you. This book can save your life. and these are the very situations in which self-defense or mixed martial arts training have no place. None of what you will see is gratuitous if it comes down to your life or his/theirs. there won’t be time to learn. You need to be able to shut him or them off. and destroy their ability to use the only weapon that they have. !2013 Villain Publishing 7 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . a situation where inaction results in certain death. and train to increase your proficiency at doing violence. It is not intended for addressing social conflict period. blunt instrument. The information presented here is only to be used when violence cannot be avoided and it is time to act. Some of what you will see is gruesome. I’m not talking about sports here. This book will provide you with the information necessary to use the tool of violence in that narrow window of application where it is warranted. When you are faced with it for real. This book is not designed to make you a “bad ass” that can clean up anyone in a bar fight.

Chances are. This is a simple reality that exists in any instance of asocial violence. At that point the crowd goes wild. You don’t need to see how good he is at doing violence. If he weren’t his spidey sense probably would have told him not to mess with you in the first place. and has zero to do with sport. testing range. more correctly. if he is attacking you. trying to “finish”. My guess is that you’ll pick the uninjured party or. and the stakes are not a belt or prize money. in asocially violent situations the stakes are someone’s life. and getting the timing right meant nothing until that one crucial blow was landed. plain and simple. A fighter would argue that all of the preceding events were necessary to enable that strike to happen. !2013 Villain Publishing 8 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . think of watching an MMA fight where two men beat on each other for five rounds before one catches the other just right and sends him toppling back towards the fence. the one doing the injury. Knowing that this is the case. it is a personal decision that you must make as to which party you wish to be. All of the sizing each other up. feinting. and the other man comes rushing in swinging for the fences. Nothing changes in your favor (or his) until an injury occurs. At some point during the event one person is injuring another. At the end of the altercation that status changes for one or more of those involved.CHAPTER ONE: CAUSING INJURY When any violent situation begins there are two or more parties with one thing in common: None of them are injured. and escalating things to the point of unavoidable violence. In a loose parallel. we don’t have a referee. then he is better versed and experienced in the subject than you anyway. We don’t have time to compete with this man. You don’t have a ring. Real violence lasts a few seconds. but that is why I said it is a loose comparison.

There are no judges to pat you on your back and console you if you lose. The world in which you are learning to operate has no room for defensive thinking. with relative ease. Later you’ll learn about the mighty spinal reflex and how it will enable you to own the man once you cause the first injury. There are only paramedics. There are no “best” injuries. Your best injury will be the one that is available to you when you need it. they won’t win unless the offense does their job and scores points. You will literally be able to string together a chain of injuries that will lead to his incapacitation. coroners. and telling you how you can improve your performance next time. Losing in an asocially violent situation means loss of life or limb. and psychiatrists who may or may not be able to put the pieces back together and allow you to live a normal life. critiquing your form. No one has ever blocked their way to victory. it is a trauma that elicits a spinal reflex. Which injury you choose to inflict will be determined by the situation at hand.You cannot afford to not injure this man. Additionally. !2013 Villain Publishing 9 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . What is Injury? An injury is simply trauma to a portion of the man’s body that interferes with his ability to function in some manner. It’s not important which one it is. No matter how solid a team’s defense is. it’s just important that you act and cause it. Doing so will not be good for you. at whatever level you desire. There are a seemingly infinite number of injuries that you can inflict on this man. and after you’re through with this book you’ll have been exposed to quite a few. only ones that are most applicable given the circumstances. Remember that one of you must be injured and that it is entirely up to you to determine which of you that is.

“Defensive wounds” are a term used by coroners and medical examiners.No man has ever stood by and done nothing while another man sought to cause him death or grievous bodily harm and had anything favorable happen to him. You absolutely must get in there and cause the first injury. Nothing changes in your favor until the other man is injured. !2013 Villain Publishing 10 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Action vs. specifically. Reaction: Action always prevails. Acting. and in parallel to. I frequently cite Newton as his three laws of motion apply both directly. REACTION Sir Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton’s contributions to the world of physics are legendary. Students are taught techniques that represent responses to a variety of common attacks. they are taught to react to !2013 Villain Publishing 11 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . In my teaching at the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences.CHAPTER TWO: ACTION VS. doing violence to another human being for the purpose of preventing violence done to you or a third party is the backbone of what I teach. One of the first principles that we discuss with trainees is the principle of action versus reaction. His “three laws of motion” formed the basis for much of what is known about the subject today. the subject of human violence. Much of what is taught in conventional martial arts or self-defense classes is based on the idea of defending oneself against the actions of another. In this case.

while the other student places his or her hand approximately double the distance from the object. this is the only approach that will see you emerge victorious when faced with asocial violence. A simple drill that I do with students is to have them kneel facing each other with an object on the ground in between them. I teach people to act. despite being farther from the object. the other person’s hand is in their way on the way down. The man acting. The student whose hand is closer to the object is instructed to not move until the other person moves. and force him to react. To use a dance analogy. The primary problem with this approach is that when there is a man or group of men charging you with murderous intent. will always beat the man reacting to it. Since we know that action always wins. well above their partner’s hand. The student whose hand is farther away makes a move for the object with the simple directive of covering it with their hand. !2013 Villain Publishing 12 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . there is no time to scan your mental Rolodex in search of the predetermined response that you’ve been taught when faced with said situation.what the other person is doing. I do not teach people to react to what the other guy is doing. the other guy is always leading. One student places his hand roughly one foot above the object. Keep in mind that in addition to their hand being twice the distance from the object.

Also. This is true in every single example of human on human violence that you can possibly imagine or demonstrate. his body moves in a very predictable manner with response to the trauma. he is rendered unconscious. cause vs. effect at play anytime two or more people engage in combat. !2013 Villain Publishing 13 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and produce injury. now you will learn how to most effectively do so. acting will stack the odds significantly in your favor. there is the idea of action vs. The interesting thing here is that the partner whose hand is closest to the object knows exactly what the intentions are of their partner. the person whose hand is farther from the object is able to cover it or even pick it up before their partner can reach it. a series of reactions take place. The advantageous reverse of this principle for you is that the other man simply cannot process. The rest of this book will show you the “how” that accompanies that all-important “why”. and one person is being injured. or otherwise defend against (react to) what he is doing. and produce an injury on another human being. It’s pretty clear to see which side you would like to be on. Reaction: Action always prevails. When you act. That is a reaction to the action that you took. Action vs. and one is the do-ee.Time after time after time. You simply do not have the time. One is the doer. attempting to counter. and you are waiting to block. Think about how different this is from a situation where another human’s intentions are not as crystal clear. for example striking him in the pneumogastric nerve sheath in the lateral neck with a forearm strike. One person is injuring the other person. Conversely. counter. This will be covered in the chapter on “spinal reflex”. The bottom line here is that waiting for another man to initiate the violence. Beyond the simple idea of the reaction time gap. determine the appropriate response. You’ve already learned the necessity of causing the first injury. They have an extremely simple action that they must take (covering the object) in reaction to their partner’s movement. For one. reaction. or any other way react to him is going to set you up for failure. block. and affect a defense faster than you can act.

your use of social skills to diffuse the situation is not an option. we need to shut him off. Therefore I state that the only three acceptable manners in which to leave a man who has taken the situation with you to into asocial territory are: Unconscious. and the varying degrees you may do so depending on the intricacies of the situation. if not kill you. Crippled.CHAPTER THREE: DEGREES OF INCAPACITATION When facing asocial violence. That’s why we’re here. we need to make this man incapable of carrying out his intent of maiming or killing you. though the information within can be used to dissuade someone from further efforts of escalation if it has become clear that using violence is your only option. you have to remember that this man wants to seriously injure. Since we are dealing with a person or persons who are hell bent on causing us serious injury or worse here if you do not act. !2013 Villain Publishing 14 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This book is not about dealing with social situations or “punch ups”. or destroy his capacities to an appropriate level. In order to do this. As we described before. This chapter deals with rendering a man incapacitated. or Dead Let’s look at each step in this hierarchy of incapacitation in a bit more detail.

or a third party. telling you that he intends to produce one. knocking him out is the minimum degree of incapacitation that I recommend you taking this man to. so is his ability to use his brain to command his body and cause you harm. or if you feel that his infraction was not significant enough to go further up the hierarchy of incapacitation. and it needs to be stopped in order to completely stop the threat.Unconscious Putting the man’s lights out. Show up in court on the wrong side of the law. There I promise the violence will be asocial. or even attempted manslaughter. holding a weapon. To spell it out as clearly as possible. if he is not significantly larger than you. you are going to have a difficult time explaining to the judge why fracturing his sternum with a heel stomp was necessary to bring an end to the immediate threat. Yes. chances are you will be free from prosecution (so long as you can show that you. Likewise. recklessly endangering another human being. !2013 Villain Publishing 15 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Remember that you need this man to be non-functional if he possesses intent to harm you. or there is more than one of him. as a rule of thumb. or followed you to your car shouting and shoving. Remember. If his lights are out. If one single man has blocked your exit from an establishment. For this reason. definitive end to the conflict. This is a viable option if you believe that you are able to get out of the situation before he awakes and becomes violent again (if not more violent now). His brain is his weapon. This is important to consider if you feel that you will have a hard time claiming self-defense should you be arrested for your involvement in the situation. and you will be able to test out your newfound skills from inside of a prison. Latter chapters in this book will discuss in more detail how to go about rendering a man unconscious. knocking him out is probably your best bet if you want to keep your ass out of a sling down the line. and cause him harm you had better be able to justify why you did so in court. if you put your hands on another man. if you are followed to your car. At that point you may well be charged with assault with a deadly weapon (depending on where you live). or accosted physically in some manner. the age old. and you knock the man out with a forearm to the lateral neck to end the situation before leaving or alerting the authorities. were in immediate danger). aggravated assault.

A man who attacked you in your home with his fists or a hammer. can very well make use of a knife or firearm should you let your guard down. so make sure that there is no gray area. I am referring to the breaking. and therefore to you if you are questioned about the situation. Latter chapters. !2013 Villain Publishing 16 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . possesses a wicked intent to kill you. or destruction of some component or components of this man’s body in such a manner that he requires medical treatment to become functional again. Simply put. It is for this reason that I highly recommend rendering the man unconscious in conjunction with a crippling strike or joint break to negate the possibility of any further offensive efforts by him while you are getting out of dodge or otherwise dealing with the aftermath. particularly the skeletal destruction chapter. and is able to use or access his weapon. or assume that the threat is over. Obviously the last two options carry a much more serious ramification to him. The term “crippling” warrants some clarification. You absolutely will need to demonstrate that you were in immediate danger at the time that you chose to take things to that level.Crippled By the time I reach this stage in the hierarchy. or making known his intent to cause you debilitating injury or worse. a man with a broken knee is not much of a threat unless he is hopped up on drugs. whose ankle and clavicle you broke. turn away. will address several manners in which to cripple a man. and that there is no way that the situation could be confused for a social conflict. or turn your back on a “crippled man”. is still conscious. In my use of the term in this book. This man should be attempting to. I am going to assume that there is a clear and compelling case for selfdefense. This could mean anything from breaking his clavicle. to paralyzing him from the neck or waist down. and the most serious short of killing the man. On that note. This is the second level in the hierarchy. it is imperative that you are positive that he is incapacitated before attempting to leave.

Dead Ok. impact weapon. Killing an innocent person is a monstrous thing to do. the brandishing or use of any weapon in any situation that does not warrant a lethal response is pretty much handing the District Attorney your own conviction. I train individuals in the skills necessary to end the life of another human being whether empty-handed. Killing the man is the last step in the hierarchy. but I can assure you that if and when you realize that the skill is one that is needed for your survival or for that of a loved one. To be perfectly honest. or firearm. do not consider taking his life with your empty hands. or an impact weapon. it will simply be too late to learn. As this book progresses you will be exposed to some of the lethal applications that are available to you should the situation demand such a response. an edged weapon. So let’s assume that all bets are off. Taking his life is the only one hundred percent guarantee that the threat posed by him is completely over. but rather prepares you to beat the sociopath at his own game if needed. Killing a would-be murderer is a heroic and unfortunately sometimes necessary thing to do. you need to act quickly and decisively. Many have a strong aversion to learning the skill of killing a human being. There simply is not another level of incapacitation to which you can take the man. however when they are. !2013 Villain Publishing 17 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . These conditions will rarely be the case. so there is absolutely no gray area here. and there is a clear case for the use of lethal force. or armed with an edged weapon. and put an end to this man’s life before he ends yours or that of someone else. Keep in mind that learning these skills does not make you a sociopath. This man is attempting to cause you or a loved one death or grievous bodily harm right now! If you would not be justified in shooting the man.

then I suggest you do some soul-searching. but not possessing these skills. !2013 Villain Publishing 18 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . If you feel that you are morally opposed to injuring a man to any of the levels above. can make you a victim or corpse. I promise you that he will not have the same abhorrence to carrying out this type of act as you feel that you do now. cripple.Which stop along this continuum you choose to take this man to will depend entirely on the situation. Your life. under the right circumstances. read the news. and think about whether or not you are willing to accept putting your life or the lives of your loved ones in the hands of another man. While some of things that you will learn to do to a person are gruesome and appalling. Understand that being able to maim. or the lives of others involved in the situation are what matters the most. and therefore you must be absolutely certain that the threat is over before you take any other action. or kill does not make you a bad person or a sociopath.

Targeting simply involves focusing one’s strikes on areas of the human body that are likely to produce an injury. Injury is necessary in order to disrupt that individual’s ability to function normally in some manner. specifically the “no contact” ones are hilarious to watch) make heavy use of pressure points in their teachings. What Targets are Not Now that we’ve identified that a target is simply an area of the human body where injury is likely to occur when struck with sufficient force. which in turn renders the individual a slave to their spine for a valuable bit of time. and the one in which they receive the most disproportionately large amount of instruction in a seminar setting. His “knockouts”. exposing him to further injuries. Chin Na.CHAPTER FOUR: TARGETING Targeting is an absolutely critical principle that one must learn in order to most effectively and efficiently use the tool of violence against a would-be assailant. let’s look at what targets are not. not pain. Ninjutsu. Martial arts such as Tai Chi. which produce pain when struck or grabbed. Targets are not “pressure points”. and causing him to be incapable of “defending” against. and the injuries associated with each when struck in specific manners is the educational investment that will make the most difference in terms of one’s ability to incapacitate any human being in a violent encounter. Pressure points are areas of the human body. Developing a comprehensive knowledge of the targets of the human body. and also to elicit a spinal reflex. It is therefore the first principle that students spend time learning and developing proficiency in. their associated spinal reflex. targeting is what allows one to predictably and reliably produce injuries in another human being. is what needs to be !2013 Villain Publishing 19 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . While some points certainly are painful when grabbed or struck. and even more esoteric styles like George Dillman’s “Kyoshu Jitsu” (Google George for a laugh sometime. Quite simply. said injuries. it is important to remember that injury.

produced in order to incapacitate a human being and save your life in a violent encounter. Causing pain, particularly when dealing with someone amped on adrenaline or narcotics, is a very poor strategy when the other guy wants your head on a platter. You simply cannot bet your life that his intent to cause you harm will be broken because “it hurts”. Targets are not the body’s “weak points”. There is nothing inherently weak about a man’s sternum or knee. It will take kinetic energy generated by your body in motion with a viable body weapon at the end of it to smash either and render the man non functional. Targets cannot be conditioned to withstand punishment or injury. For example, a boxer can condition himself to soak up blows to his midsection, or develop his “chin”, or ability to take shots to his head, but there is nothing that he can do to toughen up his clavicles, his metatarsal bones, or his lateral neck. These structures simply do not allow for conditioning against injury.

Trauma to Targets Produces a Predictable Spinal Reflex
Spinal reflex, which will be covered in depth in the next chapter, is simply the process that occurs when a target area receives a trauma of significant enough magnitude to trip a threshold switch in the spinal cord and cause the body to move in a predictable manner. This is what happens when you touch a hot stove, or step on something sharp. Imagine a man kicking you in your groin full force with his shin before smashing his Ulna bone on the back of your neck, and then stomping on your neck once you were down and out for the count. Everyone can imagine what a man looks like that has just taken a shot to the groin. We’ve all seen it; hell we’ve all probably experienced it at some point in our lives. Understanding the reactions to trauma for each target is a bit of an unfair advantage when it comes to doing violence to another. It allows you to access targets as they present themselves after the first injury, and render him incapable of doing anything about your intentions of causing further injury. It’s crucial to point out that in the groin, back of the neck example above, many would think that the pain produced by the groin kick would be sufficient to bring the situation to an end. This is not necessarily the case.

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While a hard shot to the groin certainly may take all of the fight out of most human males, a man jacked up on PCP may not feel the pain from the strike and go right on his merry way smashing you into oblivion or eviscerating you with his knife if you choose to stop at the kick. What you can bet on however, is that the stimulus that the kick produces to the nerve plexus in the man’s pubic area will absolutely produce at the least the minimum spinal reflex, i.e. his hands will go to his groin, his chin will pop up, he will bend forward at the waist, and his mouth will open. Take this time to step back and assume a fighting stance, and you now have a “fight” on your hands, which is something that we never want. Take the opportunity while he is involuntarily reacting the trauma (not the pain) to bust his knee with all of the finesse that you would use to bust up a wooden pallet for firewood, and you now have a crippled man on your hands who is much simpler to deal with.

What is the Best Target to Strike in a Violent Situation?
This is a common question that I receive from the uninitiated when the subject of what I teach arises. Most people are looking for a small “toolbox” of target areas with associated, and equally simplistic “techniques” to use to strike them. “Go for the throat” or “Go for the eyes” are the type of things that they’d like to hear me say. Many overly simplify the subject in this manner, and it is a dangerous way of teaching (if you can call it that). Imagine for a moment that you are minding your own business outside of a building while using an ATM machine when you are blindsided and struck with a punch to the head. You find yourself flat on the ground with a man standing over you who produces a knife and demands your ATM card and the PIN number. If you’ve been taught to “Go for the eyes or throat”, then you’re going to have a hard time using your tools. Now if you’ve been taught to access a multitude of targets all over this man’s body, then you are more than comfortable causing injuries from any position that you may find yourself in whether seemingly advantageous (standing over him), or disadvantageous (him standing over you after he’s cold-cocked you in the side of the head and potentially broken your jaw). You may, for instance, see his ankle next to your body, and roll onto it from the inside, placing your forearm above his medial malleolus (ball on the inside of ankle) to lever him down and snap his ankle. From !2013 Villain Publishing 21 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE

here you may then dive elbow first into his exposed groin, keeping your weight on his internal saphenous nerve on his injured leg. From there, the lateral neck may present itself to you as he sits up violently in an effort to get his hands to his wounded ankle, and in response (spinal reflex) to his smashed testicles. At that point you may lay your ulna bone across his lateral neck and shift all of your weight above that point before bouncing your weight on it to produce a massive parasympathetic nervous system stimulus by attacking his pneumogastric nerve sheath, and knocking him out. Keep in mind that the “technique” detailed above is not a technique at all in that it is not a rehearsed series of movements that is taught to students. It is simply how one situation may have panned out based on what targets became available, and how you used the spinal reflexes from the injuries to open the gates for each successive injury in your quest to incapacitate the man and eliminate the threat of him killing you for your money. It’s also important to note that the above could have been performed by anyone, regardless of size or athletic ability. Man, woman, even paraplegic could have executed the movements detailed above with the same result. The person used weapons of their body, in this case the ulna bones of the forearms, and the elbows, with their entire body weight behind them to take the man apart. Students learn how to access targets based on what is presented to them at that point in time. With over one hundred targets available, there are many options to exploit. Students build their “vocabulary” of targets rapidly, as they learn and practice their craft. Students learn that there is no “best” target, or targets. There is simply the target that is most readily accessed given the situation. Striking targets to produce injury is light years ahead of the idea of throwing strikes at the man’s “head”, “body”, or “legs”. Do you want to bet that your Thai kicks are stronger and more devastating than his intent to kill you? In the above situation, do you want to bet that taking him down and “mounting” him to reign blows on his face BJJ style is going to prevent him from slamming that knife under your ribs? If you opt to attack his knife hand, and “Kimura” him, are you willing to bet that his accomplice is not laying in wait to David Beckham your

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head off while you’re trying to submit him or tear out his shoulder with both hands? Learning to access targets and produce injuries saves you from having to gamble on your technique or experience versus his, your size and strength versus his, and last but certainly not least, his desire to break you over your desire to render him broken. The latter being the most critical, and the one that you are most likely to lose before you even begin.

So What are these Targets?
The next book to be released is the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences Empty-Hand Targeting Manual. This upcoming title will go into great detail on each of the anatomical targets that are taught in the curriculum. Each target location will be detailed as well as the injuries associated with striking each target in a variety of manners with a variety of weapons of the body. Additionally, each target’s spinal reflex will be demonstrated so as to gain a comprehensive understanding of precisely how the human body will move in response to trauma to a specific target. Following that release will be a similar work designed to illustrate the same information regarding targeting when edged weapons are used. What I will do in this book is provide an overview of the primary targets that are taught to students of this method, as well as provide some basic information on striking each target, and what to expect in terms of injury for each. This section will be the primer course, while the targeting manuals will serve as the mastery course. Below are the primary targets of the human body, separated by anatomical region.

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Targets of the Head • • • • • • • • • • • • Eye Orbital Bone Nose Frontal Sinus Maxilla Underside of Mandible (chin) Temple Temporomandibular Joint Eardrum Hypoglossal Nerve Medulla Oblongata Lambdoidal/Saggital Suture Joint Targets of the Neck • • • • Superior Cervical Ganglion (back of the neck) Pneumogastric Nerve Sheath (lateral neck) Thyroid Cartilage (anterior neck. Adam’s apple) Trachea at Suprasternal Notch Targets of the Torso • • • • • • • • • • • Clavicle Sternum Solar Plexus Diaphragm Bladder Groin Perineum Liver Spleen Heart Lung 24 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE !2013 Villain Publishing .

• • • • Lateral Ribs Kidney Lumbar Spine Thoracic Spine Targets of the Upper Extremities • Radial Nerve • Median Nerve Targets of the Lower Extremities • • • • • • • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Internal Saphenous Nerve (high and low) Knee Popliteal Fossa (back of knee) Medial Malleolus (“ball” of the ankle on inside of leg) Lateral Malleolus (“ball” of the ankle on outside of leg) Metatarsal Bones (instep) On the next page. I will begin the basic breakdown by target. !2013 Villain Publishing 25 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

You will see this target used heavily in later chapters and later works. The spinal reflex associated with striking the eyes is very dramatic and predictable. The eyeballs themselves can also be ruptured using the thumb while holding the man’s head with the other hand.Eye The eyes are an excellent striking target. The eye targets !2013 Villain Publishing 26 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Causing trauma to the eyes in the form of a simple finger claw strike will make it impossible for the man to see for the duration of the event.

or smashed with an elbow or hammer fist if it presents itself during the conflict. This target is generally struck with an impact weapon. for the man to see for the duration of the event.Orbital Bone This is the eye “socket” this target is struck when using a striking surface that is larger than the opening of the eye. if not impossible. but at the very least will make it difficult. kicked with the ball of the foot. The orbital bone target !2013 Villain Publishing 27 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . but can also be stomped with a heel. Striking the orbital can result in structural damage to the skull in the area of the eye if struck hard enough.

The nose is a relatively benign target in terms of risk of serious injury, but can have debilitating effects when struck. Striking the nose will normally “break” it, separating the cartilage from the nasal bone. This results in a lot of bleeding, a good deal of pain, and an intense watering of the eyes. The combined effects make it difficult for the man to breathe, and even more difficult for him to see for the duration of the altercation. This target can be struck with a large variety of striking surfaces. Below you will see several illustrated.

The Nose Target

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Frontal Sinus
This target is located above the bridge of the nose in the indentation between the eyes. This is a very resilient target that is generally reserved for strikes with impact weapons, or heel stomps to a supine person. Both are likely to be fatal due to the likelihood of skull fracture, and the resultant trauma to the brain, and can cause permanent disfigurement of the face if the man lives. At the very least, the man is blinded for the duration of the encounter when struck in either manner.

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This target is located below the nose, where the upper teeth root into the skull. Striking this target causes serious bleeding as the upper teeth are usually broken at the roots and drop into the mouth. The maxilla is commonly struck with either a hammer fist (often accidentally if the nose target is missed), or by a heel stomp to a downed assailant. This is also a common target used when striking with impact weapons such as clubs or baseball bats.

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Underside of Mandible (chin)
This target is struck in an upward manner, frequently with the heel of the palm, a two-knuckle fist (in an uppercut), or with a ball of the foot kick to a downed, or “seated” person. In the former examples, unconsciousness is a common result by way of a “boxer’s knockout”, as well as a great possibility of broken teeth, a lacerated or even severed tongue, and potentially a broken jaw. In the latter example (ball of the foot kick), these injuries are also to be expected, but generally there is also a massive head trauma that occurs when the back of the head impacts with the ground. Such a head trauma can certainly be fatal. Below are three examples of this target being struck with various weapons of the body.

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knee drop. or similar strike. the temple is commonly a knockout strike. The Temple Target !2013 Villain Publishing 32 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . When struck with a two-knuckle fist. the temple becomes a kill shot. etc.Temple The temple region of the skull is a structurally weak location that is very susceptible to injury. When struck with an impact tool or a stomp.

This target can be struck with a multitude of striking surfaces. as in the case of a man with an open mouth. this joint is very easily broken if the jaw is slack at all. It is very common to set up a broken jaw by first striking a target that causes the mouth to come open as a part of its associated spinal reflex. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Target !2013 Villain Publishing 33 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This joint is very susceptible to fracture when struck. While boxers learn to keep this joint clenched tight using their mouthpiece thereby avoiding a broken jaw.Temporomandibular Joint The temporomandibular joint or “TMJ” for short is the joint where the jaw connects to the skull.

There is also a tremendous amount of pain associated with a traumatic eardrum rupture. The eardrums are only struck with the flat of the palms. as well as a serious disorienting sensation.Eardrum Rupturing one or both eardrums makes it very difficult for the man to maintain his balance. but maintains the disorienting effects. The eardrum is an excellent non-lethal target in most cases. The Eardrum Target !2013 Villain Publishing 34 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Pulling the fingers back greatly reduces the chance of rupture. while cupping the hands introduces a pocket of air into the ear canal that demolishes the sensitive eardrum.

With an edged weapon in hand. The Hypoglossal Nerve Target !2013 Villain Publishing 35 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and therefore an extremely efficient killing target. you and those fucking one-joints” reaction from my training partners that I describe in the striking chapter. Simple pressure to this target with your finger will illustrate to you how much you do not want to get struck here. Striking it with a one-joint strike will produce unconsciousness. This is one of the main targets that elicits that “Ahhh. this target becomes an easy entry into the brain.Hypoglossal Nerve The hypoglossal nerve target is located in the hollow underneath the base of the ear.

the medulla oblongata target represents a great knockout opportunity. The Medulla Oblongata Target !2013 Villain Publishing 36 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . striking this target with an impact weapon or a stomp/knee drop is likely to be fatal. The most common manner used to strike this target is using a “four-joint” strike in a downward motion to a man who is in a spinal reflex from a groin or other lowtorso target. Like the temple.Medulla Oblongata Located at the “base of the skull”.

This target is reserved primarily for impact weapons. using the ground as your striking surface. but when attacked empty handed. is normally bashed into the ground. Doing this will cause a massive head trauma.Lambdoidal/Saggital Suture Joint This is a particularly barbaric target in that it is only struck when your intentions are to kill a human being. You will see detail on this in the “Violence in Application” chapter. and will almost certainly result in death for the other man. This is the spot on the back of his head where you’d bust him with a rock if you were a caveman looking to take over his land or property. The Lambdoidal and Saggital Suture Target !2013 Villain Publishing 37 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Superior Cervical Ganglion (back of the neck) Striking this target with the ulna bone results in an easy knockout. but the danger of this strike becoming lethal increases exponentially when striking surfaces of the legs are used to access it. if the man is “seated” or laying on his side. by way of a high cervical neck break. The Superior Cervical Ganglion Target !2013 Villain Publishing 38 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . The target can also be struck with a shin kick. A stomp or knee drop to a prone man to this target will almost certainly result in death. This is set up easily by striking a target that causes the man to bend forward at the waist such as the solar plexus. bladder. or groin with the latter target being ideal due to the “cradle” created by the man’s head position (detail below). or stomped or knee dropped if the man is prone. or at the very least quadriplegic paralysis.

Sean strikes Dereck in the Superior Cervical Ganglion target located in the “cradle” created by the position of Dereck’s head post spinal reflex to a groin strike.Here. !2013 Villain Publishing 39 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

or has his head snapped back with an uppercut. which differs slightly from the type of knockout that occurs when a boxer gets hit “on the button”. This is what we call a “fainting” knockout.Pneumogastric Nerve Sheath (lateral neck) The pneumogastric nerve sheath target is located on the side of the man’s neck. Striking the lateral neck will result in a knockout by way of the parasympathetic nervous system. slightly forward of the center point (see detail). The Pneumogastric Nerve Sheath Target !2013 Villain Publishing 40 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This becomes a very interesting target when edged weapons are involved due to the underlying carotid arteries and jugular veins. Stomping or dropping a knee on the lateral neck will more than likely result in paralysis or death for the man by way of high cervical neck break.

including the elbow. it can take anywhere from one to five minutes for the person to expire from a strike to this target. The Thyroid Cartilage Target !2013 Villain Publishing 41 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . ulna bone. This is not a quick kill however.Thyroid Cartilage (Adam’s apple) This target is what the open-hand strike (as described in the section on weapons of the body) is used for. It can also be struck with virtually any other striking surface however. Make no mistake. a strike of any variety with sufficient force to the thyroid cartilage will result in the man’s death by asphyxiation unless there is immediate medical intervention. knee. two-knuckle fist. or heel (the last two being to a supine man). It is therefore recommended that if this target is used as a kill that the man be rendered unconscious as well so as to negate his ability to squeeze a trigger or otherwise cause you harm before he expires. shin. blade edge of the foot.

but can be accessed easily with an “open-hand” strike using the method demonstrated. This target is also easily accessed with the fingers if they are made into the shape shown below while striking high on the sternum with a palm heel strike. It is located in the hollow where the collarbones join. so it is important that accurate striking of this target in the manners described be practiced in your training. It requires a bit more precision to strike than the thyroid cartilage. It’s proximity to the thyroid cartilage target makes it a potentially dangerous option for an encounter where lethal force is not one hundred percent green-lighted however. Striking this target interrupts the man’s breathing significantly for a period of time. though does not present a major risk for lasting injury.Trachea at Suprasternal Notch This is the non-lethal little brother to the thyroid cartilage target. The Trachea Target !2013 Villain Publishing 42 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

When broken. or with a stomp if the man is on the ground. the weight of the arm hanging on the lung of that side makes it more difficult for the man to breathe. The clavicle is most commonly struck with the ulna bone. it becomes very difficult and painful to use the arm. The Clavicle Targets !2013 Villain Publishing 43 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . is a very easy bone to break. Additionally.Clavicle The clavicle or “collar bone”. The clavicle is the only skeletal point of attachment for the entire arm. as it is more commonly known.

the manubrium. For our purposes we’ll just call the whole thing the sternum. the knee. so we do not consider a sternum stomp an option if we need to shut the man off in the same manner that we would a strike to the thyroid cartilage or a neck break.Sternum The sternum is made up of three bones. Common weapons used to strike the sternum are the elbow. when striking with your bodyweight. The Sternum Target !2013 Villain Publishing 44 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Striking this target results in a tremendous amount of pain. It is very easy. the heel of the palm. While it can be fatal. to fracture the man’s sternum. This will require medical attention to remedy. it is not a quick kill. and makes it extremely difficult for the man to breathe. Stomping a man’s sternum can result in death from internal bleeding. Striking the sternum of a downed man with a stomp or knee drop is very likely to cause hemorrhaging as a result of damage to the organs beneath. the ball of the foot. and the xyphoid process. the gladiolus. and the heel (stomp).

Solar Plexus The solar plexus target is located just below the xyphoid process. the solar plexus target becomes an extremely lethal site when struck with a knife or other edged weapon as it serves as an excellent point of entry into the aorta. This makes it very difficult for the man to breathe. The Solar Plexus Target !2013 Villain Publishing 45 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and can be extremely painful. The solar plexus is an excellent target for striking in a non-lethal encounter. the aorta’s venous brother. The solar plexus target is commonly struck with an elbow. the torso’s main artery. and a knee drop or heel stomp if the man is laying on his back. knee. the boney end of the sternum. Striking the solar plexus “knocks the wind” out of a man as a result of the diaphragm going into spasm. The solar plexus itself is a major nerve center of the torso. two-knuckle fist. and the vena cava inferior. and is one that I make heavy use of in my instruction to law enforcement and bouncers. or ball of the foot if the man is standing. Despite this fact.

roughly one third of the distance from the navel to the solar plexus target. or elbow is an excellent way to take the man’s air in a non-lethal manner. Striking the diaphragm with a shin.Diaphragm The diaphragm target is located just above the navel. knee drop. The Diaphragm Target !2013 Villain Publishing 46 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This target can also be struck with a stomp. two-knuckle fist. or hip drop if the man is on his back.

the bladder goes from being relatively benign and carrying a low risk of lasting injury. spilling its contents into the pelvic area. to being a devastating and dangerous target when stomped. The Bladder Target !2013 Villain Publishing 47 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Though I demonstrate. the bladder is an excellent option when targeting a human being in a nonlethal situation. as well as break the pelvis itself. It’s important to note that a stomp to the bladder of a supine man will most likely cause the bladder to rupture. Like many targets that we’ve discussed. Make no mistake about it. two-knuckle punch to the bladder (after dropping to a knee). If a man cups his hands over his genitals the bladder target can be found in the “V” formed by the man’s hands. penetrating. Striking the bladder produces a tremendous amount of pain. effectively crippling the man. I have personally brought two confrontations to an end with a single straight. the minimum possible spinal reflex. it is very common for a man to continue his reaction after the initial spinal reflex and end up curled up on the ground after a bladder strike.Bladder The bladder target is located a few inches above the groin target. and elicits a severe spinal reflex. and teach students to train for.

This makes the groin an excellent target to strike on a man.Groin This is one of the most commonly known of the targets covered in this book. and are aware that even incidental contact can be extremely painful and debilitating. Since you are taught to penetrate and strike with all of your bodyweight with each strike. causing him to need medical attention. Most males cringe at the thought of being struck in the testicles. knees. The Groin Target !2013 Villain Publishing 48 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . The groin target also represents an excellent choice when we begin talking about edged weapons and puncture or puncture/incising wounds due to the vascular structures that lie inside the pelvic diaphragm. and punches with bodyweight behind them can absolutely rupture or displace the man’s testicles. We’ve all experienced what it’s like to take a shot in the groin. you should assume that this injury will take place anytime you choose to strike into the groin. Shin kicks.

The prostate gland lies behind this area and is very painful when struck. is normally used primarily to elicit a spinal reflex.Perineum The perineum target is the area between the anus and genitals. Left: The Perineum Target Right: Sean kicks with the ball of the foot into Dereck’s perineum. !2013 Villain Publishing 49 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and allow access to other big money targets. while debilitating in its own right. The most common strike to the perineum target is a ball of the foot kick to a man lying supine or prone. This strike.

or a ball of the foot kick. negating some of the compression involved in a bare-knuckle strike). if gone unattended. and elicits a massive parasympathetic response. This causes internal bleeding and. Many pro fighters have taken hard liver punches and kicks with little serious. The Liver Target !2013 Villain Publishing 50 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . A quick Google search for “liver punch knockouts” will show you ample examples of this target being struck with devastating and predictable results. or lasting injury (this has largely to do with the fact that they were struck with padded gloves. but it is important to understand that the liver can be lacerated by a broken rib. This target is most commonly struck with a two-knuckle or one-joint punch. Striking the liver causes a tremendous amount of pain for the man.Liver The liver target is located behind the low ribs on the right side of the man’s body. The trick that boxers are taught early on to remember which side the liver is on is to think “left to the liver”. can result in death. or ruptured from trauma relatively easily.

a serious injury that requires medical intervention. Common strikes to the spleen are one-joint punches. and ball of the foot kicks. striking the spleen produces a lot of pain. Striking the spleen can cause it to rupture and bleed internally. The Spleen Target !2013 Villain Publishing 51 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . similar to what occurs from a liver strike.Spleen The spleen target is located on the left side of the man’s body. Even without a rupture. and often times a debilitating temporary “shut down” of the body. opposite the liver target. difficulty breathing.

and can result in unconsciousness. and was responsible for quite a few “unorthodox” knockouts. and along the left pec line. The Heart Target !2013 Villain Publishing 52 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . or a ball of the foot kick.Heart The heart target can be struck just below the left nipple. Striking this target produces a stunning effect. The heart target is most commonly struck with a two-knuckle or one-joint fist. The heart punch used to be common in the days of bare-knuckle boxing.

Lung The lung target is located on the man’s right side. Striking into the lung with a one-joint. and just to the outside of the nipple. It is just below. and difficulty breathing. The Lung Target !2013 Villain Publishing 53 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . or two-knuckle punch causes a tremendous amount of pain.

Lateral Ribcage The lateral ribcage target is located on the side of the torso. Strikes to this target should be linear in nature with you imagining your impact point as an entry wound. The ribcage is designed to be resilient and flexible. it is far less structurally sound. and envisioning an exit wound on the other side of his body. or elbow. knee. as you would see with a bullet. Breaking the man’s ribs in this manner causes him a tremendous amount of pain. This is an excellent target for a shin kick when the man is on all fours. kick. and makes it very difficult for him to “catch his breath”. The ideal point of impact is just above the approximate halfway point between the hips and the shoulders. and can withstand force well from the front or back. From the side however. The Lateral Ribcage Target !2013 Villain Publishing 54 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and can easily be broken with a hard punch.

A lacerated kidney causes internal bleeding and requires medical attention to remedy. the kidneys are vascular organs and are prone to rupture when struck with sufficient force. The kidney is an excellent target for a lethal puncture wound with an edged weapon. Like liver. Common strikes to the kidneys include two-knuckle. Failure to seek medical attention for a lacerated kidney can and will result in death. and two inches below the level of his elbows. and ball of the foot kicks.Kidney The kidney targets are located on the man’s back roughly two inches above. The Kidney Target !2013 Villain Publishing 55 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Striking the kidneys causes a tremendous amount of pain and elicits a similar effect to striking the liver. and one-joint punches.

Lumbar Spine The lumbar spine is made up of five articulating vertebrae. The Lumbar Spine Target !2013 Villain Publishing 56 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Stomping with the heel or dropping a knee into the lumbar spine can cause paralysis. This target is also “dropped” over the knee in various combination throws/back breaks. This target is located in the “small of the back”.

The thoracic spine is also easily broken using a compression or flexion leverage. The two most common strikes for this target are the knee drop and the heel stomp. Generally this target is struck anywhere from between the scapulae (shoulder blades) to the point diametrically opposed to the solar plexus target on the front of the man’s body.Thoracic Spine The thoracic spine is made up of twelve articulating vertebrae and extends from the base of the neck down to roughly the base of the kidneys. The Thoracic Spine Target !2013 Villain Publishing 57 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Strikes to the thoracic spine can and will cripple the man. as I will outline in the chapter on Skeletal Destruction.

and cause his hand to come open. I have personally used this exact method in a violent conflict. !2013 Villain Publishing 58 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . The ulna bone is used to strike this target while a man has his arm outstretched as in holding a weapon or throwing a punch. While timing this can be difficult it is definitely possible. The Radial Nerve Target While the nerve runs the whole length of the arm. Interestingly enough. Strikes to the radial nerve cause a temporary paralysis in the man’s arm. In earlier incarnations of these methods I used to teach such strikes to the radial nerve in response to a man throwing a punch at you. the x’s show the two best places to strike it.Radial Nerve The radial nerve runs along the thumb side of the forearm. in that situation the man who was struck in the arm lost his balance (the spinal reflex causes the man’s arm to drop rapidly which can trip him up) and stumbled to the ground where I finished him off with a ball of the foot kick to the solar plexus.

but can be attacked with great result in order to set up a more debilitating injury. The Median Nerve Target !2013 Villain Publishing 59 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and injury suffered. It is a less favorable target than the radial nerve. and is easily struck using the ulna bone.Median Nerve The median nerve is very similar to the radial nerve in terms of reaction. It runs along the center of the arm on the palm side.

This target is very painful when struck. Most will “point” to the sweet spot with the tip of their middle finger when standing with their arms at their sides. unannounced shin kick to this target. and disrupts the man’s ability to put weight on his leg. While I can honestly say that I brought a confrontation with an ex girlfriend’s brother to an end with a single. roughly halfway between his hip and his knee. and the schoolyard bully’s “dead leg”. The Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Targets !2013 Villain Publishing 60 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . kneed from the side.Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve The Lateral Femoral Cutaneous nerve target. The LFC target is used primarily to set up a more serious injury. can be found on the outside of the man’s thigh. or “LFC” as we call it for short. you should not think of this target as a “one shot stop”. This is the preferred target of a Muay Thai fighter’s “leg kick” with the shin. This target is commonly kicked with the shin. or kicked with the ball of the foot if the man is in an appropriate position.

The Internal Saphenous Nerve Targets The x’s are staggered to show the various locations where this target can be accessed. !2013 Villain Publishing 61 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . or low. in a spot diametrically opposed to the LFC target. or a knee. It is most effectively struck either high. roughly half the distance between the ankle and the knee. This target is most commonly struck using a ball of the foot kick.Internal Saphenous Nerve (high and low) The internal saphenous nerve runs down the “inseam” of the man’s leg. This tactic is commonly used in conjunction with a throw. The high saphenous target is also very painful when grabbed in a clenched fist. It is a motor nerve. The saphenous nerve is also great for resting your knee on while injuring a man on the ground or holding him down. which makes trauma to this target very effective in taking the man’s leg out from under him.

Knee The knee target refers to the anterior and lateral portions of the knee joint. The Knee Target !2013 Villain Publishing 62 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Keep in mind however that a man with a broken knee can still use a firearm with ease. Breaking a man’s knee seriously inhibits his ability to cause you injury. The knee can be broken using a stomp kick from any of these three directions. Do not assume that a man that you’ve crippled by breaking his knee is completely out of the fight. The skeletal destruction chapter in this book will also demonstrate how the knee joint can be “torn out” using a variety of leverages.

or back of the knee target is struck with a stomping kick. The purpose of this is to drive the man’s patella into the ground. effectively breaking it. This also brings the man’s head into an excellent position to execute a neck break or many other injuries.Popliteal Fossa (back of knee) The popilteal fossa. The Popliteal Fossa Target !2013 Villain Publishing 63 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Medial Malleolus (“Ball” of ankle on inside of leg) The medial malleolus is found on the inside of the leg. The purpose of striking and levering this target is to break the man’s ankle. palm. or even your torso as the point of contact to do this. This is also an excellent target when striking with an impact weapon. You can use the ulna bone. knee. This target is commonly struck with a stomping/levering kick or knee drop. The Medial Malleolus Target !2013 Villain Publishing 64 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . You can also “roll into” the man’s medial malleolus target when fighting a standing man from the ground. It is the “ball” of the ankle joint that you can easily see and feel.

This is also an excellent target when striking with an impact weapon. You can use the ulna bone. The purpose of striking and levering this target is to break the man’s ankle. This target is commonly struck with a stomping/levering kick or knee drop. palm. The Lateral Malleolus Target !2013 Villain Publishing 65 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . You can also “roll into” the man’s medial malleolus target when fighting a standing man from the ground.Lateral Malleolus (“Ball” of ankle on outside of leg) The lateral malleolus is found on the outside of the leg. It is the “ball” of the ankle joint that you can easily see and feel. or even your torso as the point of contact to do this. knee.

The spinal reflex to this injury is similar to how a man looks when he steps on his nail. It’s important to note (as I will mention again in the Effective Striking chapter) that you should never use the metatarsal bones as a striking surface. not targets of your own.Metatarsal Bones (instep) The metatarsal bones are the long. thin bones of the instep. It is very easy to throw or otherwise cause further injury to a man after breaking his metatarsals. The Metatarsal Bones Target !2013 Villain Publishing 66 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Remember you strike targets with weapons. never kick with the “shoelaces”. These bones are easily broken when stomped with the heel.

Study these targets. Pick out what targets you would have available if you were to have to injure this person. Imagine how they would react to being struck in these targets (something you’ll be much more prepared for after reading the next chapter on Spinal Reflex). this visualization exercise will improve your ability to use the tool of violence better than anything else. Familiarize yourself with each in terms of its anatomical location. and what tool you might use to strike it. !2013 Villain Publishing 67 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . When you’re out and about around people do a bit of visualization “homework”. as well as what I’ve written regarding the injuries associated with each. seated. This simple drill works wonders in terms of your ability to “see” targets that are available to you on a human being. Imagine what your next injury would be. etc. which we will discuss in the chapter on training.). observe people in various situations and orientations (standing facing you. Second only to freefighting practice. facing a different direction.

both sensory and motor. This chapter will show you how to do that. When the sensory nerves in a given area perceive a stimulus (injury) they send signal back to the spine where a decision is then made to fire a group of motor nerves. their autonomic nervous system produces a predictable response in an effort to safeguard the effected area from further injury.CHAPTER FIVE: SPINAL REFLEX The Spinal Reflex Arc Spinal reflex is one of the base principles of this system. The Spinal Reflex Arc The human body is full of nerves. When a human being receives a trauma to a given area of their body. causing certain musculature to contract and move !2013 Villain Publishing 68 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . You can use exploit this principle with the exact opposite result.

secondary reactions. You cannot depend on this to be the case though. pain tolerance. !2013 Villain Publishing 69 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . then problem solved.the body. and registers a pain response. and must understand that you should always train with the assumption that you will only get the minimum or primary reaction. i. There is nothing that this man’s conscious mind is able to do in order to prevent this occurrence. whereas the initial spinal reflex is commanded by. This means that every man will demonstrate a movement of their body in response to trauma to a targeted area in the exact same way.e. If you do then get a favorable secondary reaction. the presence of drugs or alcohol in the system. a single trauma to one of the presented targets will take the man out of the mix. The secondary reaction is the one that takes place once the brain has been brought up to speed on what is going on. but the initial “defense mechanism” movement produced by the autonomic nervous system will be there regardless. the spine. This will be discussed in a minute with primary vs. you guessed it. This is part of the hardware program that all human beings possess. I refer to this first stage reaction as a “primary reaction”. and other factors can influence how a man responds to trauma from a pain standpoint. Primary and Secondary Reactions As I mentioned before. and then poke another man in the same manner. some will respond to pain differently for a host of reasons. What this means is that if you poke one man in the eye. More often that not. both men will react the same. Perceiving pain however is a function of the brain. This is not to say that it will affect both men the same in terms of their ultimate response.

Ideally the photo on the right would always be the result. and brings his hands and eyes towards the trauma.Jim demonstrates the primary reaction to being struck hard in the solar plexus (left). once the brain sends the pain signal. most will follow a pretty standard set of rules. He bends forward at the waist. Spinal Reflex Basics While some targets possess a few idiosyncratic properties in terms of their spinal reflexes. One the right he shows the likely secondary reaction to the strike. the primary reaction. is all that you are going to get from the man. • • • • The hands and the eyes go to the trauma A man struck in the sternum or above will step back A man strike in the solar plexus or below will bend forward The body will rotate away from the trauma !2013 Villain Publishing 70 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . you must train with the assumption that the reaction on the left. and often times is.

Note that Jim is moving back when struck to the target above the sternum. Note that in both the hands follow the trauma and he is bent forward. the trachea at the suprasternal notch. and the solar plexus. and bladder (right reaction). Also note that in both photos his hands are going to the trauma. !2013 Villain Publishing 71 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .These two photos demonstrate basic reactions to two targets. but the groin is different in that it causes the chin to come up. Here Mike demonstrates a textbook groin (left). “violating” the eyes follow the trauma rule. and is bending forward when struck in the solar plexus.

head and eyes to the trauma. With the liver we see the whole gamut. bent at the waist. his torso bend violently forward at the waist. !2013 Villain Publishing 72 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and instead of seeing his mouth open. and rotating away from the trauma. and we had better get to work injuring another exposed target. we know instantly that we did not get our target. get’s a man thinking. we see him “flinch” downward at the waist and resume his upright position. Hmm.Here we see a liver (left). and eye (right) reaction. We have the same thing with the eye reaction with the exception that the eyes can’t go to the eyes. Take a look at the exposed liver of the man reacting to the eye trauma. For instance if we kick a man with the ball of our foot into the groin. Understanding these predictable movement patterns also allow us instant feedback as to whether or not we struck our desired target. We also know that the injury therefore did not take place. Pat yourself on the back if you were already thinking that. and his hands go to his groin.

After attacking Jim’s eyes. Spinal reflex allows us to take a man to whatever level of incapacitation we desire without any interference from him if we simply cause that all-important first injury. you can understand how this idea can be used to string together a series of injuries to this man. Jim is stuck in an eye reaction (left). Mike can then easily shin-kick Jim in the groin (right) while he is busy reacting. exploit his reactions. and continue to cause further injury. and that the reactions themselves are completely involuntary.Using Spinal Reflex to Combine Injuries Now that you understand that the spinal reflex principle is universal. The cumulative effect of the injury that you are putting into the man brings him to a hard stop quite rapidly. !2013 Villain Publishing 73 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Then. Mike has an open target on the back of the neck. !2013 Villain Publishing 74 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . while Jim is reacting to the groin strike (left). the superior cervical ganglion. which he opts to strike with his ulna bone.

!2013 Villain Publishing 75 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . an unconscious man that had no chance once Mike got the first injury to the eyes and exploited the reactions.The result.

and pay close attention to what your body is doing. Pay close attention to the reactions that you see throughout this book. You will be a much better fighter when your ability to perform correct spinal reflex reactions for your partner becomes spot on. Go slow. Cause the first injury Exploit the Spinal Reflex Rinse. For now. the basics will put you light-years ahead of the pack when it comes to understanding how to take a man apart. Place a heavy emphasis on your reactions during your free fight practice using the base principles that I addressed. Repeat !2013 Villain Publishing 76 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . In the future there will be additional resources detailing the precise reactions for each target. specifically during the Violence in Application portion.Understanding spinal reflex is key to your success.

as well as throws. It is the simplest principle to use. As your skills evolve. you will begin to incorporate joint breaks in the form of leverages. They are as follows: • • • • • Striking Rule Number Striking Rule Number Weapon of the Body Striking Rule Number Striking Rule Number Striking Rule Number One: Always Strike a Target Two: Always Strike with a Weapon or Three: Always Strike in One Direction Four: Always Take his Space Five: When Possible. or striking his body with the earth. regardless of the context. and the one that will come most natural to you as a human being. !2013 Villain Publishing 77 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . While it would be entirely possible to dedicate an entire book. which apply. There are five rules of effective striking. the ultimate weapon. In order to use either of these more advanced tools however. you first need to injure the man. you never attempt to affect a joint break. which are in essence using the earth to strike his body. and striking remains the simplest and most universally accessible tool to accomplish this all-important task (in later chapters you will learn how injury must always precede leverages or throws. almost without exception. Strike First Let’s take some time to examine each of the rules in detail. or throw a man who has not yet been injured). or series of books and videos on all of the possible manners in which to strike a human being (and you will be seeing these products from me as well). this chapter will address the “golden rules” of striking that must be learned and ingrained at the beginning of your training.CHAPTER SIX: EFFECTIVE STRIKING Striking is the meat and potatoes of causing injury. and learn precisely how each applies to the principle of striking to produce injury.

with regards to violence. Without the principle of targeting. injury is absolutely what is needed. As I’ve stated numerous times so far in this book. striking human beings in anatomical real estate where force is likely to yield injury is what striking is all about. It makes perfect sense then that rule number one of effective striking would be to “Always Strike a Target”. Without targets we’re lumped into the ranks of the uneducated. it is by shear luck if and when injuries occur from striking a human being. and swinging for the fences with haymakers in an effort to strike the man in some general area of his body. and takes control out of our hands.Striking Rule Number One: Always Strike a Target As I covered in the earlier chapter on targeting. !2013 Villain Publishing 78 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . in order to render a man non-functional and stop the threat to your safety that he is causing. Always Strike a Target. clutching to our hope that we are better at this bizarre primate dance event than he is. by definition. throwing “body shots”. and are relegated to “headhunting”. and will continue to do so. Since luck is not something that we can reliably reproduce. we do not want to include anything luck-driven in our principles of violence.

Striking Rule Number Two: Always Strike with a Weapon or Weapon of the Body This one we’ve all done to some extent since the first time we ever struck something. or a “weapon of the body”. Later you will see several examples of these body weapons in application. knife or other instrument. this section will be devoted to the use of weapons of the body. we must use either an external weapon such as club. when it comes to at least their most basic use. a target. or driving their knee into a man’s groin. and providing an effective surface to deliver the kinetic energy of your strike (your bodyweight in motion) into the target. such as the heel or knee in the above examples. and have invented an astounding array of them in our time. us humans are a species that loves to use tools to accomplish tasks. in an anatomical structure that is likely to result in injury. most will instinctively use a balled-up fist. !2013 Villain Publishing 79 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . most will have no issue understanding the merit of stomping a downed person with their heel in the same manner that they would snap a piece of tree branch in half for firewood. This rule simply states that when we strike a human being. In addition to the fist. and most are self explanatory in nature. While a later chapter will focus on the use of ancillary. The tools of violence are common weapons. As humans we recognize that there are certain anatomical tools that we have available which are well suited for certain common tasks. in order to produce injury. handheld weapons. The two primary reasons why this rule is of importance are the minimization of risk in terms of injury to yourself as a result of your weapon colliding with the other human. Likewise. Below I will list the primary striking surfaces of the human body that you will use to strike your would-be assailant’s targets. When striking a human being.

!2013 Villain Publishing 80 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Here is a list of the primary weapons of the body: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The “two knuckle” fist “one joint” fist Heel of the Palm Finger Claw Thumb Open Hand Strike Blade Edge of the Hand Hammer Fist “Four Joint” fist Ulna Bone Elbow Knee Shin Ball of the Foot Heel Blade Edge of the Foot Hip Now let’s examine each striking surface in a bit more detail.

I’m noting it however to reinforce the idiocy that is punching a man in the helmet designed to protect his skull with your hand. This is especially true of boxers who come to me to learn another set of skills. hence the name. I will often ban them from using their fists during their free fight practice in order to force them to use other tools.The “Two-Knuckle” Fist The two-knuckle fist is the correct way of using a “traditional” fist. Doing this will get you little more than a casted hand for a few weeks as I can personally attest to having been the case more times than I’d like to acknowledge in my youth. To combat this. filled with nerves. and certainly not the other man’s skull. Many new trainees have a seeming dependence on using their fists as striking tools. while using a “soft” striking surface like the heel of the palm when striking a hard target like the “head”. Martial artists commonly talk about the “hard to soft. since it is the strike that seems most natural to them. See next page for detail… !2013 Villain Publishing 81 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . or temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Since I teach you to strike “head” targets that are less structurally sound like the temple. soft to hard” rule which states that you use a “hard” striking surface like this one when striking a soft target like the solar plexus. this is not really an issue. The impact area is the knuckles of the index and middle finger. made up of twenty seven small bones. In the chapter on training I will explain more ways that I use this idea of restriction to make someone a more complete fighter. This fist is not to be used haphazardly by throwing it to nonspecific areas of the body. dexterous manipulations. and needed for you to perform precise.

The Two-Knuckle Punch !2013 Villain Publishing 82 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

this strike has a knack for increasing the amount of pain delivered. One of my longtime trainees is famous for saying. This strike is used to access precise targets like the hypoglossal nerve at the base of the ear. as I am notorious for sticking these just right.The “One-Joint” Fist The use of the one-joint fist is a way of taking all of the same bodyweight transfer. To make this fist you simply ball up your fist as you normally would. and force of a two-knuckle punch. with the exception of letting the second joint of the middle finger protrude as shown below. or kidneys. or the eye (as the single joint enters the orbital). you and those fucking one joints” during our free fight sessions. Though causing pain is not our intent when striking another human. This is present even in training at a decent clip. and focusing it on an even smaller “entry wound”. lung. “Ahhh. heart. The One-Joint Punch !2013 Villain Publishing 83 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This has also long been my favorite strike when attacking “behind the ribcage” targets such as the liver. spleen.

Common targets include the underside of the mandible. See the eardrum entry in the targeting chapter for detail on how the palms are used in unison. or individually to attack the man’s eardrums. the sternum. and the nose.The Heel of the Palm The heel of the palm is a relatively injury-proof striking surface. The Heel of the Palm Strike !2013 Villain Publishing 84 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

sex. strength.The Finger Claw The finger claw is used exclusively to the eyes. This strike will blind the man for the duration of the violent encounter. and scratch his corneas. !2013 Villain Publishing 85 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This is an extremely effective strike. more than likely scratching or otherwise injuring his corneas. and is easily used by anyone regardless of size. This strike is executed in a penetrating. raking manner from one side to the next trying to get all four fingers “wet” from the man’s eyes. The Finger Claw. or age.

use of the thumb in combat. and causing the corpus vitreum. but a lifesaver when needed. rupturing the globe of the eyeball. but devastatingly effective. A Gruesome tactic. the jelly on the inside of the eye to leak out and run down your arm.The Thumb This is not so much a striking surface as it is a tool that we use to rupture the man’s eyeball. Below I will show detail on the extremely narrow. The thumb being thrust through the eyeball to rupture it while the other hand secures the head to keep the man from pulling back. Pushing your thumb through the eye in this manner will blind the man. !2013 Villain Publishing 86 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

the thyroid cartilage and the trachea.The Open-Hand Strike This strike is only used to the targets of the anterior neck (throat). and is very effective at limiting a man’s ability to breathe when used to the latter target. It is a kill strike when used to the former.e. The Open-Hand Strike !2013 Villain Publishing 87 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . i.

I rarely use the blade edge of the hand in a conventional “chopping” manner. In other schools of thinking to which I have been exposed. connecting with this surface. as I prefer the much stronger. and larger ulna bone for that purpose. as a linear. I prefer a hammer fist or other type of fist in those applications. and can be effective in that manner. Sean demonstrates my preferred use of the strike. though is relatively limited in terms of which targets it can be directed to. !2013 Villain Publishing 88 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . this strike is frequently used to access torso targets like the liver or spleen.The Blade Edge of the Hand The blade edge of the hand is a valuable striking surface. The Blade Edge of the Hand In the second photo. Additionally. “punching strike” that originates near the centerline of your body and extends outward like a straight punch. however. I generally teach and use the blade edge of the hand as a more linear strike as demonstrated below. and prefer to use the blade edge of the hand almost exclusively on the soft targets of the neck.

Additionally. The Hammer Fist !2013 Villain Publishing 89 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and can be used to strike virtually any target. strikes with the hammer fist become lethal stabbing strikes when a knife is placed in the fist with the blade facing down. Learning to access targets in this manner has a tremendous carryover to your ability to use a knife or other edged weapon with a high level of proficiency. It is not limited by risk of injury to the user in the same way that the conventional fist is. and you have one very nasty tool.The Hammer Fist The hammer fist takes the place of the conventional fist in the system of striking that I teach to students in that it becomes the sort of “default” hand strike. Combine this with the fact that the hammer fist is a much more powerful strike due to the mechanics of the arm.

From here I would step forward and shove my bodyweight through the target to knock the man out. While it can also be used in a circular fashion against the groin or the nasal bone of a supine man. I greatly prefer its use as a linear. the surface you would use to knock on a door. Its primary target is the medulla oblongata at the base of the skull.The “Four-Joint” Fist The four-joint fist has a limited application. In the second photo you can see me placing this surface across the medulla oblongata target. and limit my personal use and instruction to applying it in this manner. but makes for another solid tool in your kit. pushing strike. The “Four-Joint” Fist. !2013 Villain Publishing 90 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

The Ulna Bone If it were possible or in any way valuable for me to have a “favorite” striking surface. It is generally aimed at soft targets (it works extremely well when striking the targets of the neck) with the one exception being the clavicle. the last three inches or so near the wrist. is virtually devoid of surface nerves. this one might be it. The distal section of the ulna. The Ulna Bone !2013 Villain Publishing 91 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and is essentially a piece of pipe which you can use to bludgeon a man’s targets with tremendous force.

There are a multitude of targets that the elbows can be used to strike. however the elbow is much more efficient at causing injury when it is used in a much more precise manner. I don’t want you simply to use the elbow as a stand in for the fist. You can see the elbows used “effectively” in mixed martial arts. throwing strikes at generalized areas of the body.The Elbow The elbow is an extremely structurally sound striking surface. The Elbow. The actual striking surface is roughly the size of a dime. In other words. !2013 Villain Publishing 92 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and in Muay Thai especially. I want you to use the point of your elbow as an impact point for your penetrating body weight. In this manner the elbow becomes the pointed end of a rifle round with your body weight as the powder charge behind it.

The Knee !2013 Villain Publishing 93 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . but below I will demonstrate several other. directed at the groin target. manners in which the knees can be used to strike a human being with devastating result.The Knee The knee is a very natural striking surface to use. Its use is extremely common against a standing human. more unorthodox.

and against a host of targets on a man on all fours. Detail on the striking surface of the shin Note that the toes are pulled back so as to make the entire unit tighter. It is extremely effective against the groin target. You can also make heavy use of the shin for striking targets of the neck when fighting from the ground. it can be used to strike just about any target if the opportunity is there.The Shin The shin is a workhorse. !2013 Villain Publishing 94 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and to alleviate any risk of striking with the instep (metatarsal bones). the nervous system targets on the inside and outsides of the legs.

you pull them back and strike with the ball of the foot. This is a very versatile strike. !2013 Villain Publishing 95 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . but the toes will be pulled up in the shoe in this manner to prevent injury. The striking surface for a ball of the foot kick When wearing a shoe.The Ball of the Foot The ball of the foot is the portion of the foot that we use when “kicking with the toe of the shoe”. This allows you to use this type of strike effectively whether you are wearing shoes or not. you will contact with the “toe” portion of the shoe head on. To avoid injury to the delicate bone structures in the toes.

as a stomping strike. and can be used to demolish just about any target.The Heel The heel is perhaps the most versatile striking surface on the human body. The Heel !2013 Villain Publishing 96 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . The calcaneous is the hardest bone in the body. it is most commonly used in the manner in which it is most destructive. While there are several ways in which to strike an upright or kneeling man with the heel.

While not as universally applicable as the much more structurally sound heel.The Blade Edge of the Foot The blade edge of the foot is an excellent striking surface when directed at an appropriate target. The striking surface of the blade edge of the foot !2013 Villain Publishing 97 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . there are many targets that the blade edge of the foot can be used to strike.

we can also use the pelvis to strike a downed man in the manner shown below. the lateral portion of the pelvis can be used as a striking surface in certain applications. This area is frequently used when we are “taking his space” to displace the other person’s hips. This would completely take Sean’s air away. and elicit a violent spinal reflex. or more specifically here. or to aid in throwing the man.The Hip The hip. I like to follow this with a blade edge of the hand strike into the thyroid cartilage to seal the man’s airway after a hip drop like this. the hip can make for a devastating strike. the result is normally a pair of collapsed lungs. The forceful emptying of his lungs after the hip drop is followed by an attempt at a forceful inhalation. However. When used as an impact point for falling bodyweight. With the airway sealed. Above Dereck drops all of his bodyweight across Sean’s diaphragm using his hip as the contact point. !2013 Villain Publishing 98 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

particularly as a first strike or “sucker punch”. as well as the general lack of power that can be generated by such a strike. runs close to the surface along this bone. Most importantly. This is bad news when you are trying to take the other man out of the altercation. The Radial Bone (Thumb side of the forearm) This area is not like the ulna bone (pinky side) in that it is rife with nerves.Striking Surfaces you Should Never Use Listed here are some common striking or attacking tools that should never be used against another human being. The Head (Head butting) While I have personally seen this strike used effectively many times. which houses your brain. one of your targets. I do not advocate its use unless there truly is no other strike available to you. While this surface does play a minor role in the “open-hand” strike. the radial nerve. should not be used to strike another man when there are so many other. but those who have studied traditional martial arts will recognize this as a “ridge hand” strike. The risk of injury to you should the target move does not make this one a viable option. the hand) is essentially paralyzed. it should not be used as a stand-alone striking surface. !2013 Villain Publishing 99 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . options with which to do so. An interesting point about striking the radial nerve is that when you do so the man’s hand comes open and the arm (at minimum. more effective and safe. and the relative ease with which the radial nerve can suffer trauma in the event of a missed target. This is a poor choice of a striking surface due both to its proximity to the radial nerve. The First Metacarpophalangeal Joint of the Index Finger This one is a bit less common to those without a martial arts background. You have to consider that your skull.

all it takes is a chance impact with something harder than anticipated. so why would you want to strike someone with a target? Stick to the ball of the foot or the shin. and you have rendered yourself hobbled for the duration of the encounter. do not kick someone with the shoelaces. As is the case with the radial bone. The Teeth (biting) Like the head butt. or. I can also honestly say that in the past I have bitten myself out of a jam. !2013 Villain Publishing 100 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . you should never bite as an attack (and if you think there is no other option I can pretty much assure you that either. Though martial artists often use this surface to strike their opponents. Unless there is absolutely no other option. The awful risk of infection via blood borne pathogens makes this one a no go in my book. both can be used any time that the instep would be an option. the metatarsal bones are one of the targets that you are taught to destroy. and both provide more power and much less risk of injury to you.The Instep (top portion of the foot) Unless you want a broken foot. there is. I have personally seen the teeth used in real world situations effectively. you waited entirely too long to attack him).

!2013 Villain Publishing 101 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . the fighter throws a punch or kick. In order to strike with the force necessary to cause major damage to the targets of your choosing. usually a “fighting stance”. not back after kicks. In the applications examples you will see how this makes follow up strikes easy as the completion of one strike and its follow through sets up or “loads” another portion of your body. adding an additional chaotic element. Your intent is to produce an “exit wound” on the opposite side of the man’s body by following through with kinetic force. you must put your bodyweight behind the strike and follow through. The opposite of this is what’s commonly seen in boxing and martial arts. or defending against the other man’s actions. This means moving forward and rotating your torso on hand and arm strikes. and extending your strike completely. This simply refers to committing your efforts in your strike. In the next rule of striking your will see how this idea goes hand in hand with the idea of “taking the man’s space” as well. Think of how you would stomp on a wooden pallet or downed branch in order to bust it into pieces for firewood. That is what striking in one direction means. and is how you should strike him each and every time. putting all of your bodyweight into the target. Your strike would have all of your bodyweight behind it. and following through with all of your bodyweight each time. and would follow all the way through. and then returns the arm or leg back to where the strike originated from. the constant disruption of his balance to the trauma that you are already putting into him. preparing it to deliver another devastating strike. and stepping forward and down. in preparation of striking again. an “entry wound” to borrow firearms terminology.Striking Rule Number Three: Always Strike in One Direction The third rule of effective striking is “Always Strike in One Direction”. You are to think of the body weapon that contacts the target as the “point of entry”.

the space where the man receiving the injury was prior to the attack. Observe how the man doing the attack is always standing. prior to your strike. First it ensures that you are following through with your strike and “striking in one direction”. violent disruption of his balance as the result of your advancing mass combined with his accumulating injuries and secondary spinal reflexes send him plummeting to the ground. Accept that this will happen and rejoice in the thought that you did not need to use a more sophisticated throwing principle to accomplish the same task. you’re already messing with him via spinal reflex. This does several things. Taking his space simply means always moving in a manner so as to occupy the space where he was previously standing. !2013 Villain Publishing 102 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Second it safeguards you against missed strikes by keeping the man perpetually off balance and moving backward (how fair is that. Thanks physics. You will see several examples of taking the man’s space in the Violence in Application chapter. or otherwise inhabiting. Often times taking his space will result in unintentional “throws” where the simple. and now you’re not going to let him have any balance either? Cruel).Striking Rule Number Four: Always Take his Space This one is a simple principle that is all to often violated by the uninitiated. On the following page I will demonstrate what the effects of taking the man’s space alone can do with regards to his balance. or otherwise occupying.

All of your strikes should possess a similar transfer of kinetic energy even though your specific intent may not be to throw him. taking his space. outside of his balance base (more on this in the Throwing chapter). and shoving his center of gravity (bladder) backwards.Here my hands are tied. !2013 Villain Publishing 103 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Hit him like a speeding car every single time with the entirety of your bodyweight. I step into Mike’s center forcefully. The result is him hitting the ground hard.

Spinal Reflex then allows for the stringing together of injuries beyond the allimportant first that will ultimately result in his incapacitation. getting the first injury on the man is the key to your success in using violence. his internal saphenous nerves. If however you launch into him from your newfound position on the ground. namely injury or worse. during such practice.Striking Rule Number Five: When Possible. In some cases. you will be the first to cause injury. and it will become apparent that inaction on your part will result in a poor outcome for you. cause injury. In these situations what matters is that. Once you do that. or his groin. Always Strike First As I have mentioned numerous time in this book. you are then able to exploit his spinal reflexes and continue to injure him to the point that you see fit. you will see that. You’ll notice that in most of the applications demonstrated herein. He may even strike you first. then you will have caused the first injury. however I have students train in such a manner that the situation begins only after the first injury has been caused. !2013 Villain Publishing 104 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . In some instances though. Think about it like this. the man is simply “standing there” waiting for you to injure him. attacking his ankles. Later when I introduce “free fighting” practice. or even knock you down. if the man approaches you and blindsides you with a punch that lands you on your back (but not unconscious or dead). Initiating the Violence: Striking First Sometimes you won’t become aware of his intent to do you harm until he is in the process of attempting to do so. he has moved first and struck first. you are presented with a dynamic set of circumstances in which you are forced to see targets. the other man will move first. as described above. Simply put. and otherwise apply the information presented. though he may move or even strike first. I don’t pretend that this is how a human being acts in such a situation. his intent will be communicated differently. I am not concerned with anything that takes place prior to that crucial moment. cut or stab you.

The photo on the next page will illustrate this. and scoring that first injury. with his head and eyes facing front. What I am going to do now is illustrate how to combine this idea with a bit of information regarding how he picks up your movement and registers that there is a threat in order to further stack the deck in your favor when it comes to striking first. His ability to react is not going to beat out your action. has a line of sight that extends at a roughly forty-five degree angle down to the ground that originates at his cheekbones. combined with the ever-present principle of action vs. Action vs.In these situations. A strike that takes place outside of his line of sight. !2013 Villain Publishing 105 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . has an excellent chance of finding its mark long before he realizes that you have moved. what space he is able to see given the current orientation of his head. it is important to understand a few simple principles that enable you to strike him first. Reaction section of this book. as he would be if addressing you. Defensive efforts on his part are always going to be slower than offensive actions on yours. you are at a distinct advantage when you choose to move. A man standing. Reaction As I discussed in the Action vs. Line of Sight This principle deals with the man’s field of vision. and cause that first injury. Understanding the basics of line of sight gives you a distinct advantage when attacking this man with the first strike. reaction being on your side.

Imagine a line extending from Jim’s cheekbones at a forty-five degree angle downward. This is important due to the human characteristic of “getting in your space” to intimidate you and show dominance. Note also that the closer the man is standing to you.Here we have Mike on the left. and Jim on the right. the less he can see. !2013 Villain Publishing 106 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . It only increases the odds that you’ll be able to strike and injure him before he can move. See that Mike’s hands would be just inside of Jim’s field of view.

causing Mike’s attack to be unsuccessful. and “flinching”. Mike initiates by throwing a right hand at Jim’s head. This results in Jim picking up Mike’s movement. Mike attacks underneath Jim’s line of sight with an open strike to the trachea and… !2013 Villain Publishing 107 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Here.Here. all of which occurs inside of Jim’s line of sight.

!2013 Villain Publishing 108 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .…is easily able to land his strike and cause the first injury.

Initiate your attacks under his line of sight. In the lower photos. Jim is then able to “flinch” in response. !2013 Villain Publishing 109 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . In the top photos. and incorrectly. You don’t want this result. placing his arms in Jim’s line of sight. Mike attacks under Jim’s line of sight and lands the shot. Mike starts his attack from farther out.Here we see examples of the same ulna bone strike to the lateral neck done both correctly.

Since we want to move and injure this man before he detects our movement. waiting for it to pass. if you were to observe a bird flying against a clear sky as a backdrop. Human beings are excellent at picking up moving objects on their perceived horizon. Here I illustrate how you can easily see movement when the arms flare and the man “breaks silhouette”. you could easily judge its speed in terms of whether it was moving fast or slow. With no horizon to reference its movement against.Breaking Silhouette This principle again looks at how the human eye detects movement. we don’t want to allow him to use his natural ability to see movement in this manner. !2013 Villain Publishing 110 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . humans are excellent at picking up moving objects against a static horizon. it is important that we learn to move in such a way that our initial strike does not break our silhouette. You could do the same thing when viewing a train from your car. you will do a very poor job determining how rapidly it is moving. In order to do this. or has it just left the station and is therefore much slower going? Now imagine yourself standing on the tracks looking at this train head on. Is it a fast moving train that has already gained speed. For instance. alerting him of our attack. Simply put.

attacks under the man’s line of sight. Which are you more likely to see coming? The attack on the right does not break silhouette. and lands right on its mark. !2013 Villain Publishing 111 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Here are two examples of attacks.

maxilla. nose. line of sight. How would you like to be the one to catch the end of that bat in the frontal sinus. See how easy it is to move and strike undetected when you learn how to deny the man the ability to see you move. or thyroid cartilage while charging this man? Practice these principles. !2013 Villain Publishing 112 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Here Mike is holding a baseball bat inside of his silhouette prior to initiating the attack. and breaking silhouette with a partner.This is one more example of not breaking silhouette with an attack.

Using Deception This is the last heading under the “Always Strike First” rule. Deception is a skill that can be used to place your would-be attacker in a state that makes it easier for you to strike him. Likewise. This won’t always be applicable. A tactic used by counter terrorist teams involves issuing a verbal challenge in order to get the man to speak before pulling the trigger in a hostage showdown. as it is not registered as aggressive posturing. Dialogue Lastly. Appear Non-Threatening The section on not breaking silhouette demonstrated how a man sees your movement by your arms leaving the silhouette cast by your torso. as this is a projected belief that he has on the subconscious level. Let him believe he is intimidating you while you plot his dismemberment at your hands. he is unlikely to think that you will attack while you are talking. Feigning Compliance This is another tactic that can be used to lure him into your attack. This idea. or begin to speak just prior to launching your assault. a calm. there is an observable rule in combat that says that a man has a natural predisposition to not fire a firearm while he is talking. but can be an effective weapon at times. This practice involves using social skills as a setup for your asocial response. Avoiding this also makes you appear non-threatening. or nervous looking face will get you further into his “circle of trust” than a menacing snarl will. Let him think you’re a willing victim. Putting your hands up if he instructs you to makes him believe that you are willing to do what he says. Standing with your hands in close to your body is going to place him at ease a lot more than puffing your chest up and showing your “inflatable lats” will. are topics that I spend a lot of time on in the women’s rape awareness and prevention programs that I teach. and deception in general. Likewise. Strike him when he’s speaking. !2013 Villain Publishing 113 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

even a small child. Think of this like leaning against a railing that turns out to not be fastened. The human body is made up mostly of various fluids. !2013 Villain Publishing 114 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . hold. or limp and difficult to hold. it becomes easy to grab. not the bones. Imagine picking up one of those skeleton models found in a science classroom. most are not rigid in nature like the bones. a human would literally be a “bag of bones”. It is the body’s musculature that creates structure. much like trying to carry a trash bag full of water. or your entire body if the situation warrants such a response. you can eliminate a man’s ability to do so by simply relaxing the appropriate portion of your body. or otherwise manipulate their body. he is going to have very limited success completing his task. When a person “goes limp” and becomes “dead weight”. and instead fall down. The obvious point here is that if you do not want to be grabbed or held. Without muscle. or wrestle with him will have predictable results. expecting the railing to hold you up. surprised and afraid. it is very difficult to move them or hold them. When a human being contracts their muscles or “tightens up”. Trying to “fight” your way out. or attempts to restrain you. carry. he is subconsciously anticipating you to resist. since the structure he was expecting to hold is not there. Likewise if a man attempts to restrain you and you suddenly become a man-sized bag full of water.CHAPTER SEVEN: CREATING AND DENYING STRUCTURE If you’ve ever tried to pick up someone who was asleep or unconscious. This normally results in a loss of his balance as well. He will have a nice. and is what he is expecting. Of the remaining masses. you commit your weight to the movement. then you have seen the principle of denying structure in action. When a man grabs you. and tense everything up. rigid structure to hang on to. Not a very cooperative guy huh? This is relevant to you in the realm of combat because it is you that is in control or whether or not your body is structured and easy to manipulate.

and will allow you to get to work taking him apart. applying the principle of denying structure will thwart his attempts at controlling your body. Below you will see a few examples of the principle of creating and denying structure in action. !2013 Villain Publishing 115 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . This can be accomplished by striking the man or even by incorporating his attempt at restraining or controlling you into a drop throw. and the principles herein. Here Sean is being restrained by Jim who is bigger and stronger. If Sean “fights” the grab. However you do it. he easily withdraws his arm. Jim can easily hold him. you will use this opportunity to injure the man in some manner and begin the process of his incapacitation.In obvious accordance with the theme of this book. When Sean denies structure.

Causing structure (sprawling) against a shoot. the grappler easily adapts and slams the man… Vs.Causing structure (left) vs. !2013 Villain Publishing 116 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . denying structure (right) in full nelson.

!2013 Villain Publishing 117 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Sean pulls his knees together and turns to jelly.Denying structure against the shoot. Jim’s momentum impales him on Sean’s knees and sends him clunking over the top where he can then be injured further.

which you see me doing by striking his groin in the final photo. and me being in an excellent position to continue injuring him. Rather than leaning forward and trying to wrestle my way to freedom.In this example of a drop throw. pinning my arms to the side. deny structure. and “turn to water”. Mike grabs me from behind. his elbow smacking into the ground. This results in him impacting the ground with my bodyweight across the nerves of his medial arm. !2013 Villain Publishing 118 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I simply latch onto him.


First lets address the fact that nine times out of ten we are “breaking” a man’s joints. but not with your own ulna. I will be providing ample materials on the subject of breaking joints down the road. not his actual bones. !2013 Villain Publishing PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE 120 . but the ability to more totally disrupt this man’s skeleton in a traumatic matter really begins to come to life when you understand leverages and attack joints. and is the bread and butter of injury creation. the radius bone can be broken with a baseball bat or a pipe. Attacking the skeleton is accomplished in two major ways: • • Striking Applying Leverages The first you are intimately familiar with by now. Let me explain. As a matter of fact. Not that the empty-hand list is short. For instance. you can certainly ruin a man’s day by breaking any one of the bones listed above. Striking forms the basis for this system. but I will take this opportunity to provide a basic overview of the subject for your familiarization. and that list grows quite a bit. When you destroy his ability to function normally (part of our definition of injury) it becomes exponentially more difficult for him to carry out his intent to cause you harm. Stomp kicks to the knees or ankles are examples of this. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive work on the use of leverages to break joints. the only bones that can actually be reliably broken by way of striking with empty-hands are: • • • • • • The The The The The The clavicles sternum mandible metatarsals ribs pelvis (only with a stomp to a supine man) Put an impact weapon in your hand to multiply force. Should you choose to continue your pursuit of knowledge of the tool of violence.Attacking the structure of man’s skeleton is an excellent way to incapacitate him. Striking however is limited in its joint breaking ability.

First. something that makes it unique as a joint. extension. !2013 Villain Publishing 121 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and is notated as an “L”. Sean will demonstrate each type of leverage using the wrist. The only leverage that can be used to break every single joint in the human body is L1. Not all joints can be broken using each leverage. for ease of use. the wrist can be broken in all six leverages. top to bottom As a note. let’s discuss the six categories of leverages that my students learn to use to take a man apart. followed by its appropriate number from one to six. Each is assigned a number. They are… • • • • • • L1L2L3L4L5L6Extension Flexion Supination/Medial Rotation Pronation/Lateral Rotation Adduction/Medial Deviation Abduction/Lateral Deviation Below. They are in order from left to right.

and a wrestling match with a non-compliant drunk who didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be a good “uke”. that was taught in their defensive tactics training. Remember also that I am not discussing “joint locks” here.My students learn how to break a multitude of joints in the human body using this simple classification system. Martial artists fail in attempting to apply “wrist locks” and holds because they are trying to get a capable. The next several pages will show a few examples of joints being broken in each of the six categories of leverages. and determine which category they fall under. noncompliant man to essentially “let them” do it. The goal here is not pain compliance or submission. With a bit of creativity. and let the officer apply the lock. I’m sure you can begin to spot opportunities for leverages in your training. One thing that is absolutely important for you to understand is that you never apply a leverage to man who you have not yet caused an injury to. and learning what the range of motion limitations are for each joint in each of the six leverages. or a hard punch to break the sternum. Imagine the toolbox that knowing this information gives you when it comes to crippling a man that wants to do you harm. !2013 Villain Publishing 122 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Many a police officer has relayed to me a story or two about an attempted wrist lock or shoulder bar. What I will do on the following pages is provide several examples of each type of leverage being used to break a joint. and the break executed with the same commitment that you would have when using a stomp kick to break a knee or ankle joint. If the decision is made to break the joint. then the leverage is applied. resulting in a punch to their nose.

to break this man’s neck.Extension Here I’m using L1. Here.L1. in conjunction with a throw. !2013 Villain Publishing 123 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . L1 is being used to break this man’s fingers.

!2013 Villain Publishing 124 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .L2. completed by dropping the bodyweight towards the floor. a “compression break”. The neck being broken via L2.Flexion An L2 break of the wrist.

Here.Supination/Medial Rotation Here I am using L3 to break his wrist. !2013 Villain Publishing 125 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . L3 is being used to dislocate the hip.L3.

Pronation/Lateral Rotation L4 break of the wrist L4 being used on the ankle to tear out the knee !2013 Villain Publishing 126 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .L4.

!2013 Villain Publishing 127 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Adduction/Medial Deviation L5 used to break the ankle.L5.

Abduction/Lateral Deviation Using L6 to break the ankle Here I’m using an L6 leverage to break the wrist.L6. !2013 Villain Publishing 128 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

and to experiment on your own. In the “Degrees of Incapacitation” chapter of this book. Play around with these ideas in your training. For now I want you to have this basic knowledge on which to build. !2013 Villain Publishing 129 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . crippled. and develop an arsenal of “throw away” techniques each time you practice. or dead. are applying one of the six categories of leverages to a joint. and limited only by your willingness to learn and develop. The possibilities are endless. Since you are learning principles.Whether you are using a strike to break one of the bones which are susceptible to being broken by way of empty-hand strikes. A mathematics teacher would be doing his or her students a disservice by making them memorize the answers to a specific set of questions. seeking further coaching on this subject will skyrocket your ability to see these opportunities and use a variety of leverages to cripple the man. you have the knowledge necessary to grow on your own. or doing one of the above in conjunction with a throw. Apply an L1 break to a man’s elbow when his arm is extended and “stuck to you” after you’ve injured him in another manner. Learn to take the man’s hand from his eyes after a finger claw strike and break his fingers or wrist with an L1 or an L3 or 4. instead of a specific set of movements. “Don’t’ tell people how to do something. George S. and wrecking vital components of the man’s skeleton is an excellent tactic. I stated that. are using an impact weapon to shatter those that aren’t. when faced with an asocially violent individual. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity”. Patton once said. attacking. the only three acceptable conditions to leave him in are unconscious. Skeletal destruction tactics are how you accomplish the “crippled” state in that hierarchy. Like I said before. Likewise I would be doing you a disservice if I taught you a bunch of techniques instead of teaching you how to actually “do the math”. This quote rings true with the information in this book.

While both of these types of movements are possible examples of the throwing principles in action. !2013 Villain Publishing 130 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . that must be applied if you are to successfully throw a man to cause injury. Imposing your will to slam him to the ground after you’ve rakes his eyes. extends to cover any leverage. which is imperative that you understand. and hits much harder”.CHAPTER NINE: THROWING This chapter will focus on the subject of throwing a man to the ground. For most. the throwing principle. The earth is larger. their free fight practice evolves to commonly include a hard throw of some sort after one or two strikes have caused other injuries. stronger. One of the characteristics of a sophisticated fighter. First I will address one very important principle. slam. “I can strike a man with my fist. Aikido creator Morihei Ueshiba is quoted as saying. What this means is that there must be an injury caused prior to your throw attempt in order to ensure its success. or I can strike a man with the earth. causing a multitude of injuries. shove. Grabbing a man in an attempt to send him on a one way trip to the ground will result in grappling match between you and this non-compliant individual who may well be bigger. struck him in the lateral neck. or other method used to drive the man into the ground. tackle. as well. or broken his clavicle however will work out much better for you. or picked up in the air and dumped to the ground. In keeping with Ueshiba’s logic. is the ease with which he or she is capable of incorporating throwing movements into their attacks. or better at grappling than you. as taught here. this will conjure up images of Judo or Greco-Roman style throws where the man is tossed over your hip. “Only throw an injured man”. it is possible to cause more injuries over more area of the body by throwing the man to the ground than it is by simply striking him. using this system. As students progress.

which expand on this base principle. Future works on the subject of throwing will address a host of other principles such as the “third leg” principle. In the real world. Let’s look at the base principle of throwing so that you can better understand what it takes to destroy a man’s balance and send him to the ground. you can see what is referred to as your balance base. chipped elbows. The man’s ability to take a fall without being injured. this is a result of him having been trained to do so to avoid injury while training. but for the purposes of this book I am going to stay relatively elementary and stick to the bare basics. If your bladder travels out beyond the boundaries of that rectangle. this man will not know how to fall. or a component of the injury itself (as in the case of a “body slam” tackle across his diaphragm). and/or head traumas from clunking onto the ground like the proverbial “sack of shit”. the result is a loss of your balance. more often than not. nor will you or I be assisting him in landing safely. 1. the toes of the shoes. !2013 Villain Publishing 131 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and the sides of the shoes all forming sides. Now understand that your body’s center of gravity (when standing) is located just about where your bladder target is. The Base Principle of Throwing If you stand up and imagine a rectangle that is formed by your feet. and open the door for all kinds of diabolical manners in which to injure using gravity. This is a result of two factors. I (or whoever is throwing him in the photos) am helping him fall in a manner that does not injure him for the sake of training. 2. in which the throw itself is either a result of the injury (as in the case of a leverage throw from a stomp to the ankle. Note: In most of the demonstrated examples herein you will see the man being thrown to his back. the heels of the shoes. but in the majority of cases. you will need to produce an injury on this man with a strike prior to throwing him to the ground.There are seeming exceptions to this rule. so he will most likely receive a few injuries in the way of broken wrists.

a gouged eye and busted knee will do that just fine. and the dynamics of throwing. If you are into this information. These categories are: • • • • • Hip Throws Leverage Throws Shoves Slams and Tackles Drop Throws Hip Throws These methods (hip throws) require a more comprehensive understanding of both body dynamics. and wish to advance in your level of skill and knowledge. which will be released in the future. and extend a bit outside the scope of this chapter. but learning to successfully perform these types of throws is certainly not something that is necessary in order to use violence against another man. and can be devastating in their effects.Types of Throws You are performing a throw anytime that you send a man to the pavement hard with the intention of using the ground as your striking surface to injure him. There are a few basic categories that throwing methods can be grouped into. These are certainly valuable tools. On the next two pages I will demonstrate two examples of hip throws. !2013 Villain Publishing 132 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . than I do encourage you to keep an eye out for upcoming book and video products. that will enable you to learn how to use these destructive tools with ease.

The result is a hard slam for Mike. and an excellent position for me to continue to injure him if needed. throwing in this manner requires very little strength. I then proceed to step into his space (using the hidden triangles principle) to set up the hip throw.This series begins with me striking Mike in the lateral neck with the ulna bone. !2013 Villain Publishing 133 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . While this looks as if I’m muscling him over.

!2013 Villain Publishing 134 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . extending the vertebrae to cause an L1 break. I dump him to the side and yank up on his chin to introduce further motion into the broken neck to ensure spinal cord injury and death. I then execute a hip throw while hugging his neck.In this series I begin by striking Mike in the kidney with a two-knuckle punch. I then set up my throw by securing him around the neck as in a “rear naked choke”. At the apex of the throw.

and/or head.Leverage Throws This type of throw comes about as a result of a leverage applied to a joint. The most common examples of leverage throws involve attacking the ankles and knees. The injury to the joint itself causes the man to plummet to the earth. normally resulting in a host of other injuries to the upper extremities. You can also affect a leverage throw by manipulating the man’s head. as we see in many neck breaks. !2013 Villain Publishing 135 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

In this simple example. !2013 Villain Publishing 136 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and use my knee to lever him down. I use my palm to attack his hip crease and shove it at a forty-five degree angle to the ground. pushing it just above the medial malleolus. I’m now free to continue injuring him. using leverage to slam him. while Mike is reacting to a finger claw to the eyes (not shown). In this example of a leverage throw. breaking his ankle (L5) and slamming him to the ground. I place my hand on his metatarsal bones.

breaking his ankle (L6).Here I’ve struck Mike in the groin with a palm heel strike (not shown). !2013 Villain Publishing 137 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I then bring my leg up in a “wheel-like” fashion. and levering his head down towards the ground rapidly. and stomp just above his lateral malleolus with the blade edge of the foot (see effective striking section for detail).

I then take his hand from it’s location at the injury site (thanks spinal reflex).Here I begin by striking Mike in the solar plexus. and levering him to the ground where I then use an additional L2 break to cause further trauma. dropping to a knee. !2013 Villain Publishing PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE 138 . and apply an L3 break to the wrist.

Shoves This is the simplest type of throw in existence. but with a more thorough understanding of the “third leg” principle of throwing. The beginner will find this easiest to do when the man is doubled over in a groin or bladder reaction. Below are two examples of a basic shoves. shoves can be used effectively regardless of the man’s position. you are causing an injury to the man. and then shoving his center of gravity (bladder) outside of his base to send him to the earth. !2013 Villain Publishing 139 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Mike is reacting to having been struck with a heel of the palm strike to the groin. In the above example. I simply step through his center while shoving him down hard onto his side. Simply put.

!2013 Villain Publishing 140 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . but I instead opt to continue the shove and let his head whip back into the ground.In this example I begin by stepping in and striking an advancing Mike in the solar plexus with my elbow. The third photo places me in a perfect position for a neck break (L2). I then take him behind the neck and shove his head in a straight line to where his third leg would be if he had one in the rear.

often times with your bodyweight falling on top of him to cause further injury. These can be very devastating. !2013 Villain Publishing 141 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and can render the man non-functional in a hurry.Slams and Tackles These throws involve hurling your body at the man’s center in order to send him crashing to the ground in an injuries manner.

!2013 Villain Publishing 142 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . all of my weight lands hard on him. driving him to the ground. On impact.Here I charge Mike and slam the side of my body across his diaphragm. It is then easy to find targets and produce further injury. driving the air out of his body.

slamming him to the ground and smacking his head down hard.Here I strike Mike with a heel of the palm into his groin. I continue to roll to my side. I then begin to roll. trapping his hip from in between his legs with my non-striking arm. !2013 Villain Publishing 143 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Here I then attack him with an L4 break to his neck (rotary atloaxial separation).

What seems to be a good situation for him becomes a hard slam to the ground in the blink of an eye. they are most commonly used as a result of him having moved first.Drop Throws Drop throws involve controlling the man’s body while falling to the ground at his feet (blocking his third leg to the front). Drop throws used in this manner often are in “violation” of the “only throw an injured man” principle in that the man’s contact with the ground accounts for the initial injury. or otherwise grabbed hold of your body in an effort to control you to initiate the attack. These are very effective when “denying structure” to a man who has surprised you. While drop throws can be used entirely offensively. !2013 Villain Publishing 144 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and/or having stolen your balance. sending him on his merry way to the pavement.

using his momentum to slam him hard onto the ground where I can then strike targets and cause further injury. Recognizing that my balance is gone. I grab him behind the neck and “sit down at his feet”.Here Mike initiates the assault by grabbing me and shoving me off balance. !2013 Villain Publishing 145 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and that I need to attack him.

I immediately pin his hands to chest and drop at his feet. I then immediately strike with an ulna bone into his groin and then continue injuring him. This results in a hard slam for him. !2013 Villain Publishing 146 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Here Mike attacks from behind. rotating to my side. and more than likely a chipped elbow on the concrete. pinning my arms and knocking me forward.

The possibilities for trauma available to you when using throwing principles are vast. a common head injury received from a throw on a hard surface. An x-ray showing a subdural hematoma. which I will explain in the upcoming chapter on training. !2013 Villain Publishing 147 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . look for opportunities to incorporate some of the methods detailed above.During your free fight practice. Stay tuned for the more comprehensive throwing products in order to expand your knowledge and capability in this lethal science.

saves the dog owner from bending down. and another human being can potentially be taken out of the picture. and it will !2013 Villain Publishing 148 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I titled this passage “Self Defense and the Pooper Scooper” because we are talking about tools here. Modern weapons such as firearms. Powerful. and the dog shit. If you think about it. man has invented and used tools to accomplish a variety of actions. This is important to understand in the context of combat science for a few reasons. A simple stroke or strokes of the trigger. knives. The weapon will not do anything to defend you or your loved ones. and clubs. it will not spring into action from your bedside in the event of a home invasion. A firearm purchased or carried for “self defense” is erroneously described. A pooper-scooper is simply a tool that some use to perform a task that most would rather not perform with their hands. or even kill another person from a distance. it’s simply that the scooper makes things easier. The next few chapters will provide some insight on the advantages and limitations of ancillary tools of violence such as the weapons listed above. are nothing more than tools that allow violence to be performed on another human being in a more efficient manner than the average person is capable of doing with their empty hands. there’s not much difference between a pooperscooper and a firearm in terms of how they add value to the owner.CHAPTER TEN: WEAPONS “Self Defense and the Pooper Scooper” Throughout history. A tool is simply anything that provides a more efficient means of completing a task. It will not call the police. incapacitate. huh? Absolutely. and places a distance barrier between the person’s hand. A firearm allows one to injure. It’s not that one can’t collect their dog’s waste with a bag turned inside out over the hand. This is why firearms are such an effective and sought after tool of violence.

or killing another human under any circumstances with only the weapons of their body. Without your brain’s intent to fire the weapon into the vitals of another human being. that they were instead tools for injuring others. or to a lesser degree.45”. the firearm amounts to nothing more than a very expensive paperweight. your body. “I feel safe walking the streets because I’m packing a . “Nothing can hurt me or my family. I followed by refusing to teach them how to use any ancillary tools until they were capable of incapacitating. it needs to be in your hand when you need it. many have come to me to teach them how to use firearms. We see this same idea with knives as well as other tools like pepper sprays and stun guns. everyday. the problem here is that the weapon had better be in your hand or drawn when you need it. As I’ve said before. The single biggest problem with that statement is that in order for it to be effective at that purpose. After I explained to them that neither tool could be used to protect anyone. Their logic is that the weapon is their self-defense tool. or even acquire licenses to carry firearms where they are legally obtained.not keep someone from raping you. but it is a grave mistake to base your own personal survival preparedness or that of your loved ones on any object that you can put in your hand. Many people purchase firearms for in their homes. !2013 Villain Publishing 149 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Again. Should you choose to kill another human being. wherever you go. the only true weapon is the human brain. All of these tools can be applied effectively in certain situations and under the right conditions. I keep a gun in the nightstand”. it is then necessary to learn to use the other weapon that you have available with you all day. It makes them feel warm at night by its sheer presence. Throughout the years. knives for the purpose of selfdefense. a firearm is an excellent tool. Once your brain is aware of the critical shift necessary from self preservation to the destruction of another human or humans as outlined in my previous article.

Nothing about a weapon increases your intent to do harm to another human.I don’t want to hear a story about a woman being raped and murdered while digging for her pepper spray in her purse. Nothing about a weapon makes you better at doing violence to another human (an attribute that I promise you the asocial. in this case the weapon of choice. Simply put. I’m very familiar with what’s on the market). amoral attacker you will face will possess to a much greater degree than you). or after the attacker(s) laugh at her when she sprays them (save the comments about how that wouldn’t happen with X or Y brand of sprays. !2013 Villain Publishing 150 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . is nothing short of asinine. As a matter of fact. gambling with your life is not something that you should do. as in “I pull my gun and he capitulates and the situation ends” are already thinking in a manner that will get them killed. those who purchase firearms for the “deterrent” effect that they possess. Betting it all on black. Nothing about a weapon makes you less susceptible to violence. I hate hearing about the homeowner who is beaten to death in his home that was unable to get to (or load) his firearm in time to bring it into action.

whether you are standing. though the last thing an asocial attacker would ever want to encounter is one of our people armed with a club of some sort. AND regardless of whatever tool may be in the other guy’s hand. it doesn’t matter if you are armed or unarmed. seated. Jim grabs for Sean’s gun. I don’t train people to be gun-fighters. Violence is violence. Jim neglected to address Sean’s intent and his mistake cost him his life. whether he has a gun.Here we see the danger in focusing on the man’s weapon and not his intent. or on the ground. whether there is more than one of him. I don’t train stick-fighters. !2013 Villain Publishing 151 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . who wants Jim dead (the true threat). I don’t train people to be knife-fighters. Sean. The same principles apply. produces a knife and stabs Jim to death. I train people in principles that apply regardless of whatever tool is their hand. though they are fully capable of manipulating and effectively using a variety of modern firearms. though we do spend a lot of time teaching you to use the knife.

as well as give you a bit of the basics on using these weapons offensively. Later works will go into much grater detail on the professional use of each type of weapon.The next four chapters will focus on three types of weapons. • • • • Edged weapons Impact weapons Firearms Improvised weapons They are intended to give you a solid understanding of what it takes to face a man or men armed with such weapons. !2013 Villain Publishing 152 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Stab wounds allow access to vital organs inside the protective walls of the body. The most common edged weapon is of course the knife.CHAPTER ELEVEN: EDGED WEAPONS Edged weapons are simply any tools that can be used to inflict puncturing. in training students to use the knife. Punctures increase the surface area of the trauma in depth as opposed to width. Edged weapons are capable of producing either puncture wounds. or incising trauma to a human being. and only the firearm rivals the efficacy with which they are capable of taking human life. they are still simple tools. Edged weapons can be devastating tools. Despite this reality. The key point here is that they survived. sometimes requiring hundreds upon hundreds of stitches to close the wounds. What you typically do not see is a man with a one-inch scar located over his heart or his kidney from a stab wound. Incising wounds are “cuts”. Incising wounds are generally only taught on the exit of a puncture. They open the body up and make for a lot of bleeding. To take that a step further you must understand exactly how edged weapons kill. incising wounds. That brings us to puncture wounds. A quickly Google search for knife wounds will produce a multitude of gruesome images of people cut up like crazy. The lethality potential of punctures is what is responsible for this disproportionate emphasis. or both. and are generally much more likely to be fatal than cuts. A human being must lose one fifth of its total blood volume in order to go into hypovolemic shock. penetrating. with tools like screwdrivers and ice picks close behind. Shallow cuts !2013 Villain Publishing 153 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . No knife has ever stabbed someone one its own. or as an incidental bonus that takes place when following through from a strike with the ulna bone of the knife hand. That means one full liter of blood for an adult. and they require a human brain to use them effectively. Generally speaking. the majority of focus is placed on puncture wounds as opposed to cuts.

take the man out. If he is injured. If you continue to injure him to the point of incapacitation. and look repulsive. To sum it up. but there are few targets that can make a person bleed that much quickly enough to be used to incapacitate them. not stabbing or cutting you. If he can’t use his brain.make a mess. not the weapon. and you can see why the stab is king. then the threat of his intent along with the knife he brought along no longer exists. Contrast that to a simple stab into the heart. or attempt to take it from him. Facing Edged Weapons As I stated in the weapons chapter. I simply get busy injuring him. kidney. Jim produces a knife and threatens me with it. he is in spinal reflex. or aorta. !2013 Villain Publishing 154 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . there is nothing about a weapon in the man’s hand that changes the fact that his brain is the danger to you. I don’t go after the knife. he can’t use his knife.

etc. the target areas remain the same. Many who have survived asocial conflicts.If it makes you feel any better. A later product will identify all of the targets for edged weapons and the pathologies that are associated with each. The pathologies of the injuries change of course. or in a tight fist with the blade facing down. Using an Edged Weapon As I stated before. Though the knife gives you access to injuries that you cannot cause without one. one or the other. report not even being aware that the knife was present until after the situation was over. See if you can identify the organs and vascular structures affected when you strike each with a blade. !2013 Villain Publishing 155 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . They are in a tight fist with the blade facing up. you probably won’t even know that he has a knife. If he wants to kill you he will just start stabbing. or Norman Bates. so you will just be injuring an unarmed man in your head. experiment with using the knife against targets in this book during your free fight practice. stab wounds are king. Injure him! He just gave you the green light to do so legally by brandishing a lethal weapon. As always. Make sure that you are using your body as a unit that just so happens to have a blade on the end of one of its appendages. Regardless of whether or not he makes it known. ensure that you are not becoming a “weapons fighter”. you can stab it and have a great effect. who have even been cut or stabbed during the altercation. do not wait to see what he does and attempt to counter or use your “knife defense” techniques you learned from your “reality-based” self-defense course. For now. If he shows it to you or threatens you with it. there are only two ways that a professional holds a knife. That’s it. and focusing on the knife in your hand. injure him. No mystical tiger grip. Despite all of the fancy things that you see in movies and in martial arts classes. It’s ice pick. fencing grip. but for the most part if you can punch it or kick it. reverse grip.

A simple punch to the solar plexus. put a knife in your hand and it becomes… !2013 Villain Publishing 156 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

vena cava inferior. This is “Dexter’s” target of choice for his victims.…an entry into the aorta. Note the low-tech grip that I’m using. !2013 Villain Publishing 157 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and the heart depending on the angle of the strike.

and you’re going to prison. The knife does not leave your pocket unless it is about to enter the man’s body and end his life. with a blade no longer than four inches. or a double edged. Therefore you don’t need a knife with “wow” factor. It should be believable that your knife is part of your everyday kit. if you choose to carry a knife. militant type of individual. That said. fixed-blade dagger. and used to cut tape. six-inch folder. open boxes. unassuming pocket knife than you are if you opted for a blade dubbed “The Ultimate Combat Tactical Folder”. The man will not know that you have a knife until it has already inflicted a mortal wound on him. or any other.Bonus: Selecting an Edged Weapon for Concealed Carry The knife is an extremely efficient tool when it comes to taking a man’s life. !2013 Villain Publishing 158 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . It should be noted that this. do not carry the knife. Personally. or must be acting on behalf of a third party that is in a similar situation. If you are not willing to do this on a moral level. a three-inch blade can kill a man every bit as dead as an exotic. When used effectively. A judge is not going to want to hear your explanation for selecting such a tool. Namely. You are going to have a much easier time explaining why you chose to stab the man and end his life with your ubiquitous. If you choose to carry a knife. and you are by default going to come off as a hyper-vigilant. you must be in imminent danger of death or grievous bodily harm. so stick to something a bit more practical. not seen. there is no “cutting to intimidate” or anything along those lines. Use a knife in a situation where these conditions are not present. When used correctly the knife is felt. then all of the criteria necessary to permit you to use lethal force must be present. not “self defense” is the only reason why one would opt to carry a knife for personal protection. your knife need not be “impressive” or intimidating. You are not “Crocodile Dundee”. for use as a tool in the case of an appropriate situation. I think that three and a half inches represents the upper limit on blade length for a concealed carry blade. Like “shooting to wound”. If you are opting to use a knife in an asocially violent situation. non-killing-a-man type of activity. you absolutely must be prepared to use it to mortally wound another man. Your knife should be small.

the screwdriver is fifty-state legal. and not dismiss my thoughts while rambling about your rights. Like the claw hammer. and easily purchased anywhere. While it may be a bit if a stretch to use one that you’ve pocketed in a business suit. I urge you to take selecting a pocketknife for carry serious. it is certainly believable that. etc. or in an interview room after killing a man in “self defense”.Much like how most would find it completely logical that you stabbed a man with a kitchen knife that attacked you in your home. when in fear of your life. The law’s perception of your tool of choice will become extremely relevant and important to you should you find yourself in a holding cell. you used your every day pocketknife as a “defensive” last resort. it will make sense to most if you stab a man under the ear with one who is reaching in your car with a gun to your head. This is also one of the reasons that I advocate the screwdriver as an edged weapon. !2013 Villain Publishing 159 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

As I described in the introduction. and pipe wrenches • Sporting implements such as baseball bats The latter two categories represent what you are most likely to encounter in a violent attack from an impact weapon-toting adversary. not his weapons that make him a threat. Additionally. A tool such as a piece of steel pipe or a baseball bat is a force multiplier that allows such things as breaking a man’s radius bone or femur. which makes them extremely user-friendly to literally any human being who chooses to pick one up. there is nothing about an impact weapon that makes the other man more dangerous. Impact weapons provide a reach advantage. modern times have brought about several tools which are commonly used for this purpose. to become possible. tasks that cannot be accomplished with empty-hands. Some of these tools are: • Clubs (this encompasses all types of police batons and martial arts fighting sticks) • Hand tools such as hammers. tire irons. Any object that can be used to inflict blunt force trauma on another man is considered an impact weapon. Caveman used clubs and rocks to bash in the skull of his enemy. Despite this fact. as well as the ability to strike with much greater force. so you are always instructed to attack. an impact weapon cannot be used if his brain is not able to drive. and to hunt and kill his food. That said. strikes to the head with an impact tool are much more likely to be fatal due to the massive head trauma that results. Like any other weapon. There is no necessary training required to use an impact weapon. it is the man’s intent. This is why human beings have relied on them to do greater damage since the dawn of time.CHAPTER TWELVE: IMPACT WEAPONS Impact weapons represent the oldest class of weapon. whether that was their originally intended purpose or not. and shut off his brain when he poses a threat to you. !2013 Villain Publishing 160 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Violence is violence. or firearm. spinal reflex.Later products will provide more education on the use of impact tools as offensive weapons. “knife”. then you are way ahead of the curve. or “gun-fighter”. !2013 Villain Publishing 161 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . what is in your hands or the other man’s hand has no bearing. and the necessity of causing injury to render the man non-functional. Remember that just because you wield an impact weapon. Here I simply drop to a knee and punch him in the bladder as he attacks. edged weapon. you do not become a “stick”. Nothing changes because the man has a baseball bat in his hands. you are simply a man who understands how to fight with the listed tools. but if you understand targeting.

Instead of thinking that the situation will go down like the movies. You always assume that at least one round will be fired while you are injuring the man. and would likely cloud your ability to deal with the situation in the most direct manner. and are proficient with firearms. What I mean by this is that if you take it from him. do not attempt to use it. Unless you are intimately familiar with the weapon system. They. unlike other weapons. you should not attempt to use his. One thing that I want to point out before I go any further is that you should absolutely not use another man’s weapon. Facing Firearms The introduction of a gun into the mix changes very little. most people are more afraid to face an attacker wielding one than any other weapon. or it becomes free in the melee. you prepare for the reality that the gun will fire. Learning to use firearms effectively is something that I highly recommend that you do if that is a possibility for you. tail between his legs. can be one hundred percent positive that it is loaded and in working order. The only real exception is that you need to address the weapon’s field of fire. afraid of you.CHAPTER THIRTEEN: FIREARMS Firearms are excellent tools when it comes to taking human life. and illegal possession !2013 Villain Publishing 162 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Firearms bring with them an intimidation factor that the other weapons just don’t seem to carry. To add to what I just said. Doing so would be placing an undue emphasis on its presence. Because of this. He was charged with attempted murder. a good friend of mine was assaulted at gunpoint. Failing to do this is asinine and not in keeping with reality. He took the man’s gun from him and shot him (did not kill him). are mechanisms and allow you to fire a projectile into a man’s vitals from a distance. with you snatching the gun from the man and riding off into the sunset after he scurries away. and you will more than likely be killing a man with your hands this evening. This chapter will help alleviate some of that concern as you learn the principles associated with dealing with firearms.

Later the charges were dropped when detectives discovered the wounded man’s fingerprints on the rounds inside the magazine. proving that he had loaded it and that the gun was his. the gun can cause me no harm. Unless I am directly in front of it.of a firearm because the other man said that the weapon was his. The Danger of the Muzzle The muzzle is the only dangerous portion of the firearm. This is where I do not want to be !2013 Villain Publishing 163 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . The funny thing is that my friend is very adept with his hands and could have easily ended the altercation without resorting to shooting the man (he clearly was less adept with firearms since the man survived). but this is not a headache that you want.

!2013 Villain Publishing 164 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Penetration and Rotation When attacking a man with a gun.I am in no danger in either of the above photos because I am not in front of the muzzle The first order of business when facing a firearm is getting out of the line of fire. This simple principle gets me out of the line of fire. and into his space where I can injure him and eliminate the threat. This is accomplished by way of penetration and rotation. I must move into him while rotating my body.

In this case I’m driving my thumb into his eye to rupture it and get a handle on his skull which I will then drive into the ground hard to kill him. !2013 Villain Publishing 165 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Drive into him and rotate of the line simultaneously.Penetration and Rotation. I then get busy incapacitating him.

Push vs. coiled rope. A human’s natural instinct is to pull back when you try to pull on their gun to take it away. This is why I chose to illustrate this with him behind me. Pull one end and have somebody else pull the other. Simple penetration and rotation gets you off the line and into him. etc. As soon as the gun holder is not cooperating like a good training partner. This is why “take away” techniques are so dangerous. pulling the ends in opposite directions will make the body of the object center itself between them.I don’t need to know where the gun in is. centering the gun. Sean’s natural instinct is to pull back. The rope will eventually describe a straight line between you. This is simple physics. the gun gets centered and goes boom! Bye bye defensive tactics guru. how he is holding it. Sean points the gun at Jim who tries to wrestle it from him. Pull When two objects are connected. It doesn’t matter what hand it is in. !2013 Villain Publishing 166 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . because they ignore this simple fact. Think about a long. Bad news for Jim. but bad news if the object in the middle is a gun (unless you’re the one holding it). which is where you need to be.

pulling him down and around in front of me… He pulls back. and now I have to wrestle him to keep the gun out of my center. I should not have pulled. I begin to attack his elbow to break it.Sean points the gun at me. !2013 Villain Publishing 167 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

!2013 Villain Publishing 168 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Now I end up not getting shot.This time I use the same attack. and Sean ends up with a snapped elbow. except I PUSH instead of pull.

When fighting a man with a firearm you must be aware of the field of fire. It is assumed that the gun will fire and that would be bad news if this was the view of a loved one or an innocent bystander. !2013 Villain Publishing 169 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

you must do a few things: • Penetrate and Rotate • Push.So remember. Level him instantly. do not wait for him to point it at you. that should go without saying by now. is that if he announces that he has a gun. Cause injury NOW! Don’t wait for him to pull it out. if you are attacking a man with a firearm. never pull • INJURE HIM • Consider Field of Fire The last thing I want to mention. If he shows it to you INJURE HIM! !2013 Villain Publishing 170 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . or shows it to you.

so this book is not about firearms use. they do so in the manner that feels most comfortable in their hand.Bonus: A Simple Principle that will Make You Significantly More Accurate When Shooting a Handgun Ok. The gun should run in a straight line right down the radius. When the average person holds a handgun. What I will do is teach you one simple principle that dramatically increases your accuracy with a handgun without ever shooting a round. I don’t have the space in here to cover all of that. !2013 Villain Publishing 171 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Incorrect alignment (left). This is accomplished by having the butt of the gun dig into the hypothenar pad of the palm (pinky side). That almost always results in the bore being off center from the radius bone in the forearm. correct alignment (right).

You can see how incorrect alignment can make you miss your target even at this close of a distance. !2013 Villain Publishing 172 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

some may feel a bit more comfortable toting something that packs a bit more ammo. Do not carry a firearm if you are drinking alcohol. firearms can also kill someone “accidentally”. and what type of situation you are likely to encounter where the use of a firearm would be warranted. it’s not good for you if you get caught doing it. Pistols come in a variety of calibers. shapes. It is capable of firing a projectile and killing a man from a distance. Since this book is not specifically about firearms (though later releases will be). The drawback to the revolver is its capacity. and edged weapons. assuming that it is appropriate for the shooter. Revolvers offer unbeatable dependability. I do not advocate or condone carrying a firearm illegally. Unlike impact weapons (which are out for concealed carry anyway). Revolver or Pistol? This topic has been debated for ages. This brings me to an important point that I make to all of my students when it comes to firearms: !2013 Villain Publishing 173 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . What it comes down to is a combination of personal preference. Most revolvers that would be considerations for concealed carry hold five or six rounds. Enter the semi-auto pistol. Additionally. It is one that requires a high level of responsibility on your part. and are following all applicable laws about concealed carry. I am not going to get to in depth with this subject. I will however say that a semi-automatic pistol makes an excellent concealed carry weapon as well. I’m writing this with the assumption that you are carrying a firearm in an area where it is legal to do so. Also they have no external safeties to manipulate. as a result of human negligence. They will fire just about anytime you pull the trigger. and a court sure won’t if you’re found to be doing so. and levels of quality. a plus for sure in a combat situation. and the repercussions for others could be even more severe. sizes. the firearm is a mechanism. Unlike other tools. more so than the revolver. While this is statistically more than enough to address most any lethal force situation that the average citizen is likely to encounter.Bonus: Selecting Firearms for Concealed Carry Choosing to carry a firearm is a serious decision.

This means that if you love the idea of toting a big. !2013 Villain Publishing 174 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . the human body. Bigger is only better if all other factors are equal. revolver with a three-inch barrel. the best weapon for you is the one that you are capable of firing the most accurately. If you like to “talk guns” with your gun club. If you are a gun enthusiast or collector. Knowing this. Those that have. pro-life crowd. You can see the obvious parallel to fighting with empty hands here. you may be much better suited to stuff the cylinder with a . you are far better off choosing the latter. high-powered semi-auto. Interestingly enough however. or most “high tech” gun on your hip. if your revolver is a . hell. they don’t care. so don’t sweat over having the coolest. but find that you are far more accurate with a five-shot. The same focus on targets that I teach when using your body to injure a man is crucial when using a firearm.e. This subject is more hotly debated than that whole prochoice. period. you will not get the intended result.38 special load that you can handle and shoot more accurately. full steel. or buddies from the range or gun shop. What caliber should I choose? Here we go. that brings us to our next topic. What I am suggesting emphatically that you do is leave your ego aside when selecting which gun you want wear on your person as a tool for the protection of yourself and others. but shooting that load makes the gun difficult for you to control for follow up shots. that’s also great. Firearms kill by way of firing a projectile that penetrates. and crushes vital tissue in.357 Magnum. If you do not hit your target. that’s great.Shot placement is King. or have been in an environment where that sort of thing was a bit more common. most that debate this topic have never used a firearm for its intended purpose. i. from any conceivable position. Likewise. This can be accomplished with literally any modern handgun. tend to have a different perspective. Speaking of ego. it worked for years with old black powder muskets.

who was unfortunately introduced to us.380 pistol loaded with a round that he helped a somewhat well known ammunition manufacturer create. He prodded to know what we were carrying.This topic is rife with those who tout that “bigger is better”. who mentioned that we were both “army guys”. as well as that whole ground combat experience thing. Most of these people will be advocates of the . One evening a close friend of mine who is currently serving in the Army’s First Special Forces Operational Detachment: Delta. I have no allegiance to that particular round. Most who fit this bill will also loathe smaller calibers. and am perfectly at home with any number of guns on my waistband. the irony is simply too much. Frankly. had a few too many drinks and proceeded to “talk guns” to us. but I do not condemn the use or support of any others. He was armed with a Ruger LCP . many have been surprised. or “DELTA Force”. the premier anti-terrorist team in the world. it was the fault of a mutual “friend” (if the term is still applicable after this introduction).32 H&R Magnum lightweight revolver pocketed as well. I’m afraid I can’t help you. He literally laughed out loud. choose the weapon that you can best control and fire accurately. That is all that matters. The last of those pedigree components is what makes me shake my head in awe when someone says how ineffective the . I am capable of manipulating an extensive array of handguns. Like I said before. “You boys need to grow you some balls and get you one of these” before pulling his shirt up to show the !2013 Villain Publishing 175 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . While I am myself a nine-millimeter fan. We certainly had not brought up the subject. They’d often make remarks like “I’d expect you to carry XXXX.45 ACP cartridge. He then proceeded to tell us. A patron of the place where we were dining. as well as extensive training (both as student and teacher) on the subject of combat shooting. and when we told him his reaction was comical. all of which have directly to do with how well they serve their intended purpose. and I were out to eat.556 NATO round is. I have my reasons for favoring certain calibers or platforms. not something like that”. both revolvers and semi-autos. This is the result of half of a lifetime of gun ownership and use. and always seem to have a particular dislike for the battle-tested nine-millimeter parabellum round. some even “offended” at some of my choices of carry guns. I had a snub nose . “How is it with all that you know and have seen that you can step out of the house carrying that?!” If the last question doesn’t answer itself. Over the years. or my favorite. or how piss poor the “stopping power” is from a nine millimeter (the two calibers of weapons I used and saw in use the most in Afghanistan).

not the guy at the donut shop) with the firearm to reduce the likelihood of negligent. and time permit. strong hand. Never present it unless you are fully willing and ready to !2013 Villain Publishing 176 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . If it makes you feel better. like most with who have experience in such matters. are humble people. this probably would have occurred after one of us belted the fat guy in the lateral neck so that he didn’t take anyone’s head off with his “cannon” in the ensuing melee). While I promise to cover this topic in much greater detail in a later firearms product. weak hand. carry more ammunition in the form of a spare magazine (semi-auto). but the incident just goes to show how asinine their arguments truly are. They certainly are not a status symbol. Our guns are simply a component of our “kit”.45 ACP pistol. and shoot as often as desire. my friend and I laughed on the ride home. Familiarize anyone else with whom you have regular contact with (talking family/significant others here. Find a secure manner of concealing the weapon that does not advertise to others that you are carrying it. or car keys. (Ok. from any conceivable position. My friend and I just had a good time chasing women. money. Both the caliber. I couldn’t help but notice how well it accentuated his beer belly. Practice dry fire exercises regularly. or speed loader or speed strip (revolver). tucked in a belt holster. We. and potentially saving the lives of ourselves and others should the need have arisen. and we certainly don’t brandish our guns in public places. for the entire world to see. like our cell phones. We don’t initiate such conversations. For those familiar with American current events. and knowing with quiet resolve that either of us were fully capable of shooting our firearms accurately. After the incident. whatever.butt of his custom 1911 . I will leave you by saying this: Choose a weapon with a capacity that is likely to see you through a situation that you are likely to encounter. and enjoyed his moment of “superiority” over us for his choice of firearm. and the brand of gun are not in high favor by the “gun store commando” types. dangerous occurrences. and will be recognized in court as such. while drinking alcohol. note that Trayvon Martin (the black youth controversially killed in self-defense by George Zimmerman) was killed with single nine-millimeter round fired from a KelTec handgun. We don’t advertise who or what we are. Remember that the gun is a killing tool. or something that we consider part of our identities. that fires a moderate powered round that you can shoot accurately. The fat man was appalled at our selections.

fire it into another man and end his life. in a situation that warrants the use of or display of preparedness for the use of. lethal force. !2013 Villain Publishing 177 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

He has to blend in. or a simple bludgeoning. or something equally ridiculous. More often than not. but rather to shed light on the idea that there are no mystical powers possessed by people in these positions. if such an act does take place it is certainly not with the aid of such tools. armed with a bunch of spy gadgets and tricked out. an incendiary device. nor a network of friendly’s to sell him sexy weapons in metallic briefcases out of the back of a truck. Having known professional “assassins”. There seems to be some obsession. Think about it. This guy has to be an average citizen in the eyes of everyone else. !2013 Villain Publishing 178 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . He has no “secret agent” kit with him. born out of Hollywood and the “secret agent” mystique that people possess about using everyday objects as killing tools. and civilian/government.CHAPTER FOURTEEN: IMPROVISED WEAPONS I’ve included this section in this book to address a common idea that seems to come about when it becomes known that you train and are knowledgeable in this information. both military. suppressed pistols This is what they see in the movies. I’ve gotten questions over the years along the lines of “How can you kill a man with a ______________?” Invariably the blank will be filled with some arbitrary object like a hairbrush. this man is entering a foreign country on a commercial flight. and held by those who fit this bill. I apologize if I’ve busted anyone’s bubble out there. my intentions are not to ruin your childhood fantasies. I can assure you that these “skills” are not a part of the curriculum for their training. soup ladle. Apparently the ability to do so conveys some ultimate level of mastery of combat that these people fantasize is possible. People envision a government trained killer infiltrating a foreign country under a false ID to assassinate a political leader and start a coup. This is a man who recognizes how easy and efficient it is to take a man’s life with a hammer. What is much more realistic is a poison kill.

chemical sprays (that’s right. where you had time to plan an escape.A former CIA operative once relayed to me that. Likewise. and later with impact weapons. My point here is that focusing on how an everyday objects can be used as weapons takes away from the importance of learning the simple fundamentals that allow you to be armed anywhere. and last but not least was a snubnose revolver (a far cry from the full-size pistol with the big suppressor and laser sight). tools that are much more applicable to your “mission”. and will get you in trouble with the law should you use it. Next to that was. than to stab him with your keys protruding through your fingers (a bullshit tactic commonly taught in women’s self defense courses that I wish would just go away). This is clear-cut premeditation. but you’ll always have your elbows and thumbs should you actually find yourself in that hostage scenario. Any weapon that you fashion out of something else takes time to make. in his career. !2013 Villain Publishing 179 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . For now we’ll put our focus into developing your proficiency with your body weapons. By now you understand that if the other man has a knife in his hand you will kill him every bit as dead. Trust me. and it will always be simpler to use your ulna bone to crush a man’s throat if needed. The exception to this rule would be a hostage scenario. depending on some arbitrary tool to accomplish a task that you can easily. get this. the conflict resolution tool he used the most was his hand-to-hand training. There is nothing about a weapon that makes you a more capable fighter. and reliably accomplish with your empty hands places the focus where it doesn’t need to be. edged weapons. While I do sometimes teach people how to construct weapons out of common items (more for “edutainment” purposes than anything). you may not have access to a coat hanger to fashion a puncture tool. Remember the introduction to this chapter on weapons when I discussed the dependency idea. Your body weapons will always be with you. and firearms. the topic is simply not relevant to this book. good old pepper spray).

Over the next several years. This has been great for the sport of MMA (though I preferred the insane match ups of the old days). The fighters from the traditionally “striking” oriented styles had learned the tricks of the grapplers. In the early days of MMA competitions. the grappling style that began this craze. Wrestling. you began to see “striking” come back to life in these events. but has influenced the world of martial arts and self-defense in what I feel is a largely negative way. the sport of mixed martial arts has grown exponentially. most importantly for them. largely from traditional martial arts. practitioners of martial arts that emphasized submissions and chokes as a means to end the match. and. were defeated with regularity by “grapplers”. as all MMA fighters began to gain familiarity with the grappling styles regardless of their backgrounds. a kickboxing style. as opposed to striking. the fighters. had learned how to defend against their attacks. Western Boxing. and Brazilian Jujitsu.CHAPTER FIFTEEN: FIGHTING FROM THE GROUND In the last decade or so. These days it is pretty much standard for MMA fighters to train a combination of Muay Thai. These events created a massive public interest in these styles of martial arts. !2013 Villain Publishing 180 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

that period of time is still an eternity when there is more than one person wishing to do you harm. the concept of submissions does not in any way shape or form jibe with the subject of asocial violence. and looking for arm bars as soon as they hit the floor. it’s time for “ground and pound”. are “going to the guard”. hell bent on ending your life will simply “give up” or “tap out”. in the world in which I teach people to safely navigate. a stigma that they still carry. and chokes. I am a fan of the sport myself. There are literally passages in the manual that refer to “holding position and waiting for help to arrive”. and that one must learn a host of different styles in order to be a “well rounded fighter”. for many they are considered the “laboratory” in which any martial art worth its salt needs to be proven. Chokes fall into the same category. !2013 Villain Publishing 181 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Since these bouts were initially billed as “reality fighting”. striking the throat and the eyes. Now one may say that an arm bar used in competition can easily be used to break the joint in a “real fight”. While a choke held long enough will render a man unconscious. and enjoy watching the events. one of our “degrees of incapacitation”. This has resulted in a belief that fighting is segmented by range and plane. Nowhere is this more disturbing to me than in the official combatives course taught in the United States Army today. this means that once the fight hits the ground. Simply put. submissions. To these people. and I am thankful beyond words that I was not a naïve soldier indoctrinated into the belief that training in that manner had anything at all to do with combat. mixed martial arts training is excellent for preparing you to compete in mixed martial arts fights. but the positions required to apply these movements certainly do not allow a person to rapidly move on to another attacker if need be. As I’ve mentioned before. This has led to the public believing that if they learn the skills of an MMA fighter that they will be prepared for whatever they may encounter “on the street”. preparing yourself for asocial violence by training for MMA can very well get you killed. Beyond that. or something along those lines. People learning “street lethal” movements on their feet. and facing attackers armed with modern weapons. No sociopathic criminal. The trend I’ve been speaking of is present in the “Reality Based” selfdefense programs as well. The brazilian jujitsu based system is horrible for the intended purpose.

Do any of these look like positions you would want to be in when facing an unknown number of threats that may or may not be armed? !2013 Villain Publishing 182 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

Free fighting. Yes. the training method that I will detail in a later chapter. which like “stick” or “knife” fighting implies that there is some different set of rules to follow). NOTHING AT ALL changes because you are on the ground. continued on next page…. You train to do violence to another human being. Here’s an example of fighting from the ground (note that I do not use the more accepted term of “ground fighting”.So what DO you do when the fight hits the ground? Injure the man. A man skilled in the principles presented in this book will be comfortable with their skill no matter the circumstances in which they are asked to apply their craft. Violence is violence regardless of what position you or the other man is in. period. it really is that simple. My students access targets to produce injury from every conceivable position during their training. !2013 Villain Publishing 183 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and to access targets on a man who may even be in an “advantageous” position over you. forces you to fight from all sorts of positions.

and a hammer fist to the temporomandibular joint. I immediately begin injuring the man by rupturing his eardrums. !2013 Villain Publishing 184 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I follow with a hard knee to the sternum.In the above series I am surprised and tackled to the ground. breaking his jaw.

armed with only their fists. I want to reiterate that you should always assume that there is more than one threat. !2013 Villain Publishing 185 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and that is simply not OK. and there will be more than one of him. Don’t be the Monkey in the Middle Most of you played this game. as a kid. First. he will be bigger than you. There have been numerous accounts of a man shooting and killing unarmed combatants who “jumped” him. Criminals are pack animals. This is another reason why you do not waste time in taking out the man before you. nothing does entirely. The logic here is that they would not do this in a pack if their intention were not to inflict crippling injury to this man (grievous bodily harm). It’s annoying and demoralizing on the playground. Two or more kids take something of yours and proceed to toss it back and forth to each other in order to keep it away from you. or the others. and in an asocially violent situation it’s extremely dangerous. I commonly say that it is a safe assumption that in an asocially violent situation. I’m not saying that the presence of another man ensures your self-defense case in court. This certainly does not make it impossible for you to survive the situation. and use their superiority in numbers (as well as any other advantage) to ensure that they will succeed in their efforts. but it dramatically ups the odds that your actions will be deemed justifiable. stronger than you. often unwillingly. Do not allow yourself to be placed in between two or more people who want to do you harm. It’s important to note also that the law is on your side when there are multiple attackers.CHAPTER SIXTEEN: FACING MULTIPLE THREATS Facing violence from more than one person at once is a very realistic possibility. it simply alters how it must be approached slightly. but you should assume that they’re there. You may not see his friend. At least one of them will be out of your sight.

and one that I hammer home when teaching students to confidently take on multiple opponents. and continue your assault on both targets. lining up your opponents. you will maneuver in such a way that you place one of them in between you and the other.” This is a saying that I first heard well over a decade ago. Faced by two attackers I quickly strike Mike in the lateral neck.If two people set up around you in this manner. rendering one non-functional and then the other. “Stack them up and stomp the pile. Using the push and rotate principle that we discussed in the firearms section. Push. penetrating and rotating to position him between Sean and I… !2013 Villain Publishing 186 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Bust the man in his lateral neck while stepping to his side. This “lines up” your targets. and then shove his fainting body into his partner battering ram style. You also should make heavy use of shoving throws in this situation. penetrate. it is your job to attack in such a way that positions yourself out of their little “meat circle”. and makes it much more difficult for the other(s) to attack you since you have their friend (who is currently being incapacitated) placed as a “shield” in between you.

shoving them into a neat pile…. I then “stomp the pile”.I then throw mike into Sean hard. !2013 Villain Publishing 187 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

!2013 Villain Publishing 188 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . From here I can stack them and stomp them.Here I act first and strike Mike in the solar plexus…. I then continue to penetrate and rotate. throwing his head into Sean’s groin before striking Sean in the lateral neck.

Training in this manner adds another layer of urgency to the mix and forces you to become even more efficient in your incapacitation of human beings. move. with weapons. That beings me to my final point on this topic. and that five seconds is on the high end of how long a real conflict will last once the violence starts. The single best way to develop your proficiency in fighting more than one person is to practice doing exactly that. he is still out for the count. You have been taught that real violence is short-lived. an assumption that we cannot make) is next on your list. Normally it’s a mass attack of two or more. This is where it pays to have multiple training partners. they react to trauma. The same principles apply. This is your life here. No matter their numbers. and injure just like any other human being. I want to be so far out of my comfort zone in training that facing a single threat that is unarmed and simply wants to beat my face in is child’s play to deal with. and then having to switch gears and use what you know about how to fight more than one if needed. why would it be any different if he brings a few friends? !2013 Villain Publishing 189 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . they are human beings.Fortunately you are not learning a bunch of “techniques” that work against one person. and his partner (who would now be re-thinking his motives if he were sane. unless I am working one on one with a student. This extends to fighting multiple people. anything to up the ante in their favor. If you shin kick a man’s groin. do I practice against a single person. You must eliminate the threats as quickly as possible. remembering that the law will be on your side if you are acting in self-defense. Rarely. and rupture his eyeball before slamming his head into the sternum of his friend. You wouldn’t let one man take it.

or be non-functional every time you strike him in the liver. The reason you see the violence continue is that “shit happens”. At any step along the way if the man is done. I am deliberately including a variety of situations and spatial considerations to illustrate how this information can be used regardless of circumstance. but are a mere depiction of how the principles of violence can be applied. You may think that “he would have been incapacitated after the second strike” or something along those lines. It is of the utmost importance that you understand as the reader that the series’ of movements presented here are not done so to provide “techniques” or pre-determined reactions to such situations. By this I mean that you will sometimes miss a target. None of these series’ are taught in a “scripted” manner to students (in actuality they are simply what “came to me” at the time of the photo shoot). and take out human beings on the mat for an hour or more at a time without ever repeating the same series of movements. you can stop. and strike a multitude of targets. !2013 Villain Publishing 190 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and it will end the situation altogether. as I covered in the portion on secondary reactions. simple as that.CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: VIOLENCE IN APPLICATION The following pages will provide an array of examples of the principles presented in this book in application. This will obviously not produce the same incapacitating effect that a strike with your entire bodyweight and perfect placement will cause. Instead. Likewise. sometimes you’ll clock him once in a target. students develop their own unique. The most important take-away here is that you end the conflict on your terms. “throw away” techniques series’ every time they are on the mat in their free fighting practice. It is for those reasons that we continue the violence in training. you will be able to execute movements. and become more versatile in your striking. What I don’t want is you thinking that a man will quit. As you learn to develop your awareness of targets. or not put all of the force that you would have liked to into one. I would also like to note that you might observe what appears to be gratuitous violence in some of these series’.

Series 1 In this series Sean grabs me from behind to spin me into his punch. I finish by stepping forward with my left and nailing him with a ball of the foot kick to his bladder. I immediately strike into his pneumogastric nerve sheath with my ulna bone… At this point I see that my strike was successful as he is in the process of stumbling away on his way to unconsciousness. !2013 Villain Publishing 191 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .

!2013 Villain Publishing 192 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . and issues a demand. one-joint punch to his liver. I strike his radial nerve with my ulna bone… I then throw a left. followed by a right hammer fist to his temple to knock him unconscious.Series 2 Sean presents a knife.

using them as handles to manipulate his skull and arch him back… !2013 Villain Publishing 193 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Series 3 Sean attacks me placing me in a tight headlock. I respond by striking him into the groin with a heel of the palm strike… I then grab hold of him at the eye sockets.

I then hammer hard into his manubrium. !2013 Villain Publishing 194 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . to fracture the sternum. the top bone in the sternum. I am free to continue injuring him if I determine that it is necessary.

I rotate it in order to expose the targets on the side of his head and neck… !2013 Villain Publishing 195 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Series 4 Sean approaches while I’m seated. I strike into the groin with an inverted heel of palm a strike… I then slap his ears with cupped hands to rupture his eardrums. Keeping my hold on his skull.

!2013 Villain Publishing 196 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .I then finish by breaking his jaw at the temporomandibular joint.

Series 5 Armed with a knife or screwdriver in my right hand. I simultaneously knee to the groin and strike with the ulna bone of my left arm in to Sean’s thyroid cartilage. and to drive him facedown to the ground… !2013 Villain Publishing 197 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I then stab into his heart… then I hammer with my left to his kidney to aid in retrieving my knife.

the stab to the heart. and kill him instantly by shoving the blade underneath his ear at the hypoglossal nerve target. !2013 Villain Publishing 198 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . the crushed thyroid cartilage. grabbing him at the eye sockets which I use to pull his head back. allowing me access to his brain. NOTE: There are three kills in this one.I then take control of his skull. and the stab into the brain.

controlling him as I pivot behind to take his hips… !2013 Villain Publishing 199 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Series 6 Sean places a gun in the small of my back. I immediately penetrate and rotate to clear the line of fire… I strike and grab Sean’s testicles with my right.

breaking it in a rotary atloaxial separation to take his life.I continue the “push” by dragging his hips to his hidden triangle in the rear. the rotation from the start of the movement to behind Sean. !2013 Villain Publishing 200 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . now I’m on my ass and he’s nowhere in sight”. happens extremely quickly. with the injury in the middle. NOTE: This is not a step-by-step process here. slamming his tailbone into the ground. most report that there is an “invisibility” element to movements like these as in “Now I see him. Due to the rotation taking me out of Sean’s line of sight at the onset. I then attack his neck.

I then take his shoulder as shown. stepping in with a blade edge of hand strike to his groin…. and drop my bodyweight to tear it out with an L1 leverage… !2013 Villain Publishing 201 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I penetrate and rotate.Series 7 Sean places a knife to my throat.

I then knock him out with a one-joint punch to his hypoglossal nerve target.

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Series 8

Armed with a knife in my right hand, I strike Sean in the lateral neck with my right ulna bone. I push through the movement, completing an arc, cutting deep into his lateral neck to cut the carotid artery and jugular vein…

I drop to a knee and stab the knife into his groin to enter the pelvic diaphragm…

!2013 Villain Publishing



Using the knife as a handle, I shove Sean’s center to his hidden triangle point to the rear, slamming him down. I then rise with the knife firmly in my fist and cut my way out, damaging a host of organs, and severing his aorta at its base. NOTE: This is an extremely efficient exsanguination kill. The blood spill here will be very dramatic.

!2013 Villain Publishing



Series 9

Armed with a baseball bat I strike Mike with a right punch to the spleen (using the base of the bat as the striking surface…

I then use my left leg to stomp his knee at the popliteal fossa target to drive his patella into the ground before looping the bat over his throat and pulling him upright.. !2013 Villain Publishing 205 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE

Note that I am using the weapon to full advantage but not demonstrating “dependence” on it.I then drive my knee into his medulla oblongata target at the base of his skull while pulling back on the bat to crush his thyroid catilage… After dragging him down into place. There is a seamless integration of the bat and the weapons of my body. !2013 Villain Publishing 206 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I strike him hard in the temple to fracture his skull and cause massive head injury.

I rise up and kick him in the perineum… !2013 Villain Publishing 207 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE .Series 10 This series begins with me using an L5 leverage with my knee to break Sean’s ankle… Keeping a hold of his broken ankle.

I then finish by using L3 to tear out his hip.

!2013 Villain Publishing



Like any skill, the application of the principles presented in this book should be practiced in order to further your level proficiency. While the ability to use the tool of violence is able to be used by anyone, anytime, regardless of whether or not they’ve ever received any formal training in its use (often those with no training, criminals, are the best when it comes to doing exactly that), you have the advantage of having been exposed to these ideas, and now being able to sharpen your sword through effective training.

Training with Partners
In order to most effectively train to use violence, you are going to need at least one partner. While having a variety of training partners who represent a variety of different body types and appearances is ideal, one good partner who is like minded and interested in bettering him or herself can and will go a long way. Both you and your partner will need to be familiar with the spinal reflex reactions associated with strikes to the targets outlined in this book. While a comprehensive knowledge of target-specific reactions is optimal, a simple understanding of the “spinal reflex basics” presented in the chapter on Spinal Reflex will form an excellent base onto which both of you can build. I urge you to back and re-read that section of this book thoroughly prior to conducting your training. Likewise, while you can serve as the “instructor” if your partner is unfamiliar with this material, it is highly recommended that you have your partner read this book in its entirety as well, so that you are both on the same page when it comes to your root knowledge.

Training Requirements
Training to use these principles requires little in terms of equipment. A ten-foot by ten- foot wrestling mat can be bought online for a few !2013 Villain Publishing 209 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE

hundred dollars, and will serve as a godsend when you are hitting the ground time after time in your sessions. Despite this fact, the luxury of having a mat is not a necessity. Grass, sand, and even the carpet in your living room (be sure to move the old coffee table), can also make suitable training surfaces. I speak from experience, having used all of the aforementioned surfaces for years prior to ever having access to mats. Besides a mat, there are a few additional supplies that can be useful to your training. You should have some sort of a club to train with. A simple piece of wooden dowel covered in foam pipe insulation, and wrapped with duct tape works very well for this. In fact, that is exactly what we use at the academy for the majority of our impact weapons practice. A training knife or two should be in your kit as well. Professional training tools are very inexpensive, and can be bought online for less than fifteen dollars in most cases. The safety provided by the rubber composition of these tools is worth infinitely more than that. I would recommend buying these in a variety of sizes and blade designs to provide several different advantages/limitations to the user, making your training more realistic. Training with firearms should never be conducted with real weapons. I say this having been in violation of this literally the entire time I was in the military, and many times in the civilian world. The risk is not worth it. Rubber training guns, like the ones we use, made by ASP™, cost roughly fifty dollars each, and are exact replicas of the firearm, down to the weight, though less expensive models can be bought online. The emergence of Krav Maga as a popular martial art has made buying training guns much cheaper. Those guys all seem to use this one model of training gun, which can be bought for about ten dollars, is yellow in color, and resembles a distorted Beretta 92. Then there’s always the old water pistol. Whatever options you select for your training tools, opt for safety over sexiness.

!2013 Villain Publishing



Free Fighting
Free fighting practice is where all of your skills will come together. The idea is simple; one of you acts as the man doing the violence, while the other serves as the reaction partner. Your reaction partner will execute the appropriate reaction for the strike that you are applying, allowing you to see what targets become available, and access them with further strikes. Serving as the reaction partner teaches you a wealth of knowledge about the application of these skills, arguably as much as being the fighter. I often say that you can tell the difference between a good student and an instructor, or instructor candidate more from watching them as the reaction partner than you can from watching them on the offensive. It is important that the two of you go slow while learning this process. A new trainee will not be able to perform reactions accurately, nor will you be particularly adept at striking your targets with precision, if you crank the speed up. There was a saying that I heard virtually every day of my Army career that went like this:

“Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast”
I drill this into my students, making sure that they are moving correctly, striking targets accurately, and that their reaction partner is performing solid reactions. A typical session should feature one of you initiating an attack and continuing to cause injury until the reaction partner is considered nonfunctional. Once this has happened, the fighter will turn his or her back on the reaction partner and take a step or so forward before turning to attack again. The rule is that the fighter starts to cause injuries as soon as he sees the reaction partner upon turning. Basically, if the reaction partner has not gotten up off the ground all the way, and is kneeling, the fighter gets in there and gets busy wrecking him. After two turns, you switch roles. As the reaction partner, your first “turn” begins from wherever you ended up after your partner’s second turn. For instance, if you are supine after being stomped in the sternum, you begin to fight from your back as soon as your partner turns back towards you. This teaches you to fight from any conceivable position, and prevents the “squaring off”, or beginning !2013 Villain Publishing 211 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE

presenting opportunities for their partner to take them out as an armed reaction partner. You learn that. tossing them into the melee as it is in progress. and two or more serving as attacking reaction partners. with one being the fighter. and that I used over the years to become a much more complete and instinctive fighter. another favorite training mantra of mine leftover from my Airborne days. Advanced Free Fighting Once you have a solid handle on free fighting. As you progress. attempting to strike or grab you (slowly at first) before you cause an injury to them. or creating other disadvantages to you. is the use of what I call “restrictive drills”. Training weapons can be used at any time during the practice session. and using them offensively when it is their turn to be the man causing injury. while there are a few principles that make multi-threat situations simpler. the fighter. the same principles apply as when fighting one person. !2013 Villain Publishing 212 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . forcing you to “Adapt and Overcome”. Learning to fight more than one person is simple when you use this method. hanging back and waiting their turn. These involve restricting the use of certain tools. Both fighter and reaction partner should be fighting with and without weapons in any given session. though I recommend spending at least half of your training in the beginning without them. Restrictive Drills Another advanced free fighting method that I am a huge fan of.each sequence facing each other. If available. and forces you to think even more spontaneously. you should include more than one person. a third party can throw weapons into the mix literally. This provides another dimension to your training. but should instead attack in a mass. that new trainees tend to instinctively do. Your partners should not attack “movie style”. you should begin to incorporate other ideas in order to further your training.

but not allowing its use Fighting with a blindfold Disallowing use of the hands or arms period Beginning each situation with your reaction partner placing you in a hold or lock Using a certain sequence of injury. i. i. you can increase the speed a bit. Obviously the more you train. Since you are learning principles and not techniques. joint break Limiting yourself to three specific targets Fighting in confined spaces Beginning each situation as a third-party rescue scenario These are just a few of the restrictive drills that I like to use. !2013 Villain Publishing 213 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . whether training. or doing violence for real. and make the most of your training sessions. throw. These force you to “think on your feet” much more than basic free fighting. Experiment with these. will always be accessing targets. and exploiting the man’s spinal reflexes to cause further injury.e. I feel the need to reiterate that your training should be conducted slowly until both of you are very proficient and comfortable.Some of my favorite restrictive drills include: • • • • • • • • • • • Disallowing the use of (or tying up) the dominant hand Fighting with handcuffs on Beginning every sequence seated or lying down Placing a weapon in the dominant hand. your fundamentals are more solid. causing injury. the better you will become at applying these principles. and get creative. Your focus. As you get become more skilled. your skills will be there for you when you need them.e. however it doesn’t take much to keep your edge sharp. Until then keep it slow. strike. and will rapidly increase your level of skill.

please contact me at the email provided below. however if it is at all possible.CHAPTER NINETEEN: THE BENEFITS OF LIVE TRAINING While it is entirely possible to learn and develop a solid base of principles from text and video. and want to train on and ongoing basis. I have presented to you the training methods that are used here at the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences so that you can conduct training with your friends and family (something that I highly recommend). and international dates will be added as we or your organization on a contract basis. if you wish to have us come to you. there is no substitute for getting out there and training. Simply visit the site’s store and click on the “events” tab for available dates and information. both mind and body. Live training will provide you with a level of comprehension of this material that is unavailable anywhere else. !2013 Villain Publishing 214 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . Having my staff and I assist your learning process. If you’re local. the only way to install this information deeply into your memory. I am available for private training for you. I urge you to come and train with us either at our home base here in Pennsylvania. get on the mats with you. your group. I hope to meet and train with each and every one of you at some point. If you wish to book a seminar at your school or location. is to spend time training in this information. Seminar dates will be announced regularly on my website strengthvillain. or at one of our seminars. please contact me at john@villainintl. Nationwide (US).com Additionally. or wish to travel in to conduct training in a private setting. Quite frankly. and provide real time feedback is an invaluable asset to have.

You now possess a basic knowledge of what I call the “Principles of Violence”. and have reiterated throughout this book. Think about what I’m saying though. !2013 Villain Publishing 215 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . my intention here was not to give you the answers. Unlike the proverbial “shitty math teacher”. You know what you must do if you’re dealing with more than one assailant. You know a vast array of body weapons that you can use to strike a man and cause injury. You know what not to do when grabbed. You’ve learned why fighting on the ground is no different from doing violence to man in any other position. You understand the rules of striking. You have learned the basics of throwing to cause injury. You know how to strike first. but what is unique about this topic is that you now know everything that you absolutely need to know in order to be proficient. You now understand spinal reflex. but rather teach you how to arrive at them on your own. like any other field of study. Of course. and the basics of breaking a man’s joints. Continuing to learn beyond that only shows their commitment. and how you can use this bit of science to take a man apart while he’s “helpless”. in terms of knowing all that you really need to know. My students learn all they really need to learn in a three-day seminar. and ensures that they will have a bigger toolbox from which to work. there is more to be learned should you desire to continue on. I care about your ability to apply this information should you need to do so. or pushed off balance. You now know a multitude of targets that you can strike to produce injury. and possess a solid reference to look back on. You now know that surviving an asocially violent situation is all about injuring the other man.CONCLUSION As I stated in the chapter on “Skeletal Destruction”.

and one that I drill into my students is. you’ve learned how to effectively train to increase your skill. While this book was certainly not the master course in violence. one that is still evolving after sixteen years. They are willing to hurt or kill you or your loved ones to get what they want. Remember also that the man or men who you may have to incapacitate one day are out there right now. Get together with your partner(s) and get the training in. And. both in facing them. Their skill is their intent. Look for the video materials and other books to be released in the future. It’s a journey. They have no apprehensions about doing violence to you. “Master” the basics in this book. The longer I’ve trained in this material. and helping to advance your knowledge. Resolve to not allow them to ever have that opportunity. Live your life on your terms. Like anything. and in using them yourself. The pages of this book have given you a solid exposure to the fundamentals that every lesson learned by my instructor staff is based on. or better yet. book me for one. Resolve to “beat them at their own game” by understanding their weapon (violence) and being able to wield it with much more grace and proficiency. something that I highly encourage you to do. you will get better by doing better that you will get better by not doing. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Get out to see me at a live event. one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. Every new development that I work on comes back to a principle in here in some way.You’ve learned the principles that coincide with modern weapons. and don’t ever put it in the hands of someone else for the sake of ignorance. “An expert is simply a master of the basics”. the simpler I seem to get in my application. !2013 Villain Publishing 216 PRINCIPLES OF VIOLENCE . I think that it is a hell of a “101”. A favorite quote of mine.