Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

Repost: The Old Guy’s Thoughts On Street-Fighting

with 6 comments

I’m at a point in a book project where I have this old gray beard, who’s done a few things in his time, passing a few tips along from a lifetime of dealing with various problems…a few of the things on this list are things I’ve heard, a few are my thoughts, some of them I’ve read from the Marines to Clint Smith, to a tough old guy from Liverpool named Martin, and some others…

So here are some thoughts from an old fictional character on fighting —

Random Tips for Winning On The Street

• The number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
• Make up your mind right now about what you are willing to do to win in a fight.
• Be alert to your surroundings.
• Avoid conflict.
• There’s always someone better than you.
• Keep moving
• Action beats reaction
• There is no “second place” on the street
• Always cheat. Always win.
• Keep breathing and moving your head.
• Don’t escalate the situation. If they escalate, finish them.
• Keep your head moving and your vision in play.
• Always, always check behind you (check six); always, always check around you (check 360).
• Have the mentality to do whatever has to be done. Make up your mind in advance.
• Fight until the threat is over. Be sure it’s over.
• Watch the triangle (head (eyes) to shoulders) and the hands.
• Have a plan.
• Have a back up plan, because the first one won’t survive first contact.
• Don’t drop your guard.
• Be aggressive enough, early enough.
• The faster you finish the fight, the less hurt you will be.

• THE GOLDEN RULE: KNOW WHEN YOU’RE IN A FIGHT. IT STARTS LONG BEFORE THE BLOWS GET THROWN. MOST PEOPLE GET HURT BECAUSE THEY DON’T RECOGNIZE AN INTERVIEW OR THE IMPENDING CUES AROUND THEM THAT TELL YOU — YOU’RE IN A FIGHT.

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Written by marcuswynne

June 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Marcus Wynne is always worth reading. Thanks for this.

    waragainstsleep

    June 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

  2. “Have the mentality to do whatever has to be done. Make up your mind in advance.”

    That is the essence of successfully applying the OODA Process.

    tacticalprofessor

    June 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    • Hi Claude! Thanks for stopping by. For those who don’t know Claude, he’s one of the best and smartest firearms instructors and researchers out there. Check out his blog at tactical professor.wordpress.com for excellent material.

      Yes, absolutely re: OODA process. The presupposition in applying it is visualizing/thinking through scenarios (without getting overly specific) so as to create a database of patterns so that under stress the brain will find a pattern close enough to the situation — and have the outline of a plan. It can be as simple as shoot/no shoot, run or stand, or more thought out as a process as you describe in your recent blog post where you discuss the appropriate decision making process for investigating the “bump in the night” inside a civilian home.

      marcuswynne

      June 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    • And once you have made up your mind, execute your plan with utter ruthlessness, for as long as the aggressor is aggressive. Half measures will get you killed.

      Ed Dunnigan

      July 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  3. The best fight is the one you don’t get into.

    Avi8tor

    July 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm


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