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Iain Abernethy
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The best information comes from the worst people (TED talk)

Not watched all of this yet, but it seems to be worth a watch. Topics touched on include how context determines if violence is moral, violence as a tool for good, the effectives of the “untrained”, and the need for proactive thinking for the “win”.

All the best,


Violence is rarely the answer, but when it is... it is the only answer. This provocative talk explores the uncomfortable realities of violence. There is no greater fear that being physically dominated by a bigger, faster, stronger attacker. Yet there is actually little good information on how to use the tool of violence. Here you will learn the surprising truth about violence and how we have stigmatized the study of violence to the point that only the criminal elements have access to it.

A former military intelligence officer, Tim Larkin was part of a beta group that redesigned how special operations personnel trained for close combat. He has a 25-year career, training people in 52 countries on how to deal with imminent violence. Over 10,000 clients are trained in his Target Focus Training (TFT) from military special operations units, special law enforcement teams, celebrities, and high profile business leaders on how to use physics and physiology to injure any human(s) trying to attack them.

The nation’s leading pro-victim rights and personal safety advocate as well as a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Tim’s numerous magazine covers and articles in the martial arts and self-defense industry are as controversial as his "pro-victim advocate" position on self-protection.

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Hi Iain

I thought it was a good talk. There was a straw man in it for me, but it was only a straw man because of the type of training I do - its overall premise was sound.

All the best

John Titchen