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Transcript: Tim Larkin on The Paradox of Violence at TEDxGrandForks

Just knowing what I know, and realizing that people are not trained, the best people in the world, these prisoners, these criminals, have zero training in combat sports, and martial arts. If you saw yourself having to use the tool of violence, dealing with this, right now, can you look at this scenario, and can you see opportunities where you could put injury on the other guy? I’ll give you a couple of seconds to look, and what’s good about this is very — there’s no threat here, you can actually look. There’s no wrong answers right now, you’re learning. Everybody had time? Would you want to see what I would do in this situation?

Okay. From here, I’d probably come right into the groin, come right over the neck, probably throw him to the ground, and then I’d probably stomp on him. You’re laughing. The problem doesn’t lie in the fact that I can’t get you to physically do this. The problem lies in the fact on how you look at the tool of violence. The majority of you, when I pointed that out, I asked you a question, I said: “What would you do? How would you handle this if you had to use the tool of violence?” And I can tell from your response the vast majority of you saw yourself in the victim profile. You started out with: “How would I get out of the choke?” The story you told yourself was: “Oh that has to be me.”

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Why couldn’t the story have been: “I just finished with the first attacker. I got him on the ground, and I saw out of my peripheral vision, I saw the second attacker. The first thing I could think of was I just grabbed him, and choked him.” Why is that not acceptable to us? Why can’t that be the story? How we’ve been raised, we’ve been told not to think like that. We’ve been told there’s never a good use for the tool of violence, and here’s the problem.

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I’m doing a book right now. I’m interviewing a lot of these alpha predators in prison. I show them any profile like that, they never see themselves from the victim’s perspective. They never see themselves from the inferior position. They always see themselves on the winning side of the equation of violence, and if anything, they’ll then tell you: “Well, I would have done it like this, they’ll try to improve upon it.” That is extremely useful information.

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I can teach you the physical punching, kicking, I can do all that stuff. The real advantage, and the reason these guys are so good with no training, is because they only see themselves on the winning side violence. They only see violence as something where they’re superior, where they’re doing it. My challenge to you is in the next 30 days — the next 30 days when you’re viewing a movie, when you’re seeing the news, internet, if you see an act of violence, I want you to look at that act of violence, turn off the audio if you have to, look at it from who’s the winner, and who’s the loser. That’s only the good information that you can get out of that.

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It’s going to be uncomfortable. But I guarantee you, once you start that, it’s your starting point to being your own self-protection expert. Thank you for your time.

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