Stabbing over Chilli

Shaking head...

Rogers, 26, and Kimberly Richardson, 36, both of Detroit, were in a home in the 19200 block of St. Marys Street in Detroit at 6:15 a.m. Jan. 7 when they got into an argument with a male visitor who stirred chili that was cooking, then turned down the heat in an effort to keep it from burning.

Rogers demanded the man's wallet, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutors said when the man refused, Rogers beat him and stabbed him once in the thigh with a knife.

That's actually how easily violence can arise. Quite benign and everyday.

Intervention of Repeat Victims of Violent Crime

The Washington Post.

Research shows that if hospital patients with gunshot or stab wounds return to their previous circumstances, the odds are good that they will come back to the emergency department with another injury.

In addition, trends and anecdotal evidence suggest that people at higher risk for violent injury are likely to face issues such as domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse. They also often deal with other stressors, such as poverty and bad housing.

UCSF found that people who had come to the hospital with a gunshot or stab wound and then participated in the intervention program were far less likely to get injured again. The number of patients returning with another violent injury dropped from 16 percent

This seems like promising work.

What it also shows is the average person who has never been a victim of violent crime is less likely to be so than overall averages indicate due to 'repeat victims' skewing the numbers.

Increases in Violent Crime in Los Angeles

Washington Post

Homicides and rapes each jumped by 9 percent in the nation’s second-largest city last year compared with 2014, while robberies went up by 13 percent, according to statistics released by the Los Angeles Police Department. Violent crime overall increased by 20 percent, and car theft went up by 17 percent.

The increase in Los Angeles crime comes as police departments across the country, including in New York and Chicago, are scrambling to confront rising bloodshed after years of plummeting crime numbers. Police officials and experts say the increases could reflect deepening distrust of police that leads people to settle disputes themselves, officers who are afraid of being second-guessed and court rulings that make it easier than ever to own a gun. Tighter budgets that result in cuts to law-enforcement agencies could also play a role, they say.

A number of factors are driving this year’s overall uptick, including a spike in gang violence over the summer that the department said could possibly be attributed to a number of gang members being released from prison. Of the 283 murders in 2015, Beck said 165 are considered gang-related. That’s 58 percent.

Overall gang crime jumped by 15 percent in 2015, the first increase in gang crime in Los Angeles in eight years, Beck said. “Gang crime is truly what steals the youth of Los Angeles,” Beck said.

Yes gang violence massively skews the overall per capita numbers of violent crime. If your lifestyle, or family/friends etc, have no interaction with violent gangs your odds of becoming a victim of violent crime are lower than what the average overall numbers indicate.

While it can be easy to highlight the Fergusan effect as the cause of the current short term rises in violent crime rates in many cities in the US we should stop to think about other potential causes too.

Much like the dramatic lowering/reversal of violent crime rates in the US in the 90's it is likely there is more than just one driver of changes.

Classic Predatory Attack

News story.

POLICE have charged four people after a man was assaulted and robbed in Brisbane City yesterday.

It will be alleged around 4.45am, a 17-year-old Annerley man was approached by a group of youths on the Ann Street side of King George Square and asked for a cigarette.

As the man went to get out a cigarette, the group allegedly began to assault him before he tried to move away.

In regards to what and who constitutes a threat, what young people lack in skill and experience they make up for in numbers and enthusiasm.

This attack is the sort of classic predatory attack you could expect to see in a text book.


17yr old victim.


Group of youths.

Ask for a cigarette.


A Balanced View of Violence

Matt Thornton

One of my major goals is to help people develop a healthy relationship with the subject of violence. It is my firm belief that developing such a relationship, one that neither represses or makes a fetish of the subject, one that is neither, phobic or reckless – is the best approach anyone can take towards individual self-defense

One of true thinkers in the 'self defence' and 'understanding violence' space.

Be sure to watch the video where the above excerpt comes from.

Attempt at reducing knife crime poorly executed

Good intentions.

A spokesman said: "Reducing violent crime is one of the constabulary's strategic objectives, and the level of violent crime that the county and Gloucester in particular, has suffered over the past few months cannot be allowed to continue.

"We are inviting people to 'surrender a knife, not your life'." Secure knife bins will be placed in the reception area of six police stations throughout the county where people can surrender a weapon.

This seems like such a waste of time. Knives are everywhere.

Ted Cruz, Guns, Sexual Assault and Mugs

Ted Cruz recently claimed that Australia's prohibition of most firearms in 1996 led to a significant increase in sexual assaults because women were unable to defend themselves.

I am all for self defence but seriously; what a load of bullshit.

The Washington Post did some research into Cruz's claims.

The rate of sexual assaults in Australia has increased slightly between 1996 and 2014, but there was no significant spike or drop after the 1996 legislative changes or buyback program. The increase likely is affected by the increase in reporting, and there wasn’t prevalent use of handguns for self-defense before 1996, as Cruz suggests.

There is evidence that the gun reforms helped reduce gun deaths, but it’s not a sole cause-and-effect relationship. Moreover...Australian gun culture is not comparable to American gun culture — i.e., the use of concealed carry, ability to carry handguns for self-defense.

Women were not previously allowed to carry firearms for self defence in Australia. His pro gun argument is shallow in the Australian context. There are better arguments for preventing sexual assaults against women, for self defence and, ironically, also for the pro-gun movement in the US.

The real issue I have is his fear mongering about a self defence issue and implying a simplistic sub-optimal solution.

Highlighting Australian gun crime rates pre and post 1996 and predicting similar outcomes for similar action in the US is a mug's game.

The Fetish of Streetfighting the Unskilled Possesses

Matt Thornton

The allure of “street fighting” disappears pretty quickly once someone sincere begins training in a combat sport. The idea of beating up the average man holds no glamour when you spend your days battling with fellow athletes who are at least as skilled as you are at the art of hand to hand combat.


I have no respect for people who have a genuine interest in getting in street fights. It is weak. It is a desperate grasp for status. Such action appears like the pertpetrator is attempting to gather and pour self esteem into an empty vessel that is full of holes.

This is especially so for people who use the ‘sucker punch’ or ‘king hit’ 1 - even more so the ones that come in from a flank and blindside people. That is pathetically weak and shows an immense lack of confidence in ones own abilities.

  1. We should all start referring to these sorts of pathetic attacks as the ‘scum punch’ or ‘coward hit’. Calling them ‘king hit’ and even ‘sucker punch’ can imply some sort of (a), skill in applying it (king hit) or (b), fault of the victim (sucker punch). This is not my idea; there are many who are promoting this. I think it makes sense though I am not sure what effect it will have as far as numbers of these sorts of attacks goes. If nothing else these are better descriptors.

Drug use, mental health issues and extensive criminal history in an attacker


Mark Lavelle (32) was sentenced to seven years in prison with two suspended for the attack on Mr Cooper and the hijacking of a taxi.

Lavelle had taken crystal meth before the assault...Lawyers for Lavelle said he suffered from a mental disorder and had been with the State's psychiatric services since his mid-teens.

He has 62 previous convictions and a long history of substance abuse.

It is not just an angry aquaintance or drunk person at the pub who engages in violence. It is also people with mental disorders, extensive criminal records and long term drug use we need to consider in our awareness and self defence approach.

Such a combination in an attacker can often result in attackers with super aggression, strength and unpredictability.

Real Knife Attack and Startle Flinch Response Example


A 33-year-old was sitting in traffic in Steel Street, with the driver’s window down, when a man ran towards him from the footpath and started stabbing him.

The driver used his arms to protect his body, which bore the brunt of the attack, as he sat strapped into the driver’s seat.

This sudden attack would probably have triggered the startle-flinch response which is evident in the use of the arms to protect the body. Sometimes instinct and reflexes are good for our survival.

Gun Violence and Crime in the US

Gun Violence and Crime in the US

Gun violence and gun crime in the US. Quite an emotive topic for some.

However this post looks straight at the data and truths surrounding gun violence in the US so we can have a better understanding of how it happens and how we can defend against it.

This is one of the longest posts to be published on Low Tech Combat so strap yourselves in. We also have a whole heap of charts and images (13 in total) to portray the information as efficiently as possible.

Chimp vs Chimp Violence and Insights into Human vs Human Violence

Chimp vs Chimp Violence and Insights into Human vs Human Violence

New studies into how chimpanzees engage in violence between one another shines great insight into the fundamental nature of how and why humans engage in violence with one another.

This post explores these recent studies and provides analysis into the meanings for us humans.

The King Hit

The King Hit

The King Hit (or Sucker Punch) is causing a lot of problems in todays society. It is easy to hit someone with a cheap shot.

We explore this King Hit issue in this post. We look at the injuries and family suffering that King Hits cause. We look at some statistics. We look at the pettiness of the reasons people use these cheap attacks. We look at the culprits. We ask if King Hits are a reflection of a cheapening of life these days and dehumanisation more generally.

Regardless how much much of a cheap shot these sorts of attacks are, the threat posed by them is very real - especially if you are drunk (drunk=slow).

Let's get stuck into it.

The Human Combative Behaviour Presentation

This post contains a highly produced slide deck exploring the topic of Human Combative Behaviour.

It combines some fantastic imagery, statistical analysis and features many of the key points from the Manifesto aiming to educate people about human to human violence.



We cover a lot of things in this edition of the LTC Digest.

Chalk Warfare 2.0, top 5 regrets of the dying, boxing for self defence, alpha male in the news, climate changing violence, myth of RBSD, similarities, racially motivated crime dropping, being a man, training cops, keep fighting, what would you do, narcissism and resistance, stranger murder myth dispelled and the walking dead.

Strategic Self Defence

Strategic Self Defence

Many people get confused regarding the differences between strategy and tactics; Even people who are well versed in various combat arts and sciences.

This post examines exactly what strategy is and what it is not - from a self defence perspective.

Then we go deep and explore how we can approach self defence from a strategic perspective. This will get you thinking big picture and how the deliberate big picture decisions we make flow down to everything else.



Welcome to the first LTC Digest!

Inside we have a look at a wide variety of topics such as fight dub, einstein, hand-eye co-ordination, fight entropy, getting stabbed, news, cure for arrogance, aristotle, the bayonet, body language, OODA and martial effectiveness, 10 crime myths and some lonely planet safe travel tips.

Quite a variety of stores to read through!

Are Combat Sports a Waste of Time for Self Defence?

Are Combat Sports a Waste of Time for Self Defence?

There are broadly two camps.

The first camp, they love the combat sports and feel that unless you train against a 100% resisting opponent you are not close to simulating real violent encounters.

The second camp, they feel that there are too many restrictions when training in combat sports which generates bad habits.

There is a bit more to it than this and we go deep looking at whether or not the combat sports are a good method for developing effective self defence skills.