10 December 2011

Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto

The 2nd edition is here.

The Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto.

Understanding human to human violence enables you to recognise a violent encounter before it happens. It enables you to avoid places, activities and times that are high risk for certain types of violence.

It enables you to avoid violence.

Understanding human to human violence better enables you to de-escalate a situation if you have been unable to avoid it.

Sneak Peak Inside

Have a sneak peak inside the Manifesto below. Note: The Manifesto in the video is the older original version.

Understanding Human Combative Behaviour is about knowing that broadly, there are only two types of violent encounter...

An Alpha Male encounter.

And a Predatory encounter.

The Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto provides details of both of these types of violent encounters. You will learn the following:
  • Know how to recognise high risk places, times and activities for each of the two types of human combative behaviour
  • Understand the vast differences in the Alpha Male and the Predator
  • Know the different goals of each
  • Know how to avoid each
  • Know how to de-escalate each (they both require two very different approaches)
There is a whole lot more in the Manifesto. It is over 10,000 words and 40 pages.

Get your FREE copy of the Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto sent straight to your inbox and lots more.

BONUS Case Studies

Besides the Manifesto, you will also be sent 5 Case Studies. These will explore 5 real attacks and look at how they happened. The case studies will show you what type of combative behaviour the attacks were, the locations they happened and what the victim was doing at the time (and what they were not doing...) and more.

These case studies will showcase real incidents in the light of the knowledge learned in the Manifesto and will show you how you can apply the knowledge learnt in real life.

The case studies will show how a knowledge of human combative behaviour could have enabled the victim to recognise early what was going on and avoid the incident altogether or evade it or de-escalate it.

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You will also be sent updates from this site, Low Tech Combat, as new articles are published as well as future special newsletters that will be sent only to newsletter subscribers. Subscribers will also be sent any future updates of the Manifesto as new information is obtained or refinements are adopted.

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Once you have done that, you will receive your first newsletter which will tell you how to download the Manifesto. It is very easy. You will then be sent the Case Studies which will be sent to you about once a week. I am sure you will enjoy it all.

What Do Others Think?

Let's have a look. This is Dan from The Daily Prep.

***Not convinced? Have a look at some of the feedback which has begun coming in about the Manifesto already, below in the comments section***

The feedback below is speaking for itself. People are loving it!

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  1. Congratulations! This manifesto is well done. Your blog has been always informative and useful... this book distills it succinctly.

    The concepts inside is an eye opener for me - good to know.

    Thank you very much.

  2. Thanks very much Jonathan :)

    I am glad to hear you got something out of it. Happy to hear it was an eye opener for you. That is why I put together this Manifesto. Hopefully many people get something out of it.



  3. Wow. I found this via twitter and I must say, I have never thought of violence in this way before. But it is so logical.

    Thanks, great product!


  4. Awesome! Thanks heaps :)

  5. Very good piece of self protection course much saught after by smart self defense instructors.

    I have read the manifesto and I want much, much more.

    Self defense instructor

  6. @ Steve, glad you like it :) Thats one of the beauties of it, it IS so logical and it makes so much sense.

    @ Anon, thanks for your feedback !

    @ Krim, Im glad you liked it. You will have 5 Case Studies of real attacks coming soon. You will get them once a week. I am sure you will enjoy these. They build on the knowledge gained from the Manifesto.

    All the best.

  7. Great read! Nicely done. Nice pics too. Thanks for making it free. Much appreciated.

  8. Finally got to read it all the way through.

    Having been a follower of LTC for some time, there wasn't anything really new in there for me. However, I do think it was well-done to put all together and make a unified document discussing the matter. The way I see it, for someone unfamiliar with LTC, it's a good thing to be able to forward to others to say "hey, check this out... and if you want more, then read the blog". It provides a clear introduction, good information and discussion points.

    Nicely done. And the layout and aesthetics of the document were nice too. :-) Very polished.

    - Hsoi

  9. Hi Hsoi! Thanks for your feedback.

    I know some people like yourself have been following the site for some time. It can be hard to know if everyone has seen everything on the topic.

    I'm glad to hear from you that even though you have seen much of the information over time, that you still thought the Manifesto good. I wanted to provide an actual document where readers can take it away from the Internet and all of the information is organized and in the one place.

    Thanks for your feedback Hsoi :)

  10. Glad I got this currently reading the Manifesto and find it enlightening. I've got an injury that marks me as an easy prey. Gives a lot of helpful info on the concept of violence and what to look out for.

    Can't wait to finish reading it.

  11. Thanks for the feedback Anon.

    You raise an interesting point. Not everyone is capable of fighting back. In this instance, being able to recognise potential violence early, and then avoid it or de-escalate is the ONLY option.

    I hope the Manifesto helps you in this regard, I am sure it will.

    Like Sun Tzu said,

    "To have 100 victories in 100 battles is not the highest skill,
    to subdue the enemy WITHOUT FIGHTING is the highest skill"



  12. Happy New Year!!!

    Keep up the good work and the Manifesto is very informative and a great read.


  13. Happy New Year to you too Sonny!

    Glad you like it all :)


  14. Good stuff! I loved reading mine. Thanks a lot for it. The first couple of case studies have been great too. I look forward to getting the rest!

  15. Glad you like the Manifesto! Also good to hear you are liking the Case Studies as well. I am sure you will enjoy the rest too :)

  16. Great work! Very practical and informative.
    Just a thought...maybe a change to a more reader friendly typeface would be nice. The font got harsh after reading a while.

  17. Thanks for the feedback Anon. I'm glad you liked it :) It's interesting you say that about the typeface. Some people say they loved the typeface and a few have said they had trouble with it. Very mixed. For an update I will consider changing it to something more standard. Thanks for letting me know.

  18. A very informative piece of literature, now I know what to be on the look out for. Thank you for taking the time to write this and present it in such a tidy and well made manner.
    Regards, Paul V.

  19. Nicely done! I run scenario based "force on force" training, and in designing those scenarios it's necessary to define the aggressor's motivation, intent, conditions under which he (or she) will fight, and what level of aggression may occur during the fight. Thought your document did a good job of explaining behavior concepts - I'll be recommending it to students as supplemental reading.

  20. @ Paul V, I'm glad you learnt something of value for yourself. And thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated.

    @ KR, I am glad you are finding the Manifesto of use in your teaching and training. Using the Alpha Male and Predator as 'attacker' role models would be very beneficial and is an excellent way to use the knowledge from the Manifesto in real training. Another way to enhance the training is to simulate the most likely attack scenarios from the statistics which is covered inside the Manifesto. If you do 'on site' training you could also go to likely locations where each type of attack occurs. Combining the appropriate 'role model', attack scenario and location would be excellent 'force on force' scenario training for self defence. Keep up the great work and let us know how the new scenarios go!


  21. First of all I want to thank you about the manifest.

    I really enjoyed reading it. I am just starting to go through your pages and it seems more than interesting.
    Secondly I want to apologize my English language, because it is not my first language. I hope the readers will understand anyway :)

    The manifest covered the concept of violence dynamics quite good, though not exploring in depth of all the main aspects. This is not a complaint, but a suggestion and my point of view. I think it lacked some important points about the prefight that should be covered when the subject of self-defense is at hand.

    Few of these thought that came to my mind:

    The importance of attitude towards violence and self-defense, as ones attitude affects a lot in every step in pre-fight and in actual fight.

    Also the affects of fear and stress after the threat has been identified. These have a huge impact on cognitive processing and physical abilities.

    The avoidance was covered but in my opinion in between avoidance and de-escalation is the stage where you recognize the threat and there you need to have the proper mental tools to manage stress and fear and to compose a plan of action.

    De-escalation is important stage of self-defense, but in my opinion when one is de-escalating there should also be constant planning for the what if situation.

    With this I want to say that recognizing that threat and understanding the violence dynamics is very important, but just by understanding these things is not enough. It is a start.

    Again, thank you for the great manifesto and I am sure I will be back for your pages often, since the topics covered in these pages are more than interesting :)


  22. Hi Jari. Thanks very much for your detailed feedback. It is much appreciated. I know there could have been much more put in there. I did consider that. But what I wanted to do with the Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto is to isolate the one main theme which is the Alpha Male and the Predator. I wanted to only include content that was very relavent to the topic at hand. I wanted to go over the model and then build on that with the research I did into real statistics from the US, UK and Australia (preliminary research into Canada's stats are indicating similar overall themes). I wanted to keep the subject matter quite tight.

    I wanted to show people how profound these differences are. In my mind, this subject matter is so fundamental that it should really be the first thing that people are taught when they go to someone to learn about self defence. Often, this is NEVER covered by schools as they are too busy running physical classes. People want to go to a class and sweat and punch and kick and wrestle and choke etc. And that's fine. That is where the medium of the internet can be such an excellent aid to physical training. Here at Low tech Combat people can undertake the more academic learning to increase their knowledge on the subject of Low Tech Combat. This is the perfect match to their physical training whether that be courses and/or classes.

    So yes, I could have written a lot more about more aspects of self defence, such as those areas you mention. But for my first eBook (Manifesto), I wanted to focus mostly on just the Alpha Male and Predatory human combative behaviour.

    I have plans for more detailed projects that will come down the track. I have begun these already but will take some time. I also intend to improve this Manifesto and all subscribers to the Low Tech Combat Newsletter will be sent any new releases as they are published.

    All of your points are valid important aspects of Low Tech Combat. I have written about most of them here on this site and those articles are freely available here. There are a lot of important areas of the pre fight that many people ignore. The pre fight should take priority over the fight. After all, the fight can be won at the pre fight prior to escalating to the fight.

    Thanks again Jari for your well considered points. I like what I have read on your site as well. Nice work.

  23. Hi Adam and thank you for the response.

    I totally understand that there is no way to cover all the aspects pre-fight and tactical approach in a short written manifesto. Still, like I said you have done a good job by opening the most basic concepts that everybody seriously wanting to learn how to protect them selves, should research.

    The areas and topics that effect self-protection situation are so numerous and everything affects everything and they bind together that it is hard to cover one topic without going into another. You are quite correct that alpha-male versus predator situation needs a different approach to handle the de-escalation situation. Still there are the same tactical things you need to be able to do regardless of the threat:

    - planning of your own action before and after the de-escalation
    - fear and stress management so that you will be able to plan and do cognitive tasks
    - the tactical knowledge of how to use the environment and common objects
    - psychology; how to make the situation work for your plan of action, how to affect the threat with your behaviour
    - the physical and mental action triggers that enable you to act if necessary
    - searching for pre-contact clues and the ability identify them
    - and so on and so on

    These are topics that are easy to write in paper and easy to handle in no stress situation, but so little time is put into practising them. No drills that cover these topics in training.

    You mentioned that these pre-fight topics should be covered before entering a self-defense class and in the manifesto you mentioned that in some situations it is better to not have self-defense training at all than to have training that has not covered the reality of violence. I totally agree on this.
    However, if one does not have any physical skills as a back-up in a de-escalation situation, in my experience and in my opinion the negative effects of stress will be higher. Simply because one does not have the tools to handle the situation if it escalates to physical. This will directly affect the "performance" in de-escalation... So this training should be done hand in hand, together. Reinforcing a total approach to situation. Neither one alone is enough.

    I totally agree with you, what you wrote in the manifesto about the lack of individuality in training and martial arts today. Systems and styles try to put you in one model that simply does not work for everybody. These instructors and systems do not take into consideration that people are unique with mental and physical capabilities and everybody can not have the same approach to same situation. I have tried to take individual approach into account in my teaching of self-defense, but it is a quite challenging task when your teaching a group.

    I am sure I will find some useful ideas for your pages. I think we will exchange ideas again in future.


  24. Follow up emails prompted me to finish reading the Manifesto.

    Lots of good information, forming a basis for sound self-defense (or self-preservation, self-survival, whatever term we choose to use nowdays) training.

    Avoidance is the preferred method of dealing with both issues, and situational awareness is the key to this - too often, alcohol and other sensory overloads will dilute one's awareness.

    In a perfect world, everyone has a right to do/act how they want, and with no bad consequences. In the real world, display 'prey' behavior and take your chances. The choice is yours.


  25. @ Jari, all good :) You are right, there is a lot to know if we want to give ourselves the best chance of being able to deal with a violent encounter smartly when under real pressure and stress. The Manifesto distils just one key area. And yes, knowing it is one thing, being able to do it is another. But knowing it is the first step. From there we can build on that with gradual training. And you are right about having physical skills to back up de-escalation. Especially if things become heated. Our lack of confidence in our own abilities, our lack of experience dealing with such situations and our own fear can drive us to either cower down under the threat or the opposite. Our fears may drive us to 'prove' to ourselves or others that we are not scared and act instead of continue to de-escalate. Thanks again for your interesting comments Jari.

    @ Don, You're right Don, awareness and limiting alcohol consumption can be just two big aids in helping us live our lives trouble free. Regardless of what people believe their 'rights' are to walk around without fear of attack, it doesn't matter. Like you say, if people act like victims, they will be selected as victims. And doing something silly like walk down the wrong street at the wrong time can also be a self subscribed recipe for victimhood. This is something I wanted to show to people in the Manifesto so they have the knowledge of what the two types of attackers are, what they look for, where the attacks happen and what most victims were doing at the time of attacks and lots more. With this knowledge, the proactive person can avoid such troubles.

    Thanks heaps for the kind words and feedback :)

  26. Adam, as a police officer, professional bodyguard, and self-defense instructor who has authored his own book on civilian self-defense, I must congratulate you on the Manifesto. I read it all the way through when I first received it out of professional interest and was not disappointed. It is amazing how close our conclusions are on the two types of potentially dangerous people there are in the world, the first engaging in what I refer to as "Anti-social behavior" (your Alpha male) and the practitioner of "Asocial violence" (your Predator). Your conclusions are spot on. Very few so-called "instructors" or "experts" understand this fundamental difference, but three decades on the street tells me you are absolutely correct. I will pay close attention to anything you send me to consider in my email inbox! Thanks so much.


    1. Hi Tom,

      Thank you for your feedback and kind words. Much appreciated.

      The more I research the more I see some people largely agree about there being two types of violence humans engage in. And they truly are fundamental in their differences. I am interesting in how you came to the same conclusions. I would appreciate it if you could send me a short message at the 'Contact' form at the top of the page. There could be more research I could look into I hope. I am always interested in talking about this topic.

      Again, thanks for your message.


  27. I thought it was great! It had things I had never considered. I am going to get _Facing Violence_. Thanx!

  28. Anon, I am glad you got a lot out of it. This is why I put the Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto together.

    Appreciate you dropping by and leaving your message.


  29. as a self defence instructor i have always identified 2 types of attack but thought the Alpha Male & Preditor tags used were particularly good to clearly explain the differences between attacks, also the simplicity and clarity of the language used made it really easy to read and understand making it a great aid to teaching.
    well done Adam, thanks,


    1. Hi Ivor, Glad you found the Alpha Male and the Predator analogy useful. It certainly helped clarify my own understanding of human to human violence when I first began learning about it.

      I am glad you enjoyed the Manifesto and got something out of it. Thanks for leaving a message Ivor.


  30. I've just finished reading the Manifesto, I found it incredibly informative, I've only briefly considered the psychological state of people involved in conflict and the circumstances which cause a situation to escalate into violence, this book really opened my eyes. I only wish I'd read it earlier, perhaps I would've been able to avoid a rather irksome situation.

    A few years ago, I was walking home from a party and I noticed I was being followed by two men, panicking I made a run for it. They overtook me in a matter of seconds. After a few choice crude words on their part I kicked one in the neck and punched the other in the solar plexus and ran as fast I could. I was only 15 at the time, and I found the experience extremely traumatic, your book really helped me understand how to avoid situations like that in the future.

    Thank you!

    1. Wow! You kicked a guy in the neck in a real situation? Well done. But a word of warning. Don't try that again! hehe It would be too easy for even an untrained attacker to grab hold of your leg. Bad position to be in. But well done on pulling it off.

      I am really glad to hear the Manifesto has helped you understand violence so you can recognise the underlying dynamics which enables you to take avoidance or de-escalation action.

      I am also sure you now know that walking home from a party at night alone and 15 is a bad idea. A cab or lift would be just one simple way to avoid this happening.

      Thanks very much for you feedback!


  31. what you have written is the best i have read in 25 years of training .i would like your thoughts on ego as i think it is the 1 of the most important reasons for physical violence. whether it is being a victim of a mugging or street fight . thank you

    1. Hi Anon. Really happy to hear you got a lot out of the Manifesto and think so highly of it. As was covered in the Manifesto, Assault is by far the most likely form of violence today. And what drives that in many cases, is that people do not want to walk away.

      They feel they CANNOT walk away. In these cases it is ego masquerading as 'Honour' that sees these encounters go physical when they do not need to. If tough guys want to fight for a challenge or for fun, there are plenty of MMA and kickboxing competitions they can enter if they are serious... oh, they are not that tough when they are sober and have to fight one on one...

      So yeah anon, ego is the cause of much violence.

      oh and P. S. ego can also force people to fight back during muggings as well, like you mention. People cannot bring themselves to NOT fight back. What will they tell their friends???


  32. Great read, as an instructor in conflict management, personal awareness and defence i found this manifesto insightful and easy to read and understand. it reinforces what i teach and i can see it being something that i will urge all of my students to read.
    great job and keep up the good work, we need more people to understand that self defence dosent start and end with physical skills.

    1. Thanks very much Jason. I am glad you found the Manifesto of interest and use. Your feedback is much appreciated.


  33. I like the premiss of there being only “2” (basic) types of aggressor that will be commonly encountered. I've been instructing (both) Law Enforcement and civilian Life Protection techniques for over 30 years and this can provide my civilian students with a “quickie” evaluation of aggressor types (L.E. Regularly “profiles” suspects, though for them it demands a different response, and is under different circumstances). Realizing that each type would create a different defensive situation, dictates the appropriate response made by the student. Previously, aggressor “types” have been broken-down into too many categories, making it confusing for the average student to differentiate between them. I think it's important to also differentiate statistics drawn between countries (as laws will often be different as well, what's “illegal” in one country/state, may very well be “legal” in another. Such is the unfortunate case here in the United States, each state can have radically different versions of a “law”).

    1. Thanks for your comments Openhand. You are very right about the importance of understanding the laws in a persons own area. This is really something that people need to do for themselves. Understanding use of force and self defence laws is really not that difficult. The differences between various states and countries can be confusing but knowing your own laws should not really be that bad.

      Generally speaking, ( and I am no lawyer), we always have the right to defend ourselves using equal or lesser force only for as long as there is a threat. The differences largely come when some laws allow you to do more than that to various degrees.

  34. Very informative. I have been in law enforcement for seven years and this is spot on. It is a matter of just paying attention in the long run and knowing what to do.

    1. Exactly Ghostwalker. "paying attention" is key. If we do that, we are most of the way there.



  35. Adam,

    to pull the result forward: just great and definitely eye-opening.
    Prior to start any form of martial arts one is usually having some more or less reliable natural sense for dangerous situations, no matter if it is in regards to alpha male behavior or re circumstances supporting predatory attacks,......at least I think I had.
    The more I trained martial arts, the more self-confident I became. I felt stronger to stand such attacks the more I trained.
    BUT: After reading your manifesto I must admit that I more and more concentrated on techniques, on learning what block to use for what attack etc. And of course all this with training partners I know, with styles I know (even though I´m just trying not to lean on a certain style only but to mix whatever is possible).....It happened automatically that I was not really considering predatory attacks anymore (as in training or fights you know the partner, the time, the place) and -even worse- not spent too much time anymore to think about the possibility to prevent a situation going physical.
    ....this was until I read your manifesto! The thoughts and mechanisms mentioned there should be the first thing to consider,.....if done successfully you may never need your Karate, your Kali or any of the skills you are training to defend yourself in real life and it can remain a "relaxed" sport.

    Oh, and btw: it is very well written!

    Thanks a lot Adam! I´m looking forward to hear / read a lot more.

    Very best regards

    Arne / Germany

    1. Hi Arne, thanks very much for your feedback. I am truly happy that this manifesto helped you step back a little from your busy training schedule to consider the wider aspects of human violence and self defence.

      And thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. Appreciated.


  36. I believe thatnofficers and others take for granted the.elements in their environment. As a police commissioner I pass the information on the the tactical forces.

  37. That was the best advice on self defense I've read in a long time. You're right too, most of martial arts only teaches you how to defend against an attack not prevent one.

  38. Very useful. I would list more statistics as to where info came from...
    Excellent guide

  39. This is probably not the type of feedback you were looking for. However, it is the feedback that I want to provide.

    Who is your intended audience? To be perfectly frank I don’t see a need for manifesto to exist. It does not substantially expand on the Armstrong article except to provide flimsy statistical support and very basic advice.

    Your conclusion based on the crime trends is “[t]his is just further evidence (beyond simple logic) that there are two primary types of human combat behavior.” Your basing this on three spikes of economically motivated crimes around 1974, 1981 and 1991. But what does this have to do with combat? Are you merely using these trends to show that assaults and robberies are motivated by different considerations on the part of the perpetrator? Do these spikes coincide with times of economic distress? If so, you need to state that more clearly. You also included a chart on property crimes, which wouldn’t constitute combat.

    Basically don’t pick fights with people, defuse alpha behavior if possible. Don’t go into fringe areas alone, and if you do be aware of your surroundings. This is trivial. Again who is your target audience? I assume it is either: (a) adolescence males who need to be told this basic advice; (b) females who have remained willfully ignorant and will not listen when told; (c) fantasy martial artists, who are like the adolescence males only older and seem to have refused to learn this material at some point on there own. If your writing for categories (a) or (c) then the manifesto can be considered a moderate success. If not, you have to do more to link the statistics to the topic. It might be interesting to know what caused the spikes, but it does little for your point except to establish that some crimes are economically motivated while others are not.

    Other general nitpicking

    (1) You may have made a mistake by using aggravated assault trends for social violence. For instance, this category could include gang training violence where the victim is chosen at random. This would be predatory.

    (2) Do you have data on trends in forcible rape? Are you sure that date rape and stranger rape are both affective violence? Giving that most rapes occur between people who know each other you may have gotten a false positive.

    1. Hi anon, I welcome all feedback. The intended audience are Low Tech Combat readers. Simple really. This information will not be of interest to many people. Some people just want to go to classes, sweat, feel good and go home. And that is fine.

      Sure, you don't have to think the statistics are important. I feel they are very important. They provide quantitative data relating to violent crime. These three spikes of economically motivated violence are important. Much predatory combative behaviour is economically motivated. It is based on obtaining a resource. Property crimes for sure are not necessarily combat. Though property crime can be extremely dangerous if people resist it. The property crime charts were to further demonstrate similarities across predatory 'resources motivated' violent crime when compared to assault for example. And I think the property chart showed this. Also, as the predatory charts got further away from being violent, they got less pronounced. The more violent, the more clear the differences between alpha male and predatory human combative behaviour.

      Regarding your nitpicking:
      1. Fair point. And I disclosed things such as this in the caveat. There are no magic bullets. There are no 100% solutions or theories. There are other aspects of assault beyond the clear alpha male type of human combative behaviour. Some people are dysfunctional and want to beat people down. It does not always benefit the group.,but mostly, aggregated assault is an accurate representation of alpha male violence as most people in the statistics knew each other.

      2. Violence between people who know each other is affective. So rape fits into this. I have included more details regarding Forceable rape in the second edition. I agree that not all rape is alpha male, some is also predatory. This can cross types. From the research I am doing into bullying, it too can be alpha male or predatory. But more will come out of that in a future post here at Low Tech Combat.

      Thank you for your considered comments anon. I do enjoy discussing different ideas. All theories should be questioned. None should be taken at face value.

      Kind regards,


  40. I received a copy of your well-written and informative piece and would like to thank you for putting this together. It provides a lot of good and useful information which should be read by everyone given the potential it has to save people from harm.

    Again, thank you kindly for writing this and making it avaliable to people. Well done, Adam!

  41. This manifesto is a well-researched, well written, and extremely useful exploration into the major causes of interpersonal violence. Adam does a great job of breaking down the different types of attacks and looking at what would constitute an appropriate response to an attack. He also emphasises avoidance of high risk areas.

    The case studies that Adam regularly sends out are also very helpful, in that they keep the principles alive for the reader. In this way, the information isn't just "filed away," rather it is continuously re-visted and reflected upon. This increases the likelihood that the material is internalized. When integrated with one's martial arts training, the manifesto and case studies (in my opinion) can make one less prone to being attacked and more likely to respond effectively to an attack. Adam has done a great service to the martial arts community (and the public at large) by making these resources available for free.

    Thanks, Adam!

  42. I've got not much to say and/or add to the HCBM. IMHO it's just good, it covers the most basic situations, and it explains the difference between alpha type behaviour and predator behaviour very well.

    The recent presentation you made is a nice short add to it, and you keep on coming with articles that expand little more on different type of attacks/situations in the HCBM.

    It's really well done, Adam, kudos to you. It really helped, and helps me to understand certain situations, to be more cautious and especially avoiding dangerous situations as best I can. It really openened my eyes, being myself someone with a big ego and a very high basic testosteron quality, even in my 40s...

    I am trying harder to leave my ego at home more of the time and stop forcing my alpha type behaviour on others, when groups and individuals provoke or intimidate me...

    Cheers mate :-)

  43. one of the best thing i ve read in this subject thanks so much for ur contribution

  44. I haven't actually read the whole thing yet, but it was a fascinating insight into human character. While the Manifesto was fairly lengthy, I'd assume that what it covers is important enough that it really shouldn't be left out.

    One of the problems I had was that it only described the Predator and the Alpha Male, while there are other ways people fight, ways that don't fit the normal patterns.

  45. Adam,
    Just read through the manifesto, very impressed. Particularly interested in the correlation of long term crime stats as a means of grouping behaviour within the Alpha Male/Predator model. Whilst accepting that this is a highly simplified starting point, you go on to point out that there are as many permutations as there are confrontations. I'm no expert, but as a 50 year old martial arts student I can relate to many of the scenarios depicted. I look forward to more of your material, cheers!

  46. Great reading! One of the most easily comprehended publication. Looking forward to read more of your practical combatting stuff. Cheers drMTPGL



  48. I signed up and am looking forward to reading the manifesto. I don't know yet if I completely agree with your two categories as being the only ones. Hopefully, after reading the manifesto I will have a clearer idea of why you chose those two broad categories. Thanks.

  49. The Manifesto and companion newsletters are excellent. Well written, with a great understanding of psychology, these texts will help anyone, male or female. As a woman with a mentally ill stalker (for 5 years now), it contains invaluable advice, and combines well with my self-defense training.


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