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A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly
How Bouncers, Bodyguards and Other Security Professionals
 Handle Ugly Situations

Marc MacYoung

Bouncers, bodyguards, hospital orderlies, event security, prison guards, police officers ... those people whose jobs are to deal with violence, sometimes on a daily basis, know the best ways to avoid being injured or sued.


In A Professionals Guide to Ending Violence Quickly, Marc MacYoung details the many ways to either defuse the situation verbally or put a potential assailant down hard and fast -- quickly, efficiently and legally.

Working security in bars, halfway houses and private companies, MacYoung tells you how to:
 -- recognize and avoid macho escalation of conflicts
 -- recognize and relate the stages of intoxication to impending violent behavior
 -- counter the four types of violent behavior
 -- relay subtle verbal and physical cues that you are ready and fully capable of using violence yourself
 -- take anyone to the ground from the front, back or side, with only as much force as is absolutely necessary
 -- get someone out the door without hurting him unnecessarily or getting hurt yourself.

A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations
(Paladin Press) 1993, 249 pages, ISBN 0-87364-899-4

Softcover, Item# Bpuf
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Comments on Ending Violence Quickly include:
This [Ending Violence Quickly] was required reading for the CERT while we were primarily a hands on team. I like the way Marc thinks about violence and his descriptions about experiences and how they affected him match my own more than any other author All of his books are worth a read. -- From Mediations On Violence by Rory Miller



Marc Macyoung is a product of the streets and as a Cop working those "streets", I can tell you the info Macyoung gives in this book can save any Cop's life. I know, one of the techniques in this book saved mine! Macyoung shows techniques that are simple but effective designed to put the bad guy down quick. He discusses legal aspects. I can see that Macyoung is well versed in "verbal judo". He knows talking is much better than fighting in the long haul. His war stories are entertaining but make a point. This book should be required reading in every Police, Correction, and Probation Officer Academy in the United States. This is an excellent book not only for law enforcement but the average citizen that wants to avoid situation where he or she could get hurt. -- Anonymous police officer


As a security guard in a military hospital I have come across my fair share of violent encounters. I can honestly tell you that this book is by far the most comprehensive and useful book I've ever read on the subject (and that's more than I care to count). Marc goes through every phase of a conflict and shows you steps to take to stop it as well as how to prepare your self so you can control the situation no matter how they react. What I like about this book is there is not a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, or self gratification, it's just common sense fighting. The information in the book is just like the title says "Ending Violence Quickly", Marc doesn't waste time tell in you how to do "this maneuver if he does that" he teaches you how to contain the guy in no time. Which is good because some of the 250lbs Marines I've faced, I'm sure could have cleaned my clock had I not had the mind set and moves that are in this book. I highly recommend this book to every one even the guys who never plan on being in this sort of conflict. -- Anonymous security guard


Marc MacYoung is a bad man (and I mean that in the best sort of way). He's been there, done that, and broken a lot of people along the way. That's why he is called "Animal." I have read and re-read this excellent book several times since I first picked it up in 10 years ago. More importantly, I have successfully applied many of his techniques to escort drunken football fans out of a stadium without being hurt, sued, fired, or otherwise getting into trouble!

For those with reasonably advanced martial arts training you are probably better off following whatever system you study while keeping MacYoung's ideas in mind (so that they can't be pulled on you). If you are not a black belt or don't care to be, what he writes about is quite effective with a bit of practice. More than just the techniques, however, his insight into violence, escalato, and mind games is well worth the price of admission. The writing style is cynical, in your face, and very entertaining.

Great book!
  -- Lawrence Kane, author of The Way of Kata and Martial Arts Instruction


By far one of the best books out there on self defense. This book is straight forward and honest. Two things that are rare to find in books about this subject matter. Great work Mr MacYoung -- Joel Huncar


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