The Paradox of Violence | Tim Larkin | TEDxGrandForks

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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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  1. Free Flow says:

    Sadly, he is trapped in his mind. Where is love, our natural state?. When you have realized that we are one, violence becomes the last option.

    „Violence always rebounds upon oneself“. – Lao Tzu

  2. Steve McCartney says:

    We all know Damian Ross of the Self Defense Company who trained under the legendary Carl Cestari should be up here speaking. Not Tim Larkin

  3. Harry Orenstein says:

    In the Near East (Levant) where one lives among violent neighbours, who do not fear the ultimate sanction, situational awareness is the only answer. But if one is attacked – train, train, train and train, again-and-again (with Tim) or another.

  4. Glem Det says:

    A violent guy teaching people to be violent for a living, of course he is all for escalation. If he can induce more people to panic in stressed situations the overall level of violence will go up, and he will have more work. "Nuclear threat" is an apt metaphor: press the button for mutual assured destruction…

  5. brothajack1993 says:

    If you have a set of teeth and can bite hard, then youll never be a victim of evil predators that have teeth as well- paraphrasing Jordan Peterson on uses of cruelty.

  6. Ninjaembryo says:

    …gouging someone's eye out…or biting his ear off…

  7. Daniel Kwon says:


  8. Francis Begbie says:

    aggressive attitude is the key. no matter what, just do that

  9. Dexter C says:

    His analysis of seeing yourself as a victim is quite weak.

    1. why did I have to be the one being choked, maybe the other attacker could be on the ground = because you supplied robin the example, if I saw another on the ground I could assume I did that, but I wasn't informed to use guess work.

    2. Why do we always see ourselves as victims = because social norms dictate us not to be aggressive first, thus the one that does, instigates the conflict, normal people don't bash people who "look" bad, they are expected to go for those who "do" bad.

    I liked the start of the video but as with another on violence, there perspective wouldn't match up to question and answer time.

  10. Dan Williams says:

    This is a good piece, Mr. Tim Larkin. I teach these same ideas to my martial arts students…competitive sports is one thing, but in a real life fighting situation when your life is on the line, the eye jab/gouge and groin kick are the FIRST unarmed tools to be trying to use. End the threat to your life as fast as possible.

  11. EpicBunty says:

    This was a surprisingly nice and eye opening presentation. Self defence for the masses! if only we all could protect ourselves

  12. adambakas13 says:

    A school with 300 people in it and one shooter, I'm not going to say everyone should be ready but the adults should be. Just sayin'.

  13. Blu3 B3rry R3D says:

    u see violence 2 me is like this. if some1 is correct and some1 else isnt. it no longer matters when violence is involved as it is the most pure thing there is. winners and loosers no inbetween.

  14. andrew domenitz says:

    Anyone who thinks using anti antisocial violence is wrong, probably will be a statistic. Talk to my strangled dead niece about what her opinion on being murdered is. Had she been instructed, she would agree with Larkin and said thank you. Her murderer who did only fifteen years might even thank Larkin too. He might have only gotten probation for assault and battery. Dozens of lives were altered by her murder.

  15. James Dunkerson says:

    Every one of these peacenik morons needs to see this.

  16. Clarkstowns Finest says:

    I think it comes less from people thinking violence is bad and more with that they think training and preparing for violence is a waste of their time. We've left that "violence is bad" period behind in our society, in that we love martial arts classes and violent movies. It comes more so from people thinking it's not going to be them so what's the point. The "violence is a tool" tip was very true though and I couldn't agree more.

  17. Tino Tincup says:

    explains a lot thnx

  18. Ttran778 says:

    This guy is a fucking tool. Violence is not a TOOL, it's a REACTION to the situation.

  19. Extremely Memely says:

    I don't like this

  20. Kyusoath says:

    Thank you Mr Larkin.

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