Marc MacYoung

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Marc MacYoung
Born Marc MacYoung
Los Angeles
Occupation Survivalist writer, martial artist
Spouse(s) Dianna Gordon

Marc "Animal" MacYoung (born in Los Angeles, California) is an American author, lecturer and martial artist. Initially known best for his street-violence survival books, he later went on to write personal safety / self-defense books and make instructional videos. MacYoung is considered to be one of the pioneers of reality-based self-defense.[1][2] He has studied numerous martial arts since the age of ten, including Wing Chun, Eskrima, Silat, Karate, and Baguazhang. MacYoung administers several self-defense programs for the general public and has taught law at law-enforcement agencies and military sites around the world.[1]


MacYoung was born in Los Angeles, and spent a majority of his childhood in the Los Angeles area. By his own account, he spent his youth in situational poverty and ethnic diversity. He gained his knowledge of crime and violence on the streets of Los Angeles. He was first shot when he was fourteen. He later worked as the warden of a correctional institute, bodyguard, bouncer, security, all of which put his life into danger. He wrote his first book Cheap Shots Ambushes and other Lessons, published by Paladin Press, in 1989. He later wrote thirteen more books and produced five instructional videos on personal safety / self-defense.

MacYoung worked set construction, set dressing, swing gang, lead man, props and FX on several films such as The Hanoi Hilton, Rush Week, Limit Up, Breaking the Rules, Wicked Stepmother, Best of the Best, Seedpeople, Syngenor, Death Warrant and Bad Channels.

In 2009 MacYoung teamed up with Rory Miller, author of Meditations on Violence (2008), Violence: A Writer's Guide (2010) and Facing Violence (2011). Based on over five decades combined experience confronting violent felons, intoxicated and deranged individuals and other dangerous people they developed Conflict Communications. Originally designed for police to de-escalate situations from turning violent, they've expanded the same concepts into conflict resolution and management for business and personal relationships.

MacYoung currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife, Dianna Gordon, developed and maintain his No Nonsense Self Defense, a website which covers a wide range of violence-prevention and criminal psychology topics.


  • Taking It to the Street
  • Cheap Shots, Ambushes, and Other Lessons
  • Fists, Wits, and a Wicked Right
  • Knives, Knife Fighting, and Related Hassles
  • Floor Fighting
  • Down But No Out
  • Pool Cues, Beer Bottles, and Baseball Bats
  • Violence, Blunders, and Fractured Jaws
  • A Professional's Guide To Ending Violence Quickly
  • Safe in the City
  • Safe in the Street
  • Street E & E
  • Secrets of Effective Offense
  • Becoming A Complete Martial Artist
  • In The Name of Self Defense


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  2. ^ Hammack, Seif. "INTERVIEW WITH MARC "THE ANIMAL" MACYOUNG". Art Martial Russe. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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