I cannot believe the incredible horror of THE TERROR ATTACK ON THE GAY CLUB CALLED "THE PULSE" IN ORLANDO FLORIDA [ <--CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY ]. Hundreds of good Americans looking to have a good time...not bothering anyone...are set upon by some monstrous lunatic named Omar Mateen, who is the apparently the serious nutcase and alleged lone gunman who is the cause of this tragedy.
Responsible, reputable media outlets..shortly after it happened... widely heralded this tragedy, this terrible act, as the second worst terrorist act on American soil of the 21st century.
The reason that I say "alleged lone gunman" is because at this early time there seems to be reports that there was more than one gunman. Again, I don't have solid info on this, but I will investigate further the possibility that this terrible shooting was executed by more than one gunman or there were more people directly involved in some other way.
As reprehensible, inexcusable, repulsive as this shooting was...it is not the second worst terrorist act on American soil. Not even close.
Most of the worst terrorist acts belong to hate groups like The Ku Klux Klan, and hate driven mobs of "citizens" who gleefully, happily employed stomach churning methods of murder...including but not limited to lynching, burning alive, raping and skinning, drowning, piercing with blades and pitchforks, clubbing to death, dragging to death behind horses and cars, burning down towns like Rosewood and blocks like Black Wall Street, and unleashing attack dogs upon...THOUSANDS of Afrikan Americans over the years.
What I am about to say in the paragraph below DOES NOT APPLY TO 90% OF YOU. I am aware that the overwhelming majority of you grasp precisely my meaning and largely agree with the information and sentiment that I convey, because you are all well informed, very intelligent, empathic human beings who relate to other human beings in that way: with intelligent empathy. The forthcoming paragraph is designed to preemptively address the small but consistent cadre of haters who ride my coat tails. So let's get that out of the way right now.
Let's get one thing straight before any of you haters are inclined to look at me cross-eyed or sideways: I say the above NOT to make light of the horrific tragedy of today at The Pulse in Orlando, Florida. In no way am I comparing the plight of Afrikan America and gays, and/or stating that the plight of Afrikan America is worse. I am not making such a comparison or argument. [ And remember: there IS a such thing as GAY AFRIKAN AMERICANS. Some of my own family and clients--all of whom I care for deeply--are part of that contingent. ] I AM, however, stating that the historical record is absolutely unequivocal on this point: some powerful members of the media in the USA are presenting the horrific death toll at The Pulse as the second worst terrorist act in AMERICAN history. The death toll--as repugnant and repulsive as it is, as unforgiveable and extreme of a call to action that it is--isn't even the second worst death toll in the history of the USA. Such a statement is radically. Radically. Inaccurate. And very disrespectful to those who fought for and/or lost their lives during the very real wars to change social and political policy up and down The Americas in the entire Western Hemisphere. Because AMERICAN HISTORY IS THE HISTORY OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF AMERIGO VESPUCCI...FROM WHOM THE NAME "AMERICA" IS DERIVED.
So catch up on your History, before screwing up your face or keyboard to say or type something ridiculous to me.
Okay. Back to the tragedy at The Pulse.
There will be and most assuredly should be a wealth of reaction to this horror. From the national level, as articulated by our magnificent President, the brilliant Barack Obama
to the Orlando Mayor:
However. What can we in the self defense community do? We should be able to...and in my opinion are absolutely tasked with...the obligation to teach the average American as well as our clientele the skills needed to help to survive, evade, elude, minimize damage from, and fight back in situations such as this. If not...then what are we training for? What good are our self defense skills if we cannot use them when there is a need for and a emergency requiring self defense skill? What good are our self defense skills...and what kind of person are we, where are our morals, honor, integrity, courage...if we don't step up to resolve. To prevent. To empower our people. When unacceptable tragedy strikes? Do we remain in the background shaking our heads and commiserating with the grieving families and grieving nation, making small talk at work about "how sad" yet another mass shooting tragedy is, or do we show the rectitude, the quality of character, the guts to stand up and show how not to be victims anymore, and teach the great seas of innocents how to NOT be prey for psychos, how to mobilize and take down lunatics like this Omar Mateen seems to be?
There is nobody in most fields of civilian self defense who teaches anything worth the time to vomit on it in most of the commercial self defense field available to the average American in the USA. Sadly, this reality is infinitely more true in the Brazilian centric "Capoeira" world, where all these dancing prancing exercise oriented non self defense practicing Cardio Capoeiristas...literally cannot combine their forces worlwide to create on their own a single technique that would be useful under these circumstances. They are absolutely. Totally. Useless. Which is the greatest proof of their inauthenticness, their "fakeness", as world history is replete with literally centuries of proof in the from of documents detailing how Afrikans in the Motherland and runaway Afrikans who refused to be slaves have survived these kinds of assaults levied upon them...by ARMIES. Women and children, it is reported, speedily eluded their armed assailants and survived. The miracle isn't that many fell to the firearm wielding, thousands strong invaders. The miracle is that many more did not fall, and successfully turned the tables on their assailants. If these Cardio Capoeiristas actually knew and did what they claimed they know and do, they would know and teach highly effective countermeasures against these kinds of assaults, because these counermeasures are literally sered within the history of the fighting system of Kipura, which my family inherited [ among other systems ] and which I forged into my NJIA UHURU [ "The Way of Freedom" ]. But they don't. Because these Cardio Capoeira Mestres are exercise specialists only. When it comes to self defense? They are charlatans in every possible way.
I, on the other hand, teach MANY skills that are useful under these circumstances. Imagine if the hundreds of patrons in The Pulse were trained in the basics of NJIA UHURU. Imagine them moving adroitly
For those of you who think that I am misguided, and misinformed, and am very irresponsibly advocating options, skills, techniques, that are unrealistic and will result in even more injury and fatalities? I have 3 primary responses to you:
1. THE SKILLS OF MY ANCESTORS HAVE ALREADY FAMOUSLY RECORDED WHOLE ARMIES...LIKE THE ARMIES OF KING AGAJA: WHO FAMOUSLY RESISTED SLAVERY TOOTH AND NAIL, DESPITE LATTER DAY REVISIONIST EUROPEAN PROPAGANDA TO THE CONTRARY
, NGOLO GINGA MBANDA [ MISCALLED " QUEEN NZINGA" ], WHO NEVER BOWED TO THE PORTUGUESE REGARDLESS OF THEIR LIES DRAWN FROM THE SHAME OF THE REPEATED SEVERE DEFEATS SHE INFLICTED UPON THEM
THE WARRIORS OF NGOLO JANGA [ "LITTLE ANGOLA", THE CORRECT NAME FOR THE KILOMBO KNOWN AS "DOS PALMARES" BY THE PORTUGUESE, AND MOST FAMOUSLY LED BY NGANGA ZUMBI DOS PALMARES ]
THE ASANTE WARRIOR QUOBAH: READ HOW THE MIGHTY WARRIOR OF THE ASANTE, QUOBAH, DEFEATED ALL SLAVERS AND LED A POWERFUL FORCE OF AFRIKANS TO FREEDOM
NGOLO TERESA DE BENGUELA: READ A VERY SHORT EXCERPT OF HOW TERESA DE BENGUELA RESISTED SLAVERY FOR HER PEOPLE FOR MANY YEARS
TO SMALLER GROUPS OF WARRIORS LIKE OS ZOUAVOS: WHO WON THE WAR FOR BRAZIL AGAINST PARAGUAY AND KICKED THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF EUROPEAN SLAVERS
MORE RECENTLY MESTRE BIMBA WHO HAD DISARMED AND HOSPITALIZED 6 POLICEMEN AND OTHER CRIMINALS WHO AMBUSHED HIM AT NIGHT IN A ALLEY AND ALSO VERY FAMOUSLY THE LEGENDARY WARRIOR AND TRANSVESTITE NAMED "MADAM SATAA", THE WARRIOR TRAINED IN THE WAYS OF MY FAMILY WHO DEFEATED 24 TRAINED, SKILLED, HOSTILE, ANTI-GAY, ARMED SHOOTING POLICE MEN...WHILE THE KIPURA/"CAPOEIRA" WARRIOR WAS DRUNK.
Doubt the feats of warriors like Madam Sataa? I refer you to the skills shown by Madam Sataa, a known transvestite and bisexual who famously defeated 24 armed racist gay hating police officers. The reports read:"...He was a skilled street fighter trained in they style of capoeira, and his battles against the police forces were legendary. He routinely fought barehanded against quartets of policemen armed with wooden clubs, and it's said he once faced a twenty-four-man platoon, battling them to a stake [ draw/stand still ] and forcing them to fly away [ flee in fear ] after leaving seven of them badly wounded....." [ AS CITED IN Gerard Taylor, Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace, Volume 2 ]
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE OF MADAME SATA
If we preserve and build upon even a fraction of the skills and training that was standard for people like Madam Sataa--which my family has done and which I prove we have done every day--then we can see that history proves that one man can defeat a platoon of 24 club, sword and gun armed attackers [ in this case, racist police officers from Brasil ]. Imagine what would happen if even a fraction of the hundreds populating The Pulse were trained in the ways of my NJIA UHURU, and were unleashed upon the unsuspecting lone terrorist who murdered 50 innocent people, and injured 53 more.
2. WE ALREADY HAVE PROOF OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT TRAIN TO PROTECT OURSELVES AGAINST ARMED LUNATICS.
We have the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary. Columbine. The Batman Premiere in Colorado. The terrorists mass shooting of innocents in California. And many more. The tragedy at The Pulse is merely the latest of a long line of absolutely repulsive. Absolutely unacceptable. Tragedies that occurred because people who advocate the nonsense of NOT training against armed assailants have prevailed in this public debate. And it's precisely that LACK of training against armed training that the ever growing number of armed nutcases are counting on in order to rack up ever more horrific death tolls and injuries. When will these people who say recoil at the notion of training against these kinds of scenarios realize that IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PREPARE FOR THEM. We already see what happens when we follow their moronic advice. We die. And encourage other lunatics, other monsters, other terrorists to continue along the same path as the previous terrorists did...because we didn't learn enough from the LAST couple of mass shootings to train to defend themselves.
3. I AM AN EXPERT WHO HAS A LIFE TIME OF EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH THESE MASS SHOOTINGS. YOU DON'T, AND NEITHER DO ANY OF YOUR MCDOJO AND CARDIO CAPOEIRA SUCKTASTIC TEACHERS. THEREFORE YOU SUCK, AND I AM FAR BETTER THAN YOU.
Here's a hard reality that some of you will have a difficult time swallowing. But lives are at stake, so I don't care about your delicate, misguided feelings. As a Afrikan American of my generation, dealing with the constant realities of these kinds of threats is old hat for me. I have been a literal expert in dealing with these kinds of attacks...and other attacks, like "Walk Ups" and "Home Invasions"... since I was a preteen. Why? Because the big national news and media treatment only came about when lots of White people got shot. When lots of Black and Brown people were getting shot? These deaths were called "drivebys" and treated as the fallout of the innate criminality of people of color. Now that it's happening in the White communities, most of White America is waking up to the reality that they had been subconsciously programmed by racist media to believe disturbing, condescending untruths about Black and Brown communities.
And. Self defense experts like me from our communities who are well versed in how to survive shootings unscathed are the saving grace for all of us
EDIT: Survivor of Orlando shooting claims that shooter referenced snipers and implied he wasn't working alone. Click HERE for the story as reported by THE L.A. TIMES: THE L.A. TIMES: WAS THE ORLANDO SHOOTER ACTING ALONE?