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Gold Winner - 2012 eLit AwardFinalist - 2012 USA Best Books AwardHonorable Mention - 2012 Eric Hoffer Award
Seven Steps to Legal, Emotional and Physical Preparation This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching ‘complete.’ Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable. 1. Legal and ethical implications. A student learning ...
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Overview

Gold Winner - 2012 eLit AwardFinalist - 2012 USA Best Books AwardHonorable Mention - 2012 Eric Hoffer Award
Seven Steps to Legal, Emotional and Physical Preparation This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching ‘complete.’ Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable. 1. Legal and ethical implications. A student learning self-defense must learn force law. Otherwise it is possible to train to go to prison. Side by side with the legal rules, every student must explore his or her own ethical limitations. Most do not really know where this ethical line lies within them. 2. Violence dynamics. Self-defense must teach how attacks happen. Students must be able to recognize an attack before it happens and know what kind they are facing. 3. Avoidance. Students need to learn and practice not fighting. Learning includes escape and evasion, verbal de-escalation, and also pure-not-be there avoidance. 4. Counter-ambush. If the student didn’t see the precursors or couldn’t successfully avoid the encounter he or she will need a handful of actions trained to reflex level for a sudden violent attack. 5. Breaking the freeze. Freezing is almost universal in a sudden attack. Students must learn to recognize a freeze and break out of one. 6. The fight itself. Most martial arts and self-defense instructors concentrate their time right here. What is taught just needs to be in line with how violence happens in the world. 7. The aftermath. There are potential legal, psychological, and medical effects of engaging in violence no matter how justified. Advanced preparation is critical. Any teacher or student of self-defense, anyone interested in self-defense, and any person who desires a deeper understanding of violence needs to read this book.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert Crowly
"Lightning in a bottle."
Mark ‘Animal’ MacYoung
"Straight forward, life saving information."
Dr. Kevin Keough
"Brutally honest voice about…violence."
Lt. Jon Lupo
"When you’re done reading, read it again."
Al Dacascos
"A game change."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594392139
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 192,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rory Miller, former Sergeant, has been studying martial arts since 1981. He's a best-selling writer and a veteran corrections officer. He's taught and designed courses on Use of Force Policy and Decision Making, Police Defensive Tactics, Confrontational Simulations, and he has led and trained his former agency's Corrections Tactical Team. Recently, he taught how to run a modern, safe, and secure prison at the Iraqi Corrections Systems, Iraq. Rory Miller resides near Portland, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Contents V

Acknowledgements Ix

Foreword Xl

Introduction Xlll

Chapter 1 Legal And Ethical 1

1.1 legal (criminal) 2

1.1.1 affirmative defense 2

1.1.2 elements of force justification 3

1.1.2.1 the threat 6

1.1.3 scaling force 7

1.1.4 civil law 9

1.1.5 articulation 10

1.2 ethics 12

1.2.1 the conscious stuff: capacity 13

1.2.1.1 beliefs, values, morals and ethics 15

1.2.2 the unconscious stuff: finding your glitches 20

1.2.3 through the looking glass 22

Chapter 2 Violence Dynamics 25

2.1 social violence 26

2.1.1 the monkey dance 26

2.1.2 the group monkey dance 30

2.1.3 the educational beat-down 31

2.1.4 the status seeking show 33

2.1.5 territory defense 35

2.2 asocial violence 36

22.1 predator basics 37

2.2.2 two types 38

2.2.3 two strategies 39

Chapter 3 Avoidance 41

3.1 absence 42

3.2 escape and evasion (e&e) 47

3.3 de-escalation 50

3.3.1 know thyself 50

3.3.2 know the world you are in 53

3.3.3 know the threat 61

3.3.4 the interview 72

3.3.4.1" de-escalating the monkey dance 73

3.3.4.2 de-escalating the group monkey dance 76

3.3.4.3 de-escalating the resource/blitz predator 78

3.4 altered mental states 85

3.4.1 rapport building 86

3.4.2 the psychotic break 87

3.4.3 excited delirium 88

3.4.4 fakes 89

3.5 hostage situations 91

Chapter 4 Counter-Ambush 93

4.1 foundation 93

4.1.1 elements of speed 95

4.1.2 the perfect move 99

4.2 examples 104

4.2.1 attack from the front 104

4.2.2 attacked from the rear 115

Chapter 5 The Freeze 119

5.1 biological background 120

5.2 what freezing is 123

5.3 types of freezes 124

5.3.1 tactical freezes 125

5.3.2 physiological freezes 125

5.3.3 non-cognitive mental freeze 126

5.3.4 cognitive freezes 128

5.3.5 social cognitive freezes 129

5.3.6 the pure social freeze 132

5.4 breaking the freeze 132

5.5 anti-freeze habit 133

Chapter 6 The Fight 135

6.1 you 136

6.1.1 this is your brain on fear 137

6.1.2 and this is your body 140

6.1.3 training and you 142

6.1.4 mitigating the effects 143

6.2 the threat(s) 145

6.3 the environment 148

6.4 luck 151

6.4.1 gifts 151

6.42 managing chaos 152

6.4.3 discretionary time 153

6.5 the fight 154

6.6 a letter to johann-on intervening 163

Chapter 7 After 169

7.1 medical 170

7.1.1 as soon as you are safe 171

7.1.2 hours to months 172

7.1.3 long-term 174

7.2 legal aftermath 175

7.2.1 criminal aftermath 175

7.2.2 civil 182

7.2.2.1 the threatening letter 183

7.2.2.2 difference 184

7.3 psychological aftermath 186

7.3.1 story telling 187

7.3.2 change 189

7.3.3 feelings 190

7.3.4 questions 191

7.3.5 victim power 193

7.3.6 friends, society, and alienation 196

7.4 retaliation 203

Afterword 205

Glossary 207

Further Reading 211

on the human monkey 211

on the legal stuff 212

on dynamics of violence and criminals 213

on people 214

other books and resources 216

and, finally, some people 218

Index 221

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    A must read book for the martial artist

    If you train or study martial arts and part of that training covers self-defense, you owe to yourself to read this book. Martial artists tend to focus on the fight part of self-defense and Rory points out that there are 6 other areas you better cover in training.

    As a martial artist and one interested in self-defense I found myself reading several parts of this book more then once. If the book doesn't make you think then you either are already covering all of these areas or you didn't read it closely enough. I would even recommend this book to those not interested in self-defense just for the chapter on avoiding violence.

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    Posted June 4, 2012

    Practical. Good basic info.

    Practical. Good basic info.

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