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Posted October 4, 2011
Well I have to say that my first impression of this book came from the title and it instantly reminded me of a line from the movie, War Games which starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, where a then supercomputer almost starts World War III until it realizes that by playing the game Tic-Tac-Toe that the only sure way to win the game is to not play the game at all, thereby averting World War III. This very same concept was also taught hundreds of years ago by the military genius Sun Tzu in his epic tome, The Art of War, in which he basically advises the reader that the only way to guarantee a victory in warfare is not to go to war in the first place.
From a legal standpoint, it is basically against the law to be fighting in the first place, unless it is under the regulated and controlled conditions of a sporting event, such as; boxing, MMA, wrestling, etc. and then it really isn't a fight, but a combative sport. You should never ever be in a fight, but unfortunately you may have to defend yourself, and that is an entirely different matter altogether, and that is what Lawrence and Kris are trying to tell you in this very well written and informative book. Very similar to their highly respected earlier work, The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting.
After a great introduction section that includes a foreword by Rory Miller, the authors go into a prologue and introduction which pretty much sets the tone for the entire book. This is followed up by a "Willing To Do" and "Not Willing To Do" list which everyone should read and fully digest in order to understand his/her capabilities when faced with a violent confrontation. There are no right or wrong answers, but I'd being willing to bet that each individual will be in for a few surprises when faced with some very difficult choices. Just be lucky that for now they are on paper because one day they may end up being your reality. This book is then divided up into three sections; Before Violence Occurs, During A Violent Encounter, and the Aftermath of Violence. What follows is the chapter titles under each of the three sections.
BEFORE VIOLENCE OCCURS: 1. Awareness Is Your Best Defense, 2. Don't Let Them Get Into Position To Attack, 3. Your Words Are A Weapon, Use Them Wisely, 4. Live To Fight Another Day, and 5. Food For Thought - You Will Get Hurt. DURING A VIOLENT ENCOUNTER:
6. Use Only As Much Force As The Situation Warrants, 7. Four Techniques You Can Use In A Fight, 8. If You Are Going To Hit Someone, Make It Count, 9. Down n' Dirty, 10. Seven Mistakes To Avoid In A Fight, and 11. Things To Keep In Mind. AFTERMATH OF VIOLENCE: 12. Once It's Over, Know Your Priorities, 13. Know How To Perform First Aid, 14. Don't Exaggerate, Don't Threaten, 15. Legal Matters, and 16. You've Got A "Stay Out Of Jail Free" Card If You Use It Wisely.
I guess is I had to use one sentence to sum up my entire feelings about this book and describe the significance of what is contained within its covers, I guess it would have to be this, "Pull your head out of the sand or whatever orifice it may be in and read this because the information contained within it could very well one day save your life."
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