Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violenceby Sergeant Rory Miller
Finalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by Foreword MagazineFinalist - 2008 USA Best Book AwardA Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and
Finalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by Foreword MagazineFinalist - 2008 USA Best Book AwardA Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.Section Two examines how to think critically about violence, how to evaluate sources of knowledge and clearly explains the concepts of strategy and tactics.Sections Three and Four focus on the dynamics of violence itself and the predators who perpetuate it. Drawing on hundreds of encounters and thousands of hours spent with criminals Sgt. Miller explains the types of violence; how, where, when and why it develops; the effects of adrenaline; how criminals think, and even the effects of drugs and altered states of consciousness in a fight.Section Five centers on training for violence, and adapting your present training methods to that reality. It discusses the pros and cons of modern and ancient martial arts training and gives a unique insight into early Japanese kata as a military training method.Section Six is all about how to make self-defense work. Miller examines how to look at defense in a broader context, and how to overcome some of your own subconscious resistance to meeting violence with violence.The last section deals with the aftermaththe cost of surviving sudden violence or violent environments, how it can change you for good or bad. It gives advice for supervisors and even for instructors on how to help a student/survivor. You’ll even learn a bit about enlightenment.
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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 hi 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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This book is not only for martial artists, but should be read by anyone who may use or encounter violence: law enforcement officers, armed private individuals, firearms and self-defense instructors such as myself, and anyone who might be a victim of violence—in short, everyone. The book does discuss many aspects of martial arts training, but it covers topics that go far beyond that limited topic. Although the nonpractitioner of martial arts may find the technical details pertaining to that subject boring or incomprehensible, it’s easy enough to skip over those parts, and even they contain information of use to the general reader. For example, the book’s criticisms of unrealistic training apply to anything relating to unarmed and armed self-defense instruction, including use of firearms. The guidance about how to respond to criminal assaults, including being taken hostage and active killer incidents, is something everyone should know. Years before the Department of Homeland Security produced its “Run, Hide, Fight” active shooter response video, Rory Miller said the same thing in those exact words in this book. And just as important, he provides invaluable advice on how to deflect violence and how to avoid having to resort to violence oneself in the first place.
"Meditations" is every bit as extraordinary as folks say it is. It belongs on every shelf. I wish the book had benefited from a good editor, though: Miller's writing is often badly ungrammatical, and some of his digressions seem out of place. That said, don't let the writing put you off. What Miller has to say is too important.
This is a must read for any martial instructor it has change the way I teach Budoshin Ju Jitsu.
This book was referred to me by a friend and I am very glad to have purchased it. The book is an eye opener and puts a nice reality on violent encounters. Sergeant R.A. Miller, a corrections officer, writes about his experiences with martial arts, his training approach and gives the reader the truth about the violence one needs to be aware of and train for. A nice no-nonsense book to add to your martial arts library.