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Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence

Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence

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by Rory Miller

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Winner – 2013 eLit AwardsFinalist – 2013 Next Generation Indie Books AwardFinalist – 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine

Conflict and violence cover a broad range of behaviors, from intimidation to murder, and they require an equally broad range of responses. A kind word will not


Winner – 2013 eLit AwardsFinalist – 2013 Next Generation Indie Books AwardFinalist – 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine

Conflict and violence cover a broad range of behaviors, from intimidation to murder, and they require an equally broad range of responses. A kind word will not resolve all situations, nor will wristlocks, punches or even a gun.

In Scaling Force the authors introduce you to the full range of options, from skillfully doing nothing to applying deadly force. They realistically guide you through understanding the limits of each type of force, when specific levels may be appropriate, the circumstances under which you may have to apply them, and the potential cost, legally and personally, of your decision.

  • Level 1— Presence. Staving off violence using body language alone.
  • Level 2 – Voice. Verbally de-escalating conflict before physical methods become necessary.
  • Level 3 – Touch. Defusing an impending threat or gaining compliance via touch.
  • Level 4 – Empty-Hand Restraint. Controlling a threat through pain or forcing compliance through leverage.
  • Level 5 – Less-Lethal Force. Incapacitating a threat while minimizing the likelihood of fatality or permanent injury.
  • Level 6 – Lethal Force. Stopping a threat with techniques or implements likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm.

It is vital to enter this scale at the right level, and to articulate why what you did was appropriate. If you do not know how to succeed at all six levels there are situations in which you will have no appropriate options. More often than not, that will end badly.

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Rory Miller has served for seventeen years in corrections as an officer and sergeant working maximum security, booking and mental health; leading a tactical team; and teaching subjects ranging from Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to First Aid and Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill.
Lawrence A. Kane is the author of Surviving Armed Assaults, Martial Arts Instruction, and Blinded by the Night, and co-author of The Way of Kata, The Way to Black Belt, and The Little Black Book of Violence (USA Book News--2009 Best Books Award Finalist; ForeWord Magazine--2010 Book of the Year Award Finalist). A paid book reviewer for ForeWord magazine and Clarion Reviews, he consults with other authors from time to time to help assure realism in their novels, particularly in fight scenes. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA.

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Scaling Force: Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RevBodhi More than 1 year ago
Self-Defense is an Affirmative Defense, meaning: when we perform the act of defending ourselves, where we have injured or killed another human being in this act, admitting to “Self-defense,” we are admitting to a crime, and now must prove that we were fully justified in our actions. As Mr. Miller and Mr. Kane explain in the book, that we have done the work for the prosecution, now we must prove we were justified in doing it!” This is the principal theme of this book and everything then morphs around this social reality of self-defense in the United States. We don’t have to like this law, nor believe it fair. We only have to accept it, live by its rule, fully comprehend its meaning, and be prepared to engage this fact whenever we do deploy of self-protecting skills that have digressed into countering dangerous physical assault. This is a reality so often not understood in the realm of teaching self-defense. Too often, this topic gets overly simplified into terms of practice situational awareness; run, when you can and then use these simple applications with hands and legally carried sidearm when we cannot escape. The text dissects the particulars of human violence perpetrated against humans with clarifying exactly what is and what it means for the person who has engaged a threat needing stopped. Rory Miller and Lawrence Kane have managed to demonstrate with case studies, anecdote and science the various levels of threat assessment. They clearly explain the concept of I.M.O.P. or Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion as the guiding template for whether or not we need to engage physical applications to keep us safe from harm or death. From here, the book thoroughly breaks down threats into six defining levels: Our very presence on the scene, our verbal skills, our gentle touch as a guide for other to calm down, empty-hand restraints and physical controls to manipulate the person appropriately from doing us harm, and finally the issues of lethal force applications. Each is detailed, leaving no stone unturned and each fully examined. This book offers a very solid strategy for not only understanding the specifics of human aggression gone amok, but how various types and levels of human aggression and violence can be properly and legally managed when such are imposed. I personally believe that anyone who is interested in learning about the concept of self-protection, and then wanting to fully understand the ramifications of learning and maybe eventually needing to utilize physical self-defense motor skills and weapons leading to resolving imposed force issues, this book is absolutely mandatory. Learning and referring back to what is in this book, re-reading it on occasion, to further ingrain its lessons of awareness to weapons’ work, is in my professional opinion, far more important than that top of the line sidearm we just purchased and continue to pay to learn how use it, getting our legal concealed carry license, and far more important than all the fees combined, paid out, for our learning the latest flavor of the month, physical attack-skills. If we do not know what is in this book, and have not made its lessons contained an integrated part of our self-defense skills packet, the others really won’t matter much as we are relying on luck, happenstance and the good fortune of other humans out there, both in the legal system and the penal system. I, for one, find that reliance as a gross lack of preparation.
Ironraven More than 1 year ago
I have been studying martial arts and the subject of self protection avidly for over forty years, as my bookshelf and scar tissue reflects. Also, my personal exposure to life’s harder side has tempered what I learned in the dojo with the harsher realities of the street. Of all the books I have read on the subject of self protection, this one was immediately on my short list of those I would insist that anyone wanting to become better able to protect themselves acquire. What it contains is valid information and, most importantly, guidance for self study, regarding the social, moral, and legal considerations of defending yourself in any country with laws and penalties for violent action. (The format and details of the subjects covered in this book, you can read in the product description and the other reviews). What I see as most important about this book is that it is a guide in the study of self protection, not a textbook full of specifics which may or may not apply to you (you will get some of that, too, all of it good stuff). Anyone who reads this book without saying at least once, "Gee, I never thought about that subject way" is either asleep or self-deluding. This is a book about how to learn more about taking care of yourself and those you care about most. A violent incident always has consequences. This book guides the reader in learning how to intelligently assess and determine what to do when faced with such situations, starting with before they occur and following through to the aftermath. It truly takes up where most dojo training usually leaves off.