How Not to Get Hit: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting

How Not to Get Hit: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting


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The average person isn't looking to be in a situation where fists are going to fly, but many of us have found ourselves there anyway. At that moment, it's probably too late to do anything about it. But how do we change circumstances, so those situations don't happen?

How Not to Get Hit is a book on personal safety for people who don't want to learn to fight, but do want to learn how to avoid those situations where a fight is likely to develop.

Told in a lighthearted, irreverent style, How Not to Get Hit takes you on a journey through the funny side of violence, its roots in our evolutionary past and where it fits into modern society. Self-defense isn't a series of techniques or moves; it's an attitude, a strategy and a life skill. This martial arts philosophy book will give you an understanding of why people want to use violence and how to manage situations in order to create a better outcome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804848817
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nathaniel Cooke holds a 2nd-degree black belt in Bujinkan Taijutsu and is an instructor at the Budo Warrior Schools.

Robert Twigger is a British author and explorer who has been described as "a 19th-century adventurer trapped in the body of a 21st Century writer." He attended Oxford University and later spent a year training in Martial Arts with the Tokyo Riot Police. He has won the Newdigate prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham award for literature and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

Prologue 11

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 The Psychology of an Attack 19

Horny Goats (Why People Fight) 22

How to See It Coming 36

Fear and Adrenaline-How to Use Them 41

Of Fear and the Caveman 49

Understanding Pack Mentality 52

Chapter 2 Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics 61

Tale of the Tape 66

Calculating Your Risk 83

Chapter 3 How the Professionals Do It 89

Marc Moor-Bodyguard and Professional Martial Artist 91

Roland Dix-Psychiatric Nurse 101

Bev Douglas-Bristol Constabulary 109

George Houghton-National Offender Management Service 117

Chapter 4 I Know Kung Fu 123

Finding the Right Style for You 130

Chapter 5 Principles 133

Being Aware of Your Environment and Its Risks 137

Use Your Eyes to See, Not Just to Look 142

Looking the Part: Victor or Victim? 144

Understanding Range of Attack 149

Getting Hit 168

Multiple Attackers 172

What If I'm on the Floor? 174

What If There's a Weapon? 176

Stay Confident, Stay Safe… But for God's Sake Stay Out of Jail 184

Bibliography 189

Index 191

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