Two veteran martial arts instructors and a renowned comic book illustrator deliver the ultimate course in self-defense
More than three million Americans are involved in a violent physical encounter every year. In these situations, knowledge is power, and few teachers are better equipped to deliver that knowledge than Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder. Veteran martial arts instructors and masters in their field, Kane and Wilder have teamed up with DC Comics artist Matt Haley to produce a step-by-step guide revealing the secrets of surviving-and preventing-violent encounters.
The defense begins by scanning the environment for dangerous situations and using verbal de-escalation to defuse tense situations. If a fight is unavoidable, the authors offer clear guidance for being the victor, along with advice on legal implications, including how to handle a police interview after the attack.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Lawrence Kane is the bestselling author of 17 books, including the 13th Annual USA Best Book Awards Winner, the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Award Winner, two ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award finalists, five USA Book News Best Books Award finalists, three Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalists, two Beverly Hills Book Awards finalists, and an eLit Book Awards Bronze prize. His work has also been included in other authors’ books (e.g., Ask an Expert, Fighter's Fact Book 2, Wicked Wisdom, Campfire Tales from Hell). 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.A founding technical consultant to the Institute of Traditional Martial Arts at the University of New Mexico, his articles have appeared in prestigious publications such as International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society Journal, Fighting Arts, Traditional Karate, Clarion Reviews, Gospel Martial Arts Union, Jissen, Conflict Research Group International (CRGI), and ForeWord magazine. An internationally renowned martial arts and judicious use-of-force expert, Lawrence has been interviewed by Le Matin newspaper (Switzerland), Practical Taekwondo magazine (United Kingdom), Traditional Karate magazine (United Kingdom), and Police magazine (United States), among other publications.Since 1970 Lawrence has studied and taught traditional Asian martial arts, medieval European combat, and modern close-quarter weapon techniques. Working stadium security part-time for more than 25 years, he has been involved in hundreds of violent altercations, but got paid to watch football. To cover the bills, he develops strategies for an aerospace company, where he gets to play with billions of dollars of other people’s money and make really important decisions.
Kris Wilder is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than 20 influential martial arts books. His titles include The Way of Sanchin Kata and How to Win a Fight: A Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Violence, two definitive works that earned him international recognition in the martial arts world. Kris trained formally with the likes of Kenji Yamada, Shihan John Roseberry, and Hiroo Ito while earning black-belt rankings in Tae Kwon Do, Kodokan Judo, and Goju-Ryu Karate. When he’s not writing, Kris shares his deep knowledge of the martial arts as owner and master sensei of West Seattle Karate Academy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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."
I won my fight