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There are many self-defense books on the market that stress reaction to an attack. Most of their suggestions are based on misconceptions and assumptions from sports martial arts. These books overwhelmingly emphasize reactive techniques, rather than teaching you how to develop an effective-and proactive-strategy. But, as any football fan knows, most often the best defense is a strong, unpredictable offense. With a slavish dedication to the wrong training paradigm and unrealistic goals and attitudes, a fighter who suddenly faces the fight of his life has to make a complete shift, or fail.
The truth is, when you see the fist coming at you it's usually too late to make this shift-on the street, in particular, but also in the ring. Reaction time is seldom as fast as the time it takes to attack, which is why technique-based training so often fails. All the dedication and hard training in the world can't alter or overcome this unpleasant fact. But taking a proactive and strategic approach puts you back in control. This book will teach you how to develop that control.
In Secrets of Effective Offense, Marc MacYoung, in the grand tradition of Sun Tzu and Clausewitz, draws on his long experience to teach the strategy and tactical skills necessary to: 1) avoid dangerous situations, 2) defuse unavoidable dangerous situations, and 3) take charge of dangerous situations by switching from defense to the necessary level of effective offense. With black-and-white photographs and straightforward descriptions, MacYoung provides an indispensable handbook for those who are willing to take charge.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.09(d)|
About the Author
Marc MacYoung was introduced to the martial arts at the age of ten. After more than thirty years, he has undergone formal training in karate, wing chun, tai chi, silat, bagua, hsing-i, boxing, Western swordsmanship, and kali. His emphasis has always been to take traditional martial arts and apply them in a modern context, both tactically and legally. He teaches martial artists, and also teaches close-quarter combat to police and military personnel around the world. He is the author of several books on these subjects. A Los Angeles native, he currently lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.