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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581603177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581603170
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Larry Jordan was given a unique assignment by his commanders - come up with a truly down-and-dirty hand-to-hand fighting system for his fellow Green Berets and U.S. Army Rangers. The goal of this system was to give soldiers a handful of hard-core techniques that could be easily learned, easily mastered and effectively applied in any close-combat situation. Jordan devised a set of 12 techniques that were surprisingly simple, shockingly fast and brutally effective. He has now adapted this military system for civilian self-defense. He calls it "The Dirty Dozen." The 12 self-defense lessons in this book are specifically designed to provide the average citizen with a series of easily learned techniques that will enable him or her to prevail in any violent situation. Besides the ever-present threat of violent crime, the recent terrorist attacks aboard commercial airliners show that people can no longer rely on "somebody else" to protect them. Preparing to resist and defeat evildoers is everyone's responsibility now. That's where The Dirty Dozen comes in.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy Buyer on 3 April 2009
Format: Paperback
A good basic book as most of the reviews will confirm I think. Direct and brutal, so no half measures. These techniques need to be practiced even though they are simple and direct. Kill or be killed stuff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By carpe diem on 6 Sept. 2006
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This book is short, yet informative. The bare essentials are covered here including your body's natural weapons, vital targets of the attacker's body and practical techniques applying this information. For those that already have an understanding of self defence or a martial art this book will not provide them with new advanced techniques. However for those that don't have this already existing knowledge, the dirty dozen provides simple but effective techniques to use in a self defence situation.

On a critical note there could be more, clearer and newer photographs showing how the techniques should be applied.
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By Mr. Barry Stevens on 2 Sept. 2012
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Not worth the money, a con to all real martial artists. The techniques are not ground breaking in any way.
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By koga on 21 May 2012
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Though seemingly basic,some of the techniques are potentially lethal.Other techniques would maim an attacker,what more can I say?Well,this book covers self offence at close quarters/grappling range.The techniques are uncomprimising,but in a do or die situation applicable.It is certainly an interesting book that I would recommend to most sensible people.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
A great first step 5 Aug. 2005
By John Perkins - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am the author of ATTACK PROOF and have been studying self defense for 49 years and have trained with many of the world's best teachers. This book DIRTY DOZEN by Larry Jordan is one that I will have my students read and pass on to their friends and loved ones. It is basic and practical. It does describe some types of criminal attacks but first and foremost it is nasty and if you don't have a long time to train this book can be very helpful. Yes it does not show you how to get out of a mounted position from a world class fighter but I don't see many of these top professionals attacking people for money or kicks in the street. As I said it is for basic understanding of how to fight dirty in a short time. You might try the U.S. Army combatives books both present and past if you have the time. I gave this book a five star rating for exactly what it was. A fine and nasty quick primer on street survival.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Excellent !... 8 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is excellent, practical and really dirty !
If you are learning a martial art, your objective is to preserve a
cultural institution. You are mastering the art form for the sake of
the form itself, and fighting competency (if you actually develop any)
is y byproduct of that process. If you are only interested in learning
self-defense, the artistic side of the fighting arts is not important
to you. How you look when you drive the your elbow into someone's face
does not matter, as long as you do it with enough power and speed
to get the job done - says the author.

The book starts with the author's autobiography - from the streets of
Sacramento to the Special Forces soldier.
Author then expalains the nature of the brutal violence under the
titles like murder, rape, roberry, kidnapping, carjacking, aggravated
assault and battery and terrorism. Then winning mindset and positive
attitude is being established.
After that the author introduces tools - natural body weapons,
vital targets and finnaly - the dirty dozen self protection
techniques and scenarios.
If you are serious about self protection - buy it.
With a little practice you will not miss.
85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Cut-and-dry self-protection book 15 Feb. 2004
By Joseph M Burtner - Published on
Format: Paperback
The techniques presented in this book are simple and deadly. They are meant to be used when one is facing a life and death situation. Many involve holding on to your opponent's head while delivering a potentially fatal blow. Some of these techniques are suited only for attacking the eyes or throat. If I were going on to the battlefield, this book would be all I'd need; however, in the civilian world, there are things that this book does not address, such as awareness and avoidance, and legal considerations. However, it does address different crimes that the reader may come up against, and having the proper mental attitude to deliver these fatal techniques. I'd recomend getting this book as a suplement to a more awareness-based self defense program; these are great techniques, but knowing when to use them is critical.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Simple is best 7 Sept. 2006
By J. Elsey - Published on
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I got this book several months ago and it could have saved me many years of looking for self-defense instruction that was worth anything. It is very simple, and in a real adrenaline situation, that is all you will have time for. Don't waste years learning 100's of throws and wrist-locks...they WILL GET YOU KILLED in today's world. There is a reason dogs and tigers go for the throat....
49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Easy to follow - practical. 9 Sept. 2004
By Stuart Gardner - Published on
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I have no interest in learning a martial art and wanted some easily learned steps to apply, should I get caught up in street crime (I am going to a country, for work, where street crime is high).

I knew a few of the tactics listed in the book (go for the eyes, groin, larynx or carotid artery / jugular). These were taught to me by an OTC instructor in college. This book is practical advice that can be learnt fairly quickly. The chapter on the winning mind is great.

The book is easy to follow, has enough illustrations, and gave me just what I wanted. Great book.
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