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Equalizers: 4 (Black Medicine) [Kindle Edition]

N. Mashiro
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Book Description

Learn how to utilize the intimidation and shock force even of unfamiliar weapons in this long-awaited fourth volume of the acclaimed Black Medicine series. Dr. Mashiro shows you how to pick up and operate modern spray and electric shock weapons, firearms, hatchets, knives, sticks, shields and more under the stress of an actual violent attack.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1 Mar. 1995)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003922J96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #663,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent 20 July 2003
Format:Paperback
This book (as with all Mashiro's work) is easy to follow, with very clear instructions on techniques and the intended end effect. Remember though, that the moves described in the book should only be used for real if you can't escape! Having said that, this book is a _really_ good reference.
Anyone who is seriously learning about self defence will benefit from reading this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book no "medicine" cabinet should be without! 18 Jan. 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is great! You ever fear getting attacked, then this book will help. The fighting from the ground part is really useful.
You want to know who to defend yourself, then this book is for you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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See my OTHER BLACK MEDICINE REVIEWS_ Worth the money invested - See my OTHER BLACK MEDICINE REVIEWS_ Worth the money invested - See my OTHER BLACK MEDICINE REVIEWS_ Worth the money invested
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so you want to learn about pressure points? 10 Nov. 2003
By jon
Format:Paperback
if you are a martial artist with ANY experience atall in pressure points, an i mean ANY, dont bother, you will just have to pay to return it from whence it came. all the techniques are staggeringy basic with no explanation of the meridian system. it seems one blow to the leg will disable an opponent...mmm i thik not. unless its with an axe. far better searching for the dragon society, who are experts in pressure points.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO USE WEAPONS 18 April 2003
By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, now that you've secured a stick, knife, or gun to defend yourself against that goblin crawling through the downstairs window, what do you do now? The intent of this book is to instruct the typical ignorant civilian in the emergency use of weapons. As you probably are aware, an automatic pistol or pump shotgun is of no use to an individual who has no idea how to load or operate it -- this book will tell you how. This book will also tell you the best knives to choose from your kitchen, and show why it's a bad idea to attempt to stab someone with a flimsy blade designed to slice bread or filet a fish. Perhaps this may be shorter than previous volumes, but it does exactly what it was intended to do -- TEACH.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary for the whole serious 10 Oct. 1999
By Jakey D - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the whole Black Medicine serious and thought that they were absolutely great. I enjoyed the first and the second volumes about the pressure points and the weapons at hand. I liked most of the third volume on low blows and different self defense techniques. Now this book is an excellent summary to all of them. I expected a book on how to kill someone, but instead Mashiro explains on how to use the weapons, techniques and pressure points to make your opponent submit with as little effort as possible. The techniques are effective and something that a none martial artist can use in a everyday life. They are simple and very useful. I enjoyed the book and think it is a must in any self defense library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but less dense than the previous volumes 28 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I quite liked BM4. If you've not read the previous volumes, I would highly recommend them. Especially volumes I and II of the Black Medicine series are a great help for any serious martial arts or self-defense student. As for volume 4: it is less densely packed than the previous volumes. While the amount of information you are getting for the price of the book is relatively less, it's still certainly worth the price. On the other hand, as the author explains in the introduction, "the information in this book is much more quickly put to use". This is true: where the previous volumes required more self-study, this one is basically a "How-to" manual to Mashiro's tricks of the trade.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those street fights when a Roman gladius is lying around 6 Sept. 2010
By cxlxmx - Published on Amazon.com
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Volume IV is the first volume of the Black Medicine series that I picked up. Other reviewers point out that this book is not meant to stand alone but be read in conjunction with the other books, especially the 1st and 2nd in the series. After reading the book, I can understand this perspective. Volume IV explains how to use a variety of weapons. The focus is on how to actually use the weapon--how to hold it, how to take off the safety, etc. There is less discussion of points of attack, but this is the topic that is covered in previous volumes.

How effective is the book? If you could internalize all the information in these books, it would probably give you an advantage in certain situations. What those situations are, I'm not sure. I have seen news reports of people being attacked with swords (actually, I remember a case in England where attackers were fought off by a bystander with a samurai sword who disappeared after saving the victim, never to be seen again), but what is the likelihood?

Part of the interest of this series is the authors' humor. Example: "...you pull the trigger. Nothing happens. Now what do you do? If you throw the gun at him, I will track you down and kill you myself..."

If you are on a short budget, you are probably better served spending your money on something else, like a home-security system. If not, you might enjoy this book and find it useful.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book ! 30 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first buy the complete serie of Black Medicine (Volume I to IV), I thougt that I haven't make a good deal : it seemed to me that this books were to thin... Yes they are, in comparaison with other ones BUT : N. Mashiro write only the essential (in french we say no "blabla") This is why his books are so concentrate. This forth volume contains more ready-to-use informations than the other one. In my opinion, you can't judge this book if you only have read this one. "Black Medicine" is a complete serie of self-defense fighting studies. I had gread time in reading them. As fare as I am concerned, I would always use the Volume I and the Volume II as references books. If you want to discover what "Equalizer" is all about, then you should buy all the four volumes. You won't be disapointed. In my opinion, N. Mashiro is one of the best author in the field of martial arts / self-defense. It is very unlikely that he will write a fifth volume of "Black Medicine", but if he does, I would buy it immediately.
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