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How Not to Get Hit (U.K. Edition) [Paperback]

Nathaniel Cooke
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16 Dec 2010
Ancient self defence strategies for the modern caveman - the non-violent guide to violence, self defence and personal safety. How Not to Get Hit takes you on an irreverent journey through the world of self defence and aggression in today's society, with half an eye on our evolutionary past and a key message that you don't have to learn to fight to stay safe, any more than a gazelle needs boxing gloves to escape from a lion. Self defence isn't a series of techniques or moves; it's an attitude, a strategy, a life skill. And it's one you already have.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: (16 Dec 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1446684199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446684191
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,030,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathaniel Cooke is a martial artist, trainer in communication skills and student of psychology / NLP who has spent most of his life not getting hit. Nearly all of it, in fact.

Through training professionals in presentation skills and communication, and by studying theories of training and controlling large groups of people through your own verbal / non-verbal signals, he has found that many of these techniques can be applied to aggressive or potentially violent situations. Further research proved that these methods are in fact the same ones that are applied by doormen, bodyguards, police officers and control & restraint experts across the land. He decided there was a book in that.

His first foray in to the martial arts was at the tender age of 14 at an Aikido class with his dear old man, which lasted for a good three years before, at the ripe old age of 17, getting up at 7am on a Sunday to train no longer seemed such a good idea. Over the years he has also studied in freestyle Karate, Jujitsu and is currently training in Taijutsu, in which he holds the rank of 3rd Dan, and Wing Chun.

One of the many ironies of martial arts is that the more you learn, the less likely you are to have to use it as your confidence and understanding of violence grow. Nathaniel wanted to find a way to articulate this, to give people the same knowledge without the years and years of rolling round on padded floors in Japanese pyjamas that usually goes with it. How Not to Get Hit is the result of this desire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 5 Jan 2011
If you have ever thought or worried about being a victim of physical violence this book is a must read. This book completely changes the way you think about personal safety and the safety of your loved ones. For what is a difficult subject this book is light hearted and a fun read that would recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How not to get hit 3 Mar 2011
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As someone who is familier with the Hanbo and Bo I thought this book would be a "bit of a laugh" how wrong I was, its well writen, eay to understand and gives a totaly new perspective to "self defence". In fact I was so impressed with it I now advise all my students to read it after all if you can get out of truble without fighting thats got to be good news!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for everyone 6 Feb 2011
By Hubert
Hello dear customer. My name is Hubert and I am Martial Artist, Ninja, atudent of Budo Warrior School, by an author of this book called violence expert lol :)
When you see the title you probably think: "a Martial Art book with some instructions how to fight". Nothing more wrong. Although it was written by an experienced Martial Artist and trainer of Ninjutsu it doesn't contain any instructions how to fight. This book is about psychology of violence. It will tell you how to understand violence, how to recognize a violent intentions of a stranger and thus how to escape, defend yourself and how to prevent putting yourself into the troubles. I recommend this book for people who has nothing to do with Martial Arts, for common man and women, boy and girl who want to stay out of the trouble and also for Martial Artists for better understanding of violence. Also it is a good conflict management book and gives you something to think about. Read it, enjoy it and be wiser :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good tips 12 Mar 2013
Solid common sense and entertaining examples, does what it says on the tin. I do however hope the new edition was without the numerous and distracting spelling mistakes.
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