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How To Be Your Own Bodyguard

How To Be Your Own Bodyguard [Kindle Edition]

Nick Hughes , Marcus Wynne
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Self Defense tips for men and women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environments. Includes avoidance and awareness skills of the professional protection agent as well as dynamic, pressure tested techniques.

Unlike most self defense books which begin with someone choking you or coming at you with a knife, "How To Be Your Own Bodyguard" takes a page from the bodyguard's playbook by avoiding trouble in the first place.

Written by a former French Foreign Legionnaire and former bodyguard to the rich and famous the book is full of hundreds of techniques to recognize trouble as it's brewing and leave before it does, adhering to the bodyguard's role of "cover and evacuate."

The section on hard skills i.e. what to do when all attempts to avoid trouble have failed, covers techniques that have been pressure tested by the author during his career as a bouncer, bodyguard and military police officer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z8L6YG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nick Hughes started his martial arts training in 1969 and in that time has achieved black belt status in everything you can get a black belt in. He's boxed professionally, taught unarmed combat in the French Foreign Legion and Krav Maga to civilians.

His extensive practical experience has come from a career as a bouncer around the world beginning at age 16 in the roughest clubs he could find, as security and crowd control for a slew of concert venues, a military police officer in the French Foreign Legion, and a bodyguard to the worlds rich and famous.

He speaks several languages, is a member of Toastmasters International, was a member of Mensa and is a tattoo artist of note.

Most recently he was contacted by the producers of Spike TV's hit show Deadliest Warrior to represent the French Foreign Legion in a showdown against the Gurkhas in an episode which aired on Wed the 14th of September, 2011.

When not writing, training, instructing, tattooing, painting, developing apps, reading or riding his motorbike he's usually eating or asleep.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm approaching this book by instructor Nick Hughes from an unusual perspective. Since leaving the military I've worked in the psychological trauma field and have lost count of how many people I've spoken to who have been victims of violence and sexual assault in the last 2 decades. The psychological fallout from involvement in such incidents is well documented. A common problem for victims is gaining a return of confidence to go back out and about again. Many of those I've spoken to have taken up or at least considered training in the martial arts, so that they can `handle' themselves if they run into trouble again. Whenever I hear this I cringe inwardly, sure that they have images of fighting off the nasty hordes ala Hollywood! Totally unrealistic... An actor playing a make believe role in a film is the only person who can take 20 kicks and punches to the head and not end up in a critical care ward. In reality, you need to avoid those 20 kicks and punches, and the only way to do that is to be aware so that you spot any trouble in time to avoid it. I was encouraged that despite Hughes background that this is the approach that he also advocates.

Anyone who is fool enough to think that martial arts training on its own is going to keep them safe on the streets is quite frankly in for a hell of a surprise when they find themselves being kicked and punched by a gang of mindless thugs. At that point it's too late to realise that Bruce Lee movies are fiction, and that the ideal solution would have been to avoid being in this situation in the first place. There is nowhere quite like a dojo to pick up a false sense of self-confidence. I declare an interest at this point; I do have a black belt. I quite like it; I use it to keep my trousers up. Do I sound cynical?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of experience 29 Oct 2011
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Nick Hughes has vast experience, firstly as a Karate-trained doorman, working the hardest nightclubs in Australia; then as a Paratrooper in the French Foreign Legion, before training as a Close-protection Operator and bodyguarding VIPs worldwide.
To hire Nick to protect you would cost thousands of dollars, but now you can access his hard-won experience in this new book.
With numerous chapters covering both the essential "soft skills" [such as awareness and avoidance} as well as the "hard skills" of active defence and counter-attack, covering both unarmed situations as well as weapon useage; the book gives the reader a complete program.
Within the tactical training community this book is already causing a stir, and has been acclaimed by his fellow professionals.
This could well be the most important book you buy this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 7 Nov 2011
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I bought Nick Hughes's book How To Be Your Own Bodyguard On Amazon Kindle.
For any one who wants to know about Self Protection and Self Defence this is a must.
The explanation from the word go, in avoiding trouble was a winner in my eyes and will hook the lay person.
Nick takes time to explain situations and put it into words which you can understand.
This was one of the first things which struck me.
They where written so a complete beginner could under stand and apply.
Mr Hughes a former Legionnaire has used and tested all these methods and this came over with his confidence he had in them, as he had seen what worked and what did not.
He did not brag about inventing something new but gave credit where some one else had coined a name.
I had however come across Mr Hughes in Fighting arts along time ago and know he had been practicing and passing these on long before others.
I would totally recommend any one to buy this.
The only problem with an e book is that there are no pictures which would only help the book.
Hopefully in the second edition there will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Self protection delivered in fine style 3 Nov 2011
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The best thing about Nick Hughes's book is not the wealth of sound advice or the real-world experience, it's Nick himself and the way he writes. His style is so vivid that you feel you're standing shoulder to shoulder with him (or maybe head to shoulder, since he's 6'6!) as Nick deals with a never-ending horde of thugs, bad-guys, clowns and ne'er-do-wells in his own inimitable style.

For most of us violence is a thing we contemplate from a distance, a potential threat we may encounter rarely or never. Nick writes about it as a daily occurrence, which for him, it often was. His life reads like a modern-day swashbuckling adventure from Australia to Europe and America, living as a karate-man and bouncer... a paratrooper in the Foreign Legion... a bodyguard to rock bands and oil sheiks... a combat instructor to special forces... and most recently a star in Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior.

Nick draws on the experiences of his many and varied altercations to advise on personal security in the street, in your car, and at home, not just against violence but also against more general threats like fire, motor-breakdown and natural disasters - all the things you never see coming until they hit you.

Nick also references other expert sources to create a concise but complete self-protection manual. And in true Nick style he pulls no punches and explodes a few myths along the way, for example about what is and isn't a useful art, a useful tool, and a useful weapon.

If I were a rock star, I'd want Nick Hughes at my back. But I'm not, so I'll have the next best thing: I'll keep him on my kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a look.
Overall a sound book covering the importance of awareness and principles of preservation of yourself and, if you're in that line of work, your client(s). Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. McMASTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Usuable real world info
Enjoyable and interesting to read and most important of all, all usuable for those of us who have not had any military special forces training.. Excellent.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Folkes-miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Hughes
Top quality book on the reality of defending yourself
Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in self protection 10 out of 10
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Anthony Pillage
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
Pay attention to this book,Nick knows what he is talking about.His real life experience provides a solid foundation for the information he passes on in what is one of the most... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Ade
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore this book at your peril
Something you should always question when reading something like this is the credentials of the person writing it. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by G. Mulholland
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
After reading countless books on self defence/self protection over the years I wasn't expecting to find anything new in this book. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by S. Jabbar
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book
As a lifelong martial artist and qualified self-defense instructor I have read many books on the subject and I expected Nick Hughes book to be well written but pretty much more of... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Peter Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
If you are serious about self protection then you must buy ''How to be your own bodyguard'' as it covers everything you need to know from awarness training through to the hard... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by S. W. Simonds
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