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The Art of Fighting without Fighting: Techniques in Personal Threat Evasion [Paperback]

Geoff Thompson
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers; illustrated edition edition (25 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840240857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840240856
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until the age of thirty Geoff Thompson had worked through a plethora of menial jobs, from glass collector to floor sweeper; he even spent a decade working as a nightclub bouncer.

Convinced that there must be more to life than this, Geoff decided to become a martial arts instructor (polled as the number one self defence instructor in the world by Black Belt magazine USA) then followed this by living out his dream of becoming a writer.

He is now the author of thirty-four books published in 15 languages, five multi-award-winning films (one BAFTA nominated, one BAFTA winning), three stage plays and hundreds of published articles.

Geoff's autobiography, Watch My Back, has been adapted into a major motion picture, Clubbed.

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This book teaches you how to trigger the "flight instict" in a potential assailant, so that they run away and you beat them without becoming physical.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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An easy to read, well presented book, 'The Art...' is filled with colourful anecdotes, simply explained concepts, and clear diagrams where necessary. It does what it says on the cover; explains how to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous confrontations. Geoff Thompson uses a great degree of personal experiece to explain what to do to avoid ugly incidents, what to say to potential bullies, and how to save your backside when the situation escelates towards violence. It has a fairly in depth analysis of what will be going through the mind of thugs and victims at times of conflict, how to use your charisma and intelligence to talk your way out of trouble, how to override those feelings of fear, and deal with the situation in a practical, logical manner which excludes violence. However, while this book is a good stand-alone in it's own right, it feels like a component of a greater whole. The reader may be left with unanswered questions. For anyone who is seriously interested in self defence, this book is a starter course. 'The art...' teaches some sensible concepts, but anyone who wants a thorough understanding of every aspect of self defence needs a book like Jerry Vancook's 'Real world self defence' and/or (preferably 'And') Geoff Thompson's 'Dead or alive: the choice is yours.' It's well written and interesting, but 'The art...' may leave the reader with unanswered questions. The topics in 'The Art' are covered in more depth in 'Dead or alive...', along with everything else you need to know. Don't waste your money on a lightweight starter; sink your teeth into the main course. For the extra few pounds, 'Dead or alive' makes a much more substantial buy and offers better value for money for anyone interested in any area of self defence.
Reviewed by: The Holographic Scott James
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative and usefull 4 April 2000
this book had everything you needed to aviod and to look out for in certain situations that present a danger to yourself.also how to not become a victim when in these situations
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What you get for your money and its worth it!! 27 July 2003
I have always enjoyed reading Geoff Thompsons books I think he is gifted in telling stories, this book is to me a real eye opener and should be regarded as a learning path for non-martial artists. He seems to know how to make the contents of the book stick in your head, where as other books lose you in their martial arts mumbo - jumbo! A real Good Read ! Worth the money !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of fighting without fighting. 18 Sep 2010
Another great book by Geoff Thompson, follow his advice within and you can't go wrong.
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