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The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting

The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting [Kindle Edition]

Kris Wilder , Lawrence A. Kane , Marc "Animal" MacYoung , Rory Miller , Lt. Col. John R. Finch
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"Complete with forewords by a police sergeant and an expert aptly named "Animal" who has survived all kinds of street violence, this book belong in the hands of every young and not-so-young male."--Alan J. Couture, Book Reviewer for ForeWord Reviews

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Men commit 80 % of all violent crimes and are twice as likely to become the victims of aggressive behavior. The Little Black Book of Violence is written for men ages 15 to 35, and contains more than mere self-defense techniques. This book provides crucial information about street survival that most martial arts instructors don't even know about. Kane and Wilder explain how to use awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation to help stave off violence.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big recommendation... 17 Nov. 2009
The so-called `little black book' is actually a weighty tome, and if you're looking to understand violence and how to deal with it, this volume has pretty much got it covered.

Expert advice and real-world insights are delivered in true Kane and Wilder style. Working on many levels, they connect the wisdom of ancient masters like Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi with leading modern-day martial artists and self-protection gurus to paint a truly complete picture.

The book spotlights the real cost of fighting in graphic and sometimes gruesome detail, with photos to match. The aim is to familiarise the reader with real-world violence and give them the tools to make the right decisions when faced with a potentially violent situation.

The question of when to fight (and when not to) is given the careful consideration it deserves and is one of the highlights of the book. The writers take into account the important factors of youth and pride, especially in young males, and provide a realistic framework for judging the right course of action based on reason rather than emotion.

Personal anecdotes abound -- some humorous, some profound, many shocking -- from martial artists, security personnel, law enforcement and armed forces. The issues of weapons such as knives and guns is included throughout, along with advice on dealing with wounds, psychological trauma and the tricky matter of the law.

The text is so comprehensive that several readings and regular revisions would be the only way to truly know and digest the wealth of information contained within. The Little Black Book of Violence is one very big, very credible source on the subject, and comes with a big recommendation.
Goran Powell, Author of Waking Dragons: A Martial Artist Faces His Ultimate Test
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Td Bell
Well written and designed to challenge the base realities of average Joe Youth - or any one who fancies a ruck really. The facts and outcomes are plain and frequently vivid but "not Hollywood". The authors are consistently clear in the outcomes...and it's not all gloss. Similar to Mr Abernethy above, I've also been involved in martial arts and conflict for a long time (nearly 4 decades) and I have to say this "little" book covers efficiently so many areas that so many other books fail to address.
Except for one detail. When you read this, please bear in mind the outcomes are relating to American society and Law. Specifically LAW. Legally speaking, although many outcomes physically may be the same {one down, one standing if you get my drift)the legal aftermath is more likely "similar" in the UK...or in other words - viewed differently. There's an appropriate disclaimer at the start of the book where it warns you that you should understand the legal ramifications of your actions with respect to self defence and the laws of your state - or country; In UK - do you REALLY understand section 5 for instance? If you don't understand then speak to a solicitor or Police officer for a more detailed appraisal; or contact the likes of Iain, Dave Turton [look him up], myself or similar for straight UK facts.
Seriously though? The book stands for itself. Read it.
Tony Bell
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what is says on the tin 26 May 2009
It's a sad fact that the vast majority of "self-defence" books on the market are based on the fantasies of inexperienced and uneducated martial arts instructors. Whist possibly well meaning, these books are almost always based on Hollywood violence or the safe and satisfied world of most dojo. It's therefore always a joy to come across a book that "pulls no punches" and discusses violence as it truly is. The true chaos and horror of violence is addressed in this book along with all the physical, legal and physiological consequences. Forget all the books based on "formal martial arts in jeans" or testosterone driven misinformation and ignorance, this is a book that truly tells the reader what they need to know. I congratulate everyone smart enough to purchase this book and take to heart the advice it contains. You'll be well prepared.

Iain Abernethy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for just about everybody 28 Oct. 2010
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The world we live in is increasingly busier, over populated and angrier. Violence seems increasingly probable even outside of the arenas you would normally expect to find it. Whether you're commuting to work, walking home, going for a run or driving, there seems a never ending supply of people on the verge of some violent act, or using the threat of it to intimidate or get something from you they want. Which for me makes this book a stand out, because it's not only about violence and how to dispense it, but very much about how to avoid it all together.

And in reading it a good portion of the basics seem obvious, so obvious you wonder why they never occurred to you. It starts with the different levels of 'alertness' and how they seem to someone that might have you and violence in mind. Looking alert and confident is a large part of violence avoidance. There are everyday approaches to stepping around violence and some great chapters and scenarios depicting what results from violence, de-glorifying the whole thing. And then in detail, over a great many scenarios, how you deal with violence if it cannot be avoided. Every angle is looked at, not least the legal and how the law will view you and your subsequent actions. And of course there are endless scenarios simply detailed in making sure the violence ends quickly and you are the one that walks away. The detail is incredible. For instance describing exactly how alcohol causes humans to become unbalanced and how you use that to defeat a drunken attacker in very simple methods.

A quite brilliant book that is not little in any way, that you will learn from just by browsing through and will certainly be better equipped for this angrier world if you spend any time studying it. Can't recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Gordon P. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars He'd highly recommend it so I've given it 5
bought this as a christmas gift for my other half who practices karate, wanting to get him something a little different. Read more
Published 13 days ago by TashaK
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence is not 'glamourous' - it hurts
The main thing I so like about this book is that it really does away with the 'glamour' of violence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Urbanmeister
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information.
Deals with violence and preliminaries to it / aftermath in a reasonable (not mindblowing) fashion. Mostly what I expected, good service too. No complaints.
Published 10 months ago by Scales_of_Justice
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HONEST.
Published 10 months ago by BOY PLONKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Great book, deals not only about self defense but also deals with the psychological questions. For anyone who is interested in self defense this is probably the fist book they... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jim2
2.0 out of 5 stars caution
i would not recomend t h i s a s ai s geared t o u s a m k
Published 22 months ago by duncan mccallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This book bringing a great perspective to the importance of avoiding conflict situations, the downsides of even a "successful" engagement and brings home the consequences of... Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by Michael Turbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
In America, 80% of violent crimes are committed by men. Men are also twice as likely to become the victims of aggressive behavior. Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2011 by TeensReadToo
2.0 out of 5 stars Big black book of mediocre
I actually have my addition for sale so don't know why Im not giving it a great review. I suppose this book would be useful for someone who has just arrived from a planet of... Read more
Published on 12 Mar. 2011 by Dustydogg
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