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Three Second Fighter: The Sniper Option

Three Second Fighter: The Sniper Option [Kindle Edition]

Geoff Thompson
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The majority of attacks/fights last less than three seconds and are preceded by aggressive or disarming behaviour. This book trains you to read the body language and ritual of attack and 'stop' your attacker in his tracks by using a physical and psychological 'fence' or a cripple-shooting attack. The book also covers 'ambush attacks' and 'match fighting'.


A self-defence book aimed to train you to read the body language and ritual of attack and so "stop" your attacker in his tracks by using various tactics. Also covered are "ambush attacks" and "match fighting", with guidelines on how to distinguish and train realistically for action.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing; illustrated edition edition (11 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHD78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need to know this, and practice it. 4 Jan 2004
The title of the book 'Three Second Fighter: The Sniper Option' refers to Thompson's advice on how best to prepare yourself for a situation where you are under imminent threat of assault. He explains that most violent confrontations are over in about three seconds, with the person who strikes the first blow usually being the one who comes out of the situation in better shape. Thus Thompson's advice is that you learn and practice a very small number of techniques to give you as much of an advantage as possible in case you are caught up in a situation that is about to become violent but which you cannot escape from.
The bulk of the (quite short) book is taken up with explaining the 'attack rituals' of violent offenders such as muggers, and with showing you the core techniques you need to practice to help you deal with things in the event that you are about to be attacked. He makes it quite clear that although knowing a huge number of martial arts techniques can be very useful if a fight or attack lasts more than three seconds, the best thing you can do is master and practice, over and over, one or two powerful techniques that will become automatic responses if you ever need to act in self defense. These techniques will be your 'sniper option', the pre-emptive strike deployed to give you enough time to get away or put any more thought of attacking you out of the assailant's head.
The book is rounded off with a discussion of the law as regards self defense, and that should serve to really open your eyes to the legal situation as regards self defense and violent encounters. Overall the advice in this book is excellent. Thompson does not blow smoke up your nose, there are no chop-socky super martial arts techniques here. He tells you straight, and he tells you the truth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Pick up any self defence book on the shelves and you may see a catalogue with hundreds of techniques and applications. An old principle states that a few good techniques can beat a hundred techniques and this is what geoff thompson's philosphy is based around. Throughout the book he emphasises the 'Sniper Option' and shows how his few techniques can be called upon before a situation may turn physical. This book is well worth the read for anyone who dares to take a critical view of theirs and other arts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real eye opener 8 Mar 2001
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This book is a very useful and interesting piece of text, which will help the reader to understand what an attacker is thinking and how to deal with the situation. Jeoff uses simple approaches that really work, he is obviously a great martial artist and a realist. Overall this book is a good read for anyone and can be a real eye opener for martial artists
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Second Fighter 8 Jan 2004
The essence of this book has been conveyed well by the previous reviewers, but I'd like to add the following: Geoff Thompson covers issues that aren't even discussed in other manuals ie, how to prepare yourself for the pugnacious git who threatens you with all sorts of horrible consequences should you dare to fight him back (even good martial artists have been defeated with this tactic.) Or how to deal with the Old Bill once your pre-emptive power-strike has wiped-out the thug who's just tried to mug you.
This work is not just about 'real fighting', but is also about conflict awareness and reading situations before they get out of hand. Technical detail is not the strength or the purpose of this book; it is just a brutally honest, in your face, lesson about the psychology of violence spoken by someone who's been there.
Geoff thompson has certainly shown me the flaws in my martial training. Of all the books that I have read in this genre I feel that this one has made the greatest impression on me.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By fran
Although it is not lengthy at all (less than 90 pages) it is the best stuff I've ever read about real fighting (and by this I mean PURE street fighting, not UFC or things like that, which are nothing but sport); don't expect to find hundreds of illustrated techniques (in fact there are only 3 or 4 pics); what Geoff Thompson teaches us is the guidelines that we should bear in mind during the different stages of a violent encounter, from the verbal agression to the moment in which everything is over and the police are about to come; he focusses on the psychological aspect (having been at a door myself and having had some serious brawls, I can state that the fight itself has been decided moments before it starts, when the guy in front of you stares at you or challenges you verbally; the one that looses the psycological confrotation, and as Thompson says, confuses adrenaline with fear, will be beaten up) and in the pre-fight stage, but his advices about the in-fight stage are true and useful (I swear); the book is really good, but don't think that just by reading it you'll be able to arise victorious from every confrotation you'll be involved in, no way; you have to train hard (this is the main thing) and be mentally prepared, and books like this will be a help, so buy the book and go on with your training sessions and follow Geoff's advices; I'm going to read all of his books.
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