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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but basic
I found this book quite clear and precise, although the techniques are a bit basic they are ideal for a beginner who wants to learn more than just how to use a punch bag.
The section about where you stand with the law is good as not enough books cover this subject, and the sections involving travel tips, first aid and confrontation are also very good.
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Published on 24 April 2002

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense, clear and very precise.
This book is very dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands! It covers a wide area of self defence moves, how to keep fit, avoid fights, etc. This book basically tells you how to kill someone with one swift move. But only if needed! Clear instructions and illustrations. Great manual that a lot of people should own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but basic, 24 April 2002
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This review is from: SAS Self-Defence (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
I found this book quite clear and precise, although the techniques are a bit basic they are ideal for a beginner who wants to learn more than just how to use a punch bag.
The section about where you stand with the law is good as not enough books cover this subject, and the sections involving travel tips, first aid and confrontation are also very good.
Ideal if you want to know learn about the basic concepts of street fighting.
Good price as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense, clear and very precise., 20 Jan. 2000
This review is from: SAS Self-Defence (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
This book is very dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands! It covers a wide area of self defence moves, how to keep fit, avoid fights, etc. This book basically tells you how to kill someone with one swift move. But only if needed! Clear instructions and illustrations. Great manual that a lot of people should own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a reader from the UK, 15 Oct. 2002
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This is a good all round book with useful tips on how to guard yourself and your property. As the cover suggests its mainly aimed at women and comes with with a chapter specifically for them. But it can teach us blokes a thing or too.
This isn't a book about hand 2 hand combat but teaches you how to avoid being attacked in the first place and if you are attacked it will show how to defend yourself, but this isn't Marquis of Queensbury rules... But if you want to how to fight this is not your book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressive for a small and cheap book, 10 April 2001
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This book starts by giving you information on showing your confidence when out and about. It then has a very basic keep fit chapter. Next it tells you where you stand within the law if you have to defend yourself.
It then shows the weak areas of the body and explains how to attack those areas and how you should stand. The book has numerous illustrations to reinforce the self-defence techniques; there is also a section on defending yourself with everyday objects.
I love the simplicity of some of the moves they show you, these are things you would probably never think about in a confrontation. The undertone of the book is obviously to avoid confrontations when possible but it will teach you the basics of how to defend yourself if you have no other option.
There are also chapters on protecting your home, protecting yourself whilst travelling around the world and protecting yourself against animals and insects. There is also a basic first aid section.
All in all I liked this book but bear in mind that a book this size only covers the basics, in many respects I think that could be enough for most of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fair guide to self defence, 13 Mar. 2000
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i found this book gave a fair guide to self defence but some of the moves a bit hard to follow using the diagrams, but it is well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, 30 July 2004
This review is from: SAS Self-Defence (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
The SAS Self Defence guide is only intended as that, a guide. It is not exhaustive in its content on but at the same time provides you with exactly the sort of information you are likely to require.
It provides you with information on how to avoid confrontations, how to defend yourself from common attacks, what the law says about self defence, attacks by animals, and basic first aid.
On the whole, its a good general guide which is useful for everyone. If you're looking for a more in depth guide to self defence, this isn't really the book for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok.ish., 8 Dec. 2011
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C. Mackenzie "Rusty" (West Midlands, U.K) - See all my reviews
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The book was sent fairly promptly but as for the book, despite being in good condition, there are better books on self defense out there for a couple of quid more. More useful if you already know some martial arts/self defense but the pics are a bit dated too.as i said in the title.it's ok-ish. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars son liked it., 22 Sept. 2014
This review is from: SAS Self-Defence (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
Bought as a present, son liked it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic But Good, 8 July 2000
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A good book on self defence, it covers alot of areas and is good for both men and women. The book can teach some good skills although in my opinion it will not boost confidence all that much.
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