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5.0 out of 5 stars The most simple and effective book I've read on self-defense
Of the 30+ books I've read on self-defense, this is the best one yet. Don't be fooled by size, it's right-down-to-business. The illustrations are good, the layout is easy to read. This isn't a book that requires strange martial-arts moves or that you need to be super-fit. Very simple, well written. Much more realistic than other books by martial arts folks that...
Published on 9 Nov. 1997

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little too fanicful
Let me first start by saying that I have over 14 years experience in various martial arts, so I have a little knowledge of self defence.
This book contains useful techniques that may work if applied by you, on a good day, when you opponent was having a particulary bad day. That is not to say the techniques are useless, technically some of the techniques could be used...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A little too fanicful, 1 Oct. 2003
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Let me first start by saying that I have over 14 years experience in various martial arts, so I have a little knowledge of self defence.
This book contains useful techniques that may work if applied by you, on a good day, when you opponent was having a particulary bad day. That is not to say the techniques are useless, technically some of the techniques could be used to good effect.
The problem is this. Firstly, the reader is misinformed about the effectiveness of certain techniques, the writers states that these techniques could kill. Well yes, I suppose they could, but then you could die from a cut finger, if you were having a really bad day. Some of his conclusions are just a little to far fetched.
The writer displays a distinct lack of awareness of some of the approaches that attackers will employ. Their dirty tricks and the like. Its like he expects you to believe an attacker is going to say, "put up your dukes Mr", before he tries to attack you.
He also fails to discuss the implications of psychology in self defence. Most people will find the experience no less than terrifying, so will not be functioning at 100%.
I believe this book could potentially put you in more danger than if you did not read it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most simple and effective book I've read on self-defense, 9 Nov. 1997
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Of the 30+ books I've read on self-defense, this is the best one yet. Don't be fooled by size, it's right-down-to-business. The illustrations are good, the layout is easy to read. This isn't a book that requires strange martial-arts moves or that you need to be super-fit. Very simple, well written. Much more realistic than other books by martial arts folks that recommend those fancy spinning kicks and crazy stances. Good for just about anybody, male or female.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book on the subject, 10 Jun. 2014
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Quite entertaining, however much of the advice in this book seems to consist of grabbing or piling of hair, grabbing and/or attacking the groin or poking and/or guaging eyes. Not particularly practical as pain thresholds be overcome and not particularly honourable if you're a bloke/geezer.
Saying that entertaining read, with a few practical hint s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subversives only should read this!, 14 April 2013
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Wonderfully seditious!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 4 July 1998
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When I first saw the cover and title of this book, I didn't think I'd like it or that it would be worthwhile to read. However, After I'd read it, I was impressed. Not only did the book show some very good sef-defense techniques, but also showed how do do some old self defense moves in a way that would work. Overall, it is a very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to street survival, 13 Jan. 2003
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Like its companion, it is thin but that is because it goes straight for the jugular, No nonsense guide to looking after yourself in threatening situations with information that you wouldn't be given elsewhere. The only place you could use this would be the last resort but it could save your life.
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