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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much wasted time and money, 3 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence (Paperback)
Well, I honestly read this one. I had good expectations because of this bunch of super positive reviews, but what I found is a collection of common sense observations, some kind of anecdotes, and personal stories suspiciously close to unreal and lots of philosophical bla-bla-bla. The more I read the more disappointed and less attentive I got. Stopped reading on Chapter 5, I think, when the author mentioned that he used Sume gaeshi countering two robbers or whoever on the street. I am not as big specialist in "real life violence" as the author, but come on! Despite the existence in sterilized "academic" environment any judoka knows that a sacrifice throw is last thing he will use on a street and especially against multiple opponents. Sorry, I don't buy it.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2014 08:55:36 GMT
Nicodemus says:
Actually anyone who truly understands martial art training knows you will react with what you have practiced over and over again. It is entirely plausible he used a sacrifice throw - there is no time to think, you just act. I know, because it's happened to me.
And a good Judoka could take out two (untrained) assailants and be back on his feet before they knew what was going on.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2014 15:59:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2014 16:00:23 GMT
Spruce Goose says:
agree with Nicodemus.

he who turns and runs away lives to fight another day
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