6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pretty much wasted time and money
, 3 Aug. 2013
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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