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3.7 out of 5 stars
Animal Day: Pressure Testing the Martial Arts
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on 17 August 2013
short to the point, but valuable information regarding why you should pressure test your martial art & how to start implementing it into your training.

one of his better books.
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on 7 May 2010
Let me start by saying that I am a great admirer of Geoff Thompson and he has been a great influence on me as a martial artist and a writer. I've no doubt of his real life experiences despite those that question his claim to having had many hundreds of street fights. You've only got to look at the guy to see he's had a scuffle or two! There is also no doubting that he is writer of great skill and eloquence with a huge amount of extremely useful, though controversial to some, (those who have no idea what a real fight is!)information. Dead or Alive is, along with Meditations On Violence by Rory Miller, by far the best self-protection book I have come across to date and I firmly believe that everyone should own a copy.

This is where the big "However" crops up. I have a fine collection of Geoff Thompson martial arts books and DVD's and whilst Animal Day is amongst my favourites purely for the training drills, much of the rest of the book seems a bit familiar. If you suddenly feel a wave of de ja vu come over you after reading two or more of Geoff Thompson's books, a feeling that you've read that somewhere before before, you probably have - in one of Geoff Thompson's books!

This is even more apparent when you read his self-help books. Read one and you'll feel truly inspired and mentally invigorated. Read another and you'll stop reading half way through because you've read it all before. I don't want to upset those of faith out there, especially Geoff, but I've also found that the self-help books have become increasingly preachy and bible punching. Ensure that you do at least read one though! I reccommend The Elephant and The Twig. (see my review)

Having said all that, I still continue to purchase and collect anything by Geoff Thompson as his writing style continues to inspire me and his views can still be refreshingly controversial and stir up the "stuck-in-mud" so called traditionalist martial arts set in this country, which is always enjoyable.
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on 30 December 1998
This book makes people currently believing that the training done in the standard dojo is sufficient to be able to protect yourself on the street. Don't believe the hype from instructors if they pile you with the same rubbish. Learn from Geoff Thompson. The book helps you to feel how your own fear can be the source of your defeat in the street. It makes you aware of the various forms that it appears and how to deal with it. Starting with simple exercises to full contact sparing so you are able to feel the inner demon we all have and how to accept it and make it a positive part of our life and training.!! TOP CLASS!!
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on 8 November 2007
The World of Martial arts/Combat sports can only benefit from the publication of this book.A small book exploring a big concept,which Style/System is best.In isolation each method is no better or worse than the others,but as this book demonstrates they are part of a much greater whole.
The relevant information is contained in the last third of the book and reveals training methods will open your eyes to the reality of Real combat training.I have trained using several of these Concepts for a number of years and can honestly say that they are effective and efficient.
If you want to improve your Game then buy this book.
Why only four stars?A lot more information could have been given on technique,i.e.what works best against one style and not another.I would love to read Geoff,s opinions.Overall,a good buy.
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on 1 February 2001
Excellent way to test your fighting system. It provides gradual intensity from light restricted sparring ,specilized one shot training right up to all out,in yer face fighting.If you follow Geoff's method you will take yourself to the limit you think you can go to and discover that you can go futher than you thought. Buy it you will not be sorry.
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