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- Print Length: 284 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477681272
- Publisher: Marc MacYoung (16 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083XYSWM
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The articles are written by many different people and are grouped into six sections
A excellent article here called 'All Fighting is On Drugs' about how the adrenal dump makes you go stupid when in violent situations, all your fancy moves that require precision and complex movements will not longer work. Ways to improve your ability to operate under duress are discussed. Another excellent article in this section is advice on how to talk to cops. Other articles are about European sword fighting, the difference between stage/movie violence and real violence, the kinds of injures that can result from fighting, how to read an opponent, a variation on the alpha male and some advice of dealing with traumatic events.
A wonderful article 'Do You Want to Win? Learn How to Lose.' about the importance of failure and losing to getting better at things. Advice of dealing with tough people that test you. Another excellent article 'Teaching, Training and Conditioning' about the differences between those subjects. Yet another great article 'There Are No Secrets' about ultimately there are no secrets (except practice) in martial arts. There is also an article about board breaking.
There is an interlude of a fictional conversation between Marc Macyoung and fictional assassin John Rain, it is best described as old wise fighters talking about violence (e.g fighting for pride is for amateurs) and is a very good read.
This section is a collection of very realistic violent/near violent incidents (so no fighting off an ambush by 100 ninjas ). Incidents described include breaking up a fight at a football stadium, martial arts teacher dealing with a crazy student, dealing with an angry dad at children's hockey match, being staked by aggressive street beggar and other relatively normal encounters.
4)Places You Don't Want to Go
The article "Bouncer Advice: What Your Sensei Didn't Tell You" covers the unpleasant realities of being a bouncer. "How to Stay Out of Trouble-- As A Psych Ward Patient" is recommendations of how to get by in NHS Psych wards. "Martial Arts Cults" is one person's experience of being in a martial arts cult, other articles are about martial arts training in the Antarctic, being in prison in Japan, abusive relationships, religious opinion and a account of how threats changed a persons tough guy fantasies about himself.
Advice from a cop about cop related subjects like violence and dealing with the administration, a bouncer talks about importance of being nice and former martial arts cult member talks about leaving cults.
"Gambling With Your Life" is a excellent article about how there is no magic pill in fighting, violence is very dangerous, the best you can do is increase your odds and ultimately you are gambling with your safety. Other articles are about the dangers of magical thinking, advantages of learning sword fighting and some musings about certainty, life, and pain.
This is a very mature well informed book, I feel its wise words will be lost on a lot of martial artists but it is most definitely recommended.
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When Rory Miller asked me to write a piece for this anthology I was, to say the least, honored.
You see, I've been a member of the No Nonsense Self Defense listserv for several years now, and I've always been amazed at the breadth of experience, skills and knowledge possessed by the people there.
So, when Rory asked me to contribute, I did so willingly. My humble contribution to the effort is a story called: "Death, the Teacher".
It's not anywhere near as good as the other stories in the anthology, but I'm honored to be among such an august company of writers.
By the way... I just bought the book and...
Damn! It's *outstanding* stuff!
Even if I didn't already know the authors involved I'd give this puppy five stars.
And... If you knew me personally... You'd know that, if I thought it was crap, I'd *tell* you it's crap.
(Life's too short to lie your way through it... It's not worth it on the other end...)
Do yourself a favor. Get the book... And prepare to learn some things...
E. Rushton Gilbert
The collection of essays from various colorful personalities with equally colorful backgrounds and occupations gave me pause. After so many years in martial arts training and drills, sometimes going full out/full contact with no padding or protection whatsoever, I am lucky to be alive.
I am by no means in the league of any of the writers that contributed to this book, but I have been in some precarious situations where I chose to use my head, change the energy in the room or just leave. Violence, even when used in self-defense or for a "good" reason, has consequences and they can be a bitch.
This is a cautionary tale and one that's important to tell. In martial arts we put a lot of emphasis on technique, form, speed and power, yet we often forget to discuss the cost of violence, whether it is used as an offensive or defensive action. Campfire Tales from Hell won't let you forget. As a former martial arts instructor, I especially recommend this book to anyone who teaches self-defense.
These stories are told by people who have been in unbelievably dangerous situations and lived extraordinary lives. You'll be shocked, horrified and amused. The stories are sobering and told in a raw, no-nonsense style. But there are also some lighter moments and even some humor. The interview between Barry Eisler's John Rain character and Marc MacYoung is a wonderful diversion written with a wink and a nod.
Life is finite, our bodies are fragile. If you're a martial artist, law enforcement professional or find yourself around violence, read this book, enjoy the stories and take the lessons to heart. There are times when violence is the only way out, but they are rare. Use your head and think about the costs first.
Fortunately for all people serious about martial arts, these people have been good enough to put down their experience for others to learn from. And believe me, you can learn from it. Doesn't matter whether you're a bouncer or just a newbie at martial arts wanting to learn more or even a businessman. The Psychology explained in some of these stories is something that everyone can benefit from.
To sum up, I say thank you to the people who wrote this book for the valuable learning experience, and to any potential readers, I say get this book. It's worth it.