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How To Protect Yourself By Developing A Fighter's Mindset Paperback – 6 Dec 2012

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Burrese Enterprises, Incorporated (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937872092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937872090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,226,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alain Burrese is an author, safety speaker, and Hapkido/Self-defense instructor. He is a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and Sniper Instructor with the 2nd Infantry Division. He has studied a variety of martial arts, but focuses primarily on Hapkido and realistic self-defense. He’s written six books and starred in ten instructional DVDs. Alain’s books include the self-defense book Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks, the novel Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel, and the Tough Guy Wisdom movie quotes and trivia series. His DVDs include Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the five volume Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials series and the two volume Restraint, Control, and Come-A-Long Techniques set.

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Alain Burrese is one of those people who has been there. He does not dwell in mere theory like many of the so-called experts in the self protection industry. Coming from a military background he knows exactly what it means to have a good combative mindset. A good combative mindset allows you to function competently under high stress conditions and do what you have to do, to get the job done without falling apart at the seams.

This book will give you the tools and understanding to do exactly that. It's a comprehensive over-view of the soft skills needed to have a complete self protection gameplan.

Self defence is not all about physical skills and hitting people. It it were it would be easy and there would be nothing to worry about.

To be any good at self defence you must also understand concepts such as awareness, stress management, conflict avoidance, combat psychology and a number of other key concepts. These are more important in my opinion, than any physical skill. It is these concepts that will not only keep you out of trouble in the first place, but also allow you to respond in the best way if trouble does come your way.

The book covers all these concepts and more. Style wise it is not overly wordy, which can only be a good thing. It is very easy to read and is well laid out. Each of the sections is clearly and concisely explained and backed up by relevant and entertaining stories from Alain's own life.

There is also a great use of quotes in the book. Many authors use quotes in their books, but I find in many cases that the quotes are just there for the sake of it, they add little to the subject at hand.
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I did enjoy the book hence my rating, but I do think that more information or even a little less would have been better!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x95fb2b88) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95cd56c0) out of 5 stars En Garde!!! 23 May 2013
By Dr. R. D. B. Laime - Published on
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While I think Alain Burrese has the knowledge of how to protect oneself, he probably thinks that you can't exist without the skills he writes about. As an old Marine I found it to be a creditable tome, yet it makes you realize you live in a dangerous world. Alain follows up with hints and more on his website. Not a bad book for the uninitiated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f3cf78) out of 5 stars Essential for non-martial artists as well as Martial Artists 8 Feb. 2013
By W. Smedley - Published on
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Any martial arts school in the world offers "self-defense" classes, and most of them overlook the most important aspects of the very subject they claim to be teaching. This book clearly and concisely offers the most important elements to personal safety. Everything about the mindset, from the awareness of what is happening (and with it the ability to avoid altogether those situations where violence may occur), to help in understanding the importance of being decisive, to being vicious when all else has failed, this book has so much to offer to both martial arts practitioners and those who are interested in being safe but don't have any interest in training in the martial arts. I enjoyed reading this one and give it my highest recommendation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f3c21c) out of 5 stars A worthy companion to Cooper 30 Dec. 2012
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Without a doubt, the most neccesary component of any fight is having the proper mindset. Without it, you've pretty much lost the fight. Perhaps the greatest book written on this subject is "Principles of Personal Defense" by Lt Col John Dean "Jeff" Cooper. This is a good place to start, but by no means the only book you should have in your library.
Of all the books which have followed, one of the best is "How to Protect Yourself By Developing A Fighter's Mindset" by Alain Burrise. Burrise, a martial artist, lawyer, as well as a former bouncer, puts his own unique interpretation on many of the essential components of creating a proper mindset which compliments Cooper's work. One interesting addition which sets this book apart is the inclusion of a chapter entitled "Be Nice",or as I'd put it, "Be Polite".
Many true warriors understand that not every interaction has to become a comfrontation, and it's at the heart of this that Burrise differs from Cooper. Burrise gives you a real-life scenario in which he was able to talk down a rather rowdy Marine without getting into a testosterone battle. Staying cool, and being nice, will go a long way toward keeping you out of either jail, the hospital, or the morgue.
If you don't have a book on mind-set, this is definitely one to consider. If you have Cooper's book, this still belongs in your library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96150828) out of 5 stars Proper mind set 16 April 2013
By Gary Bowes - Published on
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This is not my first exposure to Alain Burrese. I enjoy and appreciate his style and approach to teaching, coaching, martial arts and self defense.

This is a great book for anyone interested in the mental attitude needed for personal safety and self defense, simple, direct and easy to understand. Drawing from his personal experience as a bodyguard, bouncer, and martial artist Alian gives some great examples of awareness, vital for self defense, and exercises (keep in memory system) to help you improve your awareness. The book is filled with common sense advice like this from Page 75: Sometimes we fall into the mind set that the only "win" is to "crush" our enemy physically. This isn't realistic and fails to acknowledge our true goals. Our goal is to get home safe, or got our loved ones home safe.

"Take care - be aware" G Bowes
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95cd5ca8) out of 5 stars One of a very few authors who make this topic easy to understand & apply! 19 Aug. 2013
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I very much enjoyed this book and what all was presented in it for us to contemplate. Mentioning the qualities that we might all need to consider fostering/developing in ourselves was definitely worth the time reading it. As well the relevant quotes from the various people from different walks of life are always interesting to read, no matter the era they originated in, as the lessons or words quoted will stand the test of time .

A very worthwhile read and a book, one of a few, that I go back and reference frequently. I am very glad Mr. Burrese and a few other authors are paying attention to the mental/mindset aspect of combat or martial arts as opposed to just the physical because it carries over into every aspect of our lives.

The body only goes where the mind takes it! :-)
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