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Streetwise: The Complete Manual of Personal Security and Self Defence Paperback – 1 Oct 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers; 3rd reprint edition (1 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873475527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873475522
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This illustrated guide covers all aspects of self-defence and personal security in the street, car and home. In addition to providing explanations of the various combat and martial arts techniques, the author describes how to recognize an impending attack and how to deal with the attack.

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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Top notch!
This is one of the best books on self-protection. It's also one of the few books to span the gap between martial arts and self-protection. Aside from martial arts training, I served as a Guardian Angel on the London Underground in the early 1990s; I have practical experience of being attacked by weapons and the odd gang. If 'Streetwise' had been published then, I might have escaped with less injury!
The reviewer who wrote, "the actual combat moves you were hoping for are seriously lacking" has totally missed the most important points of the book. Moreover, having attended training seminars by both Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson, I can attest that the "actual combat moves" could never be learnt solely from a book.
Whilst some self-protection books now mention the mental side of things, 'Streetwise' goes further by giving practical solutions to dealing with expectation, adrenal response, etc. As you would expect, the physical side is also well covered, but this book goes well beyond simply how to fight.
It is true that this book has appalling spelling mistakes and editing. However, it's well worth persevering to read past these, given the excellent content. 'Dead or Alive' by Geoff Thompson is also a highly recommended read. Given the option, it would be worth reading both books, as they cover some different material (e.g. Action Triggers in 'Streetwise' and interviews with perpetrators in 'Dead or Alive'). Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson founded the British Combat Association, which produces a newsletter and training, and would be worth joining for more information and to stay up-to-date.
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Firstly and foremostly, I have to conceed that yes this book is riddled from beginning to end with spelling, grammatical and punctation errors and some areas/ points are laboured and case studies are some what out of date; however, for anybody who undertakes a frontline role such as a police officer or security guard, door supervisor or like me a train guard (lol),to just an individual wanting to look after themself, this book will prove invaluable when dealing with the likely threats that you may come across in your day to day dealings with the public or should avoid if just looking after number one when out and about on the street.
I bought the book following a "Confrontational Management" seminor, from which points from the this book where referenced. Our instructor was part of the author's British Combat Association programme of which he is one of the instructors and who's club I have visited since many times which complements the book in a "real" sense rather than just words and pictures of the book.
The book for me opened my eyes to what I was missing when I thought my eyes where already open. It gets you to see all around your enviroment and monitor potential threats and what to look out for in peoples body language to avoid a situation from escalating. More important for me the book explains the body's reaction to a stressful situation i.e. the adrenaline dump and how to cope with this so you do not freeze and react appropriately. Its deals with the home, workplace, car and out on the street in terms of how to protect from certain threats.
Whilst I agree some points for readers that are not involved in there day to day opeartions with dealing with the public seem common sense i.e.
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This book has served me as a Conflict Managment Instructor, a student and as a foundation on the seemingly complex issue of self defence. Peter categorises the book into several chapters that deal fully and simplfy such a wide and opinionated subject.
Especially interesting is his discussion of knife defence which I wholeheartedly agree with strategically since I have come across many sytems that taught it taught wrong for the street. There are many other topics which are addressed and you would be miising out if you did not purchase this book.
A must for any self defence student.
Im very happy to recommend this product along with several others that has provided me with the neccesary knowledge and and depth to teach the subject.
My congratulations go to Peter and I look forward to his forthcoming book/video.
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This book contains excellent information on how to win a fight (or run away from it), and how to avoid it by being constantly alert. The book "Dead or alive, the choice is yours" by Geoff Thompson (another former bouncer, and 3rd dan Shotokan karateka) covers however better the stage inbetween: how to react to verbal aggression and e.g. staring.
I recommend reading both, but at least the Thompson one.
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Having worked as a doorman, and also martial arts instructor, I guess I'm qualified to give an opinion on this book - the word 'excellent' will do. The aim of the book is how to avoid confrontation if possible, but if forced into street combat; how to react, or I should say, how to be pre-emptive. Those that moan on about grammar and spelling mistakes are simply missing the point of the book; it's not a dictionary, it's a book on self defence.
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