- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Streetwise: The Complete Manual of Personal Security and Self Defence Paperback – 1 Oct 1997
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I recommend reading both, but at least the Thompson one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book excellent and a real eye opener. It strips away the myths about using dojo martial arts in the street.Published on 20 Nov. 2014 by Mr. P. J. Tabor
This book deals with a very important subject: How to deal with the reality of street violence. However, I found it almost impossible to read this book due to it being so poorly... Read morePublished on 9 May 2009 by Anders Grönlund
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As a teacher of personal protection classes, I have been unfortunate enough to see some absolutely terrible books on self defense. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2008 by Mr. N. Wildman
In retrospect, it's not just the BEST book, but probably the ONLY book that deals effectively with this subject in one comprehensive volume. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2007 by Terry Tozer
At last an excellent book to learn how to deal with bullies & scumbags, However I would recommend training in Grappling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, as well as Disarming Techniques like... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2006 by Phillip Bastians
this book does have good information in it about being streetwise, i'll grant it, it was in fact the first book i read on the subject. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2004