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Working with Warriors Paperback – 3 Nov 2008
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'Dennis Martin is the most credible instructor of real self-defence in the world today.' --Geoff Thompson, author of 'Watch My Back'
'The story of three of the world's hardest streetfighters.' (Daily Sport)
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On the back cover of the book a quote by Geoff Thompson, the author of "Watch my Back", is shown saying: `Dennis Martin is the most credible instructor of real self-defence in the world today'. Since I met Dennis Martin on a BCA course in 2001 I have attended most of his courses organised in the UK.
After every seminar we traditionally all meet up in a Chinese restaurant to talk about the seminar and to share stories. As my flight is next evening I often spend a couple of hours with Den and Tommy Mac for a coffee. During these conversations I have heard funny anecdotes and amazing stories. I think all of us have been thinking, if not told directly that Den should collect the stories into a book.
Then in 2009 the great news was announced, Den had written and published a book. The subtitle of the book reads: `How three combat experts took martial arts out of the gym and into the street.'
The book's mainly going about Dennis Martin, Gary Spiers and Terry O'Neill. But also other people like Nick Hughes, Marcus Wynne, Simon James and Tommy MacNally who has his own chapter containing an interview, feature in the book.
The book contains many stories ranging from martial arts training to door work, some very hilarious other serious. During his career Den met some interesting and famous people which made me feel jealous. Also a couple of interviews are shown as well as stories by other narrators.
Information without a context to place it in is useless, stories are a great vehicle for bringing over information and the stories also provide a context in which this information can be placed. Therefor this book can be seen as a manual.
This book is highly recommended to every combatives enthusiast, martial artist interested in the self-defence side of things.
Being from Liverpool made it all the more interesting knowing that these real life storys happened in my home town.
The three men concerned,Dennis Martin,Gary Spiers and Terry O'Niel where definitely cut from a different cloth.They put all their hard work and training out there and pressure tested it,threw away what didnt work and was left with a potent force of self protection which evolves even today.
It is very honest in its opinion on martial arts ie,what works in real life and what is ineffective,thats not to say it is disrespectful to these martial arts,all mentioned are judged on merits and pitfalls.
For anyone who has read Geoff Thompsons work then you will really enjoy this book,(Geoff Thompson endorses this book).
Overall,this book is an empirical observation of real life situations by very experienced individuals.
Buy it today :)
Make no mistake all three guys are, or were very tough in their prime back in 70s and 80s. Sadly Gary Spiers died in 2001. I wouldn't want to mess with the other two now and they are both in their late 60s.
The most eye opening thing is that all of the tales are true! A brilliant book about interesting and frightening situations experienced by people at the top of their game.
Dennis Martin is the british equivalent of Kelly McCann with similar experience and in my opinion, better skills!
This book is worth treble the cover price and is worth reading even up to the very last word, which will leave you laughing.
Well done and I can't wait for the next book!
Most recent customer reviews
Should be called Working With Bullies. These were three guys who knew how hard they were and wanted to let everyone know about it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Tootle
Didn't need to read Dennis,s book , Dad had already told me about Meesers, Martin, O,Neil , and Speirs
Dennis is a true Professional in his craft who has earned respect... Read more
An excellent well written book. Could not put it down. In fact on second read.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although by the nature of the book some of the content is repeated a couple of times but the it is a great book with information from a range of martial arts with added... Read morePublished 12 months ago by pete
Alongside Rory Millard works this book ranks among the greatest testament to real fighting environments and the mentality of the men plunged into them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by wayne linley
I can vouch for a lot of the material in this book as I trained with Gary in the 1970s (in Southport) and recall the times well. Read more