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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (3 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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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'

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'The story of three of the world's hardest streetfighters.' (Daily Sport)


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The book is excellent, explaining the issues that most martial artists meet when dealing with the difference between training in the dojo and self defence on the street.
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fascinating. Took me right back to Liverpool in the 80's :-)
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Working with Warriors by Dennis Martin

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.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend and i am pleased i took his advice.
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 :)
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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2015
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This is a great read for anybody interested in martial arts and the bodyguarding/security business. Dennis Martin tells the stories in a straightforward way, and there are some great ones in here. I had heard a fair bit about Gary Spiers, and so the interviews with him made fascinating reading. However I was much less familiar with Terry O'Neill's background in Karate and door work, and the sections on him are brilliant. The unusual thing about O'Neill is that he made classical Karate techniques work on the door, which is very unusual. Martin tells one brief story of how he knocked 3 guys out with 3 kicks without putting his leg down! And apparently he was so adept at this he could do almost without thinking.

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.
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If you've ever trained with Sensei Terry O'Neill you've no doubt been enlightened by some of his recollections, so when I saw this book I had to buy it! It's an excellent read, very interesting and insightful book on the real world experiences of some of the pioneers of British Martial Arts!
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I found Dennis Martin's book to be an excellent insight into violence experienced in the real world. Dennis is someone who has been there and done it, and I feel it's very fortunate that he has shared his experiences. The book also provides excellent guidance on the type of techniques which are best suited for self-protection and the reasons why. Therefore, it provides a great starting point for someone who is looking for the truth in violent confrontations. Dennis separates learning an art from practical application. I found that to be a very important point, taking into account fear,stress,and adrenalin dumps. An excellent book which I would recommend to anyone interested in self protection.
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This book is truly excellent. It's well written, engaging, funny and describes brilliantly the physical apsects of the tales within!

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!
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