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on 13 April 2013
I can highly recommend this DVD as being of great quality filming with a truly great self defence trainer Rory Miller.

I have had the great pleasure of training with Rory Miller and I bought some of his books before training with him. This is for anyone who is interested in Self Defence, who teaches/instructs Self Defence Classes. First, you'll get a lot if you pay attention, think about what Miller discusses, and implement his ideas into your overall self-defense strategies and training. Second, watch this DVD because Miller knows what he's talking about and addresses a lot of things that aren't even mentioned in most self-defense and martial art's training DVDs.

The DVD is great companion to Rory Miller's book of the same title. Both the DVD and the book "Facing violence" cover seven important things any martial artist or person wanting to know about self-defense must consider when dealing with real fights, real attacks and real violence. These seven areas are: 1) Legal and ethical implications 2) Violence dynamics 3) Avoidance 4) Counter-ambush 5) Breaking the freeze 6) The fight itself 7) The aftermath.

Rory Miller has a group that he teaches to, and they interact with Miller, and thus is makes this DVD more like being in a live seminar with Miller. Rory Miller teach's these seminars of which I have attended one in Edinburgh. This DVD takes on the appearance of a live program and not the rehearsed "DVD programs" that many of us are used to.

My best advice is to Listen Clearly to this. Pay attention. And you need to let these lessons sink in to help you be better prepared to face actual violence.

When Rory talks it is from actual hard-won knowledge that he shares honestly. He sincerely delivers the information in this program to help people avoid if possible, and survive if necessary, when dealing with the real-word violence found in today's streets.

No, this isn't your normal self-defense DVD, it's something totally different. It's a program I strongly recommend people watch and learn from this to help with their martial art's and self-defense training. If you are a self-defense instructor, you must be including these seven areas in your teaching. If you aren't, you are doing a disservice to your students. This DVD, together with the book of the same name, you'll be much better prepared to face real violence, and you'll be a much better self-defense instructor.
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on 8 July 2012
Novelist Steven Barnes, in the foreword to Rory Miller's first book, writes about the "gap" between reality and fantasy: the place where novelists play. Between the many kinds of violence and dojo training lies the gap which others have tried to help us span: Geoff Thompson and Peter Consterdine here in the UK, Loren Christensen and Marc MacYoung in the US. For the last few years, Rory Miller's been bringing something new to the mix.

When does breaking eye contact and turning away defuse the situation? When does it spell disaster? What are the personal, ethical decisions you need to make now, in advance, when (I hope) you are safe?

There are training scenarios here, but it's 90 percent in a lecture/tutorial format, and it's possibly the best single resource on self-protection I've encountered in four decades of training. There's nothing specific to a style or discipline here: that's what your dojo is for.

Mr Miller's background is as a corrections officer in US prisons (and in Baghdad), dealing legally and safely against threats most of us will never face once - and doing it all the time. And that includes talking down psychotics. Only two or three references are specific to the US, such as exploring your ethical limits by imagining the circumstances under which you would shoot (or refuse to shoot) an attacker. All of it translates.

And yes, I recommend the book of the same name - it complements the DVD - along with Meditations on Violence. Superb.
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on 18 February 2013
I have read or downloaded most of Rory Miller's books. Although US based,most of the points are as applicable in the UK. I like the fact it's not combat martial arts but more a basis for self protection and some really interesting basic concepts.

Overall an excellent view and I've just bought another to give as a present!
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