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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477681272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477681275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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I'm one of the authors that contributed to "Campfire Tales From Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff," and I'm honored to be along side all of the individuals that contributed to this collection of stories, tales, wisdom, advice, and practical experience from people who have been there and done that. This book isn't full of techniques that will turn you into a killer commando, or some super elite martial artist. Rather, "Campfire Tales From Hell" is a book full of personal experiences, many of which are not nice or good, and what you can learn from them to survive and make it through your own personal horrors, no matter how large or small they may be.

The book is hard to explain, because there is just so much in it. It comes from the history of a group of people, all with wide experienced backgrounds, getting together and telling stories over BBQ and alcohol, after a hard day of training. (And the training was taught by these same people, sharing the skills they've spent years developing.) As a participant of many of these gatherings, I've heard some of these stories first hand, heck I was there with one of Marc MacYoung's tales, and I am glad they have been captured in print for others to learn from.
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I don't consider myself anyone "special" in the world of martial arts or self-defense. I am always willing to listen to another point of view from those that have greater experince than me. If you think that your school is "THE SCHOOL" then seriously you need to read this book. These ladies and gentlemen really tell it like it is. They have lived through life and come out the other end mostly in one piece. This is the real world they are talking about and not some made up "what if 27 ninjas attack" scenario.

If you want to see what can happen if you find yourself on the wrong end of the pointy stick then I recommend this as solid reading material. If you want to spend a few hours laughing at what life throws at people on occassion then this is the book to pick up. If Psychology 101 is you bag then there is something here for you to learn...well Abnormal Psych 101. If you are a LEO then there is something for you to help you key on the potential bad guy.

I've met many of these people and they are genuine, warm, loving people that want to help you along life's road and avoid the chewy chunks you might encounter. I laughed, I cried, I wet your pants!
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I'm biased about this book. Not only am I one of the contributors, but I also know and respect the other authors as well. Disclaimer aside, this truly is one of the most interesting, unique, and insightful books I've ever read. Where else can you find the collective wisdom of cops and thugs, doctors and lawyers, martial artists and bouncers all in the same tome? Where else can you both be entertained by bestselling writers and simultaneously captivated by folks you've never heard of but whose stories you just can't set down until you've finished reading them?

Many years ago Marc "Animal" MacYoung started a "food group with a violence problem." This Animal List is comprised of law enforcement officers, martial artists, military personnel, and various and sundry other colorful characters who lead enormously interesting lives (in the ancient Chinese curse sense of the term). They share their experiences over the internet as well as at an annual BBQ where they hang out, ruin Marc's lawn and train together. Light-handed editing by Rory Miller removed the most egregious grammatical errors while maintaining the unique "voice" of the various contributors, so it feels like sitting around the campfire listening to this eclectic group tell their tales. And it's absolutely fascinating...

Contents include:

Section 1: Technical
*All Fighting is on Drugs by "MG, FAM"
*Historical European Martial Arts by Bert Bruijnen
*Stage Fighting is not Real Fighting by Michael Johnson
*Let's Talk Trauma by Eric Gaden
*How to Read Your Opponent by Terry Trahan
*The Independent, A Variation of the Alpha by Michael Johnson
*Talking to Cops by Marc MacYoung
*Everything We Know About PTSD by Dr.
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It was my privilege to offer a contribution to Campfire Tales From Hell because in many ways, this is a unique book. On the one hand, because it combines the efforts of a large number of people: some are internationally recognized authors and experts, others you probably never heard of before but their stories are just as important. On the other hand, the information in this book is of the kind you can usually only find with great difficulty. And finally, because of the diversity of topics, approaches and points of view.
What ties it all together is the fact that everybody writes from his own personal experience with violence, self-defense, living a hard life and much more. Given the particular background of these writers, the reader gets unique and profound insights into these topics.

These stories are the kind you normally only hear after you've known somebody for a long time and have earned his trust. Only then do they confide in you what it is actually like to walk through the darkness and get through it in one piece. That is why the information Campfire Tales From Hell gives you is so valuable:
- It is not written by some internet guru who copy/pasted it from a number of websites and books.
- It is not the empty "Think Positive!" stuff certain motivational speakers want to sell you.
- It is also not a collection of theoretical scientific essays that are out of touch with reality.

Instead, you get real and practical information from people who have actually lived through what they write about.

These stories will give you pause and a lot of food for thought. But more importantly, they will give you crucial insights and knowledge you need to survive if life should deal you a bad hand and you find yourself in a tough spot.

I highly recommend you get this book. You won't regret it.
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