The serious bio: Rory Miller is a seventeen-year veteran of a metropolitan correctional system. He spent seventeen years, including ten as a sergeant, with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland Oregon. His assignments included Booking, Maximum Security, Disciplinary and Administrative Segregation, and Mental Health Units. He was a CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) member for over eleven years and Team Leader for six.
His training has included over eight hundred hours of tactical training; witness protection and close-quarters handgun training with the local US Marshals; Incident Command System; Instructor Development Courses; AELE Discipline and Internal Investigations; Hostage Negotiations and Hostage Survival; Integrated Use of Force and Confrontational Simulation Instructor; Mental Health; Defensive Tactics, including the GRAPLE instructors program; Diversity; and Supervision.
Rory has designed and taught courses including Confrontational Simulations; Uncontrolled Environments; Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill; CERT Operations and Planning; Defensive Tactics; and Use of Force for Multnomah County and other local agencies.
In 2008 Rory Miller left his agency to spend over a year in Iraq with the Department of Justice ICITAP program as a civilian advisor to the Iraqi Corrections System.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a blackbelt in jujutsu and college varsities in judo and fencing. He also likes long walks on the beach.
His writings have been featured in Loren Christensen's "Fighter's Fact Book 2: The Street" Kane and Wilder's "Little Black Book of Violence" and "The Way to Blackbelt." Rory is the author of "Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence" published by YMAA; "Violence: A Writer's Guide" published by Samshwords; and the soon-to-be-released "Facing Violence" out in May 2011 from YMAA.
Less serious: How to make a Rory: First you take a kid and raise him without electricity or running water or television. Especially television. You get a whacked out doctor to convince his parents that he has a birth defect such that if he ever loses muscle tone his joints will spontaneously dislocate, so you encourage hyperactivity. Instill a love of reading and introduce to meditation at a young age. Teach him to hunt and track. Send him away to college at the age of seventeen painfully aware that he has almost no experience with people. Arrange for him to luck into world-class trainers in his first martial arts. Let him obsess on martial arts even at the expense of his school work. At some point he will get a need to go someplace strange, maybe Reno, and do something different, like be a bouncer. Let him, he'll come back. When he comes back, if he falls in love with the right princess ('cause every thug needs a princess) he'll start doing crazy things like joining the national guard and working in a jail. Let him. He'll discover that he has a way with violent and crazy people and might wind up doing stuff like running a tactical team and teaching officer survival skills and designing classes and teaching jujutsu. If he has an ugly year (and he will) he'll start writing. If he gets really bored he will suddenly quit and go to Baghdad. We're still waiting to see how that part turns out.
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.Read more ›
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!
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...
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.Read more ›
This is a great book on how to successfully deal with incredibly difficult to deal with people in incredibly difficult circumstances. You'll rub elbows with predatory people in normal everyday life...this book will show you how to deal with them in the most effective way possible. Hard won knowledge from professionals who have been there.
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