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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1st edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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"How To Win A Fight: A Guide To Surviving Violence" by Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder is a very good book on surviving, and most important, preventing, violent encounters. I think those that will most benefit from this book are young males, teenage to thirty, who are dealing with fighting and violence. If only they will read this book, and prove to Rory Miller, who wrote the Foreword, that they are smarter than Miller believes them to be. Read the Foreword and you'll understand this completely. Besides that age group, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand violence and how to avoid or deal with it.

I'm very familiar with Kane and Wilder's books and teachings and was very glad to get an advanced review copy of their newest collaboration. I consider them both to be extremely knowledgeable in both the Japanese martial arts they practice AND real world violence and self-defense. I especially liked their book, "The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting." This book contains the same kinds of lessons, but is shorter and the somewhat gruesome pictures of actual violence have been replaced by illustrations by DC Comics artist Matt Haley. If I was going to give a book about violence to a younger male, maybe someone in their young teens, this is the book I would choose. If you have their "Little Black Book," read this one if you want a quicker refresher course on similar material. And see the comic like illustrations of course.)

According to Kane, this book is about knowing what's worth fighting for, avoiding fights when you can, walking away when you should, prevailing when you must, and then managing the aftermath. That is a pretty good summation of the book.
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Well I have to say that my first impression of this book came from the title and it instantly reminded me of a line from the movie, War Games which starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, where a then supercomputer almost starts World War III until it realizes that by playing the game Tic-Tac-Toe that the only sure way to win the game is to not play the game at all, thereby averting World War III. This very same concept was also taught hundreds of years ago by the military genius Sun Tzu in his epic tome, The Art of War, in which he basically advises the reader that the only way to guarantee a victory in warfare is not to go to war in the first place.

From a legal standpoint, it is basically against the law to be fighting in the first place, unless it is under the regulated and controlled conditions of a sporting event, such as; boxing, MMA, wrestling, etc. and then it really isn't a fight, but a combative sport. You should never ever be in a fight, but unfortunately you may have to defend yourself, and that is an entirely different matter altogether, and that is what Lawrence and Kris are trying to tell you in this very well written and informative book. Very similar to their highly respected earlier work, The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting.
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I've made a lot of mistakes in my past. To give you an example, I could never back down from a challenge, even if it was from some mentally deficient mutant with a gut full of whiskey and a couple of sidekicks backing him up. I thought it would be "unmanly" and "cowardly" to do otherwise. After getting stabbed a couple of times, shot once, and having several magistrates proclaim that I was a "bad guy" I was somewhat confused about what I might possibly be doing wrong. After all, I did what I was taught by my Da and Paladin Press and Hollywood, and they certainly wouldn't steer me astray, would they?

Jack London, under the pseudonym "Ragnar Redbeard", once penned a 200+ page rant about manliness called "Might is Right." That, my friends, is the law of the street and the law of elite cabals, but sadly it does not apply to mere peons such as myself, or society as a whole (which probably includes you). I tried to be Righteous and double-cool and ended up spending my 21st birthday in gaol eating the grilled cheese sammich next to a wino with Cartoon Network blaring on the TV at full blast, and let me tell you I would have rather spent that momentous occasion elsewhere doing other things, but no, I had to be the tough guy who didn't let people talk to me in a disrespectful manner.

Are you a tough guy? Maybe if some stranger on the street insults you for no reason you too might feel compelled to teach him some manners? Perhaps your girlfriend felt offended by some oaf and demands you extract an apology forthwith? Or maybe some drunk fratboy at the pub is having a bad day and bumps into you deliberately in hope you'll give him an excuse to pound you? I have been in all of those scenarios. I thought I did quite well.
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