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Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence Paperback – June 6, 2008
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“A stark look into the real world [of violence]. Highly recommended!” (Robert Carver, 6th dan, USMC Ret.)
"...required reading for all serious martial artists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and anyone else who might have to deal with violence in some capacity. illuminating and very likely lifesaving as well." (Lawrence A. Kane, Best-Selling Author of Self-Defense Books)
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Sections 3 and 4 were enlightening into a realm of human experience I am profoundly grateful that I do not have to deal with or even think about for a vast majority of my life. I am very grateful to the small group of individuals who deal with the criminal aspect of our society and create that opaque veil that shields us from ever having to deal with the thought of humans enjoying hurting and killing others of their species. Law and Policy Makers should really read this section and try to understand it. Then ask the question: Are we making our society better with our incarceration system?
Finally, on a very personal note I found Section 6 to be insightful for its practical look at the problems of training. I am one of those survivor-students that looked for an Instructor to teach me how to never be raped again. I tried Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate and finally Jiu-Jitsu trying to find an instructor that could give me that peace of mind. Sgt.Read more ›
Like a pool of blood, violence is a very sobering subject; one that must be treated seriously in order to do any good. Meditations on Violence certainly fits that bill. It is a refreshingly frank, honest, and in-depth assessment that teaches readers how to think critically about the subject, determine how to evaluate sources of knowledge, and understand how to identify strategies and select tactics to deal with violence effectively.
As a corrections officer and tactical team leader Miller regularly tangles with hard-core predators. He describes his job this way: "I beat people up for a living. I can pretty the phrase up a lot, but in the end I get paid (and paid well) to go into a situation, usually alone and usually outnumbered by sixty or more criminals, and maintain order."
This is a guy who routinely survives brutal encounters that would leave the average person physically and emotionally shattered. Unlike most martial arts instructors, he has first-hand experience that separates longstanding myths and heroic fantasies from merciless reality.Read more ›
Which is unlike the author of this book -- a jail guard involved in physical confrontations on a near daily basis. In this book Rory Miller pretty much devastates the notion that what goes on in most martial arts classes has anything in common with the fights and strategies he's observed in his work. He details types of confrontations, the people likely to be involved in them, and strategies they're using, and the often critical flaws in the way students are "prepared" for them by movies or the dojo.
As such, this is pretty much required reading for anyone taking or teaching martial arts for self-defense.
He doesn't offer a specific training program as a solution -- which is kind of the point. He's asking the reader to chew on the facts, not the fantasies. Fights aren't likely to be fair, or resemble sparring sessions. But they do have predictable participants, patterns and dynamics -- from the "Group Monkey Dance" to the "permission" that people give themselves to go on or give up.
It's a very particular reality he's describing; the book is pretty much a straight download from the author's life and brain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Miller does a good job of simplifying the complex issues surrounding violence. Criminals, violent encounters, responses, and other facets are neatly divided into categories with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl DuBose
I found the book very interesting. A fresh approach to reality. The last chapter is something I have never heard before.Published 2 months ago
This book is filled with great insights on violence. It puts to bed a lot of myths and explains the uses and limits of martial arts training.Published 2 months ago by Owen F. Long
The best book I've ever read about the martial arts and how it deals with real-life violent encounters and human nature (I love what he had to say about a new martial art system... Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Alexander Storz
Great book, highly recommend to anyone who's on a journey to self improvement through martial arts. Sgt Rory Miller is someone who's 'walked the walk' and has valuable insight to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Majik
Will make you question the way you think about violence. Will really make you think about violence and who you are.Published 3 months ago by Dominic
Miller covers a lot of territory here on the mental, psychological, and possibly spiritual effect of violence. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mauralyn
Excellent read. Very informative, and well written. I recommend it for people interested in this kind of information. gdPublished 5 months ago by A concerned Health/Wellness Advocate