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Best Self-Defense Books- revised!

Christopher Geer
The list author says: "These are the best resources for learning practical and reliable self-offense for street combat/defense. Some are DVDs."
Combatives for Street Survival
Combatives for Street Survival
"An excellent book by Kelly McCann, an authority on the subject.  Also read any and all articles by Carl Cestari, Bob Kasper, and Dennis Martin."
Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Self-Defense
Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Self-Defense
"An excellent book by Bruce Tegner, a guy who took the mysticism out of martial arts.  This book is very practical in that it covers the whole "least amount of force required to difuse the threat" mentality.  Highly recommended reading to the lay-person.  Also sections on female and child defense."
Kill Or Get Killed
Kill Or Get Killed
"From one of the Fathers of WW2 Combatives.  Some of the best info collected in a single source on practical assault-type fighting."
Get Tough! How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting, as Taught to the British Commandos, and the U.S. Armed Forces
Get Tough! How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting, as Taught to the British Commandos, and the U.S. Armed Forces
"Another classic in the WW2 vein from W.E. Fairbairn another "father" of self-offensive tactics."
Shooting to Live With the One Hand Gun
Shooting to Live With the One Hand Gun
"Realistic primer on defensive shooting under duress."
Cold Steel
Cold Steel
"Another Volume of great value to the training of WW2 style combatives.  Get some friends together and try this stuff out (safely)- it works."
Hardcore Self-Defense
Hardcore Self-Defense
"Still on my list.  Excellent info on the proper combative mindset and information on weaponry."
Black Medicine: The Dark Art of Death
Black Medicine: The Dark Art of Death
"Targeting is important in violent altercations... though getting too specific can strangely limit your options."
Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials (No. 2)
Fighter's Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials (No. 2)
"Good info from Loren Christensen, a cop who has been there and done that.  His sections are excellent, but those by some of the other sources are dubious."
Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence
Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence
"An excellent book by a prison officer about what really happens during violence, including adrenal response, making your training effective etc.  Can't praise this one high enough."
Floor Fighting: Stompings, Maimings, And Other Things To Avoid When A Fight Goes To The Ground
Floor Fighting: Stompings, Maimings, And Other Things To Avoid When A Fight Goes To The Ground
"Still a great reference for causing damage if things go to the floor without getting your buttocks handed to you, and more importantly- getting back up."
Attack Proof - 2nd Edition
Attack Proof - 2nd Edition
"The Drills in this book will make anyone a better fighter- period."
Hand-to-Hand Combat
Hand-to-Hand Combat
"Another WW2 classic.  Details lots of info on how to hurt someone quickly, though some of the "disarms" are dubious."
Handbook of Self-Defense in pictures and Text Law Enforcement Officers' Manual of Offensive and Defensive Techniques
Handbook of Self-Defense in pictures and Text Law Enforcement Officers' Manual of Offensive and Defensive Techniques
"Search for this on the internet as a pdf.  Excellent book on basic and more advanced combatives."
Modern Self Defense
Modern Self Defense
"Same as above."
Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
"Still one of the most important books on avoiding violence."
Strong on Defense
Strong on Defense
"This book is a must-read written by a San Diego Swat team leader.  It details LOTS of horribly violent situations often from the surviving victim's perspective.  It will tell you what to do when violence suddenly errupts, and give you all the info you need to know to avoid such situations.  It is grizzly, but that's what makes it so important.  Violence isn't a game!"
Jiu Jitsu Complete
Jiu Jitsu Complete
"This book is really great.  It's some of the most practical application of a traditional martial art with great line drawings that make the techniques really clear... however grabbing shouldn't be your first priority in a fight (no grappling should)- striking should be."
Jim Grover's Combatives Series: Volumes 1-3
Jim Grover's Combatives Series: Volumes 1-3
""Jim Grover" is Kelly McCann.  And this dvd series is excellent in teaching combatives to anyone very very quickly.  McCann is a great teacher.  Also watch The "Old School Series" by Carl Cestari available on his site."
JIM GROVER'S SITUATIONS "SELF-OFFENSE": A Hard-Core Guide to Offense-Based Defensive Tactics
JIM GROVER'S SITUATIONS "SELF-OFFENSE": A Hard-Core Guide to Offense-Based Defensive Tactics
"For when you're in a bad situation.  Another Kelly McCann... noticing a trend here?"
MINIMUM DAMAGE, MAXIMUM EFFECT
MINIMUM DAMAGE, MAXIMUM EFFECT
"Carrying and using less than lethal weapons for defense.  Another McCann... noticing a trend?  Always deploy your non-lethal first, unless you are in VERY dire straights!"
KELLY MCCANN`S CRUCIBLE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT TRAINING VOL 6 Ground Kem-ba-tivz:Street Solutions to Common MMA Set Ups
KELLY MCCANN`S CRUCIBLE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT TRAINING VOL 6 Ground Kem-ba-tivz:Street Solutions to Common MMA Set Ups
"How to counteract a lot of fluff people are taught these days, as almost everyone has seen MMA on tv.  These guys are great athletes, but throw in that "no rules" qualifier and they'll catch a blade when they come in for the "take-down."  You have to train without rules to be prepared for something without rules.  Crazy concept I know!"
Bob Kasper's Sting of the Scorpion: A Fundamental Guide to Knife Combat
Bob Kasper's Sting of the Scorpion: A Fundamental Guide to Knife Combat
"Most practical basic knife course- specifically about fighting with a knife!"
Bob Kasper's Individual Close Combat Volumes 1 & 2
Bob Kasper's Individual Close Combat Volumes 1 & 2
"More from the same author on Unarmed combatives."
The Art of War
The Art of War
"Good info."
Warfighting
Warfighting
"Also good info."
The Book of Five Rings (The Way of the Warrior Series)
The Book of Five Rings (The Way of the Warrior Series)
"More good info."
The Art of the Dynamic Handgun
The Art of the Dynamic Handgun
"If conditions are ideal for deploying a handgun (which they often aren't) this is the best primer, period.  Excellent production value on these Magpul videos.  Their stuff is excellent."
Sharpening the Warriors Edge: The Psychology & Science of Training
Sharpening the Warriors Edge: The Psychology & Science of Training
"Excellent book on adrenal response training."
On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
"Good book on psychology of combat."
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
"Still important.  Try to avoid killing people if you can please, humans aren't meant to do it.  If it happens, there's good info here."
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
"According to Mom: "Use your words!""
Fence
Fence
"An excellent tactic for defense."
The Art of Fighting Without Fighting - Techniques in Personal Threat Evasion
The Art of Fighting Without Fighting - Techniques in Personal Threat Evasion
"Excellent book by same author as above."
Working with Warriors
Working with Warriors
"Good book on Western Martial History by someone that was there."
The Tactical Skills Of Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Tactical Skills Of Hand-to-Hand Combat
"Very good little book on Combative PRINCIPLES from someone who has thoroughly (read 30 plus years) studied the subject in a practical setting.  Some great advice."
CATCH WRESTLING: THE LOST ART OF HOOKING STARRING TONY CECCHINE, 10 VOLUMES ON 4 DVD'S
CATCH WRESTLING: THE LOST ART OF HOOKING STARRING TONY CECCHINE, 10 VOLUMES ON 4 DVD'S
"Although I don't like traditional sport-minded fighting techniques, Cecchine gives some excellent info here for controlling someone in a grappling situation and his little details on neck manipulations and arm manipulations are very painful and insanely practical.  Will make some of the above grabs, etc. work.  Strike first though!"
Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior
Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior
"When you really need to control someone.  Some good tips here- combine with the Catch-stuff above."
How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life
How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life
"I like a lot of the Tim Larkin stuff (not crazy about the slow mo striking method however), but you basically just need to know this- if you hurt someone they will automatically do certain things, capitalize on that.  This book contains good info on the difference between asocial violence and social fighting!  Don't get involved in fights.  Violence is what happens when things are unavoidable."