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Campfire Tales from Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff Paperback – May 16, 2012
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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 ›
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!
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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book because Rory Miller was involved with it. I had read Miller's previous works and they were excellent. More on that later. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Guardian
I prefer Rory Miller's solo works. This volume felt disjointed and oddly focused on traditional martial arts semantics (get ready to learn a lot about kata and board breaking..). Read morePublished 11 months ago by TomCollinz
The best collection of tidbits from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners of Self Defense/Martial Arts and general Mayhem to be found. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ignatius Malibu
No "Roses and Peaches" here. Our world, like peanut butter, is made with a lot of little nuts.Published 15 months ago by Cecilio
I find MacYoung and Miller to be two of the best writers on real-world violence and combat out there, and had high expectations for this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Miroku Nemeth
Campfire Tales From Hell is an anthology of essays about martial arts, self-defense, and violence. The anthology was curated by Rory Miller (Meditations on Violence, Facing... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Steinmann
This book was one of the most eagerly-anticipated purchases I'd made in a good while. Did it live up to the anticipation?? Well, yes & no. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TBone
The seller was fine, the book sucked. It was rudimentary at best and most of the writing was badly done. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dr. LD
The real life stories from "Campfire tales from hell" contain essential information for any citizen who is concerned about urban safety. Read morePublished 23 months ago by W. L.