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Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected Paperback – May 16, 2011
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About the Author
Rory Miller, former Sergeant, has been studying martial arts since 1981. He's a best-selling writer and a veteran corrections officer. He's taught and designed courses on Use of Force Policy and Decision Making, Police Defensive Tactics, Confrontational Simulations, and he has led and trained his former agency's Corrections Tactical Team. Recently, he taught how to run a modern, safe, and secure prison at the Iraqi Corrections Systems, Iraq. Rory Miller resides near Portland, Oregon.
Top customer reviews
The odds that you will reflect fondly or pridefully on a violent encounter are exceedingly low. Avoid the potential for violence. If under your control, walk away, run away, talk it down, eat crow. If not under your control, prepare yourself--and act-- to minimize damage or death. Think about the horrible aftermath, regardless of outcome.
Rory Miller explains all this in a clear and sober way.
First of all, it is important to know that this is not really a book on fighting techniques (though there are some included). This is more of an instruction that imparts very good information that goes above and beyond "how to fight", covering why you should (or shouldn't) fight and to think about how you would explain your actions to a jury of your peers weeks or even months after the event. The sections include "Legal and ethical implications", "Violence dynamics", "Avoidance" (usually the best option), "Counter-ambush", "Breaking the freeze" (the mental freeze before acting), "The fight itself", and "The aftermath". The writing style is a little dry in places but certainly worth reading for the important content.
I bought this book after being sent a copy of the companion DVD, Facing Violence DVD (YMAA) Rory Miller, to review. You will definitely get more out of it by reading this and then watching the video.
I've played a lot of games over the years -- computer, console, tabletop -- where I've had thousands of imaginary fights. Yet basically no game I've ever seen has ever gotten into the thoughts and emotions that go into a real brawl, and I feel more enlightened for being exposed to this side of things.
Grab this and read it alongside Dave Grossman's "On Killing", which talks about violence in the context of war.
I would also recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning about self-defence. Especially for those who think of self-defence as a martial-arts only problem. If, when you see the words "self defence", you immediately think of the fancy martial arts move you just learnt, then this book is a MUST-READ. The book has five chapters before it even gets into the physical aspect of it. If that doesn't make sense to you, then that makes it all the more important that you read this book. The lessons about the dynamics of violence, the lead-up, and the psychological effect this has on you will actually help in other areas of life. Once you get your head around the concepts Rory explains, you will have a much better chance of avoiding violence in the first place, because you'll see it and get out of there before it happens.
I'll go out on a limb here and say that understanding the legal consequences, and the dynamics of violence is more important than knowing the physical moves. That said, if you're in a high-risk job, those moves are very important. They may save your life. But understanding the consequences behind each action will enable you to not only get out of the fight alive, but stay out of jail. And let's face it: defending yourself physically, and then spending the next few years in prison is really just another kind of death. The real aim in life is to get home safe every night and spend some time with family. Not to beat the other guy up. And this book will teach you enough to know how to do this when the unexpected comes along.