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Fight Back: A Woman's Guide to Self-defense that Works Paperback – April 18, 2011
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The topics of violence and self-defense aren't always pleasant, of course, so each person must ask herself: Do you want this information? If not, I pose an easier, softer question: Of all the approaches you might take to enhancing your safety, do you suppose that ignorance about violence is an effective one? --Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear
Fight Back is the ultimate manual for women's self defense. Lisa and Loren give you the psychological, technical and tactical knowledge to survive an attack. If you're a woman, you need to read this book. If you're a man, buy this book for the women in your life. --Wim Demeere, martial arts author & personal trainer
About the Author
Lisa A. Place began training in the martial arts in the mid 1990s, earning belts in taekwondo, kempo, American freestyle, kickboxing, jujitsu and arnis. She has extensive teaching experience in the martial arts working with adults and children. Lisa began training with Loren in 2003, and has appeared in several of his books and DVDs. She has been the principal photographer for numerous martial arts books and magazine articles. Loren W. Christensen began training in the martial arts in 1965 and continues to this day. Over the years, he has earned a total of 11 black belts, eight in karate, two in jujitsu and one in arnis. Because of his nearly three decades in law enforcement, Loren s focus in the martial arts writing, teaching and training has always been on street survival, not competition. Loren began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a Military Policeman in the Army and then joined the Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau an 1972, retiring in 1997. During his years on PPB, he worked street patrol, child abuse investigation, dignitary protection, Intelligence, street gangs, and as a defensive tactics instructor. As a professional writer since 1978, Loren has penned over 45 published books with five publishers, dozens of magazine articles, and edited a police newspaper for nearly eight years. He has written on the martial arts, missing children, street gangs, school shootings, workplace violence, police-involved shootings, nutrition, exercise, prostitution, and various street subcultures. Loren has starred in seven martial arts training videos. From 2007 through 2008, Loren was included in the Heritage Registry of Who's Who for his accomplishments in publishing.
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This book is organized into two sections with thirteen chapters. Section one covers the physical power issues and section two deals with using the mind for power. The first section begins with a forward by Gavin De Becker (Author of The Gift of Fear) and a brief introduction. Chapter one explains the nature of threats. The second chapter deals with methods of de-escalation. The third chapter is very important because it deals with the 7 basic techniques all women should know to defend themselves. This is the least you need to know. Chapter four introduces some other excellent techniques that you may want to add to your training. Weapons all around you are covered in chapter five. Chapter six shows some miscellaneous scenarios. How to get stronger physically is taught in chapter seven and chapter eight explains how to practice self-defense techniques. Chapter nine explains how to assess a threat. Mental Imagery practice is taught in chapter ten. Chapter eleven explains using imagery on live people. Dealing with fear is taught in chapter twelve and the final chapter briefly tells about Reality-Based training.
In conclusion, this is a book every women who is concerned about learning practical and effective self-defense needs in their personal library. However, like any book on the martial arts or self-defense, real hands-on training with a qualified self-defense instructor is strongly recommended along with reading this book. This is also an excellent book for martial artists or anyone who teaches women's self-defense programs.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Co-Author: The Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)
Fight Back is divided into two parts: Physical Power and Mind Power - both are equally important, and both sections are excellent. The authors have done a wonderful job explaining the techniques and the multitude of photographs make it very easy for the reader to comprehend exactly what the authors are trying to get across. Fight Back also has a great index for quick look up of different subjects when you are ready to go back and revisit different techniques or subjects. This is very handy!
I honestly can't think of anything that is missing from this book. And although it is subtitled "A Woman's Guide to Self-Defense that Works," don't let the title fool you, everyone can learn something from this book. It is obvious that the authors know what they are talking about and know how to convey the information to their readers in a way that is easily grasped. I can't recommend this book highly enough! Get it and be safe! 5 Stars!!
Bohdi Sanders, award winning author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior