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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 fresh voice writing from the trenches on the realities of real fighting. Listen to him!” (Loren Christensen, 7th dan, Police Officer, author)
“One of the best books on self-protection ever written! Outstanding!” (Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan, World Combat Association Chief International Coach, author of Mental Strength, Throws for Strikers, and Karate's Grappling Methods)
“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, martial artist, author of Surviving Armed Assaults, co-author of The Little Black Book of Violence and Scaling Force)
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Martial art students who have never experienced real violence should absolutely read this book. I know from personal experience that things taught in many schools do not work in a real fight. Some of these things can and will get you hurt when used in the wrong situation. You should always be able to question the validity of what you practice.
Miller notes that he is speaking from his personal experience, which is largely with prison violence. My own experiences differ and I don't agree with everything he writes, there is still a lot to be gained on a general level and possibly applied to your own experiences, past or future.
The author, both a long-practicing martial artist and a veteran corrections officer, has extensive experience with violence in the controlled environments of the dojo and training halls, as well as in the chaotic realms of street ambushes and jailhouse brawls, and his purpose herein is to discuss how those types of violence differ significantly. He encourages the reader to be critical of what they are taught (including the author's own work), lays out some important basic facts about body chemistry, physiology and the psychological impacts of violence, and makes enough cogent points that there is valuable information within the book for everyone, no matter their experience, level of ability, or quality of instruction received.
With regard to the last, Mr. Miller's book, like a lot of what is written by Mark MacYoung, appear to be aimed at students who study in martial arts schools wherein critical thinking is unwelcome, where the skill of the instructor is never questioned, and where rigid custom may rule the day at the expense of practical application. Given the significant number of low-quality teachers in the world, there is undoubtedly great value in addressing these concerns. That said, there are also a significant number of wonderful instructors out there who teach martial arts with a strong emphasis on real world application and who have the street cred to back it up. Depending on the quality of instruction one has received, there will be either more or less material within "Meditations on Violence" that will be of value, but I feel confident that even the most experienced martial artist will come away with something positve. (For reference, I've been studying various forms of karate for more than 25 years and teaching for the last 12, and for me it was around the concept of "permission", as well as the systematic breakdown of ideas that lend themselves to structured thought for the purpose of instruction.)
The author's main point - that training is never the same as a real world attack - is unquestionably true - but where Mark MacYoung's (in my opinion) often haughty attitude sometimes comes across as anti-martial arts - which can be a barrier to getting people listen to the valuable points he often makes - Rory Miller's own position appears much more balanced. This is a solid, well-written addition to the library of any martial artist, and I recommend it highly.
Has more "That makes perfect sense" and "I never thought of it that way" than I can count. Has so many truths that any street cop, or violent criminal for that matter, will recognize. Does more to de-glamorize the perception of violence, the philosophy of what violence really is, than any other book I have ever read.
If you have an interest in the subject, you have to read this book. If you teach any kind of self defense or martial art, you are doing your students a disservice if you don't read this book. And likely falling behind the new wave of teaching philosophy that this book lays the foundation for.
I first bought this book three years ago, and lent it to an instructor friend and never got it back. (I am fine with that, it really needs to be read multiple times. I should probably buy and give out copies of it.) After he had read it, his grand master recommended it to him, and he was gratified to have already done so. It is definitely making the rounds in the advanced martial arts world.
I found the author's impressions and experiences credible, accessible, and a useful point of reference. Definitely a recommended read.