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Police Kung Fu: The Personal Combat Handbook of the Taiwan National Police Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Man Kam Lo was born in China in 1937 and is a professor at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. A student of Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man, Sifu Lo is the chief instructor for several divisions of the Republic of China (Taiwan) police and self-defense forces. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest masters of applied Wing Chung kung fu. The translators, Bradley Temple, Nicholas Veitch, and John Kang, are all long-time students of Sifu Lo and have trained for several years with him in Taiwan.
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But very good if you do wing chun as it can possibly show you how to use it with weapon defences and restraint and control. Very good book on realistic combat though particularly as it details weapon defences.
It gives the reader or those who train in the above styles, some insight on possible direct & practical application of those styles. Or at least examples of how they can be applied more practically.
Aside from that, the book is a quick read but filled with plenty of step by step photos.
It would have been nicer if they showed some more knife defense scenarios with the attacker holding onto the defender at knife point, cornered, or up against the wall.
The same goes for the Unarmed Combat section: they could have included more defense situations vs various unarmed attacks (ie: kicks, bear hugs, tackles, multiple attackers, etc.).
Despite the lacking bits, all in all it's still a good read.
The principles are generally good, yet a few of the assumptions are suspect. For example, officers are taught to predict the type of attack a suspect will launch with a knife based on the type of blade used. The challenge with that approach is that most perpetrators are untrained individuals operating outside their normal mental state. In other words, an enraged, deranged, or otherwise unstable individual will act in unpredictable ways. Consequently focusing on the type of knife used is more often than not a waste of time, particularly when the knife-wielder is unlikely to know how to use it "properly" in the first place. And, anyone who has ever been assaulted by a knife knows that there is not much time for thinking anyway. The author does state to prepare for the unexpected because the bad guys rarely follow a script, but disassociation between these two concepts is a good example of a shortcoming in the text (which could easily be a result of the translation rather than a flaw in the original document).
There is a lot of good stuff in here about dealing with armed and unarmed assailants. Keep in mind that no book, no matter how well written, can ever be a substitute for competent hands-on training. Having said that, however, this really is an interesting tome.
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction