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Reality Based Personal Protection Paperback – December 30, 2005
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By the time I had gotten part way through the book I was tired of being bombarded with the phrase "The Jim Wagner Reality-Based.........." I found myself skipping entire sections because I was sick of reading that phrase repeated on almost every page and often attached to photos of the techniques too. If you left out "The Jim Wagner..." stuff the book would only be half as thick. Enough already! The guy's name is on the cover I know who wrote it. How often does he feel he needs to remind the reader? In the end I do not feel like I learned any new techniques from this book and I felt an overwhelming desire to retreat to the dojo and do some kata.
But, this does lead to the one problem I have with the book. It constantly bashes other martial arts training. I will grant you that some, many, most if you want, martial arts schools don't teach the nitty-gritty "what is really going to happen to you" kind of stuff that Mr. Wagner is presenting here and in his courses. However, they can't possibly be as big a waste of time as he represents especially when you consider his own background in those same martial arts.
Once you get past that single issue, this is a fantastic and informative read. I've been especially impressed with how his knife disarms work. I've been trying them out with my own training and I'm seeing an improvement in an area where I was weak. You may or may not agree with some of his techniques, but his training methods are based on established approaches taken by the military and police all over the world.Read more ›
A couple hang ups like others have stated in their reviews, such as bashing long term martial arts training when he did it himself. That seems to be the norm these days with self proclaimed modern system creators and instructors.
The one thing that bothers me is looking at his resume, he hasn't stayed at anyone one agency or department long enough to have gotten that much expertise in a particular field.
Not saying he hasn't trained with some greats and markets himself way too much, but honestly doesn't have a whole lot of real world experience to back up his claims or concepts.
The author discusses his own traditional martial art background as part of the genesis of his system, but then spends a lot of time stating how his system is better than those traditional arts. I will agree with Wagner to a point. It really depends on why a person is training, and who the instructor is. Yes, I am familiar with some "traditional" schools that have black belt students that would not fare well in an actual fight. I also know "traditional" instructors that have students that will hold their own with any training out there. So it just depends. I do believe if all you want to know is how to fight or defend yourself, training such as Wagner's program, or that such as Kelly McCann teaches (McCann is one of my favorite instructors) focuses on that one thing, defending yourself. Many martial art programs have different focuses, and therefore they have other benefits besides just learning to fight. Again, it depends on the goals of training.
With that said, let's look at Wagner's book. At the beginning he provides some background and history of his work and training. Some of this I knew, some I was not familiar with. Wagner does have an impressive resume.
Chapter One: Knowledge Domain: The Foundation of the System.Read more ›
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Excellent Material covered in this book, tells you how to start training for realism!!Published 22 months ago by Gene P
Cut and dry, no-nonsense, in your face reality. If you are looking for someone in the know, then this is the book for you. Mr. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Jeffery K Emerson
I was looking at picking up some of Wagner's materials, and initially thought he had a pretty solid background. Unfortunately, the more I dug the more weird stuff popped up... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by PatrickBush
The author is a well-known police and military trainer. He coined the the term "Reality-Based Training" when he began his Black Belt column several years ago. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by Joseph J. Truncale