- Series: SAS
- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585740608
- ISBN-13: 978-1585740604
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The SAS Self-Defense Handbook: A Complete Guide to Unarmed Combat Techniques Paperback – April 1, 2000
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John "Lofty" Wiseman spent twenty-six years in the SAS, several of them as the chief survival instructor.
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Even though I do not agree with everything this book says when it comes to self-defense; nevertheless, it does have some very interesting and practical tips for anyone who is seeking information on safety and self-defense. This book is organized into two sections (Mental attitude and Self-Defense techniques) and eight chapters.
The first section has three chapters. Chapter one answers the question, “What is self-defense?” It covers mugging, sexually motivated attacks, domestic violence, confrontation, and the SAS and self-defense and self-defense and the law. The second chapter covers “positive thinking” factors such as the will to win, body language, being assertive and overcoming fear. The third chapter gives tips on how to spot trouble and focusing on being alert and aware at all times. The second section finally gets into the actual self-defense material. It covers learning self-defense, your body’s weapons, everyday items in self-defense, and target areas of the body and defense techniques.
As mentioned previously, this book has a lot of excellent advice, but some of the material may not apply to citizens of the U.S. where we happily have our 2nd amendment rights “To keep and Bear Arms.” I do like the illustrations which show more self-defense detail then photographs and most of the techniques shown are excellent.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems)
Now that I have kids I am more concerned with the possibility of carjacking or something equally horrible, and I don't carry a firearm, although sometimes I go through some really bad neighborhoods and I wish I did.
I felt that this book was well-written and an easy read. The illustrations are good, as well as the section about "spotting trouble". This book may seem remedial to anyone who has actual marital arts training, but I thought it was really good for me.
I only have one gripe. I felt that the font was BIG, almost like the author was trying to fill up space in some places. But I still think that it was worth the purchase price.
A small bit of inside information regarding The Regiment: Unlike the films, which portray every fighting soldier as 6'4" 280lbs, the average height and weight of a member of the SAS and The Parachute Regiment is 5'7" 150lbs, only showing that it is not size that determines a man or woman's strength but their Will to Survive, Endurance and Skill in unarmed combat that determine the outcome of any situation. My Instructor was a 5'2" 48y.o. man who had jumped with The Regiment in the jungles of Malaya (today Malaysia) and I feared him more than any of our oppenants during the war in Rhodesia!
To my fellow American Service Veterans whose reviews are listed and speak disparagingly of this book: "Get Buggered!" The Regiment pre-dates The Green Berets, DELTA and Navy SEALS by nearly 20 years and most of the techniques they were taught were offered by The Regiment to it's American Cousins during their formation. And we are still in close contact with these units to this day in the area of COIN Operations.
Those who Brag Don't Do. Those who Do Don't Brag! Who Dares Wins!
And finally, to all my Mates, those who have past and those of us who remain, "Peter sends his regards and he'll be seeing you soon."
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