- Paperback: 129 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580623409
- ISBN-13: 978-1580623407
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Self Defense For Women Paperback – August 1, 2000
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The book is skillfully set up, divided into six well-labelled sections including How to Fall, How to Avoid Weapons, How to Break a Hold and others. The well tested techniques are painstakingly explained, with exercises to practice, suggestions (and cautions) all the way through. The illustrations are clear and suitable placed to aid in practicing the exercises. Throughout Ms. Pennell stresses, however that "self defense is not about being big and strong. It is about getting correct information to your brain so that you can be effective." Her big message is Get Home Safely and in this easy to follow book, she shows you how to do that.
A big plus, and different from other self help manuals, is that she is literate and she gives her audience credit for intelligence as well, throwing in terms like "counter intuitive" and "cranium" (as well as a fair sprinkling of "nuts"). She writes as she talks, in an informal yet extremely helpful manner. She has years of experience, but she is not Ms. Bodybuilder, so her basic techniques, exercises and encouragement go a long way to give people like me, Ms. Average, the confidence to believe that with practice (practice, practice!), we too can learn the ability to defend ourselves from "the Bad Guy."
I gave it to my best friend, she keeps it with her cookbooks. After a case of beer, her husband wont take NO for an answer and screaming would only wake the kids, the only neighbors are half a mile away anyway. He doesn't do it every night and they're in therapy so she's not ready to leave him yet. Before I gave her this book, her husband would assault her and sleep it off. He would wake up with no memory of what happened the next day and she would wake up with bruises in places you can't imagine. Now that she has the instructions to get out of almost every grab and the leverage information vital for a 5'1" 95 pound woman to effectively perform a hip throw, her husband is the one who wakes up with the bruises the next day. The only memory left from the night before is hers, as always, but it's finally a memory that she can live with, at least for now.
This book may have saved my friends life, and the way it was written makes any survivor of assault(man or woman) feel less alone and definitely more empowered than a cold textbook ever could. Thank you Liz, and thank you "kara'te".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read Mrs. Pennell's book and i must say that I am honored to own it. I feel that this book gives women the confidence to walk the streets again, and be self-confident. Read morePublished on February 12, 2003 by Joe
Allow me to preface my comments by saying that I'm an attorney and that I've been practicing kara-te for 13 years. Read morePublished on February 5, 2003 by Patrick Perfetti
A quick glance at this hilarious book's contents is the first tip-off: "Hello, Floor" is the heading for Lesson Two, "Yeowch!" for Lesson Three. Read morePublished on August 29, 2000