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TIM LARKIN is a self-protection expert and author of How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life. He was named Black Belt magazine's 2011 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year. Over the last 20 years his company, Target Focus Training, has trained more than 48,000 people in more than 52 countries. He lives in Las Vegas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 8/25/13 edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613587
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Avraham Sonenthal on September 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Tim Larkin is completely right in what he says about self defense. However, this book is not ready for primetime and will be of limited use to any woman. Here is why:

1. No illustrations. Not one. Zero zip nada (except for one meaningless lame one).
2. No list of targets with photos of how to attack them.
3. A very lame and badly written section on microexpressions, with an incorrect and useless description of contempt.

This book needs to be rewritten with generous illustrations and photos that show how a woman should attack various targets, and the section on body language and microexpressions should be rewritten by someone who knows what they are talking about.

Not ready for distribution just quite yet imho.
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This book gets its length from the repetitive nature of the author. He repeats ideas and full sentences (even paragraphs!), but never says anything helpful. He also spends a lot of time trying to convince someone (presumably the women reading the book) that violence is acceptable if it's an attacker or you (the woman). As someone (a woman) who accepts this without question, I found this repeated information tedious.

Most importantly, the book contains no useful information. The strike information is very basic and, to me, common sense. It would have been a useful book if the author had jumped right in with actual information and included diagrams or pictures. As it is, the book was both a waste of money and of time.
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Endure a lot of pyscho-hype about why you need the right mind set and why there is a real need for the ability to defend yourself with aggressive violence without providing the nuts and bolts of that capacity...as suggested in the hyped up cover page. Oh! You want the know-how, the inside track...coming soon to a training seminar not close to you; or you can spend more for additional DVDs and training manuals, etc.
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I am in agreement with the reviewers who gave this book one star. It's very repetitive and never gives concrete information you need to defend yourself (what ARE the 70 vulnerable points mentioned). I am giving it two stars though for the revolutionary idea it does contain. Larkin's basic theory that you have to attack first, attack hard and keep attacking makes so much sense and gives me another mindset for surviving attack. However, since he doesn't tell me specifically how to do so, I can only give it 2 stars.
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I have daughters and several nieces - I bought everyone of them a copy of this book. Even if it did nothing more than help them become more attentive to their instincts and raise their situational awareness it would be well worth the price. But the key here is that Tim Larkin provides much more. He gives practical, uncomplicated strategies and specific steps to respond to threats and raise the chances that a woman will avoid an attack, and if threatened or attacked, SURVIVE. But this is not just about "surviving, holding-on, making-do," it is about seizing initiative, taking control, being confident, and resisting with all the resources a human can muster. That is what makes this book distinctly different. Larkin moves away from the go-along-to-get-along approach many others support to instill a sense of taking simple, decisive, and powerful action that any person can use to reduce their risk of injury or death and stop an aggressor. This book is a bargain, and I encourage you to buy it, read it, and learn from it!
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I found his insight into how and why women react to violence very interesting, and eye opening! He uses real examples of people being attacked and why their reactions were successful or not. He covers to great lengths how women are told not to fight back, to go along with their attacker so they won’t be injured. I remember being told that in college, fighting might get you injured. Apparently, the campus powers that be did not think rape was injurious. I’m sure that stance contributed to the rampant rapes that were occurring at that time! I can only wonder how fewer rapes there would have been if some of the rapists had their knees shattered and their eyes gouged out as the author suggests. Women are easy prey, weaker, usually preoccupied while out and about. What he advocates is something anyone, weak, young, or old, can do to an attacker. The idea is to be the aggressor, match viciousness for viciousness. If you are attacked, go on the offensive! Do whatever it takes to be able to walk away and survive! The ideas is also to avoid situations that put you in danger. Know the difference between someone being obnoxious and throwing a lot of bravado and one who means to do you actual violent harm. The author takes great care in defining the difference. If you are going to use deadly force, or seriously maim someone, you better be sure that you felt your very life was in danger!
What I felt was lacking in the book was explicit instructions on what to target on an attacker to stop the onslaught. He mentions 70 vulnerabilities, but a chart showing them would be very helpful!
I pray I never have to defend myself. I try to be very aware of my environment. I keep an eye out around me and around my vehicle. I made up my mind years ago that I would not just go along with an attacker.
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