Watch My Back Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : September 6, 2011
- File Size : 3524 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 608 pages
- Publisher : Summersdale Publishers Ltd (September 6, 2011)
- ASIN : B005LR7IF2
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,285 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thompson explains first and foremost what fear really is and why we as people have it. He then explains how "he" learned (and he explains how) h ow to control his fear and how he learned how to channel it to make fear work for him which turned him into a formidable foe you didn't want to contend with--which included masking his fear so no one would have ever known he had fear in him to begin with. Truly powerful stuff. Good read and thank you Geoff Thompson---I will meet you one day.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm currently training in a weapons based martial arts system and my grand master and instructors recommend this book (they know the author personally, so they know he is writing from experience and not from fantasy land) - the book is probably as useful as the techniques I've learning to be honest. It's a good sotry to read, but as you read it you learn a lot about the mentality and reality of what a doorman's life is like, as well as how and why street-thugs and bullies act like they do.
It delivers a riveting tale of redemption, from a guy who liked violence for the sake of it through to somone who wants to make the world a better place. It also explains the tough reality of the consequences of violence too - I've met plenty of people who reckon they would "smash and kill" anyone who steps to them, but back down when they are in a confrontation. This book explains so much about the fighter, and the bully, mentality, that it is given me a whole new viewpoint on the importance of street awareness - as well as why bouncers act the way they do when there has been a disagreement (I never used to understand why doormen were still aggressive after seeing people calm down in a pub disagrement, now I completely understand why and what they are thinking).
I'm not tough by a long shot, nor am I a fighter, but this book has been an entertaining, and informative (at some times horribly informative) realistic story of how nasty things can get, and why violence is rarely a good solution.
Invaluable to anyone seeking to be knowledgeable on conflict resolution, avoidance and the realities of fighting.
It was an experience that I and my Son enjoyed enormously. Geoff' ' and his family are delightful people, and I would not have missed meeting them for the world.
The training Nick received from Geoff' was invaluable to his development as a Martial Artist ( he is now. 5th Dan Karate Instructor. ) but much more than instruction in the Martial Arts, Nick took away from the experience of meeting Geoff' a knowledge of people and the need to be aware of their potential for causing harm through violence. The overriding message I gained, merely through being a spectator to those being trained, was the need for EVERYONE to be " switched on " and to be alert to the interactions of people around them.
So far as this book " Watch my back " concerned it is a terrific read - I have read it several times, and enjoyed it every time; in it Geoff' leads the reader to understand the knife edge that " Men on the door - Bouncers for want of a better word " walk each and every time they confront violent men ( and women ) , and one cannot but agree with Geoff's final , that life had more to offer him than violent confrontation after violent confrontation, this book and all Geoff's other successes are his proof.
It has been several years since I last spoke to Geoff' but I have not forgotten his kindness nor the courteous way he conducted himself, notwithstanding his past connection with violence he is a true gentleman.
I wish him and all his loved ones a safe and happy future.
PS .I have read other books written books written by Mr Thompson and I have yet to read one I didn't enjoy.
I laughed at some of his funny stories, wondered how he survived some altercations.
Definitely a great read.