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The Ultimate Guide to Weapon Use and Defense Paperback – April 21, 2016
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What would you do if you were threatened by an attacker armed with a gun, knife, or stick? Many martial arts promise answers that will fail in the chaos of a real assault. The Ultimate Guide to Weapon Use and Defense is based on the revolutionary 4 Step Matrix, a universally applicable training and fighting system designed specifically for contact weapons. It is filled with 250 pages and more than 800 images of the most efficient and effective techniques, training methods, and strategies to defend yourself against armed attacks.
In addition to learning proven unarmed defense techniques against gun, knife, and stick attacks, you will also learn how to use weapons in various self defense scenarios. When confronted by armed attackers, the skillful use of a weapon will dramatically increase your odds. The Ultimate Guide to Weapon Use and Defense will teach you how to use a wide range of weapons, including everyday objects.
Expert Skills In Easy To Follow Steps
The Ultimate Guide to Weapon Use and Defense is the result of more than 20 years of teaching and training a great variety of students, from law-enforcement and expert martial artists to average citizens with no training at all. It provides an easy-to-follow approach regardless of your level of experience.
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 21, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1530974305
- ISBN-13 : 978-1530974306
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.57 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,032,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,731 in Martial Arts (Books)
- #31,983 in Exercise & Fitness (Books)
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The Ultimate Guide to Weapon Use and Defense focuses directly on weapon defense, which was not really discussed in the first book. This book is excellent by itself and introduces the reader to the use of a stick in order to drill in movement patterns and attack angles. It covers knife defense in a realistic fashion, there are no matrix-like moves here, and gives you a realistic idea of what to expect in such an encounter. Now, it doesn't replace live instruction of course, however for those who might not be in the position to take a martial arts or self-defense class, you can grab a partner who is willing to train and practice the techniques outlined inside. Many of the techniques are simple and easy to learn, yet will take a long time to get really good at. You can tell that Mr. Erath has spent a good deal of time training and figuring out what will actually work and what is just pure nonsense. He is committed to helping people realistically and functionally learn to defend themselves. Buy the book, you won't regret it.
David's hard won experience of what really works and doesn't work against a truly resisting opponent is truly priceless. The material is neither overly simplistic nor excessively complex. It's realistic about what it takes to win. What's attracted me to David's work and has kept me with it, is his real world genius at boiling down the complex and abstract aspects of fighting, into straight forward goal oriented strategy and technique which support each other every step of the way. In a very high stress situation, when your life is on the line and your adrenal glands are distorting your sense of time, the things David passes on in this book will still, be with you and you will cling to every one of them. "The 4 Step Matrix" is worth the price of the book alone. Never before have I felt so confident that I understood EXACTLY what I needed to prioritize and accomplish when I'm attacked by an armed opponent.
Not only can I understand and remember the clear concepts being delivered here, but I am also confident that they are effective. The first thing the book will tell you is that you must practice this stuff against a resisting opponent! By practice of this sort, your reactions will become instinctive and automatic, and the concepts will emerge as continually present, even when the real life fights become messy. There is so much valuable material here that it may be hard for some inexperienced in functional martial arts practice with an attacking and fully resisting opponent, to really recognize what's being handed to them. The book is dense with information but it doesn't really have the time to "sell" all that it is delivering, because it's just too busy delivering it point by point. In other words, "no fluff." The footwork by itself is extremely valuable and its value could easily be missed by those unfamiliar with how effective and advantageous triangular footwork of this sort is. The clear explanations of ranges of encounters and how to close ranges safely, the mental focus explained on how to face various types of opponents, and the explanations on how to practice techniques, are all excellent and more clear than I've ever found in any other book.
As someone who's studied martial arts for 20 years now, including some Karate as a youth and then later, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga, and Yong Chun Quan from my current Sifu, I can tell you that sorting out good techniques from bad ones takes a lot of work, time, experience, experimentation, and maturity. David has gone through this long process and has a very mature understanding of his subject matter.
This book offers pages of clear sequence photos that have painstakingly been put together to be clear in their explanations of the techniques covered, and I found all of it easy to follow with some dedication to the material. It starts off by laying a solid foundation with thorough explanations of footwork and basic stick fighting (the stick being symbolic of any number of common household items). Then the book progresses through to more complex stick fighting, other varieties of weapons, and into scenarios where more specific strategy is needed against specific weapons. The section on knives was excellent and sound headed from A to Z. I really appreciated this material as facing a knife is my greatest martial fear, having practiced against resisting opponents! Knife defense is very intense! Some martial artists have an obsession with knives but David's advise for defense against a knife is clear and extremely level headed. In topic after topic, the material is thorough, confident and dense, all the way through the book.
I anticipated the realease of this book and I was not disappointed. I will prize this book for years to come. I'm looking forward to putting it into some serious practice with my own students, as well as my Yong Chun Quan Sifu, who has taught me many very compatible and similar techniques to those David is covering. He will like this material a lot as well, and particular the knife material.