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Facing Violence

Preparing for the Unexpected
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Rory Miller's Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected includes seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching complete. These elements are: legal and ethical implications, violence dynamics, avoidance, counter-ambush, breaking the freeze, the fight itself, and the aftermath. Training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.

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Another cold clear dose of reality from Sgt Miller

As a former practitioner of a martial art it's nice to have some of your assumptions confirmed by someone who's been there and returned.

However, Rory Miller goes beyond the fighting to show just what a small part physical skills play when thinking about your personal safety and the predators you may come in contact with.

A great read and sage advice and as ever he raises lots more questions to ponder on.

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Great listen

great listen but missing some parts of violence and some more details and insight. but overall still very good and worth a listen.

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comprehensive

This book acknowledges the reality of interpersonal violence, different strategies for avoiding it and perspectives on violence if it can't be avoided. The book's chapters are arranged in chronological order from the lead up to the fight, the fight itself and, the aftermath. The legal advice sections are US based and the specifics won't apply elsewhere but much of the advice is still worthwhile when dealing with the authorities.

This isn't a book of techniques but does provide a necessary reality check for folks who think proficiency in their chosen martial art, no matter how realism based they claim to be, will by itself see them good in a violent confrontation. Definitely a book for anyone, martial artist or not, who has ever been in or imagined themselves to be at risk of violence.

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Based in US but the main message relevant to everywhere

Any law advice given is based in US law but the overall messages and the thought processes behind them are relevant the whole world over.
Reader does a good job of bringing the text to life.

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Awesome

Fantastic book ,Rory Miller shares his experience based knowledge to provide an insight into avoiding violence, dealing with violence and the physical and psychological affects of violence . Highly recommended

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  • He Zhensen
  • 07-09-17

This book fills in the pieces that are missing.

one of the best martial arts books ive ever read. The author covers a considerable amount of ground very concisely. i was very impressed and impacted.

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  • Daniel
  • 17-07-17

Quality information

This is a good book, written by a professional. I recommend this book! Listen at least twice.

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  • Michael H Swain
  • 06-01-18

Very informative

This book educates the reader in an area seldom examined. “Why using violence is rarely the best choice to deter violence.” Instead of spending valuable time and money learning how to inflict injury on another human being, the only guaranteed life saving method is to learn how to avoid violent people and dangerous situations.

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  • CEB
  • 27-08-18

Has some good information

There are things here that normal, average people can benefit from, advice on situational awareness, and some candid talk on the strengths and weeknesses of martial arts. The book really has to be read in print to get the most out of it, however.

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  • K.J. Scott
  • 05-04-18

Extremely important info

Miller’s book provides a great overview on the types of violence and includes important distinctions that other authors tend to overlook.

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  • Yossi
  • 29-08-17

Excellent! Thought-provoking and insightful

It is a perfect beginning for getting ready to face violence, which as you learn in the book is much much more than training in martial arts. Both content and the narrator are excellent. The whole is written and read in a matter-of-fact no-nonsense manner, with clear-cut insightful observations. I highly recommend it

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  • Lisa
  • 30-06-18

Everyone needs to listen to this book.

When I state "everyone", this means from late teens, adults, male and female.
This book is an eye opener and painfully true.
If you feel you are a person able to defend yourself in any situation, hang tight and be prepare to find out how little you are actually prepared.
This books takes you from recognizing a situation, how to avoid a situation, as well as potential aftermath of a situation that most people are completely unaware.

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  • Greg Wit
  • 11-03-20

Nice book.

A lot of good info. Makes you realize how the bad guys can use the system to get you in trouble. it's better to run, then fight sometimes

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  • sgrisafi
  • 10-03-20

Worth it

A lot information to digest. I was somewhat John Wayne when I started to listen to the book.
Not bad I will re listen to this book , some information was slow to listen to but worth re listening to get understanding of what to expect.

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  • alee2012
  • 27-02-20

Loved it

Great book. Good info. He knows what he's talking about. I would definitely recommend it.