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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.

©2011 Rory Miller (P)2017 Tantor

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

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Insightful book on violence

This book takes you through the process of facing danger and I found it amazing the intertwining of personal experience with actions that all of us can take. Hard to put down

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  • Tarlac, Philippines
  • 08-27-18

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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Great book and layout was effective

I really enjoyed what this book offered. It opened my eyes to multiple aspects on my violence. most importantly the aftermath.

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Going to listen to it again very soon.

A great work for the working professional and civilian alike. I highly recommend a listen.

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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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A must read!

violence can happen anywhere anytime. ignoring the fact does not make it less true. It is better to prepare and this book is a great tool in doing so.

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  • James C Thompson
  • 02-20-18

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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  • Sonay
  • 05-11-18

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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  • Mark W
  • 02-28-18

Good book

I enjoyed the book, skip the first chapter it’s American legal stuff, but after that there is at least 7 hours of decent material that gets progressively better