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

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Some good information but too complex for real life

There is a good deal of information in this book some great and some very questionable. The problem with a lot of his deescalation tactics is there is too much complex engagement with the aggressor. Simpler is better. It is much better to recognize and leave a bad situation then to engage in discussions with potential adversaries. Sometimes you can’t get out and you must respond to the attack with a strong proportional response. This means maintain a stacked defense, including hands on, OC, pIstol, knife, backup gun and extra ammo magazines. Proportional is relative to the threat; an elderly person cannot be expected to go hands on with a much younger attacker, who could severely maim or kill the elderly person. In this case OC, escalating to armed response is proportional to the threat if egress is not feasible. Always beware of the secondary attack. If you have to fight you must hammer the aggressor(s) until the threat is stopped. Above all don’t start trouble with your words or actions. Understand where you are at all times.

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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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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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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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a great book for every martial artist

this book taught me a lot I did not know it will help me to be able to train others in the martial arts

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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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Good information

I finished Tim Larkins book, When Violence is the Answer and started this book. The two books compliment each other well.

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  • 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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  • 03-05-21

Highly recommended

Especially for martial arts teachers (to cascade to their students), young people feeling peer pressure from friends/family, frontline customer-facing staff, 'Hot-heads' looking to fight, security personnel, etc.

Explains the possible risks and various implications regarding use of force, including ways to avoid and de-escalate.

A brilliant book and so well narrated. i wish I'd have read this years ago.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-20

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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  • Rolie Jaye
  • 08-30-19

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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  • John
  • 09-29-18

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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  • 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

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