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Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence

Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence

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By (author) Sgt. Rory Miller

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  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
  • Format: Paperback | 180 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Rochdale
  • ISBN 10: 1594391181
  • ISBN 13: 9781594391187
  • Illustrations note: Black and white photographs
  • Sales rank: 16,859

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Finalist - 2008 Book of the Year Award by Foreword MagazineFinalist - 2008 USA Best Book AwardA Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.Section Two examines how to think critically about violence, how to evaluate sources of knowledge and clearly explains the concepts of strategy and tactics.Sections Three and Four focus on the dynamics of violence itself and the predators who perpetuate it. Drawing on hundreds of encounters and thousands of hours spent with criminals Sgt. Miller explains the types of violence; how, where, when and why it develops; the effects of adrenaline; how criminals think, and even the effects of drugs and altered states of consciousness in a fight.Section Five centers on training for violence, and adapting your present training methods to that reality. It discusses the pros and cons of modern and ancient martial arts training and gives a unique insight into early Japanese kata as a military training method.Section Six is all about how to make self-defense work. Miller examines how to look at defense in a broader context, and how to overcome some of your own subconscious resistance to meeting violence with violence.The last section deals with the aftermath the cost of surviving sudden violence or violent environments, how it can change you for good or bad. It gives advice for supervisors and even for instructors on how to help a student/survivor. You ll even learn a bit about enlightenment.

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Miller, Rory |s In the course of a week almost everything in my biography is wrong. I'm no longer a tactical team leader, no longer a sergeant working for a corrections agency in the northwest. Just Rory Miller, citizen. Citizen on his way to Iraq.To teach what I have been doing for the last seventeen years in a new place, a new culture, with a new language barrier. I've been stuck for a couple of years wondering what the next steps were on my path. This looks like it. This will be very cool.

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By Roberto Aviles 04 Sep 2011 5

This is a must read for anyone who trains in Martial Arts or Self Defense.

I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read.

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Rory Miller has been studying martial arts since 1981. Though he started in competitive martial sports, earning college varsities in judo and fencing, he found his martial -- Rory Miller h Lawrence A. Kane, Pac-10 Stadium Security Supervisor Author of Surviving Armed Assaults Miller's insights could very well save your life one day. Rory Miller will wipe away any fantasy you have about fighting. -- Rory Miller will wipe away any fantasy you have Not only do I highly recommend this book, but it will be required reading for my students. -- Not only do I highly recommend this book, but it wil