Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Violence is... Well, It is violent!

This is the second in a series of reviews of Rory Miller's excellent new book, Meditations on Violence. Check out my previous review, and by all means, get a copy of Meditations on Violenceto read and re-read.
Violence is, by its nature, violent. Rory puts forth this idea that should probably go without saying but it often doesn't so Rory spells it out for us.
By definition, violence happens...
  • closer than you are accustomed to dealing with
  • faster than you are accustomed to dealing with
  • more suddenly than you are accustomed to dealing with
  • and with greater force than you are accustomed to dealing with
In other words, violence is more violent than you think. If it were not, it would not be violent it would be merely uncomfortable or inconvenient. The implications of this statement to your martial art could fill a book. Actually it did fill a book - Rory Miller's Meditations on Violence.
Highly recommended for all martial artists interested in actual self-defense applicability of their art. Get your copy from my Amazon store:

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