Monday, September 15, 2008

Kane's Surviving Armed Assaults

Surviving Armed Assaults by Lawrence A. Kane is a book well worth reading if you are interested in the self-defense potential of your martial art. This is one of several very good martial arts books that I have read on this topic, including Rory Miller's Meditations on Violence and Sammy Franco's When Seconds Count, but Surviving Armed Assaults is, at the same time, both more focused and more comprehensive than these other books.
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Did I say comprehensive? I meant encyclopedic! Stretching to 315 pages, this book covers everything from awareness, avoidance, and de-escalation (my favorite chapters), to the use of countervailing force, nine rules to live by, and how to survive the medical and legal aftermath of armed violence.
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I can sum up this review by saying this book represents an extremely informative and down-to-earth look at some aspects of violence that you might not cover much (or correctly) in your martial art. You owe it to yourself to get a copy of this book and think about the concepts and ideas within it - especially if you want to think that your martial art deals with weapons.
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This is another book, like Meditations on Violence, that is definitely going to deserve more than one review post, so stay tuned in the next couple of days for a more detailed look at some of the ideas in the book.

2 comments:

  1. I think I'll read this one. I'm reading another book by Lawrence Kane (and Kris Wilder) called "The Way to Black Belt", which has been good for training motivation. I look forward to reading this one too!

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  2. I've read these books and they are very good. I agree the latter is a little wordy. They all seemed to be backed up by good research and that's what makes them worth wild.

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