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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

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Explores the complexity of violence, critical thinking, and the mind of the predator. This title offers martial arts training guidance and resources, and discusses how to overcome personal fears, and how to deal with the aftermath of violent encounters.

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Que l'absence de traduction française ne vous rebute pas : ce livre est facile d'accès pour un niveau moyen (vocabulaire, style). Je l'ai acheté après avoir lu les commentaires élogieux sur Amazon.com et franchement je suis du même avis que les lecteurs américains. Ce livre vous fera changer de vision sur la violence et les moyens de s'en protéger. L'auteur l'aborde sous ses aspects contextuels ( la violence arrive la plupart du temps dans des lieux et avec des personnes bien précises : il faut éviter la conjonction une victime + un agresseur + le contexte favorable), psychologiques (une agression est un choc considérable qui va déclencher tout un tas de mécanismes et de réactions précises auxquelles il faut se préparer)et biologiques (le push d'adrenaline, la paralysie, etc).
Les sports de combats, absolument tous, ne sont que des sports et rien d'autre. Dans le contexte d'une vraie agression ils sont d'un intérêt limité et parfois même nuisibles (refus de certaines techniques "interdites"). L'essentiel est d'être en bonne forme physique, d'anticiper et prévoir (fuir le danger est la solution la plus raisonnable et logique)et lorsque l'affrontement est inévitable, en prendre conscience et frapper de manière totalement décisive. Personne ne peut savoir quand (si jamais cela arrive) il sera confronté à une situation impliquant une intervention physique. Lorsque elle se produit, nous ne sommes la plupart du temps pas prêt physiquement et moralement et souvent sous le coup de la surprise.
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HASH(0x8d0bc978) étoiles sur 5 Civilian and non-martial artist..... 22 juin 2008
Par Melissa Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I highly recommend this book to anyone. As a civilian who dabbled sparingly in martial arts most recently over a decade ago, I am in no way an expert in anything that is contained in this book except for the fact that I have been a victim of violent crime. Any one of us could be the next victim of violence and the ideas that Sgt. Miller proposes on preparing yourself to survive assault should be basic lessons for anyone wanting to learn self-defense. Being aware of your surroundings, knowing your E&E routes, understanding that if someone hits you, you will freeze, and understanding that to an assaulter, you are just a piece of meat standing between what he wants and you have. These lessons are important, and in all the self-defense classes for women I've seen, only the first of that list has even been mentioned.

Sections 3 and 4 were enlightening into a realm of human experience I am profoundly grateful that I do not have to deal with or even think about for a vast majority of my life. I am very grateful to the small group of individuals who deal with the criminal aspect of our society and create that opaque veil that shields us from ever having to deal with the thought of humans enjoying hurting and killing others of their species. Law and Policy Makers should really read this section and try to understand it. Then ask the question: Are we making our society better with our incarceration system?

Finally, on a very personal note I found Section 6 to be insightful for its practical look at the problems of training. I am one of those survivor-students that looked for an Instructor to teach me how to never be raped again. I tried Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate and finally Jiu-Jitsu trying to find an instructor that could give me that peace of mind. Sgt. Miller articulates why I couldn't find what I sought quite nicely in section 6. I never found anyone that I could trust in a MA Instructor, and turned to Counseling instead, where I found the peace I needed to rewrite my "self-story".
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HASH(0x8cd4f1ec) étoiles sur 5 Illuminating; a True "Must Read" 20 juillet 2008
Par L. A. Kane - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
At the beginning of this exceptional book is a black and white photograph of a bathroom with a swirl of sticky-looking muck on the floor and a few little droplets splattered across the side of the toilet. Since there is no color it takes a moment to realize what you are looking at, but this mess is clearly human blood, a LOT of human blood. You don't know what happened but it was obviously something awful. A slowly drying pool of blood is not what one might expect to find at the beginning of a typical martial arts book, but then again real-life violence is not a subject that martial artists typically understand or write about.

Like a pool of blood, violence is a very sobering subject; one that must be treated seriously in order to do any good. Meditations on Violence certainly fits that bill. It is a refreshingly frank, honest, and in-depth assessment that teaches readers how to think critically about the subject, determine how to evaluate sources of knowledge, and understand how to identify strategies and select tactics to deal with violence effectively.

As a corrections officer and tactical team leader Miller regularly tangles with hard-core predators. He describes his job this way: "I beat people up for a living. I can pretty the phrase up a lot, but in the end I get paid (and paid well) to go into a situation, usually alone and usually outnumbered by sixty or more criminals, and maintain order."

This is a guy who routinely survives brutal encounters that would leave the average person physically and emotionally shattered. Unlike most martial arts instructors, he has first-hand experience that separates longstanding myths and heroic fantasies from merciless reality. Using interesting personal vignettes backed up by solid research and indisputable logic he conveys this hard-earned wisdom in a highly effective manner. His insights on how to make self-defense work and overcome subconscious resistance to meeting violence with violence could very well save a reader's life one day.

While the author's no-nonsense tone can be a bit "street" and his examples a bit graphic at times, his psychology degree shines throughout the writing as well. This combination makes for a fascinating read. One of the best features of the book is an informative matrix that addresses various types of violence, demonstrating how they differ from each other and how the lessons from one type may not apply to the needs of another. Other important topics include the dynamics of violence, predator mindset, adapting training to the realities of violence, making physical defense work, and the after-effects a sudden assault or long-term exposure to a violent environment.

Miller's book is extraordinarily well written. Packed with interesting, informative and, most importantly, useful information, Meditations on Violence should be required reading for all serious martial artists, law enforcement officers, security professionals, and anyone else who might have to deal with violence in some capacity. It is illuminating and very likely lifesaving as well.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among other titles

Note: This review originally appeared in the July/August issue of ForeWord Magazine.
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HASH(0x8c94866c) étoiles sur 5 devastates the dojo fantasy 24 juin 2008
Par Chowderhead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I'd always had a nagging feeling about my martial arts training; though there was no question it was good for my health, I was never too sure it was really relevant to self defense. The scenarios we practiced had nothing in common with the (few) *actual* violent encounters I had witnessed, which were short, brutish, and entirely unfair. (And for some reason didn't involve "Needle to Sea Bottom" or a Gracie-esque arm bar.) Since I live a pretty staid life, my training never gets tested.

Which is unlike the author of this book -- a jail guard involved in physical confrontations on a near daily basis. In this book Rory Miller pretty much devastates the notion that what goes on in most martial arts classes has anything in common with the fights and strategies he's observed in his work. He details types of confrontations, the people likely to be involved in them, and strategies they're using, and the often critical flaws in the way students are "prepared" for them by movies or the dojo.

As such, this is pretty much required reading for anyone taking or teaching martial arts for self-defense.

He doesn't offer a specific training program as a solution -- which is kind of the point. He's asking the reader to chew on the facts, not the fantasies. Fights aren't likely to be fair, or resemble sparring sessions. But they do have predictable participants, patterns and dynamics -- from the "Group Monkey Dance" to the "permission" that people give themselves to go on or give up.

It's a very particular reality he's describing; the book is pretty much a straight download from the author's life and brain. Though some academic or journalistic perspective (stats, references, etc) would have strengthened the thesis a little, the personal mode gives the book a direct style that's somehow authoritative and modest at the same time. There's a real clarity of effort here that reminded me of The Book of Five Rings (Shambhala Classics) -- with a bit of analogy and personal poetry replacing Musashi's occasional lapses into secrecy and obscurity. Miller is able to deliver a parable (say, about blind men and an elephant) or a personal revelation without belaboring it.

That style might be the most interesting aspect of the book for a reader like me -- who wants a good read as much as good info. Though Miller (uncharacteristically) pulls a punch in the very last paragraph of the book, there's a voice here I want to hear a lot more from -- even, or maybe especially, if it has nothing to do with spilt blood.
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HASH(0x8c8bd27c) étoiles sur 5 Dance, Monkey, dance . . . 14 août 2008
Par Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
First, let me begin by stating that this treatise on the reality of violence is absolutely brilliant . . . but it is certainly not an entry level text. "Safe in the City" by MacYoung and "Gift of Fear" by deBecker are for folks who've lived safe sheltered lives, and point fingers at potential threats and discuss the importance of intuition. "Violence, Blunders and Fractured Jaws" by MacYoung is an intermediate level text for beginning martial arts students about Advanced Awareness and Street Sociology. "Meditatons on Violence", however, seems directed more towards those who already have extensive professional experience with real world violent encounters: police, paramedics, security, bouncers, couriers, etc.

In it, Miller has coined a new term certain to find permanent placement in the martial lexicon . . . "monkey dance." This is a surprisingly complex subject, but in short it refers to a display of dominance by lesser evolved primates who tend to frequent certain drinking establishments. A completely separate concept, "group money dance", refers to a type of xenophobic mob mentality in which the level of violence against an "outsider" rapidly increases ritualistically (read as: "torture murder") in a dysfunctional attempt to build group cohesion and increase morale. Mister Miller's observations are quite astute, as he's made connections that many of us seem to have somehow missed. It's much clearer now.

"Meditations" goes far beyond that, though. This is advanced level instruction in easy to understand language. No questionable techniques or tactics -- this book is primarily about awareness and mindset -- and there are a LOT of things you need to be made aware of, as you likely wouldn't figure some of these subtleties out on your own until after the fact. I was amazed by the quality of instruction imparted herein.

Thank you for sharing what you've learned, Rory . . . I am certain that you'll save a number of lives by making these observations of predatory behaviors widely available. This book gets my highest recommendation.
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HASH(0x8ccefbe4) étoiles sur 5 Rory Miller and the place where Angels fear to tread 4 août 2008
Par darrell simon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Rory Miller has written a gem of a little book about a difficult subject. The subject of violence does not have to be personal... but when it is the reality is more apparent. To his credit Sgt Miller is never afraid to remind us the toll it takes to go into this proverbial heart of darkness and try to make sense out of something that is capricious, seemingly random, and guaranteed to create life changing events whenever it strikes. This is one feature of this book that makes it special.

Don't expect a pleasant feel good rehab book from Rory Miller. To Miller the violent offender is a predator, not interested in a contest of skill, in being rehabilitated, or in being good/redemption. If Miller were a more bookish sort (he is an avid reader by his own admission)this reviewer could picture him giving psychoanalytical details of how the predator reasons things out. But Miller is a reductionist in this respect, or, more acurately he is a behavorist. The behavoir of a predator will continue unabbated as long as the behavoir gets the predator meat, goods, or whatever the predator desires. When a predator goes to jail, for example, they learn how to be a predator in jail, they do not change. It is worth mentioning that Miller has no axe to grind, his views on this subject are credible when he says they derive from his experience... I believe him.

Sgt Miller's treatment of violence is, while being a series of aphormisms in many respects, actually quite exhaustive. My one critiscism of the book is that Sarge (as his friends call him) really could tell us more. I felt like the content & length of the book and the capacity of the author, suggest that a lot more could have been written. And I have to ask: why not?

Miller wants to stick to a thesis that violence is essentially so random a set of behavoirs that no one can prepare for a generic violent encounter. For example, to Miller the violence we encounter in a bar is different than the strategy of violence employed by a felon in a prison environment. Miller goes to great lengths to prove this point by focusing on predator behavoirs in different scenerios. His point is well taken. In essence we are always reacting to what the violent instigator is setting in motion. AS a martial artist this puts us behind, trying to play catch up. Need one state the obvious here? this is dangerous! For example (my example) when somoene suddenly draws a knife to cut me, having no previous knowledge of that knife being drawn makes me have to react suddenly to the attack.

Miller then describes the dynamics of violence and how we are mislead in how we think we know the nature of a violent action. His point is at least twofold: politically he intimates that we are taken in by nonsense that violence and predatory behavoir can change. Socially we are led to believe that martial arts scenerios will allow us to deal with this type of behavoir once encountered. He gives a great example of putting an armbar on a fellow and telling his friend "move towards me and I will break his arm" only to have the other fellow move in and kick him in the head a few times. Sure in martial arts class this strategy works every time. On the street there is no reason to believe that A) the two guys who attack you care enough about each other to stop attacking cause you might break an arm on one guy. B)That a strategy of stopping the attack when threatened is consistant with the predators aims in this situation. The reality is that once the victim is selected, the attack is carried out until the victim is victimized, the predator being injured is, under these conditions, hardly a deterrent.

But Sarge's point is not merely this point, a point which many others in the field of scenerio training in self protection have made before him. Certainly it is true that we fight the way we train and fight best in the environment we train in, for fighting. Sarge wants to go farther and warn us that we have to be sensative to our own learning curve and have trust in how we learn to deal effectively with specific violent encounters. Again, a great example is when Sarge's friend handles a felon with a type of technique that a martial artist (with no experience) says is the wrong technique. Sarge dismisses this martial artist to his friend and asks his friend "who deals and has experience with this attack?" Sarge's point should be a maxim for all martial artists: learn what works for you and use it. Fighting for your life is not a popularity contest.

Points like this, and the depth that is suggested by Sarge when he wants to go there, make this book unique. Sarge has the experience, the knowledge and the perseverance to see a connection to the warrior traditions that institutionalized violence such as the classical fighting men of Japan, and to put the skill needed to face this task unflinching, in a modern context. I can also attest to some of his recommendations. For example, acting crazy or behaving in a way that is unpredictable and changes the "script" of the victimizer is very effective for causing hesitation in the antagonist.

And all those maxims about fighting? The last time I was bouncing I turned my head to avoid a punch and let this turn allow me to whip around into a technique that dropped my anatagonist... point being: so much for the maxim "never turn your head on an opponent." And so much for other such absolutes which Sarge might well say are all nonsense.

I recommend this book heartily to anyone with an interest in dealing with violence, martial arts as it applies to violence, or as a critique regarding what is wrong with how we prepare to deal with violent behavior in our society. This book is good for the specialist who knows it all (ahem!!) or the novice who wants to understand a set of behavoirs that are hard wired in our bodies and brains. Just recently a man was beheaded on a Greyhound bus in Canada.... My point is that Violence is unpleasant to deal with and I am sure nobody on that bus wanted to deal with that situation, but as this situation illustrates, violence will not go away and whether we like it or not we have to deal with it.
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