List Price: $24.95$17.95Michael Janich has trained SF vets, police and street fighters in the techniques of knife fighting for years. Now this highly successful, comprehensive instruction is available to the average soldier, martial artist or defense-minded citizen who is interested in developing the practical skills required for today's combative streets. Learn More
Total Defense - Grappling and Striking Defenses Against Common Street Attacks Book by Loren ChristensenList Price: $19.95$13.45Have you ever disarmed a knife wielding attacker? Been attacked by 2 or 3 thugs at the same time? Carjacked? Suckerpunched? Clubbed? Learn More
List Price: $21.95$14.80Following the interpretation of defensive moments within this modern mixed martial art over the last decade by some of the most influential instructors in the field, this detailed guide is the definitive companion for self-defense practitioners. Compiled from articles from the Black Belt magazine Learn More
List Price: $32.95$29.95The Complete Michael D. Echanis Collection is a comprehensive compilation of the highly popular three-volume Special Tactics series (Knife Fighting, Knife Throwing for Combat; Basic Stick Fighting for Combat; and Knife Self-Defense for Combat) from legendary soldier Michael D. Echanis. Since the series first hit the martial arts scene in 1977, Echanis' unique approach to hand-to-hand combat has revolutionized reality-based fighting.
Based on the ancient tactics of hwa rang do and the Hwarang warriors, The Complete Michael D. Echanis Collection combines close-quarters combat with lethal strategies, creating an essential read for the modern-day fighter. Tactics and techniques include why proper grip is essential when fighting with a weapon (knives, sticks, or canes), what techniques will disarm and control a potential attacker, how to develop ki power, and sentry stalking. Learn More
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List Price: $25.00$18.95This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching ‘complete.’ Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.
1. Legal and ethical implications. A student learning self-defense must learn force law. Otherwise it is possible to train to go to prison. Side by side with the legal rules, every student must explore his or her own ethical limitations. Most do not really know where this ethical line lies within them.
2. Violence dynamics. Self-defense must teach how attacks happen. Students must be able to recognize an attack before it happens and know what kind they are facing.
3. Avoidance. Students need to learn and practice not fighting. Learning includes escape and evasion, verbal de-escalation, and also pure-not-be there avoidance.
4. Counter-ambush. If the student didn’t see the precursors or couldn’t successfully avoid the encounter he or she will need a handful of actions trained to reflex level for a sudden violent attack.
5. Breaking the freeze. Freezing is almost universal in a sudden attack. Students must learn to recognize a freeze and break out of one.
6. The fight itself. Most martial arts and self-defense instructors concentrate their time right here. What is taught just needs to be in line with how violence happens in the world.
7. The aftermath. There are potential legal, psychological, and medical effects of engaging in violence no matter how justified. Advanced preparation is critical. Learn More
List Price: $15.95$10.95The average person isn’t looking to be in a situation where fists are going to fly,
but many of us have found ourselves there anyway. At that moment, it’s probably
too late to do anything about it. But how do we change circumstances so those
situations don’t happen? How Not to Get Hit is a book on personal safety for
people who don’t want to learn to fight, but do want to learn how to avoid those
situations where a fight is likely to develop. Learn More
List Price: $21.95$19.95In The Principles of Unarmed Combat, Black Belt Magazine columnist Mark Jacobs breaks down the essential skills of empty-handed martial arts. Whether you train to win in the ring or survive on the street, this book will show you why some fighting skills work and why some don’t. Plus you’ll learn how to troubleshoot problem areas in your training, no matter what style you practice. Learn More
Force Decisions: A Citizen's Guide. Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force Book by Rory MillerList Price: $24.95$18.95Cooperation, Compliance, Control.
In a free and peaceful society where so many have been taught that all violence is wrong, citizens are often confused and dismayed when officers use force, even when the force is perfectly lawful and justified.
This book allows you to ‘take’ a basic USE OF FORCE class just as if you were a rookie at the police academy. Below are some highlights of what is included in ‘your’ basic use of force class:
SECTION 1. TRAINING. I explain policy and laws that officers are taught. We examine use of force, how to define a threat, and the difference between excessive force and unnecessary force.
SECTION 2. CHECKS AND BALANCES. This section explains how an officer’s decisions are examined if suspected of being bad decisions.
SECTION 3. EXPERIENCE. We explore how officers see the world that they live in. Somewhere in the fog between training and experience, the officer has to make a decision. Sometimes decisions will be made in a fraction of a second and on partial information. Sometimes a decision will change the lives of everyone involved—forever.
SECTION 4. ABOUT YOU. Review what you should have learned. Why does community action fail? What is it that can really be done? Know how to behave when faced by an officer. Until this section, I have tried to put you in the headspace of an officer, giving you an overview of his training and a taste of his experiences. Now I will try to let you feel like a suspect. That’s a lot of mind bending for one book. Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.
Any civilian, law enforcement officer or martial artist interested in self-defense, or anyone wanting to understand the duties and responsibilities of civilians and police officers needs to read this book. Learn More
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List Price: $15.95$10.95For four years, James LaFond conducted a study of violence in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Learn More
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List Price: $14.95$10.95Bar-jutsu: The American Art of Bar Fighting, is a step-by-step guide to defending yourself against those brazen pub predators. Learn More