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Pure distilled violence is a state of nature. It doesn't care who's right, who's wrong, who's the good guy, who's the bad guy. It favors only the person who wields it best.
A refreshing and much needed insight into pure distilled violence. Modern martial arts / combat sports are sports with rules and contain a lot of misconceptions and bad practices that can get you killed. The junky in the street who's high on meth with a knife in their pocket or the violent sociopath is neither a trained martial artist nor does he/she care about any rules. They want what you have and/or they enjoy the process of hurting you. Tim Larkin, and also Tony Blauer with his SPEAR System have finally demystified the misconceptions about violence that have been so pervasive in our society for so long.
This is an epic book. On my shelf next to Gavin DeBecker's "Gift of Fear", Rory Miller's "Facing Violence", Dave Grossman's "On Combat", and Van Horne/Riley's "Left of Bang", among others.
Every responsible adult citizen in our society should should read this and know the content. Being trained to defend in the face of violence is as important as knowing how to do CPR, First Aid, and how to use a fire extinguisher. Our society would be a much safer place. You can and should live a peaceful life by always avoiding avoidable violence. But when violence finds you, you need to understand it and know what to do. Studying it doesn't make you paranoid; it's akin to studying how to put out a fire, apply a tourniquet, or do chest compressions.
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The subject matter is not pleasant, but it's not supposed to be. Tim provides a no nonsense and brutally honest approach to survival in rare violent encounters. He describes the human body's weak points and how to use them to disable attackers. No lists of endless martial arts techniques that only work in limited scenarios. Just basic principles to injure or perhaps kill asocial predators that have decided to target you.
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