Training for Sudden Violence: 72 Practical Drills

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WINNER – Self-Help, 2016 Best Books AwardThe speed and brutality of apredatory attack can shock even an experienced martial artist. The suddenchaos, the cascade of stress hormones―you feel as though time slows down. Inreality, the assault is over in an instant. How does anyone prepare for that?
As a former correctionssergeant and tactical team leader, Rory Miller is a proven survivor. Heinstructs police and corrections professionals who, in many cases, receive onlyeight hours of defensive tactics training each year. They need techniques thatwork and they need unflinching courage.
In Drills: Training for Sudden Violence Miller gives you the toolsto prepare and prevail, both physically and psychologically. He shares hard-wonlessons from a world most of us hope we never experience.

  • Train in fundamentals,combat drills, and dynamic fighting.
  • Developsituational awareness.
  • Conditionyourself through stress inoculation.
  • Take a criticallook at your training habits.

“You don’t get to pick wherefights go,” Miller writes. That’s why he has created a series of drills to trainyou for the worst of it. You will defend yourself on your feet, on the ground, againstweapons, in a crowd, and while blindfolded. You will reevaluate your trainingscenarios―keeping what works, discarding what does not, and improving yourchances of survival.
Miller’s “internal work,”“world work,” and “plastic mind” exercises will challenge you in ways that merephysical training does not. Sections include

  • Stalking
  • Escape andevasion
  • The predatormind
  • Personal threatassessment

This is a fight for yourlife, and it won’t happen on a nice soft mat. It will get, as Miller says, “allkinds of messy.” Drills: Training for Sudden Violence prepares you for that mess.