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Rory Miller’s Meditations on Violence

by George Mattson
Meditations in Violence

Rory’s new book is receiving lots of positive reviews from the Uechi-ryu community and the accolades are well deserved.

You can order it now by clicking on the photo of the book. G.E.M.

Meditations on Violence
A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence.

Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.

Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.

Section Two examines how to think critically about violence, how to evaluate sources of knowledge and clearly explains the concepts of strategy and tactics.

Sections Three and Four focus on the dynamics of violence itself and the predators who perpetuate it. Drawing on hundreds of encounters and thousands of hours spent with criminals Sgt. Miller explains the types of violence; how, where, when and why it develops; the effects of adrenaline; how criminals think, and even the effects of drugs and altered states of consciousness in a fight.

Section Five centers on training for violence, and adapting your present training methods to that reality. It discusses the pros and cons of modern and ancient martial arts training and gives a unique insight into early Japanese kata as a military training method.

Section Six is all about how to make self-defense work. Miller examines how to look at defense in a broader context, and how to overcome some of your own subconscious resistance to meeting violence with violence.

The last section deals with the aftermath—the cost of surviving sudden violence or violent environments, how it can change you for good or bad. It gives advice for supervisors and even for instructors on how to help a student/survivor. You’ll even learn a bit about enlightenment.


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Rory Miller has been studying martial arts since 1981. He is a veteran corrections officer and with hundreds of unarmed encounters has thoroughly examined the gulf that exists between training and application.


Detective Sgt. Tony Urena, SWAT sniper, 6th dan, narcotics officer
"A must read book for LEO’s, Martial Artists…highly recommend!"

Iain Abernethy, 5th dan, Member of Combat Hall of Fame
“One of the best books on self-protection ever written! Outstanding!”

Loren Christensen, 7th dan, Police Officer, author
 “A fresh voice writing from the trenches on the realities of real fighting. Listen to him!”

Robert Carver, 6th dan, USMC Ret.
“A stark look into the real world [of violence]. Highly recommended!”

Steve Barnes, author, martial artist
 “It’s the real thing!”

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