Otto wrote:I ordered the book when I saw this thread. Read it cover to cover over the weekend.
This is a must read. Period.
I knew you would like it, Otto. As Chris said..it is a book you want to read over and over and over again. Nobody has ever presented such complete narratives on such complexities.
In his writings,[all his books] Rory writes about the different types of real world violence, the types and nature of the threats one is likely to be faced with _in the real world, he talks about the different types of violence dynamics that most of us don't even begin to understand because we were never exposed to it__
He writes about 'real personal capacities' as opposed to 'imagined' Assumed... ___ he talks about our 'personal glitches' we will bring to the fight….
and offers an invitation into the 'looking glass' _ where you see the self as you really are...
he talks about 'Predatory strategies' that again most of us haven't got a clue_
He points out the necessity for the people who contemplate using their martial arts skills for self defense_
to learn and accept the real world we are in _
the knowing and acceptance of the self_ and the necessity to learn to discern the nature of the threat before us as it is about to unfold.
Chapter 6 of his new book will be particularly unsettling for many of us:
The 'You' _ the 'This is your brain on fear' _'this is your body' _ the 'Training and you'_ 'The threats' _ 'The Environment' _'The Luck' _ 'The gifts'
'The Chaos management' _ 'The Discretionary Time'_ 'The Fight' _ and "The Intervening" _
I was pleased that something that I wrote was also included in the last page of his book.
Here it is:
"The majority of 'facing violence' is divided into tutorial units discussing specific elements of violence in self protection and how they relate to the individual's chaotic aftermath.
In a way 'Facing Violence' tells a story. It's a story of liberation, of taking the first step towards understanding the foundations of emotional survival beyond the physical"
Hopefully we will se Rory back at Summer Camp this year.