I am excited to shout from the rooftops that my new book, co-authored with Marc MacYoung, is now available to purchase in paperback and eBook formats on Amazon! The book is called What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: How most self-defense training can put you into prison or the ground. (Yeah, I know that’s a long title. I have had to type it out a hundred times or so. Trust me, it’s more painful for me than it is for you.)
This book identifies the four components of self-defense training and helps you identify if you are getting information across the spectrum or only one or two of the components. The four components are:
- Understanding violence
- Mental preparation (including ethics on use)
- Physical skills
- Aftermath (legal and other issues)
It is dangerous to only get information on one or two component. The sum is what gives you the best chance to survive a dangerous encounter while being able to make a proper use of force decision in the heat of the moment and be able to navigate your way through the aftermath.
Marc and I write about how the court system really works, what violence actually looks like, how to communicate that what you did was self-defense, and so much more.
This book is for anyone and everyone who trains in self-defense. Martial artists and shooters alike. It’s a primer to give you an overview of what should be included in your training. Since your safety is your responsibility, we tell you all the places where people usually fall short.
I am proud of this work because its vital information that can help keep you out of prison or the morgue. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is a review from a reader:
Bottom line up front:
If you or your loved ones might ever face a self-defense situation, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
If you’re ever required to use force to defend yourself, the odds are good in today’s world that you’ll be interacting with law enforcement, and perhaps the court system, soon thereafter. The higher the level of force you use, the closer that becomes to a certainty, and the higher the stakes become for you. At point, you’ll be the only non-professional involved. That ought to get your attention.
Most books on self-defense, and most self-defense teachers, focus on the physical aspects of protecting yourself from harm. In the modern world, that’s certainly necessary, but it’s far from sufficient. If you use force, especially force that harms or kills your attacker, you’d better be able to explain why you found yourself in that situation, and why you did what you did. If you’re thinking about how to answer those questions for the first time while the blue lights are flashing, or while you’re on the stand, you’ve made a terrible mistake, and your lawyer may not be able to help you. The focus of this book is on helping you avoid that situation, and it’s an invaluable tool for that.
Read this book closely. Set it down and think about it. Read it again. You’ll be glad you did.
Again, What You Don’t Know… is available on Amazon.
If you read and enjoy this work, Marc and I would very much appreciate a review on Amazon!
Thanks and Carry On,