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.
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
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.
Rory Miller is theaward-winning author of Meditationson Violence, FacingViolence, ForceDecisions, and ConflictCommunication. He is the coauthor, with Lawrence Kane, of Scaling Force. A former correctionssergeant, tactical team leader, and contractor in Iraq, he now lives quietly onhis acreage in the Pacific Northwest, writing and teaching seminarsinternationally.
Introduction Forwardby Wim Demeere Acknowledgements Evaluating Drills OS: The One-Step Series OS1: The One-Step OS2: Four Option One-Step OS3: The Baby Drill OS4: Slow Man Drills OS5: Three-Way Coaching OS6: Dance Floor Melee OS7: Frisk Fighting OS8: Environmental Fighting OS9: The Brawl Interlude 1: Biases and Assumptions B: Blindfolded Drills B1: Blindfolded Defense B2: Blindfolded Targeting B3: Core Fighting B4: Blindfolded Infighting D: Dynamic Fighting D1:Dynamic Fighting D2: Sumo D3: The Hole Against the Wall D4: Moving in the Clinch D5: French Randori Interlude #2: Sources F: Fundamentals F1: Maai With Weapons F2: Offlining F3: The Targeting Drill F4: The Lock Flow Drill F5: Initiative F6: Advanced Ukemi F7: Pushing F8: Core Defense GM: Ground Movement GM1: Roll-over Drill Phase 1 GM2: Roll-over Drill Phase 2 GM3: Roll-over Drill Phase 3 GM4: Roll-over Drill Phase 4 GM5: The Wax On, Wax Off of Groundfighting GM6: One Up, One Down GM7: Blindfolded Grappling Interlude #3 Social and Asocial PM: The Plastic Mind Exercises PM1: Animal Styles PM2: Fighting the Elements PM3: The Other IW: Internal Work IW1: Centering IW2: Eating Frogs IW3: The Game of the Stones IW4: Lists IW5: Slaughtering and Butchering IW6: Ethics and Glitches IW7: To Save My Children IW8: The Predator Mind IW9: The Articulation Exercise Interlude #4: Training Open-Ended Skills C: Combat Drills C1: Takeouts C2: Multiman C3: Break Through C4: Bull in the Ring C5: The Reception Line C6: Scenario Training WW: World Work WW1: The Clothespin Game WW2: Ten New Things WW3: Stalking WW4: Escape and Evasion WW5: Counting Coup WW6: Dog Handling WW7: Global Awareness Exercises WW8: Legal Articulation WW9: World Building Exercise WW10: Personal Threat Assessment SC: On Sparring and Competition SC1: Kumite and variations SC2: Judo Randori: Nage SC3: Free Grappling and variations SC4: Jujutsu Randori SC5: Full Contact SC6: Mixed Martial Arts SC7: Competition Interlude #5: The Violence Prone Play Group T: Tricks and One-Offs T1: The Touchstone T2: “Hit me as hard as you can” T3: The No-Touch Parry T4: Action/Reaction Appendix:Setting up a VPPG (Violence Prone Playgroup) Afterword: Real SuperPowers