Being the writer of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I’m at all times on the lookout for books of remarkable quality so as to add to my library. If I even have a book in my library, it’s definitely price owning. One such book is Peyton Quinn’s, “A Bouncer’s Guide to Barroom Brawling.”
An important thing to recollect when reading this, or any book coping with self-defense techniques, is that the principles behind the technique are much more essential than the technique itself. Once more, Peyton does a terrific job of this, and you’ll do well to take a seat down and browse this book from cover to cover several times in an effort to grasp what he’s attempting to teach you.
So without further ado, let’s start.
1. The Ambush: Awareness and Avoidance
One in all the small print that the writer tries to get across to you on this section is that fighting has serious legal and medical consequences and ought to be avoided if in any respect possible. Remember, nothing is straightforward to do unless you are first willing to do it. Also, learning easy methods to avoid a possible conflict is probably crucial “technique” you could learn. It’s vitally essential and ought to be considered your first line of defense.
2. The Reality of Fighting
Listed here are just a number of of the items of interest which can be discussed on this section.
a. The sucker puncher’s strongest assets that he uses are as follows; confidence, experience, competence and tactics.
b. Among the very real characteristics of “Real Fights” comparable to; real fights are literally very sloppy in comparison with those portrayed in movies, most fights only last a number of second, most fights are decided by punches to the pinnacle, most real fights involve some type of grappling, kicking (particularly above the waist) is just not very effective in an actual fight.
Now I even have to confess that I’m not too keen on statements comparable to the last one that appear to knock the effectiveness of kicks in an actual fight. I for one have trained extensively in kicking and have used it successfully over and over in “real fights.” Nonetheless, having said that, I freely admit that the purpose the writer is attempting to get across here is definitely a excellent one. Most individuals not only do not know easy methods to kick properly to start out with, but they don’t know on easy methods to apply them practically in a “real fight.”
c. The writer’s observations in regards to the martial arts versus real fighting; Peyton, in my view, is one in all the more realistic self-defense authors on the market today just because he takes a sensible and practical approach to the effectiveness of traditional martial arts in terms of the topic of self-defense. Unlike other authors on the market that appear to knock any and each form of formal martial art there’s, Peyton freely admits there importance and value not only in self-defense, but in addition in every other aspect of your life. He does provide some really good “food for thought” on this section and it was an actual pleasure to read.
3. The Tool Box
This section starts out with some great advice, “It’s more essential to learn easy methods to effectively avoid getting hit, than learning easy methods to hit effectively.”
The writer then describes several different hand strikes and easy methods to execute them. This particular section is actually good and offers some very practical and worthwhile advice.
I particularly enjoyed the writer’s poignant tale of a sparring session he had with a Tae Kwon Do 4th degree black belt. This is sort of an amusing and interesting story, and one you could learn loads from, for those who know easy methods to read between the lines. The writer then finishes this section with some more discussion readily available, elbow, and knee strikes.
4. Principles of Defense
The only most noteworthy piece of recommendation that the writer has put into this book is solely this, “The principles and ideas behind the techniques are more essential than the techniques themselves,” or something along these lines. That is something that I even have been saying for a minimum of 20 years, ever since I first began teaching. Several principles of blocking and striking are discussed on this section.
5. Mobility, Stance, Facing, and the Finer Points of Staying Out of Jail
This section covers quite a lot of ground covering the themes of proper stance, the usage of footwork, and keeping and maintaining the correct distance between you and your opponent.
6. Grappling, Throwing, and Escapes
This section covers quite a lot of excellent information with regards to grappling and throwing. I actually enjoyed the data on this section and it alone is well worth the price of this book.
7. Choosing an Appropriate Martial Art on your Personal Study
This I discovered to be among the best sections in the whole book. Here the writer takes an honest fairly well-informed take a look at the varied martial arts and the many aspects one should consider when trying to come to a decision which of them to review.
Overall I discovered Peyton’s book to be outstanding and one which I’m proud to have in my very own personal library. I find Peyton’s approach to the topic refreshing and honest and one which I personally hold in high regard.
I strongly recommend that you simply purchase this book and never only read the words that Peyton has written, but perhaps more importantly those that were written between the printed lines.