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No Second Chance: A Reality-Based Guide to Self-Defense
1 Thugs, drills and the cold truth
Let’s get something out of the way (and off my chest). Although this book is about street survival, it is not about street fighting. I do not consider the thuggish beat downs and frat boy scuffles that many IQ deficient, testosterone addled, ego driven “tough guys” engage in worthy of discussion.
A street fight is an Old West wannabe, just-me-and-you affair. Don’t get me wrong, these altercations are often quite violent, and if you are on the losing end of one, the tactics in this book will serve you well. But never lose sight of the fact that these confrontations are usually self-selecting and of little surprise to the participants once they go down. I have zero interest in catering to this contingent of humanity. Knock yourself out, boys, and leave everybody else alone.
What we will concern ourselves with in this book is not a street fight, but street survival. I use the term street euphemistically, fully aware that we can be met by criminal violence anywhere — home, car,work and every destination in between including the street. We will not concern ourselves with the guy who said something about your sister, but the serial rapist. Not with the man giving your girlfriend the eye, but with the car jacker. Not with the guy who bumped you as you were coming out of the bathroom, but with the type of animal that will commit a home invasion and rape and kill an entire family.
For those who picked up this book looking for tips on how to jack up some guy at the local bar, please put the book down and grow a neo-cortex. I want this book read by those who really need it. Those of us who simply wish to conduct our lives in a thoughtful, civilized manner. We sometimes need a reminder of just how dark the dark side can be, and that due diligence is not paranoia but wisdom.
View the tactics and strategies in this book in the same light as you would a fire drill.
It’s too late to drill when the house is on fire
It’s 2:37 A.M. Your house is engulfed in flames. The main entrance ways are blocked by fire. Thick billowy smoke is chokingly oppressive. Do you remember your secondary and tertiary escape routes? Do the other members of your household know them? Do you recall your plan for the young children in the house? Do you remember to feel doors before opening? Do you remember to stay low and crawl? Have you worked any of this out before this tragedy struck?
Most people do not find fire drills to be unusual practices. Most of us probably participated in them as school-age children, and those of us with children probably nod and think that it’s an excellent idea for schools to hold an occasional fire drill.After all, you never know, right? Well, have you held a fire drill in your home? I have asked this question of hundreds of people over the years in the course of presenting the material in this book, and I have had one (and only one) person say yes. So much for mature, intelligent adults being prepared.
How much time would a fire drill take in your home? Maybe 15 minutes at most to discuss exit strategies and assign possible responsibilities, and then perhaps three minutes more for actual execution. After that, revisit the drill once every six months or once a year for another three minutes of your time.What’s a few minutes compared with the loss of your life or that of a loved one in a fire?
OK, I’m sure you get it. Drilling escape plans for a fire makes sense, doesn’t take much time or energy, and it is far more useful than improvising in the midst of the actual event. I ask you to view the tactics and strategies in this book in the same light as you would a fire drill...
About the Author-
- Mark Hatmaker is the bestselling author of six books in the No Holds Barred Fighting series, including More No Holds Barred Fighting, The Ultimate Guide to Conditioning and Boxing Mastery, and The Ultimate Guide to Submission Wrestling. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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