Drills: Training for Sudden Violence (A Chiron Manual)

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A collection of drills by Rory Miller of ChironTraining, author of "Meditations on Violence" and "Facing Violence." This book describes many of the exercises used by Rory in his seminars as well as some training techniques usually reserved for private students.
This book is a must-have for any martial artist who wishes to transition from the training hall to real life.

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ISBN: 9781452478609
About Rory Miller

After nearly thirty years in martial arts, 18 working with violent criminals in Corrections and a year as a contractor in Iraq, I now teach and write on the subject of violence. I've been a military medic; a tactical team member and leader; a corrections officer and sergeant.

Basically, I'm a little scarred up, but generally happy.

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Review by: Jamie Murray on March 24, 2013 :
I have read Facing Violence and other articles and contributions by Rory over the past few years. However I had the privilege of training with him recently and this book outlines his approach to conditioning responses through intelligent well thought out drills. This confirmed a number of things about how we train for me. It will forever alter how I train and instruct. Many thanks Rory for making these available.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robert Davis on Feb. 10, 2012 :
This is the third book of Rory's that I have read and they are excellent. I have done martial arts for 20 years and there is a lot of BS out there, you will not get that from any of Rory's books. They were forged from experience. If you do any sort of martial arts, self defense or combat training you should get this book in addition to at least one of his other books.
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Review by: colm dalton on Jan. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
Love the book, its full of good ideas that can be added to your training today. Rory has a knack for bringing the real street train in to his drills without the BS. Cheers again for the hints and tips, I have already started to teach them as part of my classes.
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Review by: Todd Erven on June 06, 2011 :
This book, like all of Rory's others, is well worth the money. He has come up with some very unique and effective drills that will help to enhance your training, regardless of your martial art.

If you're wondering about the best way to train for realistic self-defense, I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bruno Pezzia on April 29, 2011 : (no rating)
Rory knows the way to adapt the conventional-competitive martial arts training,to the real world confontation.That's not an easy thing to do,infact needs deep knowledge and undrestanding but most of all needs experience.So learn from the experienced one not from the learned.Well done!!!!
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Review by: Maija Soderholm on April 01, 2011 :
I'm finding it hard to come up with a better way to describe this book than already exists, so I am going to shamelessly quote others who have already expressed in words what is in my head -
From a reader quoted on the chirontraining website:
"It's not so much a drill book as a guide to re-engineering oneself..."
Yep just like he said ....

From 2007 Blog Book - Rory, from a conversation with Joe Graziano:
"Because fighting is very, very complex- but so are you. Your complexity is a match for the problem's complexity. Since you can't know and collect exactly what you'll need, just get better. At everything. Not training to a standard or for a problem, training to be. Training towards perfection, a little at a time".

Also from 2007: Rory
"I think, I hope, that I can literally alter their minds - make pain merely a data point; teach them to thrive in physical chaos; learn that their bodies are nothing but toys- and so is the threat's. Bring them to the point where they enjoy receiving a good hit. Where they realize that violence is the way of the world and can then choose to rise above it out of choice rather than hide from it in fear."

Rory is one of the most alive, switched on, engaged people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. This book is a look into his ideas about helping others become the same.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jeff cooper on March 29, 2011 :
Excellent follow on to Mr. Miller's must read "Meditations on Violence." This book delineates in a progressive and well organized fashion the drills and exercises that help martial arts practioners bridge the gap between technique and the reality of violence. It fills in huge training gaps that are present in almost all defense training including traditional and eclectic martial arts, MMA, military and police defensive tactics, practical firearms training, and "Reality Based" martial arts. If one is truly interested in being able to handle a violent situation, this book is a must.
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Review by: Wayne Riddle on March 25, 2011 :
As a student of the martial arts (Okinawan Kenpo Karate), we spend time studying self-defense. This is true of many martial arts systems, but is what you are training for realistic?

Rory Miller doesn't consider himself a self-defense instructor but rather a "violence" instructor. He wants to teach people about violence and how to prepare and deal with violence. Miller starts off outlining some of the issues with traditional training around self-defense. This could be from the techniques taught, how the attack is taking place, and how we are practicing these techniques. Do you pull your attacks? Miss on purpose so as not to hurt your team mate? Miller points out that these can lead to real issues on the streets that you better be aware.

From here Miller offers his own set of drills. They start off from a simple one-step training drill, to how to setup and how full-blown scenarios to mimic real world situations. Since this is a training environment Miller offers safety and coaching tips. Not all of the drills are physical, there are mental drills to run through too. Martial artists tend to focus on the physical aspects of self-defense without consideration to mental aspects (ditto for the legal aspects which Miller also talks about). Some of the drills are what can be described as "different", but in a good way as they make you think in a different way. This even goes for some of the physical drills. I won't go into these drills so as not to spoil it for future readers, but people should find then useful. Miller's afterwords ("Real Superpowers you can have today") would be great reading for anyone, those interested in self-defense or not.

What you won't find here are magical techniques. Miller isn't attempting to replace your training but rather add another element to your training. Very similar to how Tony Blauer states that his SPEAR system is a bridge to your self-defense toolbox.

If you train people in self-defense techniques, or interested in improving your own training in this area then I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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