How To Be Your Own Bodyguard

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Self Defense tips for men and women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environments. Includes avoidance and awareness skills of the professional protection agent as well as dynamic, pressure tested techniques. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780615551456
About Nick Hughes

A former French Foreign Legionnaire and close protection specialist with over forty years in martial arts and security industries.

Nick has written articles and taught seminars all over the world on practical martial arts and recently appeared on Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior" in the Season III finale.

He has lived in nine different countries and currently resides in the US

Reviews

Review by: Kevin Russell on Dec. 30, 2011 :
A good down-to-earth, no-nonsense, practical guide that starts with not getting into a fight in the first place and wraps up with how to destroy your opponent if you can't avoid it. An excellent book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: billg on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Nick Hughes is the real deal and a true professional. His skills and reputation are legendary in the close knit world of close in protection specialists. This book provides you with the knowledge you need to make yourself and your loved ones safer in this wicked world we live.

These aren't your strip mall karate school tricks, but tactics that work when you need them and when they have to count. You will learn some of the things that cost me a small fortune when I was preparing for a career in protection work. You will be able to use some of the same techniques that I did when protecting high profile and at risk clients.

This book is invaluable and is recommended to anyone concerned about personal security. It also makes the perfect gift for the young person going off to college, the widower down the street, the executive, and the seasoned professional. I trust Nick's advice so much I am getting a copy of this book to my wife.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: billg on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Nick Hughes is the real deal and a true professional. His skills and reputation are legendary in the close knit world of close in protection specialists. This book provides you with the knowledge you need to make yourself and your loved ones safer in this wicked world we live.

These aren't your strip mall karate school tricks, but tactics that work when you need them and when they have to count. You will learn some of the things that cost me a small fortune when I was preparing for a career in protection work. You will be able to use some of the same techniques that I did when protecting high profile and at risk clients.

This book is invaluable and is recommended to anyone concerned about personal security. It also makes the perfect gift for the young person going off to college, the widower down the street, the executive, and the seasoned professional. I trust Nick's advice so much I am getting a copy of this book to my wife.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cameron Quinn on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Every now and then a book comes along that really is worth taking the time to read. This is definitely one of them. If you teach martial arts or train martial arts or see value in taking ownership of your life, get it and read it and you will empower yourself many times beyond the $10 price.

This is an excellent instructional that should be made available to everyone, perhaps at high school level. Bullying would drop and self worth would improve amongst the disempowered. Learning self defence, karate, jiu-jutsu and so on is great and I recommend realistic training to everyone. But it is only a fraction of the problem. If you get to where you are having to deal with the violence physically, often at a level WELL beyond what the mind is trained for in the dojo, you're kind of too late. Some martial arts schools, especially those with a sport/tournament focus, won't tell you that because they often don't know any better.

Nick Hughes knows his stuff and importantly, has a great turn of expression that makes the read both enjoyable and easy. Both real experience and the ability to express what you want to teach are necessary. He has mixed clear, very practical education with real life anecdotes from his own larger-than-life experiences.

I am so sure this book's value is many times beyond the price. It is empowering and Hughes's advice is timely and solid.

Cameron Quinn
Kyokushin Karate Australia
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: SA BAILEY on Dec. 14, 2011 : (no rating)
This is the best, most comprehensive, entry level book I've ever read on the subject of self defense, security, and awareness. I could've replaced a signifigant portion of my personal library at the age of 13 (those of you who went to gun shows just to buy books know who you are!) with this. Do not turn away at the thought of an entry level book. Nobody outgrows working on the basics, and his descriptions of Boyd's OODA loop, fight precursors, and adrenaline dump help me more fully grasp these topics. Lord knows, I need all the help I can get.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Gavin Mulholland on Nov. 03, 2011 :
Something you should always question when reading something like this is the credentials of the person writing it. In this case, you need have no worries because there can be few men better qualified than Nick Hughes to write this book. Nick has approached combat from many different perspectives - street, dojo, door, military - and all of that hard-won knowledge has gone into the creation of this book. This is not simply a book for those involved in self-protection, martial arts, or security work; this is literally a book for everyone. Ignore it at your peril...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Goran Powell on Nov. 03, 2011 :
The best thing about Nick Hughes’s book is not the wealth of sound advice or the real-world experience, it’s Nick himself and the way he writes.
His style is so vivid that you feel you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with him (or maybe head to shoulder, since he’s 6’6!) as Nick deals with a never-ending horde of thugs, bad-guys, clowns and ne’er-do-wells in his own inimitable style.

For most of us violence is a thing we contemplate from a distance, a potential threat we may encounter rarely or never. Nick writes about it as a daily occurrence, which for him, it often was. His life read like a modern-day swashbuckling adventure from Australia to Europe and America, living as a karate-man and bouncer… a paratrooper in the Foreign Legion… a bodyguard to rock bands and oil sheiks… a combat instructor to special forces… and most recently a star in Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior.

Nick draws on the experiences of his many and varied altercations to advise on personal security in the street, in your car, and at home, not just against violence but also against more general threats like fire, motor-breakdown and natural disasters – all the things you never see coming until they hit you.

Nick also references other expert sources to create a concise but complete self-protection manual. And in true Nick style he pulls no punches and explodes a few myths along the way, for example about what is and isn’t a useful art, a useful tool, and a useful weapon.

If I were a rock star, I’d want Nick Hughes at my back. But I’m not, so I’ll have the next best thing: I’ll keep him on my kindle.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Steven Simonds on Oct. 22, 2011 :
A must read for anyone who is serious about learning about self protection, an excellent resource
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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