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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:10 pm

The gentleman who posted the review messaged me which I appreciated. He is a FMA/Combatives instructor in Ottawa which makes me appreciate his review even more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
A great resources for teachers and the serious student
July 29, 2018

Rick Wilson has written an excellent book on empty hand responses to knife attacks. The language is clear and precise. Favouring a technical vocabulary rather than the terminology of a specific martial art, Mr. Wilson has written a book accessible to both martial artists and defensive tactics teachers regardless of their training background. Mr. Wilson proposes a curriculum in which proper body mechanics are emphasized and the responses taught are principle-based and layered in a progressive fashion. This book should be a welcome addition to the library of anyone teaching or looking to learn knife defence skills.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby drewannrez » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:02 am

Rick Wilson wrote:My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Posted with Van’s kind permission.

My book on knife defence is ready for purchase.

“Watch out For The Pointy End: Knife Defence Manual to assist in training citizens, law enforcement and security personnel”
Buy it here:

https://www.createspace.com/7457736

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I've studied martial arts for years and still learned a lot about knife attacks I didn't know. I just wish I had this book when I first started training.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:59 am

Thank you

Reviews make a big difference for authors and have a large influence when people are looking at books by people they don't know.

I greatly appreciate them.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:01 am

My next book is in the editing stage. :)
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Van Canna » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:05 pm

Hi Rick,

Give us a hint about the new book. Looking forward to it.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:06 am

If my first book showed me anything being in the editing stage is still a long way from publication but for those who read this forum here is a hint of where it goes.

Now You See It, Now You Don't: Using Empty Space in Self Defence

“The ability to use empty space for self defence can turn an average martial artist into a great one. It can make what you do seem like magic when it is the proper application of a principle. It is a principle that transcends styles and systems. Once you see it you will always see it.

You will see why a technique works sometimes (you used empty space) and doesn't others (you didn't use empty space.)

You will see that often an instructor is saying do one thing but then they do another (using empty space) to make the technique work.

You will see that often the practitioners you admire most use empty space whether they talk about it or not or even know that they use it.

The ability to use Empty Spaces will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your practice tremendously.

I hope this book helps you find Empty Space. By the time you are done reading the title will be perfectly clear.”


A hard book to write and illustrate but I think it works.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Van Canna » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:56 pm

Thanks Rick, looking forward to it as I teach mostly evasive/flanking techniques with any strike. All found in Uechi kata conceptually.

Should be a great book.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:49 am

The thing I am enjoying most is how broadly this book is selling.

There have been sales in: Canada, USA, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and now we've had a sale in India.

Yes, India. Now that is just cool.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Van Canna » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:47 pm

Congratulations...really a helpful book even if no knives.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 am

:D

As of today I can add Spain to the countries the book has sold in.

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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Rick Wilson » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:13 pm

The most recent review of my knife defence book “Watch Out For The Pointy End” on Amazon.ca and Goodreads
VERY comprehensive and positive – thank you.


SLHinchey:

5.0 out of 5 stars- Comprehensive work book and training guide to increase your chances of surviving a knife assault.


October 16, 2019

Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

Rick Wilson's knife defense book "Watch Out For the Pointy End" presents a very pragmatic approach to developing a set of self-defense skills that would improve a person's chances of surviving a knife assault.

In addition to surviving and minimizing injury, law enforcement officers and security personnel may be duty-bound to gain a position of control over the attacker to disarm and handcuff them. By contrast, usually the best strategy for a civilian after dealing with the initial assault is to gain distance so that they can run away or grab an improvised weapon. This book addresses strategy and tactics in detail and explores these kind of contextual distinctions.

This book is very up front and honest about the harsh realities of a knife assault and makes no unrealistic promises. The best self-defense training can only ever improve our odds of successfully handling an assault - there are no guarantees. What this book does, however, is show you step-by-step how to develop an integrated, working skill set that enables you to respond to a knife assault by gaining control over the attacker as quickly as possible while avoiding the blade. From there, you can either disarm and disable, control and cuff, or gain distance for escape or to grab a weapon.

This book differs from those self-defense offerings which take a technique-based approach, meaning that material is a presented in a format of "if the attacker does this, then the defender does movements A, B, and C". By contrast, Watch Out For the Pointy End takes a very gradual, principles-based approach where each component skill is taught, drilled, then added on to the larger piece, with principles emphasized at every step. Principles refer to the "how" and "why" a self-defense technique succeeds or fails and provide insight on how to self-correct a technique that’s not working when tested during training. The author lists 21 principles in all and references them throughout the book to explain how the principles are being applied in the drill being worked on.

The approach taken by Watch Out For the Pointy End has a number of advantages over the more common technique-based approach. For one, the technique-based approach assumes that you'll go away and drill the sequence until you've ingrained the movements, meaning that the instruction is more about providing you with information rather than a training guide. By contrast, this book structures your learning very deliberately, with the skill set built up layer by layer, though of course it’s still up to you to put in the necessary repetitions and practice with a partner. The final product might superficially resemble a series of techniques for different scenarios, but the difference here is that you have developed the building blocks or component skills along the way, enabling you to respond in a flexible way as your body navigates the attack, rather than attempting to apply a fixed pattern.

Another advantage of the approach taken here is that it doesn’t train you to rely on scenario recognition. By contrast, the technique-based approach assumes that you are capable of recognizing an attack scenario and responding appropriately using a distinct, tailor-made technique sequence. In reality, assaults tend to come out of the blue with the attacker immediately up close and on you. Even if you can see it coming or somehow catch your breath, with adrenaline surging it is gravely unlikely that you will be able to mentally match the scenario to a learned technique pattern. Instead, this book starts by training a universal way to move your body and arms to intercept an attacking arm – whether it contains a knife or not, whether you can see it coming or you’ve been struck by surprise – so that you do not have to mentally recall a response specific to the situation. From there, depending on whether you need to escape vs. disarm and cuff, the book trains you to rely on tactile sensation to rapidly control the attacker to achieve that goal.

Due to its very gradual, principles-based approach, this book is very sequential. At first I must admit I found this off-putting, as I’m used to martial arts books that are more modular or more structured like a reference manual. However, the more I go back and rework the material, the more I appreciate the sequential, layer-by-layer approach. This is a work book and a training guide – to develop these skills you have to work your way through the book and do the drills and training as instructed in the sequence presented.

Lastly, I would say that the gradual, principles-based approach makes this book very transparent. The author explains how and why each piece of the skill set works and guides you in drilling each piece. The author also explains how to live test what you’ve learned with a non-compliant partner using a safe stand-in for a knife so that you can test the effectiveness of your response. If you find yourself getting stabbed, go back to working the drills and conditioning your responses, test again, repeat as necessary.
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Re: My Knife Defence Book is ready for sale

Postby Van Canna » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:46 pm

:-D

Excellent.
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