Meditations on Violence; A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real-World Violence.
Author: Rory Miller
Length: 181 pages
Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence.
Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial artists have about what they will ultimately learn in their dojo. This is then compared with the complexity of the reality of violence. Complexity is one of the recurring themes throughout this work.
Review by Stephen McCann:
What are the differences between martial arts and violence? This book will alter the view of the martial artist for the better, for those brave enough to read it and look at themselves and their training in a realistic fashion.
There is nothing negative I can write about this book other than I wish it had been out years ago. I recommend this title to everyone that can read.
Review by Mick Franklin:
There are many advanced insights here that even seasoned martial artists will appreciate and think about. It is written in an absorbing style but is packed with information so is worthy of being read twice. Read The Little Black Book of Violence first for a good foundation and then Meditations for the high level material.