SECRETS OF EFFECTIVE OFFENSE: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR SELF-DEFENSE, MARTIAL ARTS, & LAW ENFORCEMENT
Author: Marc Mac Young
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Sep 2005
An intense martial arts primer with a concentration on techniques of offense, strategy, & preemption, rather than defense & reaction. 80 B&W photos; 6x9 inches, 240 pgs.
There are many self-defense books on the market, all of which stress reaction in the face of an attacker?s aggression, and few of which are not hampered by invalid assumptions derived from carefully constrained martial sports. The emphasis is overwhelmingly on reactive technique, rather than proactive strategy. But, as any football fan knows, most often the best defense is a strong, unpredictable offense. With a slavish dedication to the wrong training paradigm and unrealistic goals and attitudes, a fighter who suddenly faces the fight of his life has to make a complete shift, or fail. The truth is, it?s usually too late?on the street, in particular, but also in the ring. Reaction time is seldom as fast as the time it takes to attack. All the dedication and hard training in the world can?t alter or overcome this unpleasant fact.
In Secrets of Effective Offense, Marc MacYoung, in the grand tradition of Sun Tzu and Clausewitz, draws on his long experience to teach the strategy and tactical skills necessary to: 1) avoid dangerous situations, 2) defuse unavoidable dangerous situations, and 3) take charge of dangerous situations by switching from defense to the necessary level of effective offense. With black-and-white photographs and straightforward description, MacYoung provides an indispensable handbook for those who are willing to take charge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MARC MAC YOUNG was introduced to the martial arts at the age of ten. After more than thirty years, he has undergone formal training in karate, wing chun, tai chi, silat, bagua, hsing-i, boxing, Western swordsmanship, and kali. His emphasis has always been to take traditional martial arts and apply them in a modern context, both tactically and legally. He teaches martial artists, and also teaches close-quarter combat to police and military personnel around the world.
He is the author of several books on these subjects. A Los Angeles native, he currently lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.