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Conflict Communication: A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication Conflict Communication: A New Paradigm in Conscious Communication by Rory Miller
Conflict Communication (ConCom) presents a functional taxonomy to see, understand, and manipulate the roots of life's conflicts.

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Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior by Loren W. Christensen
Whether you are a law enforcement officer seeking to improve your edge or a martial artist wanting to expand your knowledge of street-proven techniques, you will find Defensive Tactics: Street-Proven Arrest and Control Techniques is filled with invaluable information to prepare you for even the most difficult scenarios.

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Dirty Ground—The Tricky Space Between Sport and Combat Dirty Ground—The Tricky Space Between Sport and Combat by Kris Wilder, Lawrence A. Kane
What you are fighting for changes every element of how you fight. Understand how to modify your fighting for sport, combat, and the tricky space between them known as the 'dirty ground'.

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Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller
There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching ‘complete.’ Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.

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Fighting the Pain-Resistant Attacker: Step-by-Step Survival Techniques Fighting the Pain-Resistant Attacker: Step-by-Step Survival Techniques by Loren W. Christensen
This book isn’t about working out with a training partner. It’s about surviving a desperate street attack against a nightmare adversary who doesn’t acknowledge what you thought was your best shot.

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Force Decisions—A Citizen's Guide: Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force Force Decisions—A Citizen's Guide: Understanding How Police Determine Appropriate Use of Force by Rory Miller
In a free and peaceful society where so many have been taught that all violence is wrong, citizens are often confused and dismayed when officers use force, even when the force is perfectly lawful and justified.

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Martial Arts Instruction—Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques in the Dojo Martial Arts Instruction—Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques in the Dojo by Lawrence A. Kane
A holistic approach to teaching, incorporating theory and communication techniques often overlooked in budo. Martial arts instructors will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, develop a foundation to facilitate learning.

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Meditations on Violence—A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence Meditations on Violence—A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence by Rory Miller
Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller explores the differences between martial arts training and real-world violence.

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Scaling Force—Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence Scaling Force—Dynamic Decision Making Under Threat of Violence by Rory Miller, Lawrence A. Kane
Use too much force and you are going to jail. Use too little force and you’re in for a world of hurt. If you do not know how to succeed at all six levels there are situations in which you will have no appropriate options. More often than not, that will end badly.

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Self-Defense for Women: Fight Back Self-Defense for Women: Fight Back by Loren W. Christensen, Lisa A. Place
If you’re ready to learn to fight back, Loren and Lisa know exactly what you need to survive an attack in your home or on the street.

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The Little Black Book of Violence—What Every Young Man Needs To Know About Fighting The Little Black Book of Violence—What Every Young Man Needs To Know About Fighting by Lawrence A. Kane, Kris Wilder
The book will arm you with the knowledge and good sense to make informed choices in hazardous situations. Every time you engage in violence, no matter how small or trivial it may appear, it has the potential of escalating into something extraordinarily serious.

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Training for Sudden Violence: 72 Practical Drills Training for Sudden Violence: 72 Practical Drills by Rory Miller
This is a fight for your life, and it won't happen on a nice soft mat. It will get, as Miller says, “all kinds of messy.” Drills: Training for Sudden Violence prepares you for that mess.

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