Force is a form of communication. It is the most emphatic possible way of saying “no”. For years my job was to say no, sometimes very emphatically, to violent people.

I can make it sound more official, but in the end I was paid to go into a volatile situation, usually alone and usually outnumbered by sixty or more to one and prevent inmates from preying on each other or attacking my fellow officers.

That was the job.

I have been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader; I have taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health.  I’ve done this from my west coast home to Baghdad.  So far, my life has been a blast.

I’m a bit scarred up, but generally happy.

My name is Rory Miller.  I’m the author of “Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence”

Self defense is about recovery from stupidity or bad luck, from finding yourself in a position you would have given almost anything to prevent.

It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die.  The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.-  From “Meditations on Violence

MEDITATIONS ON VIOLENCE

E-BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM SMASHWORDS

FACING VIOLENCE

Now available

The Seven critical elements of

self-defense

before, during and after

FORCE DECISIONS

Needed to be written. You can’t honorably argue against police response if you choose to remain ignorant of the rules.

FIRST VIDEO!! FACING VIOLENCE ON DVD!!

(I’m a little excited, hence the double exclamation points)

Tried to put the essence of a seminar onto a video.  Dave Silver of YMAA produced and edited and all that and did a great job.  It was a good group of people to hang out with for a couple of days.

VIDEOS

Advanced Stuff on Thinking like a criminal.

NEWEST VIDEO, AND I’M A LITTLE EXCITED BY THIS ONE

Primarily because it’s fun to watch, and normally I hate watching videos. For whatever reason, reading I need nonfiction, but watching is the opposite. Whatever.

What I really want people to get from this is that there are ways to break down and teach things so that they become useful under pressure in hours instead of year. That the next big thing in martial arts is to look at our teaching methods for the same ruthless efficiency that we should demand in our fighting methods.

This One’s Fun

This is the Second Edition of “Violence: A Writer’s Guide

More information on wounds, weapons and psychology. Check it out.