Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Review of Verbal Judo
As many martial arts that say they teach self defense only concentrate on the physical part, I took it upon myself to do some self education on the verbal aspect of self defense. That was the the reason I decided to pick up Verbal Judo by George J. Thompson, and Jerry B. Jenkins (from the Library, seriously, look into inter-library loans). I had heard that this was a classic in that field, so I decided to check it out (ha, ha, ha!). The version I read was the one from the picture, the updated edition.
First, the book is very well written. It is enjoyable to read, and you can feel the authenticity and authority of the author(s). It says its written by two people, but there is really only one voice in the writing. They very succinctly lay out the steps, ideas, and procedures for applying their Verbal Judo techniques. The authors also give personal experience to support how their methods work, and walk you along with them on how they developed the techniques in the first place. Their layout and description are great, and as far as I can tell, their advice is sound. Altogether, it makes it an enjoyable book, very readable.
Overall, the book is well written, useful, and precise in its demonstration of their techniques. It just wasn't what I was looking for in particular. I still learned a lot, and can apply almost all the techniques in self defense situations. As such, I'm going to give it 4.5 Ninja Stars. I would easily recommend it, as a starting point, for anyone looking for verbal self defense.