Saturday, August 27, 2016

Episode XLVIII-The Plea to Podcast Fallacy

Episode XLVIII-The Plea to Podcast Fallacy

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Intro Music: Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

  Recorded On: 8/14/2016

  Harvard Museum of Natural History
  Begging for Review on iTunes
  Episode VI- What to look for in a martial art school
  Episode XLI-Chris Olech Interview

Interlude Music: Too Close by Alex Clare
Interview: Jeff Westfall of The Martial Brain
The Martial Brain Podcast

Tai Lung Gung Fu
The Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy
Dan Innosanto
Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kun Do
Majapahit Martial Arts
Peter Lee-Epee Champion
The Power of Doubt Parts I, II, and III
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Evan Bernstein
Hiyaa! Episode 59 Interview with Reed Kuhn (MMA Statistics)

  Enter the Dragon
  The Karate Kid
  Fumio Demura
  Pat Morita
  The Raid, The Raid 2
  Star Trek: Enterprise
  The Tao of Jeet Kun Do
  The Art of War
  The Book of Five Rings
  Stephen Barnes
  Larry Niven
  Street Lethal
  Steve Perry
  The Matador Series


Interlude Music: Black Moth by Bigelf

This Week in Martial Arts: Summer Olympics in Rio 2016

Contact Information
Twitter Account: @martialthoughts
Atemicast Youtube Channel

Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

4 Ninja Stars for The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense by David Erath Jr.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from the publisher for review purposes

Title: Functional Self Defense: The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense
Written By: David Erath Jr.
Format: Softcover
Pages: 237
Cover Price: $29.95 (US) Softcover/$19.99 E-Book

    I'm inherently cautious of any book with the word "Ultimate" in the title.  There's just something wrong about claiming any book will be "the only book you'll ever need."  There's an underlying braggadociosness that seems unnecessary and, quite frankly, is usually wrong.
    That all being said, Mr. Erath does a good job in his book of not coming off that way.  He writes in a very matter of factly way, that is not trying to get you to buy anything, or even sample the free kool-aid.  


    The layout of the book, I think, is one of its strong suits.  The book has 10 chapters.  The first is entitled "Self-Defense vs. Martial Arts."  I think this is one of the most important topics when addressing self-defense, especially to people that are martial artists.  The first 66 pages go through the logic of what self-defense is, and what is required.  The second section, is interesting.  Its called "The MMA Base" which goes through the rough, easily learned techniques which are found in MMA, and why they're there.  Hint: It's because they work most of the time.  The rest of the book goes through sample techniques, and preventative measures such as fitness, diet, and the value of meditation.  The last section, is a FAQ which I found particularly useful in that it answered specific questions I had.


    I really liked the simple layout of this book.  It covers all the ideas in a logical and thought out manner.  It does good job of talking about why martial arts is not really self defense without being condescending or abusive.  It also talks about how a couple modifications can be used to take what you already know, and turn your martial arts into self defense.  I think that's a really important part.  The author is not saying, "abandon all you have learned."  He's saying "Incorporate this INTO what you have learned."  Mr. Erath also describes all the aspects of self-defense, and how to train them, not just mention them in passing as many other books have done.  Be Aware, and here's how to be more aware.  I also liked that he keeps in some of the other aspects of martial arts, like the meditative aspects of it.  


    This book is incomplete in that it doesn't contain anything to do with weapons.  However, he states very clearly that weapons was a big enough idea that it required its own volume, which is also available at the website.  


   Overall, most of the information in this book I've seen other places, there isn't much "new" here, but the collection of all the information into one place and the organization is superior to what I've seen before.  If you are a martial artist who, like I was, is trying to figure out how your martial art fits in with the ideas of self defense, then this is a great book.  You should start with this book, and then perhaps branch off into others.  That's why I give this book 4 out of 5 Ninja Stars.  Its really well put together, and deserves to be many people's first reading choice for self defense.