Beating Violence
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Beating Violence

How to stay safe - a guide for men and women

About the Book

Protecting yourself is the #1 priority

There are far better ways to protect yourself than to learn how to fight better  and in any case, fighting is nothing like you've seen in the movies - fighting is an ugly business.

I'll teach you in simple terms the realities of violence:

  • What real violence looks like.
  • How rape statistics hide the truth.
  • How to change your mindset.
  • How to take responsibility for your safety.
  • What is the role of health and fitness.
  • Which self-defense tools actually work.
  • How to find self-defense classes you'll love.
  • How to use pepper sprays and stun guns.
  • Is a firearm for you? How to get started.
  • How situational awareness will save you.
  • How to de-escalate a violent encounter.
  • How to avoid the freeze response.
  • What laws you need to know.

Enjoy life in safety

My book is aimed at normal people living normal lives - but who want to learn about protecting themselves and others before a violent encounter happens. Because if it happens - and it can happen to you - it'll be too late to think about it.

I discuss exactly how to stay safe in scenarios commonly found at college; at a party or bar, date rape, walking or jogging, as well the best way to handle home invasions, car jacking, domestic violence and even a gunman in the building.

Sample chapters

Self-defense classes are everywhere, from the local YMCA to the strip-mall dojo's. In the first sample chapter you will learn how to recognize a bad school, and find classes you love that will help you.

The second chapter covers tear gas and pepper sprays - do they really work, and should we be carrying them?

Download the sample chapters

Bonus videos

One of the events that prompted this book was the discovery that many so-called self-defense tools just didn't work. They look scary, they sound scary, but no-one was testing them on people. So I did and captured the results on 20 video's that you get exclusive access to.

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About the Author

James R Shaw
James R Shaw

I'm an Englishman - and now American citizen - living in Austin, TX with my lovely wife Tara and three great children. I've been a software developer all my professional career but also a serial entrepreneur, race car builder, curious explorer, non-profit founder and Krav Maga student. Living life and having a lot of fun!

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • The Resist Attack Foundation
      • The focus of this book
  • Part 1 - Violence In Society
    • What is violence?
      • The media’s role
      • Social media
      • Types of violence
      • Stages of violence
    • Violence Against Women (VAW)
      • Rape statistics
      • The majority of sexual violence
      • Rape Culture
      • Preventing rape
      • What about my right to do whatever I want?
      • Fixing symptoms not the problem?
  • Part 2 - Preparation Before The Attack
    • Choosing your tools
      • The problem with tools
    • Get Your Mind Straight
      • Your responsibility
      • Your mindset
      • Life isn’t fair
      • Permission to be selfish
      • Don’t let your brain fool you
    • Health and Fitness
      • Making changes
      • You have to want to.
      • No dieting; change your lifestyle
      • Diet or Exercise
      • Diet is a 4-letter word
      • The 4-Hour Body
      • The Wild Diet
      • Beware of natural flavors
      • Start to Exercise
      • Building intensity
      • Running
      • In-house exercise classes
      • Local exercise classes
      • Weight training
      • Self-defense training
    • Self-Defense Training and Martial Arts
      • How to spot a McDojo
      • What to look for in a good school
      • What can we practically learn?
      • What styles are best?
      • Train in different environments
      • Good instructors are the key
      • Fighting vs Self-Defense
      • Fighting dirty
    • Tear Gas and Pepper Sprays
      • How to use pepper spray
      • Pepper spray is not perfect
      • What is pepper spray?
      • What is tear gas?
      • Shelf life
      • Legality
      • Traveling with pepper spray
      • What about wasp spray?
    • Stun Guns and TASER Devices
      • A client using a stun gun in anger
      • Stunning myself
      • Bonus videos for my readers
      • Now we only sell ones I’ve tested
      • Stun guns as a deterrent
      • Stun gun “stun” effects
      • Stun guns vs TASER devices
      • Legality
      • Traveling with stun guns
    • Firearms
      • The four rules of gun safety
      • Could you really use a firearm?
      • How to get started
      • Take a class
      • Choosing a firearm for home defense
      • Choosing a firearm for everyday carry
      • Recommendations
      • Legality
      • Traveling with firearms
    • Expandable batons and Kubotans
      • Kubotans
      • Legality
      • Traveling with batons
    • Your New Habits
      • Building new habits
      • Every day habits
  • Part 3 - The Day Of The Attack
    • Situational Awareness
      • Don’t rely on second chances
      • Look around at your location
      • Pay attention to other people
      • The real estate agent dilemma
    • Scenarios
      • On campus
      • At a party or bar
      • Date Rape
      • Walking or jogging
      • Public transport
      • Parking lots and garages
      • Carjacking
      • Kidnapping and Abduction attempts
      • Home invasion
      • Domestic violence
      • Gunman in building
  • Part 4 - The Attack Begins
    • The Attack
      • De-escalation
      • Losing face
      • Predatory violence
      • Chemical changes
      • The freeze response
      • Timing
      • The first swing is really not a swing
  • Part 5 - After The Attack
    • Legal Considerations
      • Self defense
      • Deadly force
      • The Castle Doctrine
      • Defending others
      • Further reading
    • Get Help
      • Survivors guilt and PTSD
      • How can I help?
    • Thank you

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