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Campfire Tales From Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Clint Overland , Dr Drew Anderson , Lawrence Kane , Terry Trahan , Alain Burrese , Wim Demeere , Barry Eisler , Marc MacYoung , Rory Miller , Kamila Miller
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Life out at the edges can be rough, scary and, at times, dangerous. Campfire Tales From Hell is a collection of essays from people who have been there, done that -- some of whom had to fight for their title of ‘survivor.’ Some are professionals, calmly going to work knowing a bad day means someone dies -- and that ‘someone’ could be them. Others came through by being smarter, more aware, better trained or just having it more together than the other 'team.' Some of the authors looked into the abyss and spit in its eye when it looked back. Still others were normal people thrown into extraordinary circumstances.

Campfire Tales is not a collection of macho stories. It's a primer for what you'll need to know to make it out on the edge. It's what to remember when you're dealing with dangerous people and difficult situations. It's what attitudes, knowledge and perspectives you'll need to get through. It's 'what I wish someone had told me when I started.' It's how Hollywood and fiction can -- and will -- get you killed or thrown into prison. It's what you need to know to fill the holes in your self-defense or defensive tactics training. In a different direction, writers can learn from the people who actually do what they're writing about. But most of all, Campfire Tales From Hell is a collection of stories and wisdom that tells you, 'you too can get through.'


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2689 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 285 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1477681272
  • Verlag: Marc MacYoung (16. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0083XYSWM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #219.484 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Seltsam, aber spannend 26. Oktober 2014
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Aufsatzsammlungen haben den Charme und/oder das Problem, das sie ziemlich disparat sind – oft nur im Stil, manchmal aber auch in den Themen, wenn die Redaktion das nicht verhindern kann oder will.

„Campfire tales“ treibt diese Disparität in beiden Fällen ins Extrem: Die Texte sind stilistisch vollkommen unterschiedlich (übrigens auch in der Länge), gleichzeitig sind die Themen so weit und different gefasst, dass man kaum sagen kann, was der Kern des Ganzen ist.

Irgendwie dreht sich alles um die Themenkomplexe Kämpfen, Selbstverteidigung, Überleben – aber im weitesten Sinne, also neben Technik und Anwendbarkeit auch Psychologie und Philosophie im weitesten Sinne.

Das Resultat ist ein knapp 300 Seiten starkes Konvolut von Texten, die für jeden Leser völlig verschieden attraktiv sein werden. Einige Aufsätze wird man je nach eigenen Interessen nur schnell und oberflächlich lesen – in meinem Fall war das beispielsweise ein ellenlanger Artikel darüber, wie man Bruchteste vernünftig übersteht. Für mich kompletter Nonsens; für manche Taekwondoin vermutlich interessant. Ebenfalls in diese Kategorie fallen einige Bouncer-Stories, die außer viel Machismo wenig rüberbringen.

Andere Artikel sind mäßig bis recht interessant – darunter wie immer die Stories von Lawrence Kane, die ein ums andere mal nicht weltbewegend, aber solide sind, und eine solide, aber wenige aufregende Übersicht über die Grundlagen des europäischen Schwertkampfes. Auf der oberen Skala auf jeden Fall auch Marc MacYoungs Überlegungen zur Frage, wie man mit Polizisten sprechen sollte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Real wisdom for martial artist 26. September 2013
Von Gerry
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I was really impressed from a few of the stories in this book they teach truths, which every serious martial artist should know. This is the reason why I recommend this book for the truth martial artist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tales from Those Who Have Been There and Done That 17. Mai 2012
Von Alain B. Burrese - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm one of the authors that contributed to "Campfire Tales From Hell: Musings on Martial Arts, Survival, Bouncing, and General Thug Stuff," and I'm honored to be along side all of the individuals that contributed to this collection of stories, tales, wisdom, advice, and practical experience from people who have been there and done that. This book isn't full of techniques that will turn you into a killer commando, or some super elite martial artist. Rather, "Campfire Tales From Hell" is a book full of personal experiences, many of which are not nice or good, and what you can learn from them to survive and make it through your own personal horrors, no matter how large or small they may be.

The book is hard to explain, because there is just so much in it. It comes from the history of a group of people, all with wide experienced backgrounds, getting together and telling stories over BBQ and alcohol, after a hard day of training. (And the training was taught by these same people, sharing the skills they've spent years developing.) As a participant of many of these gatherings, I've heard some of these stories first hand, heck I was there with one of Marc MacYoung's tales, and I am glad they have been captured in print for others to learn from. There are things about talking to cops, law enforcement thoughts on fighting, the differences between stage fighting and real fighting, how to read your opponent, some history on European martial arts, PTSD, trauma, winning and losing, teaching, training and conditioning, how there are no secrets, breaking, various war stories and what was learned, advice for bouncers, how to stay out of trouble as a psych ward patient, martial art cults, how to leave abusive relationships, being nice when working security, gambling with your life, learning the old to understand the new, how there is no magic, and a new fiction story/interview by Barry Eisler.

As I said, this is an eclectic group of stories by an even more eclectic group of individuals that come together once a year to destroy Marc MacYoung's lawn. It is not only an engaging and interesting read, but one that teaches a lot of valuable lessons for those that pay attention to them. Remember, these lessons were learned with much sweat, tears, and blood. Read the book, enjoy the book, but most importantly, learn from the book.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks
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5.0 von 5 Sternen These ladies and gentlemen tell it like it is! 17. Mai 2012
Von alcortje - Veröffentlicht auf
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I don't consider myself anyone "special" in the world of martial arts or self-defense. I am always willing to listen to another point of view from those that have greater experince than me. If you think that your school is "THE SCHOOL" then seriously you need to read this book. These ladies and gentlemen really tell it like it is. They have lived through life and come out the other end mostly in one piece. This is the real world they are talking about and not some made up "what if 27 ninjas attack" scenario.

If you want to see what can happen if you find yourself on the wrong end of the pointy stick then I recommend this as solid reading material. If you want to spend a few hours laughing at what life throws at people on occassion then this is the book to pick up. If Psychology 101 is you bag then there is something here for you to learn...well Abnormal Psych 101. If you are a LEO then there is something for you to help you key on the potential bad guy.

I've met many of these people and they are genuine, warm, loving people that want to help you along life's road and avoid the chewy chunks you might encounter. I laughed, I cried, I wet your pants!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unforgettable 18. Mai 2012
Von L. A. Kane - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm biased about this book. Not only am I one of the contributors, but I also know and respect the other authors as well. Disclaimer aside, this truly is one of the most interesting, unique, and insightful books I've ever read. Where else can you find the collective wisdom of cops and thugs, doctors and lawyers, martial artists and bouncers all in the same tome? Where else can you both be entertained by bestselling writers and simultaneously captivated by folks you've never heard of but whose stories you just can't set down until you've finished reading them?

Many years ago Marc "Animal" MacYoung started a "food group with a violence problem." This Animal List is comprised of law enforcement officers, martial artists, military personnel, and various and sundry other colorful characters who lead enormously interesting lives (in the ancient Chinese curse sense of the term). They share their experiences over the internet as well as at an annual BBQ where they hang out, ruin Marc's lawn and train together. Light-handed editing by Rory Miller removed the most egregious grammatical errors while maintaining the unique "voice" of the various contributors, so it feels like sitting around the campfire listening to this eclectic group tell their tales. And it's absolutely fascinating...

Contents include:

Section 1: Technical
*All Fighting is on Drugs by "MG, FAM"
*Historical European Martial Arts by Bert Bruijnen
*Stage Fighting is not Real Fighting by Michael Johnson
*Let's Talk Trauma by Eric Gaden
*How to Read Your Opponent by Terry Trahan
*The Independent, A Variation of the Alpha by Michael Johnson
*Talking to Cops by Marc MacYoung
*Everything We Know About PTSD by Dr. Drew Anderson

Section 2: Training
*Do You Want to Win? Learn How to Lose by Dan Gilardi
*Louis the Legionnaire by Wim Demeere
*Teaching, Training and Conditioning by Rory Miller
*There Are No Secrets by Kevin Menard
*Breaking: Why We Fail, How We Can Succeed by Jesse J. Alcorta

*Marc MacYoung Meets Barry Eisler's John Rain

Section 3: War Stories
*Guards and Rails by Lawrence Kane
*The O Menace by Bert Bruijnen
*Zero to Sixty by Alain Burrese
*Sensei and the Hockey Dad by Lawrence Kane
*A Little Social Violence Over Who Gets in the Last Word by DJ Dasko
*Even in Small Town Louisiana by Michael Johnson

Section 4: Places You Don't Want to Go
*Bouncer Advice: What Your Sensei Didn't Tell You by Clint Overland
*How to Stay Out of Trouble as a Psych Ward Patient by "D. Osborne"
*Martial Arts Cults by "Chop Ki"
*Antarctic Martial Traditions by Jesse J. Alcorta
*Kamioooka Prison by "Douglas Hill"
*Checklist for Leaving an Abusive Relationship by "Jael"
*Death, the Teacher by E. Rushton Gilbert
*Hope Your Fantasy Stays One by "D. Weeks"

Section 5: Advice
*Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then by Kasey Keckeisen
*Be Nice by Alain Burrese
*Choosing to Leave a Cult by "Chop Ki"

Section 6: Philosophy
*Gambling With Your Life by Marc MacYoung
*There is No Magic by Fred Ross
*Learn the Old to Understand the New by Don Roley
*Where The Journey Ends by Rory Miller

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Blinded by the Night, among others
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Stuff. 18. Mai 2012
Von Mitch - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a great book on how to successfully deal with incredibly difficult to deal with people in incredibly difficult circumstances. You'll rub elbows with predatory people in normal everyday life...this book will show you how to deal with them in the most effective way possible. Hard won knowledge from professionals who have been there.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unique, must-have book 17. Mai 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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It was my privilege to offer a contribution to Campfire Tales From Hell because in many ways, this is a unique book. On the one hand, because it combines the efforts of a large number of people: some are internationally recognized authors and experts, others you probably never heard of before but their stories are just as important. On the other hand, the information in this book is of the kind you can usually only find with great difficulty. And finally, because of the diversity of topics, approaches and points of view.
What ties it all together is the fact that everybody writes from his own personal experience with violence, self-defense, living a hard life and much more. Given the particular background of these writers, the reader gets unique and profound insights into these topics.

These stories are the kind you normally only hear after you've known somebody for a long time and have earned his trust. Only then do they confide in you what it is actually like to walk through the darkness and get through it in one piece. That is why the information Campfire Tales From Hell gives you is so valuable:
- It is not written by some internet guru who copy/pasted it from a number of websites and books.
- It is not the empty "Think Positive!" stuff certain motivational speakers want to sell you.
- It is also not a collection of theoretical scientific essays that are out of touch with reality.

Instead, you get real and practical information from people who have actually lived through what they write about.

These stories will give you pause and a lot of food for thought. But more importantly, they will give you crucial insights and knowledge you need to survive if life should deal you a bad hand and you find yourself in a tough spot.

I highly recommend you get this book. You won't regret it.
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