Some books to read,videos to watch and various bits of information I hope you never have cause to need.


Rape resistance:

Impact of victim self protection on rape and injury

Rape and resistance – Kleck & Sayles


Armed resistance:

Armed resistance to crime: The prevalence and nature of self defense with a gun


Knife work:

Put ‘em down, take ‘em out (Don Pentecost)

If you only read one thing about knives and fighting, make it this book. Pentecost will destroy any bullshit you may have encountered on YouTube or in a martial arts class, or at a self defense seminar. The only downside to this book is realising just how screwed you can be.


Hand to Hand / Combatives:

Get Tough

Fairbairn’s classic on WWII combatives. No fancy bullshit, just straight up inflicting injury and death. The only downside to this book is if you need a lower level of force, you’re mlstly out of luck. The good news is that the information in this book is hard-won knowledge, this book was written because the people who used it lived to share it.


Kill or Get Killed

Applegate’s version of Fairbairn’s “Get Tough”. Different format, same good information. Read either or both.


Principles of Violence – Greyskull

A pretty darn good book. I don’t agree with everything he says, but overall there’s some really useful information in here. Where Get Tough focuses on injury, and the Marine Corp’s Close Combat focuses on grappling and MMA/UFC style stuff, Principles of Violence focuses on death. The author has a decent grasp on things. His assertion that true self defense basically boils down to either knocking the BG unconscious or killing him might have flaws, but not many. Very worthwhile read.


USMC Close Combat

MCMAP – Marine Corp Martial Arts Program – Covers many levels of force. My main problem with this book is my problem with most MMA/Krav Maga type “systems” – it’s basically a system for winning in a dominance match. What, did you think they’d teach testosterone fueled, immature 20-year old boys ways to break people’s bodies? These are barely out of school kids who have “Kill!” screamed in their ears until they believe they actually want to. Naturally fights will break out between recruits, so you want to teach them things that will help them win a confrontation, but without them damaging each other too seriously. You won’t find too many spine twists or neck breaks in here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book for what it does, it’s just that what it does is less self defense and more voluntary fighting. Think so-called “peacekeeping” missions vs combat missions.


Combatives (FM 21-150)

Basically the US Army version of MCMAP – fewer force levels covered, much more focus on injuring the enemy (e.g. breaking bones)



TCCC Tactical Combat Casualty Care

Info on battlefield wound care. While under fire, just after, whenever. And not wound care for a splinter either. Gunshots, stab wounds. Useful info for any self-selected protector. A military slant for sure, but still good to know.