Book review: Evolution of Weaponry

Book review: “Evolution of Weaponry” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen

 

book review Evolution of Weaponry by Lt. Col Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen

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The aim of the book is to give you an overview of the different ways mankind has found to most effective kill his fellow man. As the authors state in the introduction: any weapon that survives throughout time is the result of a Darwinian selection process. If it becomes useless in combat, it is discarded. If it keeps on working or works better than what was used before, then it is kept as a valuable weapon. Evolution of Weaponry gives you an overview of how that evolution actually went.

 

The book starts with a glossary of terms that will be used throughout the rest of the text. Then chapter one covers weapons as a means of overcoming physical and psychological limitations. On a physical level this means the need for force, mobility, speed and distance. Regarding the psychological aspect, the authors explain how man’s innate resistance to killing is an important factor in warfare. They go on to talk about the research behind this statement and all the ways the military have of using a psychological weapon to overcome it, which includes topics like:

  • Posturing
  • Distance
  • Mobility
  • Leaders
  • Groups
  • Conditioning and stress inoculation

Perhaps the most interesting part is the case study, in which these aspects are demonstrated from actual accounts.

 

Chapter two tackles how weapons evolved throughout the ages. This starts with the chariot and the phalanx and goes all the way to the concept of solid, fluid and gaseous phases. In part three, you’ll learn some more about the evolution of combat and domestic violent crime. This chapter explains several key concepts and offers a bunch of statistics to give you even more information. The book ends with a conclusion on the future of weapons evolution.

 

Conclusion:

This book is a good primer on the topic of weapons and everything that is involved with them, primarily their use in war. It gives a solid overview of the most important historical facts and concepts you need to know to get a basic understanding of the topic. Of course, there is a lot more to all this but that’s not what this book tries to cover. You can see it as a starting point for further reading and studying, a map to help you on your way to more knowledge. In that regard, this is a most excellent source of information.

Highly recommended.

Book review: Evolution of Weaponry

 

 

Book review: Wheel Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 2) by Shawn Kovacich

Time for another book review, this time it’s “Wheel Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 2) by Shawn Kovacich

Here’s the review:

Book review Wheel Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 2) by Shawn Kovacich

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The book starts with an introduction and some words on how to use the book to get the most out of it. Next up are a chapter on the muscles and joints involved in the kick as well as how to stretch and warm up before you start practicing.

Then we get into the meat of the book, the basic principles of the wheel kick. Shawn covers topics such as: [Read more…]

Book review: Warrior Wisdom by Bohdi Sanders

I received my copy of “Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior by Bohdi Sanders a while ago and frankly, I had a good time reading it. This is not one of those books you just pick up an read in one go. You can, obviously, but then you won’t get the most out of it.

Warrior Wisdom is a collection of quotes and sayings by martial artists, writers, poets, politicians and philosophers amongst others. Each quote pertains to living the life of a warrior. In and of itself, these quotes are usually worth reading, but that wouldn’t make for a good book. Bohdi Sanders takes it up a notch by providing context and an explanation for each of these quotes. He shares his personal insights to help you interpret the quote and make it applicable in your daily life and training.

One way to think of this book is as a motivational one; when you’re feeling down and want to sit on your butt while you whine like a little girl about how unfair something is, read a couple pages of Warrior Wisdom. You”re bound to find a quote or saying that lifts your spirits and helps you decide to get back on track.

But that’s just the superficial stuff. There are tons of books like this already (this is the one I like best; I always feel great after reading in it…) and they’re often not all that practical. Mr. Sanders digs a little deeper than just the “happy-joy-joy” level and tackles some difficult subjects like honor, integrity, violence, anger, and much more.

These are things the warrior has to face every day. Sometimes, you can end up feeling very conflicted about them. Or in the opposite case, forget all about them and stray from the path. Then this is the book for you. By reading and more importantly, thinking through what you find in the pages, you re-evaluate your own position on those matters. It isn’t really important whether you agree or not with Bohdi’s interpretation of each quote. As long as it makes you think, you’ll get something out of it.

Conclusion

This isn’t a book about techniques or a “how-to” guide on anything. Think of it as a book that gives you a nudge in the right direction regarding the life you lead, the values you hold dear and how you go about implementing them every day. For that purpose, I highly recommend it. If you’re a martial artist, self-defense enthusiast, LEO or soldier, you’ll get a lot out of this.

book review: Warrior Wisdom by Bohdi Sanders

 

Book review: Back Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 1) by Shawn Kovacich

A while ago, Shawn Kovacich sent me a truckload of his books for so here’s the first review. It covers his first book: “Back Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 1)” of the kicking excellence series. The review was supposed to auto-publish while I was abroad but WordPress apparently swallowed the post. So I rewrote the review quickly. Here it is.

Shawn Kovacich Back Kick

Shawn Kovacich

Back Kick (Achieving Kicking Excellence, Vol. 1)” starts with a preface, covering some good info on kicking techniques and specifically the back kick. Shawn then gives some pointers on how to use the book to learn the most from it.

The first chapter covers the anatomy of the back kick, which muscles and joints are used and how they interact. The author provides plenty of clear pictures and drawings to explain everything. Good stuff. Then he explains how you should warm up and stretch for practicing your turning back kick. He moves on to describe many important factors of a successful back kick: timing, distance, targeting, balance and loads more.

After you’ve digested this preparatory information, it’s time to get into the meat of the book; how to do a turning back kick and it’s many variations. In the next chapter, Shawn covers in extreme detail and step-by-step how you should perform this technique. He not only gives you a clear description but you also get pictures, drawings of how to position your feet at each step and a pictorial guide at the end. I particularly enjoyed this last one as it gives you a quick summary of the kick, perfect for when you don’t want to read an entire chapter and only want a quick refresher.

The next part of the book goes into the same amount of detail for several variations on the turning back kick: [Read more…]

Book review: Jim Cirillo’s Tales of the Stakeout Squad by Paul Kirchner

Jim Cirillo’s Tales of the Stakeout Squad by Paul Kirchner is the closest thing to a biography there is of one of the most famous law enforcement officers of the last 50 years. Jim Cirillo is one of the few who survived over 17 shootouts. Aside from his police work, he also taught his firearms knowledge to others as an instructor. Tragedy struck when he died in a car accident in 2007.

Here’s the review:

book review - Jim Cirillo's Tales Of The Stakeout Squad

 

Tales of the Stakeout Squad

The book begins with a short review Cirillo’s life: growing up in a working class family, getting married and having kids, his career as a police officer and firearms instructor. This chapter is perhaps shorter than I’d personally have liked be but most readers will probably anxiously skip through it to get to the “juicy” part: information on the firefights he was in.

In the following chapters, the author describes Cirilo’s life as a rookie police officer, his work with the Stake Out Squad, Emergency Service Unit, his life outside of the job and his competition record. In the last chapter, people who knew him reminisce on his life and tell some stories of how they remember him. [Read more…]