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Self Defense Books and DVD's



Gavin de Becker
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

"Instead of shrugging off these fears, we need to listen to them, see why we're having them, and act accordingly. Far from being silly intuitions, often these can truly show when something is wrong and violence might be imminent; if listened to, along with information about how violent people behave, these feelings might protect us from harm." -Library Journal

Orem library has a copy.


Tim Larkin

TFT Human Weapon  (DVD's and book package)

How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of your Life  (book)

"Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is the answer, it's the only answer."

Straight talk. The difference between anti-social and asocial violence. Tim's specialty is dealing with asocial violence, when the other guy has decided that negotiation is not an option.

You may not agree with Tim Larkin—his conclusions are very different than the Aikido philosophy of protecting your attacker—but if you train in a martial art these are topics you need to think through and consider for yourself.

Every martial artist should read this book.




Tony Blauer

How do you respond to a round house punch when there's no time to think?  

Tony Blauer studied how humans react instinctively to a physical threat. (Hint: it's called the flinch response.)

He'll teach you how to turn that instinctive movement into an effective barrier against all kinds of attacks, and then make that movement a gateway into any martial art techniques you have trained.

And no, you don't have to wait until the punch is flying at your face to begin stacking the deck in your favor.

PDR/BYOB Manual —'Be Your Own Bodyguard' (book)
The recommended starting point for Tony Blauer's SPEAR material.

Take It To The Streets—Companion DVD to PDR/BYOB Manual
The companion to the original '10 Street fighting Guides' which evolved into the PDR/BYOB Manual.



 Tony Blauer explains the 'Startle-Flinch' response.
"You've got to weather the ambush."



Peyton Quinn
Bouncer's Guide To Barroom Brawling: Dealing With The Sucker Puncher, Streetfighter, And Ambusher (book)

“I remember talking to (the author) about his background and he said he laughed when he heard folks say that Aikido didn't work. . . . It's amazing how well Iriminage works when you bounce the guy's head off the bar." -George Ledyard


Related Pages

Utah Self Defense Resources

Aikido DVD's

Some Great Books You Really Oughta Read, by Meik Skoss