If you have a Krav Maga instructor or student on your Christmas shopping list I have some good books to recommend! Of course, I believe anyone who teaches self defense should absolutely read the list below. I’ve said before, if you teach self defense to others and don’t read these books it is like learning history from a history professor who has never read a history book! The list (in order of my recommendation);

Meditaions On Violence by SGT Rory Miller. An amazing book. Learn about real world violence from a guy who’s seen a bunch of it.

Facing Violence by SGT Rory Miller. Goes over everything you could want to know about having to face real world violence. Talks about how to spot potential conflict, body language to look for to tell you an attack is coming, what stress and adreniline will do to you, how you will feel afterwards, what the police will want to hear and what they will do, what the court system will do to you, etc, etc. A must read!

Strong On Defense by SGT Samford Strong. A tough read but a must read for those teaching self defense. Several interviews with people who have survived crimes.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. Another must read. Will have you listening more to those voices in your head.

On Killing and On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Shows us what BS the movies have told us about killing and violence. Studies how stress, adreniline, etc. will effect us.

Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Ever just had a feeling about something? This book explains why and will have you listening to those feelings from now on!

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. Why do some survive an incident while others perish during the same incident? Cool book.

The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood. Very similar to the book above.

Sharpening The Warrior’s Edge by Bruce Siddle. Scientifically explains how we should be training for life and death situations.

Training at the Speed of Life by Kenneth Murray. Similar to the above book.

Combat Focus Shooting by Rob Pincus. Takes the no BS approach to shooting that Krav Maga does with self defense.

Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow. A bit dry but you’ll understand the scumbags better…and quit feeling sorry for their poor childhoods.

The Truth About Self Protection by Massad Ayoob. An expert in the field.

-Mark Slane has a couple of books that are definately recommended by…Mark Slane. Be Safe, Self Defense For Women in the Real World and Krav Maga for Law Enforcement. Available on Amazon or on

-Probably should have been at the top of the list but the Bible. Cool stories of dudes taking on long odds and kicking butt. Even one about a guy who took the jaw bone of an ass and killed 1,000 heathens!



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