Item description for Fight Back: Arm Yourself with Mental and Physical Self-Defense by Dominick Divito...
Overview A self-defense expert empowers readers with techniques anyone can use to fight back against a physical attack.
Citations And Professional Reviews Fight Back: Arm Yourself with Mental and Physical Self-Defense by Dominick Divito has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2007 page 63
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 80
Publishers Weekly - 08/22/2005 page 59
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 175
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 7.32" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.29 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Center Street
ISBN 1931722463 ISBN13 9781931722469
Reviews - What do customers think about Fight Back: Arm Yourself with Mental and Physical Self-Defense?
save your money Nov 30, 2007
This book is a waste of paper. No information for anyone wanting to learn how to really protect themselves in here.
Missed the mark Jul 23, 2006
One of the main reasons I picked up this book was the DVD that came with it. I am not surprised that none of the reviewers above mentioned it, because there was nothing of value on it! It was a ten-minute teaser that ended up referring you to the author's web site so you could buy a $25 video of his self-defense system. Since the book is nearly all text (only thirty-eight photos)it was assumed, at least by me, that the instruction was on the DVD. It felt like those times when you think you are watching a really interesting review of a new product on TV only to find out it is an informercial.
Don't get me wrong, there is some good information in the text. But the scenario-based, physical self-defense instruction portion of the book was much weaker for lack of illustration--and the DVD is just a marketing trick to get you to buy his video after you have already paid $23 for a book (with a DVD!).
Great Mental section, as for Physical.... Jan 22, 2006
I am a woman in my thirties, and I have taken a good few years of martial arts training (some good, some not so good.) I have been out of practice due to some physical trouble, and when I saw this book I thought it was just what I needed to refresh my mind (and ease some recent anxieties.)
The section on mental defense is great. It confirmed a lot of what I have felt and practiced, such as considering that an attacker with a weapon plans to use it. How do I know otherwise? I've heard tons of stories of compliant victims who wound up dead anyway--tied, gagged, and shot to death. An attacker may just want your compliance, but unless you took Mindreading 101, you really don't know what they plan to do with that weapon. Better to protect yourself regardless. Personally, I'd rather go down fighting than to do whatever perverse thing is asked of me and die anyway. We are no longer living in times where we can be compliant in hopes an attacker will get what they want and let us live. 9/11 changed all that.
I felt the confidence section was extremely important. I have personally had instances where a "mousy" look drew unwanted attention my way while projecting confidence kept troublemakers at a distance. I also found the awareness part important, as I always shake my head watching an oblivious woman yacking on a cell phone while walking in a parking lot at night. It also helped my own self esteem to realize my own high amount of awareness has been part of my self protection.
On to the reason I gave this three stars. I felt the physical defense section was lacking, and at some times unrealistic. Again, I've taken martial arts for a few years, and as an example, the demonstration of the punch leaves one's face wide open for attack. A proper punch would have both hands up--one to protect and one to strike. I've also attempted a few of these moves with my husband and found them difficult to work with (such as spinning around after being grabbed from behind.)
I feel this book is a good resource, but if you're serious about self protection, you need a good class (and I mean a GOOD class, not some tournament-training black belt mill like a place I once belonged to.) With proper training, the physical section makes more sense, and you can use its suggestions to mentally prepare for the worst. I wouldn't solely rely on it for self protection.
Most books on self protection or martial arts come up short in that they cannot take the place of the real-time feeling you get when you practice in person. There is a play of energy involved, and as much as you may feel confident you'll be able to do something, when the moment arrives, it's a whole other story. I've gotten popped in the head enough times to know that. This is a great supplement to self-protection practices, but it shouldn't take the place of hand to hand training.
Extremely Informative Dec 17, 2005
As a mother of three girls, I'd like to say that I found this book extremely informative. I appreciated the "awareness" element of the book. I will definitely share these elements with my daughters. I want them to be empowered with knowledge, not gripped with fear. If you are unaware of your surroundings or ignorant to the danger you may be putting yourself in (i.e. Natalie Holloway comes to mind) you will be crippled with fear and possibly put in a life threatening position.
As I was reading some of the other reviews for this book, I was amazed - don't blame this book for teaching a criminal mind, we have Hollywood/TV for that - praise this book for trying to combat the wickedness and give you a tool.
Definitely NOT missing the mark!!! Dec 14, 2005
I am responding to Michael Dobony's opinion of Fight Back. He states DiVito's examples of criminal stories and relating self-defense techniques are unrealistic and resemble "Hollywood" type scenarios. Was he reading the same book I was? The incidences which Divito uses are definitely realistic, i.e., someone breaking into your house in the middle of the night, attempted date rape, being attacked in a parking garage. I am an average American woman, 30 years old, and I can tell you I have either been in or know of people who have been in the situations that Divito uses. Also, if you watch TV news or read the paper, you'll recognize the authors' examples mirror common criminal occurrences. There is nothing Hollywood about the attacks!
Additionally, as far as Fight Back's advice being deadly to the victim....One, the book quotes statistics that prove the effectiveness of self-defense. Two, the moves DiVito teaches are simple and are focused on areas of an attacker's body that are generally accessible and easy to find. For example...gouging an attacker's eye or striking him in the throat. These aren't fancy, difficult, or risky moves for a victim. I think the biggest risk would be to do nothing!
DiVito is honest and smart about not offering guarantees that self-defense works every time, all the time, however his method of defense combined with solid statistics and real-life stories prove it is better to fight back than to do nothing. The book is nothing less than empowering!