With the title of “Training For Sudden Violence, 72 Practical Drills” I really didn’t know what to expect. This turned out to be a fantastic guide to reacting to sudden violence perpetrated against you. Miller has a strong background in martial arts and corrections, so he is not just stating unsubstantiated opinions. He’s been there and lived it. Working in detention you sort of expect to be attacked by an inmate once in a while, and they would rather blindside you than try to face off.
Miller starts with martial arts and LE training (like PPCT) and explains why these methods have a big hole in them in real life situations. As I read the book, Miller’s observations and training drills made a lot of sense. I could clearly see his points about where my black belt training lacked certain aspects. He covers the basic predator psychology on choosing and attacking victims, then explains how to respond, both before and during the attack. Of course, a lot of this goes back to situational awareness, but we can never stress that skill too much.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that deals with inmates in detention facilities, or even plain old bad guys on the street. It is a survival manual that helps not just with survival but coming out on the winning side. I wish I had read Miller’s book “Facing Violence” first, but I guess it will still be a good read when I can get a copy.