James LaFond: On Survival Fighting
A One In One Journal Q&A...
My new book Self Defence Volume 2 is now available and features a special 12 page Q&A section with James Lafond.
Ordering details at the bottom of this page…
James is a writer from Baltimore U.S.A and is best known for his book, the Paladin Press 2001 edged weapons classic, The Logic of Steel (A fighter’s view of blade and shank encounters), part of a four year study he carried out in Baltimore in the 1990’s called “The violence project”, documenting many real life incidents between predators and victims that he interviewed.
In terms of writing, “prolific” is not a sufficient enough word to use to describe his output as James has published over 140 books on various subjects including (but not limited to) combat, history, fiction and more. This is even more remarkable in light of the fact that James is homeless and truly embodies his nickname of “The Hobo Historian”. He now travels constantly, writing books and blogging (at www.jameslafond.com) as he goes and giving a truly unique and straight talking first-hand account of the people and places that make up modern America.
I’ve corresponded with James by email for quite a while now and he has been nothing but supportive of my humble efforts at writing. He wrote a review of my first book “Self Defence: Vol 1” and also gave me the honour of writing the foreword to his new and final book about fighting, “On Combat” which is being published later this year.
James kindly agreed to answer questions for The One In One Journal readers which he did in his trademark honest, no holds barred style !
Early memories of violence and how they change us
Thinking you are about to die violently and the lasting effect of that on outlook to training.
Experiencing “fear of life” and how someone can prepare for this.
What “self-defence” really means.
James' filter for situations in terms of whether to fight or not.
Advice for the aging trainee.
Training advice for those unable to find coaching due to finances or location, in order to develop some useable fighting skill.
Are some people born with a genetic affinity/ interest in fight training?
The single most important attribute that a person can cultivate in order to be effective at survival fighting.
The best gift of a lifetime of fight training.
The best piece of training advice James ever received.
If James could fight any other writer (living or dead) who would he choose? Hands? Sticks? Blades?
Advice for female readers about Hollywood bullshit and training for the reality of fighting men.
How to order “Self Defence: Volume 2”
£12.99 / 207 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8806108051 (Use this code to order from your favourite independent bookstore!)
(Volume one is also available from the links provided at a new reduced price!)
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