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suggested reading

I love to read.  I don’t spend as much time doing it as I’d like or should.  I often suggest books for people to read, but it’s not often that I actually buy them to give to people. Dude! The World’s going to Punch you in the Face: Here’s How to Make it Hurt Less is one of those books that I have now given away 3 times; once to one of my students graduating from high school and to both of my sons.

The book is all about practical advice, for young men in particular, coming some of my favorite authors: Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane along with Marc MacYoung.  For those of you unfamiliar with these men, they have written numerous books both separately and together. (I personally own several of them!)  All are accomplished martial artists.  Mr. Wilder is the head instructor and owner of the West Seattle Karate Academy and has been practicing martial arts since the age of 15, training in both the United States and Okinawa. Previously, he worked in public affairs and political consulting.  He teaches seminars worldwide and hosts 2 podcasts: The Back Channel as well as Martial Arts and Life with Lawrence Kane. Since 1970, Mr. Kane has studied and taught Asian martial arts, medieval European combat and modern close quarters weapons techniques.  He has worked stadium security part time and works in the aerospace industry. Mr. MacYoung, “Animal”, grew up in a gang infested area.  He co-developed Conflict Communications which is a conflict resolution and de-escalation program.  This was an abbreviated list of their accomplishments. Needless to say, they have a lot of life experience and they have passed it on through this book.

The book is not meant to be read cover to cover, although it can be.  It’s more of a reference manual.  Having problems in relationships?  There’s a section on that.  Money problems?  Yes, that is covered.  Problems at work with co-workers?  Yup! It’s in there. There really isn’t much that isn’t covered and the advice is good.  The chapters are short and to the point while still humorous and non-judgmental.  It is organized in such a way that it is easy to find the subject matter you are looking for and not have to spend tons of time scanning the book for any particular section.

While the book is geared towards young men, as I read through the book myself, I found people I knew coming to mind that I though would benefit: older men, women of all ages and teenagers. There were several times I found myself nodding and thinking “yeah, I wish I’d known that when I was younger!” I feel like I should just buy a couple dozen copies and hand them out to people.

I believe as parents, mentors and friends, we do give good advice, but the people we are close to don’t give it the merit it deserves.  This book is another way to reach people that may not otherwise listen to us for one reason or another. They need to hear it from somewhere else and this book is a great resource.

If you are interested in this book for yourself or someone else, see the link below to check it out on Amazon or go to stickman publications.com.


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