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Winning Fights: Principle One

"Preparation" Kanji © 2018 by "Winning Fights" illustrator Musashi Reeder who was born in the city of Ritto, which is located in the Shiga prefecture of Japan -

From a tactical standpoint, surprise should be the first principle.  However, surprise is generally afforded to the attacker and typically an offensive action. So, we are left with the time honored first principle of being prepared for a fight before any other principle is relevant.  Proper preparation counters surprise.

Two thousand years ago, Chinese General Sun Tzu foresaw who would win or lose a conflict based on the preparation of each army. UFC champion Randy Couture noted that a fight is 90% mental and 10% physical.  However, most fighters focus only on physical preparation.

University of South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin revealed his coaching philosophy in an interview.  Martin told a reporter, "We've gotten to the place in society to where we think that we're supposed to make things easy for kids and then when they fail as men, we blame them."  Martin believes kids haven't changed.  Adults have changed and demand less of kids rather than preparing them for what life is truly about.

How you prepare for your fights depends on your individual abilities and the enemies that you will face.  Also, understand that there are three ways to mentally foreshadow and survive violence:
1.    Avoid it entirely
2.    Escape if it can't be avoided
3.    Devastate the attacker's ability to fight if escape is not possible
The first two methods of avoiding or escaping require presence of mind.  So, two out of three methods to survive violence are mental preparation by having a plan to avoid or escape violence and being alert to execute that plan.

"Winning Fights: 12 proven principles for winning on the street, in the ring, at life"is the most heavily researched text on fighting principles since Sun Tzu wrote the inaugural text on warfare 2,000 years ago.  Reviewers have called the book the modern-day Sun Tzu, Art of War outlining the foundations for winning and overcoming conflict.

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Publication Anniversary!

"Winning Fights: 12 Proven Principles for Winning on the Street, in the Ring, at Life" debuted a year ago on April 1st, 2018. It began appearing on bookstore shelves across the nation and soon was listed as essential gear in Black Belt Magazine.  


It received acclaim from leading Martial Artists across the nation including American Ninja Steven K. Hayes, The History Channel's Doug Marcaida and Hollywood Stuntman Hall of Fame member Jeff Jensen.


Months later it would become a USA Best Book Award FINALIST - 2018!  


We then flew to San Diego in October for the release of "Emergency Medicine: The Inside Edge", which is an emergency medicine reference text published by Wolters Kluwer - the largest medical text book publisher in the world.


Both titles are exceeding expectations for new releases from a humble, unknown author.


Currently, there are other titles in various stages of completion.  Most upcoming titles are non-fiction as we work on release details.


Thank you for the support of those reading my work!



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Award Winning!


Los Angeles - "Winning Fights" was an Awards Finalist in the Sports Category of the American Book Fest - Best Book Awards for titles published between 2016 - 2018.


Jeffrey Keen, President & CEO of American Book Fest said that this year's contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream publishers throughout the United States.  Authors of winning titles and finalists will enjoy broader publicity and marketing campaigns promoting the Best Book Awards.
Winners & finalists traversed the publishing landscape:  St. Martin's Press, Penguin/Random House, Simon & Schuster, New World Library and hundreds of other independent houses contributed to this year's outstanding competition.

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Kickoff Premier

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Conference in San Diego, CA was the site for the release of "Emergency Medicine: The Inside Edge".


It is now available from the Publisher Wolters Kluwer or your favorite bookseller.


We had a lot of fun seeing Emergency Medicine clinicians from across the country & meeting with old friends.  Even put in some time promoting my other title - "Winning Fights".


Thanks to Wolters Kluwer & the Staff at Southeastern Regional along with Campbell University School of Medicine for the support!

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New Book Release!

On Sale Now at your Favorite Bookseller!
Barnes & Noble - - Wolters Kluwer

"Emergency Medicine: The Inside Edge" will officially be released Oct. 9th, 2018 - Pre-sales will ship the last week of Sept.


The Publisher (Wolters Kluwer) will premier the book at the American College of Emergency Physicians National Conference in San Diego, Oct. 1-4th at the Wolters Kluwer booth.  It will be available there first!


It is already poised to become the #1 Evidence Based Emergency Medicine pocket reference in America.


Concise, evidence based, and packed with quick-reference features, Emergency Medicine: The Inside Edge is your go-to source for fast, accurate decision making in emergency situations. It provides vital information on 81 frequently seen conditions –right in the pocket of your scrubs.

Brief, evidence-based content that facilitates the thought process for quick, informed decision making – essential for every emergency health care provider.

Validated scoring systems to support clinical decision making and justify treatment.

Vibrant, full-color design and a readable font make reference quick and easy.

A useful appendix contains quick-reference tables and figures on topics like myocardial infarctions, pediatric vitals, insulin scales, and more.

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Thanks for the support of this vital emergency medicine text!  


If you're also a Martial Artist - don't forget my other top selling Martial Arts text:  "Winning Fights"



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Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob is one of my hero's and a Law Enforcment icon.  He has authored 1,000's of articles on firearms, combat techniques & legal issues over the years.  He has been editor of several Gun Magazines including "American Handgunner" & "Guns & Ammo".


He is a former Police Officer & has authored dozens of books.   He has appeared on the Sportsman Channel on Personal Defense TV and served on many national law enforcement boards while continuing to testify in shooting cases nationwide defending law enforcement officers.  He currently trains others through his own organization - Massad Ayoob Group.


The photo is when we both were much younger.  It was only natural to ask him to write the Foreward to my book, "Winning Fights".  He is certainly one of the most well known national experts on self defense & Firearm use making him well qualified to comment on the book.


I am thankful for his friendship & appreciate him taking the time to write the Foreward as the book continues to climb the charts in the Martial Arts & Sports Psychology genre.  Check out Massad's many works including his classic: "In the Gravest Extreme".    Again, many thanks to my friend Massad Ayoob for supporting "Winning Fights".

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Black Belt Essential Gear

Check out "Essential Gear" in the June/July 2018 issue of Black Belt Magazine p. 72-73

"Winning Fights: 12 Proven Principles for Winning on the Street, in the Ring, at Life" is Essential Gear in the June/July 2018 issue of Black Belt Magazine.  

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Advanced Praise for Winning Fights: James Wilson

"Winning an intelligent book with knowledge gained from centuries of human combat.  Highly, highly recommended."   James Wilson, Actor - Film Producer - Martial Artist


Thanks to James E. Wilson for his support of "Winning Fights".  It was great having him review the book.  Wilson is a Martial Artist, Film Producer & Actor.  He is the brother of Don "The Dragon" Wilson who was his first martial arts student in Pai Lum Kung Fu.  His brother Don, became an 11 time World Kickboxing Champion.


Please check out his film, "The Martial Arts Kid" featuring his brother Don and another Martial Arts legend - Cynthia Rothrock who is an actress and 5 time World Champion in forms and weapons.


James Wilson's movie addresses the bullying problem young people face today.  It is a great family film.


Check out & "Like" - "The Martial Arts Kid" Facebook page by clicking HERE!  


They also have their own retail line: Dragon Traditionz

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Advanced Praise for Winning Fights: Andrew Zerling

" A Fantastic Book!  Dr. Stephens' book "Winning Fights" deals with the timelesss twelve principles needed for victory in any conflict"  Andrew Zerling, Martial artist & author "Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts".


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Praise for Winning Fights: Author Wally Simpson

"Enjoy 'Winning Fights', and remember that fighting, while sometimes unavoidable, should be the last rather than the first thing we do in a confrontation." Wally Simpson, Martial Artist - Chinese Medicine Practitioner



Years ago when I was preparing for my 3rd Degree Black Belt - I was told to study the Dim Mak as I could appreciate it even more as a medical pratitioner.  For over a year I emersed myself in this fascinating ancient art that has both healing elements such as Acupunture & Qigong - but also deadly elements such as the Dim Mak commonly referred to as the Death Touch.  In Chinese Medicine you must know about both healing & destructive elements.  You can't learn to destroy unless you first know to heal in this view.


When writing "Winning Fights" - I corresponded with Master Wally Simpson.  He co-authored The Encyclopedia of Dim-Mak and practices Chinese Medicine in Australia.  His text was invaluable when I studied the background of Dim Mak.  He is a great guy & agreed to provide a review for my book.  His review was actually longer than the publishers included as he is passionate about Chinese Healing Arts.

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