Up Close, Nothing Personal

Up Close, Nothing Personal

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This is the first in a series of manuals which covers subjects such as fear, pre-emptive striking, the Fence, Combatives striking techniques (swivel punch, chin jab, axe hand etc), Combatives fighting methods (cycling, covering, etc), and more.

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This fine tome, written by Lee Morrison is, as far as I can ascertain, the first of its kind - a book about working the doors and staying alive.

Geoff Thompson

"Up Close, Nothing Personal" by Lee Morrison is a draft copy of a book written with the door security staff in mind and is no-nonsense, no-frills manual designed to help martial artists of a similar mentality. Written with passion, what the book lacks in finesse and publishing polish, it makes up for with passion and practicality. Easy digestible at just over one hundred pages, Morison's book should be read by any martial artist seriously contemplating working on the door, either full time or to supplement their income.

Divided into bite-sized pieces, "Up Close, Nothing Personal" looks at the physical, mental and emotional qualities needed to work the door and illustrates the concepts with real-life scenarios. Written in plain English, the book offers a variety of techniques allied to mental conditioning, whilst analysing the constraints of the law and your own inner fears. Short and to the point, this isn't pretty but it effective and that's the point. This is a heart felt attempt to convey the contradictory skills and emotions that are the essence of daily life on the door and as a result more real and honest than any number of glossy Ninja technique manuals.

Combat Magazine, March 2002

It has been many years since I last stood on the door of a night club, checking out the look of the customers as they paid the admission fee. Over the years the problems the door security staff face moved on into what seems a larger minefield. You must now deal with drugs, drink, guns, knives and a level of aggression from some members of the public that seems totally detached from reality. Like many doorman who stayed longer than the first week it was some years before I felt comfortable (if that's the right word) with my ability to deal with the reality of the job. If it wasn't for the fact I started work with a great head doorman who taught me the right way, my time on the door would have been shorter and I would have walked into problems at the time I could not have dealt with.

Lee's book "Up Close, Nothing Personal" is a great eye-opener for anyone who is thinking about starting work within door security. It is direct and deals with the practical side of dealing with someone who wants to make your face look like a deep pan pizza. Lee is very skilled and has trained for many years to build on his knowledge. But he puts across the fact that simple basic techniques work and backs this by years of practical hands-on experience. It's not all physical as any good doorman will tell you and Lee demonstrates this in his book.

Body language plays a key part in understanding someone's true intentions. With your life on the line would you understand how you control the problem in front of you, before the fists and broken glass start flying? I know that the quietest person in a club can turn into a nightmare when he or she has filled himself or herself with alcohol. Understanding what their body language is telling you, rather than words that are coming out of their mouths, can give you time to make your level of response the right one. Now Lee has dealt with this type of drunken problem many times before and lays down his knowledge and experience as a guide - only you can build on this and only be being there can you learn to deal with the real lesson.

Everything that I have come to understand as part of making someone a good doorman - like being professional, polite and able to stay in control of themselves and others only comes with time. Door staff have moved on from the gorilla on the door just bashing heads. Teamwork and a professional attitude must be maintained at all times. This book pushes the same idea but looks at the time when the professional has to deal with the animal. It's not nice and when the job turns nasty only a few can deal with the reality of the job. The physical responses Lee covers are very workable; they are controlled but are free to move to a higher level if the level of threat dictates.

This book may be for someone who is thinking about starting out in security but it has a lot to say to people working on the door now. Before starting anything you need information to build on. This book is a good place to start.

Alan Charlton (Self Protection Association), Fighters Magazine, January 2003

An essential guide for anyone employed in door security. The book contains some graphic examples of the authors own personal experiences, and as a student of self protection I can most definitely say that this is a book written by someone who knows exactly what they are talking about.

S.H. Altman

"Up Close, Nothing Personal" is a real and honest, no nonsense account of life as a door supervisor, and at some point every person who works the doors will experience each and every emotion and incident described. The self-protection and restraints shown are both practical and functional and could be all you need when faced with an aggressor - I speak from experience. This book filled me with inspiration. I read it now with passion, but was left hungry for more. I believe everyone who works the doors should collect their badge and a copy of "Up Close, Nothing Personal".

Joanne Robinson

This is a brilliant book! I have taken on a door on a rough venue and gone in as head door person, it's really hard. This book has helped me have more confidence and be firm but fair with the public. I think all security should read it.

Elaine Frampton

For anyone considering working on the door, this book should be made as compulsory reading.

Chris Bougeard - Wing Chun instructor/em>