Texas Hold’em Self-Defense


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That’s right, Texas Hold’em Self-Defense.

From the description:

Every single day across this country people are taught ways to save their life from the bad guy, only to end up in jail for assault if their training works as advertised. They are taught to gamble their life and freedom on what they are told is fact.

Self-defense is not like high stakes gambling, it is the highest stakes gambling.

If you are going to gamble – do it right. To do it right you need to know how the game is played, what the rules are, and you really need to understand the odds.

That is where this book comes in. Texas Hold’em Self-Defense will teach you how to play the game, how much it costs, and how to turn the odds in your favor.

The most popular version of Poker is Texas Hold’em. In this new book, I use Texas Hold’em as a model for understanding the different stages of conflict, and the different factors that need to be considered in those stages.

I think this approach made the book informative, fun and I have to say that when I sat down to do the major rewrite of what was originally titled Prelude to a Fight, I was looking at a lot of work that I did not think was going to be fun, but this seemed to take on a life of its own and the rewrite flowed much better than the original draft. The advice I was given on the original draft was perfectly framed in a way that inspired me to take on the task with a great mindset, and I thank my friends for this.

I hope you buy this book, if you do I am certain you will enjoy it! If you do like it, please drop me a line and let me know!

Musashi’s Dokkodo (The Way of Walking Alone) A New Book From Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder


Over this past summer, right after I began working fervently on a new book which was to be titled Prelude to a Fight, and is currently undergoing a name change (it needs to be just right…), an opportunity to be a part of a very interesting project came up. Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder, two people I hold in very high regard, were working on a book about Miyamoto Musashi’s Dokkodo (The Way of Walking Alone), and asked if I would be willing to contribute my perspective.


Obviously, I jumped at the chance to have my words side by side with theirs. And when they told me who the other contributors were, Alain Burrese, and Lisa Christensen, I was excited to be a part of this group of five. Five people, all Black Belt martial artists, and all coming from different walks of life, looking at Musashi’s last work.

If I am being 100% honest, the excitement turned to anxiousness once I sat down to begin writing. After all, who wants to be seen as the weakest contributor to anything at all? I looked at the previous work of the other contributors, and doubled down to give my dead level best effort. When the review draft was sent to me, I only read my part, carefully avoiding the work from the others out of concern that it might change my opinion, or feel like a challenge to add to what I had written in order to defend my position.

Once I gave the approval for my part, I went back and read the entire book. And I have to tell you, this is a very good book. And not for what may seem to be the obvious reason of me having a part in this project.

See, Musashi is in the category of the sacred cows. He is someone who must be believed and his advice must be followed. He is viewed as all but infallible by martial artists and corporate executives alike. But the fact is, some of his advice is really bad.

I will not go into detail here on my exact thoughts, they are very well explained in the book. But the different points of view really cast a tremendous light on where he was right, where he was close, and where he really missed the mark. I highly recommend this book. I learned a lot from reading the other perspectives on the same topics, and I am sure you will as well.

I walked into the project as someone who had simply taken Musashi’s words as law. What other way are they presented in any print anywhere?

In the end, as I sat and thought about each of the precepts in turn, I learned that even those who we people we are taught to view as genius can be deeply flawed humans.

I hope you buy this book, and I am sure you will enjoy it.

Yet another book update!


So, I originally mentioned August as a time of release for the latest book.

Obviously that didn’t happen.

I have had a couple of updates and even an “it is essentially done” post.

Well, things happen.

I had a wonderful opportunity to have some people put eyes on my work before I released it. Please keep in mind that this was new territory for me. In my previous work, I simply write, spell check and release it.

But when you have a chance to have leaders in your field review your work, you simply do not let that chance pass. You grab it and learn from those wiser than you.

Now, if any writer says that it is fun to have other writers review your work and tell you what you need to do to fix it, they are lying. But there is typically no growth without pain. If you really want to learn and get better, then you need to listen to those who know more than you know.

And while you want people to read a first draft and say “it is perfect as is, run with it!”, I have found that Stuart Williams had it exactly right when he told me that “the editing and rewriting is where the real magic happens.”

So, Prelude to a Fight is undergoing so major changes. I feel that the changes were not only important, but essential in getting my message across. The finished product will be my best work to date, and I owe it to the help of my friends.

As always, this is where information on this process will be posted first. I thank all of you for your continued support, kind words, emails, texts, and encouragement! 

Prelude to a Fight Update


I just noticed how long it has been since my last update.


So, in order to keep everyone in the loop, here is the update and status report.

I am currently putting the finishing touches on Prelude to a Fight. This has taken longer than I thought for a couple of reasons, but I am certainly not complaining, because being busy is a lot better than being bored. I had an opportunity to be a part of another project, the details of which will be here as soon as the time is right, and once that was done I jumped back into work on Prelude.

I thank all of you for your continued readership, support, and positive emails. You are what makes it possible for me to do this, and I appreciate all of you!!!

Prelude to a Fight


There is a title to the book I am working on now, Prelude to a Fight .subtitle Personal Safety Before the Physical Conflict Begins.

The book is to be about the things that happen prior to a physical conflict that are under our control. This is a logical follow up to my two previous offerings, Slapping Dragonsand Ignorance, Myth, and the Martial Arts

I hope to have it out by August, but I can say with confidence that it will be available this year. I thank all of you who have supported my work in the past, and feel grateful that people find value in what I write. Once the book is finished, I will announce it here first. Thanks everyone!

New Book in the works!


After several months of research, fact checking, and getting ducks in a row. after a good dozen rewrites of the outline, I have started on a new book. My goal is to have it available by August of this year. If you have not already given a “Like” to the Facebook “Wallace Smedley’s Page”, please do so as the updates there are probably going to be more frequent. But the word on the completion of the project will be here first. I thank all of you for your support through the years, and promise this book will be the best yet!

Keep an eye out for updates!