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Becoming a Complete Martial Artist: Error Detection in Self-Defense and the Martial Arts [Hardcover]

Marc MacYoung , Tris Sutrisno
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Book Description

October 1, 2005
A high-level guide to martial arts tactics based on exploiting errors and weaknesses in an opponent while eliminating personal errors and weaknesses. "Self-defense" is a graduate-level course in the most important strategic principles of self-defence from the legendary Tristan Sutrisno and the indefatigable Marc MacYoung. Not a manual for beginners or dilettantes, but a key to the highest level of tactical self defence, this volume concentrates not on a catalogue of specific defences for specific situations, but on teaching situational awareness and understanding of the wide range of opportunities, possibilities, and options available to the skilled defender, in any situation.

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Many errors and misunderstandings have crept into what is currently being presented as "martial arts." Students are taught sports-based moves and modern interpretations and told that they are both traditional martial art systems and effective for self-defense. Neither is true. Often, when these techniques fail, the student feels responsible for not doing the move correctly. But in fact, the technique - as it was taught - is missing vital components that would make it both traditional and effective. The fault, of which the instructor is probably not even aware, is not with the student, but with the information that was given to him.
Becoming a Complete Martial Artist introduces the reader to the concepts necessary to restore lost aspects, repair corrupted data, and analyze for errors, whatever martial arts system he studies. In addition, the explanations of fundamental principles that apply to all martial arts systems will assist both the student and the instructor. With a strong grasp of the mechanics of error detection, the martial artist will be able to step up to a new awareness and a vastly enhanced ability to use an existing arsenal of skills to greater advantage.
Sutrisno and MacYoung bring over eighty years of combined experience to their teaching, and this book is the fruit of their long study. No matter your level of experience, Becoming a Complete Marital Artist will help you better understand the depths of your system.

About the Author

Tristan Sutrisno was born in 1950 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was introduced to the martial arts at the age of four, when his father and uncle began coaching him at home in the Japanese martial arts and Indonesian Pencak Silat. Sutrisno has taught martial arts at the YMCA and his own school since 1973. An avid martial arts tournament competitor, he has also conducted numerous seminars over the years. He now lives in Sheppton, Pennsylvania, and continues to help promote martial arts in the United States.

Marc MacYoung was introduced to the martial arts at the age of ten. After more than thirty years, he has undergone formal training in karate, wing chun, tai chi, silat, bagua, hsing-i, boxing, Western swordsmanship, and kali. His emphasis has always been to take traditional martial arts and apply them in a modern context, both tactically and legally. He teaches martial artists, and also teaches close-quarter combat to police and military personnel around the world. A Los Angeles native, he currently lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592283705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592283705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive, and highly recommended October 10, 2005
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The description of this outstanding book states that it is a graduate level course in the strategic principles of self defense but don't look for fancy applications or whiz-bang techniques. It is really about the basic fundamentals that make any martial art work properly when you take your dojo skills on the street. This is good solid stuff, not particularly exciting, but absolutely essential, cerebral, and right on. The authors are highly skilled and their experience really resonates within these pages.

As most long-term martial artists know, earning a black belt is really just the beginning of a practitioner's martial journey. Since obtaining mine I discovered that the more I know, the more I realize that the fundamentals are paramount. That's the focus of this book. The SWOT analysis is an important tool described herein. It stands for Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat, an invaluable tool for error detection as you place your techniques under a microscope. Essential nuances of structure, posture, body mechanics, and positioning are critical for success and well described herein. The writing is clear, articulate, and easy to follow. The highlighted practice hints are a nice addition too.

My only complaint, which frankly is pretty minor, is that the pictures do not have very good contrast and there are harsh vertical lines on the wall in the background of many of them that make them a little challenging to view. Furthermore, there really are not enough photos to illuminate everything properly unless you've been practicing martial arts for a while and understand what the authors are talking about.
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This book essentially lives up to its title, and does nothing more or less. It does a very good job of defining martial arts in analytical terms, breaking everything down into a few categories (range, weight transfer, positioning, posture, and placement), offering general rules for proper movement within each category. Despite the fact that there are countless different systems that move in countless different ways, many of which disagree with each other in seemingly fundamental ways, proper movement is determined largely by human physiology. Different systems provide different, systematic ways of using human physiology to the practitioner's advantage. Becoming A Better Martial Artist wisely sticks to these physiological properties, successfully pointing out "alternate" ways of moving that do not constitute stylistic difference, but instead constitute improper movement. The authors provide guidance to the reader in examining his (or her) own system and training to look for things that may have been lost in transmission from teacher to student. These issues may be the result of the reader not fully understanding his teacher's instruction, or it may be the result of someone in the reader's lineage not fully understanding their training and propagating their mistakes to successive generations.

The other thing that this book does is provide an excellent explanation of the differences between self-defense and combat, and why combative techniques sometimes have no place in self-defense training (and, by extension, why many martial arts systems are not self-defense systems).

I have only one minor complaint about this book. In an effort to "appeal to the masses," the examples given are clearly based on Shotokan Karate. Mr.
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I have to admit that I really enjoy not only reading and learning from books written by the author, but also they way he expresses himself in order to get his point across. Do I always agree with the things he says? Of course not, but even those things that I don't agree with are worth listening to and then deciding why the author reached the conclusion that he did concerning that particular subject.

In this book, the author devotes the entire book to looking at a lot of the basic techniques universal to most martial arts and a lot of the more common misconceptions that seem to exist concerning the effectiveness of a particular martial art or martial arts technique in a real life self-defense situation. Now I must give the author's kudos here for a statement made early on in this book that basically goes as follows, "Any martial art can be effective." Anything, and I do mean anything, can be effective if done correctly and applied properly under the right set of circumstances.

It this book worth the money to buy it and the time to read it? Well, if you want to improve your martial arts skill in whatever your chosen art is and if you want to be able to enhance your ability to defend yourself, then I would say yes, this book is worth your time and money. However, if you think that your art is the one and only and that you know everything there is to know about the martial arts then you are obviously wasting your time and money buying this book. As a matter of fact, you are even wasting your time reading this review.
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