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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; First Edition edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804836590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804836593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As soon as you get this book, you will automatically put everything else down. Guaranteed. There's no way you can resist checking it out."—Grappling

"The techniques are well-written and easy to understand, and surprised me with how detailed they were, as well as the selection of maneuvers. The book itself stands out, and if you are a fan of old school MMA, this is the book for you."—TheFightNerd.com

About the Author

Ken Shamrock dominated no-holds-barred martial arts competitions in both America and Asia. He was the first Superfight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the first King of Pancrase, the pioneering Japanese fighting circuit, and is a former WWE superstar. He lives in San Diego, CA.

Erich Krauss is the author of six books including Brawl: A Behind the Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition. He currently lives in Thailand.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Burtner on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Having read "Inside the Lion's Den" years ago, I was very happy when this book came out. It makes Shamrock's first book seem like an abridged version of this one.

As in the first book, the first part is autobiographical. In it, Shamrock goes in depth about his troubled childhood, his time on the American pro-wrestling circuit (including a detailed description of the Nasty Boys incident), his time in Japan, and his return to MMA fighting up to his fight with Kimo. Without a doubt, some of the accounts are embellished or one-sided, but I think any fan of MMA, especially the early days, will be pleased at the insights Shamrock gives. My biggest complaint, as a pro-wrestling fan, is the constant misspelling of wrestler's names, but I don't think that'll effect most readers.

The second part of the book is on submission fighting. This is MUCH more detailed, technique-wise, than "Inside", but is noticeably missing sections on training, strategy and nutrition which were found in the first book. This section starts with stance and mobility and moves on to striking, including basic defenses, combinations, and striking from the clinch. Next he addresses takedowns, both offensively and defensively. He covers shooting, takedowns out of the clinch, takedowns off of the wall, takedown defense, takedowns to counter strikes, and many of his techniques end in a submission hold of some sort, allowing the fighter to finish his opponent off. After that is groundfighting, which is really Ken's specialty. He addresses, by chapter, the top guard position, side control and it's variations, the mount, the rear mound (including variations), and the bottom guard. In each section, he gives striking and submission options, proper positional control, and usually a bit on mobility and escapes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. Reifsnyder on October 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Where 'Inside the Lion's Den' Leaves off, this book picks up. Beyond chroniciles shamrocks early pro wrestling days along with his reign in the UFC, his move 2 WWF, and finally his return to MMA. Written in first person, Shamrock comes across much more humoriously than 'Inside.' Of the books 278pages, 212 of them R NHB technique instructions. Having practiced MMA on a much more amature level, I can say that the techniques contained in it are both effective and basic. Shamrocks descriptions get to the heart of each move, teaching the most important parts of ever technique, and explaining them thouroughly.

All in all, this has to go on the shelf of any MMA of UFC fanatic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick A. Kellner on October 22, 2005
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This book contains a brief autobiography which is 64 pages long which is OK especially if you read "Inside the lions den" because that was a fairly detailed autobiography so this is mostly recap of that with some new details that you didn't get in the first one. The rest of the book is a "How to" guide on submission fighting.

The Good:

The auto biography was better written than "Inside the lions den" which at points made you think you were reading Clark Kents Auto biography instead of Ken Shamrocks. There are clear pictures of the fighting moves along with step by step instructions on how to do them which was pretty cool if that kind of thing interest you.

The Bad:

Nothing memorable. I wish he would have elaborated on where all the lions den fighters are now and whether or not would could expect to see all of them fighting again in the near future.

Overall if you are a Ken Shamrock fan you will enjoy this book and even though it is a little pricey it's worth picking up and checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sabawi on August 1, 2007
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The biography part is pretty interesting. He mostly talks about his pro wrestling days and after. In his first book, he focuses more on his life before pro wrestling. I liked the idea of a bio/instructional because it adds some credebility to his technique.

The instructional part is good. He provides a lot of techiniques for several different situations. He goes through the techniques step by step in detail so the reader fully understands how to perform the techniques. His first book had some nutritional and exercise advice, however this book does not. Despite that, I would strongly recommend this book for Shamrock fans and people who are interested in training in MMA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Irvin on February 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm very happy to see a fighter finally show us some mma moves.
The contents are as follows;
1)Striking-21 moves.
2)Clinch work-17 moves.
3)Leglocks and guard passes-13 moves.
4)Top Control Submissions-27 moves.
5)Guard Work-14 moves.
Overall there are 100 techniques plus a biography of Shamrock's life.Sorry for not remembering exactly how the book is organized;but there is indeed 100 moves inside.
My only two problems with this book is that;Shamrock doesn't show how to strike when down on the ground and doesn't cover escapes from the bottom of inferior positions at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently on May 3, 2007
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Beyond the Lion's Den is an expanded update of Lion's Den, which was published over ten years ago. It's divided into two sections covering Shamrock's life story and a second longer section which is a guide to MMA techniques.

The biography part makes Shamrock sound more like a superhero than a real human being but it's well written and entertaining. On the downside the only pictures are from two of his UFC matches (against Tito Ortiz and Kimo) which is a little strange considering the length of his career and the number of images which must be available. Also the photo on the cover is from his pumped-up WWF days which is a bit misleading considering the content of the book.

The second half is a lot better. The problem with a lot of wrestling (or martial arts) books is that the photos are too small or grainy to see the techniques properly. Here there are lots of large, clear photos which show how to complete the manoeuvres really well.

In short this book may not be worth the cover price if you've already got the old version or are a good standard MMA fighter. It works better as an introduction to the sport and it helps too if you're a Ken Sharock fan :)
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