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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884654282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884654282
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Lachica is the coauthor of Boxer’s Start-Up, Fighting Fit, and Fitness Training for Girls. He is a certified USA amateur-boxing coach and the owner of Bulldog Boxing Gyms. His boxing exhibitions have been featured on local and national television, including the CBS News' Eye on America. He lives in Inman, South Carolina. Doug Werner has written more than a dozen sport instructional guides, including the Start-Up Sports series and is the coauthor of Boxer’s Start-Up and Fighting Fit. He lives in Chula Vista, California.

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Good basic book for a new boxing student.
R. H. Sweat
The associated photos are of excellent quality and there are just enough pictures to clearly represent what is being explained in the written description.
Ken
I recommend this book for anyone who is seriously considering training in the sport of boxing.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ken on March 8, 2008
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I was looking for a boxing book at the bookstore the other day and the first book that I grabbed was this book. I was first put off a wee bit by the title (`Ten Commandments') and was prepared to be disappointed since most boxing books that I have read are never written very well or if they are written well then the diagrams are often wanting. However, after looking through this book I was surprised at how well it was written and how thorough it was. All aspects of boxing training, fighting techniques, and boxing fundamentals were addressed. It's hard to find a boxing book that gives a good visual as well as a good written description of the subject matter but this book certainly fits the bill. The written descriptions of the boxing essentials are very concisely explained. The associated photos are of excellent quality and there are just enough pictures to clearly represent what is being explained in the written description.

The book starts with the building of proper on guard stances which is the foundation upon which everything else is built upon in boxing. Then long and shot term rhythm is covered. The importance of proper footwork is then explained. Further covered is: economy of motion, proper range, the laws of punching, counterpunching, the all important jab, the mechanics of punching (straight right, straight right body, left and right hook, left and right hook body, left and right uppercut), defense and counter attack (parries, catching, blocks for head and body, evasive movements, slips, ducks, slides and rides, and the rock back).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William A. Pitts on February 19, 2010
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I have read every book on boxing I could find over the last forty years and this covers material the others don't mention or barely touch on. The section on fighting using angles should be in every boxing manual. You can tell the author has been a diligent student of boxing and really knows his material and covers techniques and tactics others either never mention or barely touch on. Any student of boxing or mma should have this book. The best on boxing I have read in forty years!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Sweat on June 5, 2010
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Good basic book for a new boxing student. Nothing takes the place of instruction by a qualified coach, but this is a good book to give a student to take home and go over the basics. Style of boxing will vary with trainers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mrphyjammusashi on June 22, 2013
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I wrote a harsher review of this book but removed it for this one; still, many of the reviews and ratings mystify me. I mean if you don't know anything about how to step and drag, how to throw basic punch combinations, or how to give angles, then this book is for you. If you ever boxed--I mean like Boy's Club level--then you could have written this book. My six year old son already knew most of what is covered in this manual.
The author teaches the basics well, I guess. I whole heartedly disagree with his opinons on slipping vs. blocking and which gives better position from which to punch. It goes against everything I have ever learned in any gym I ever worked out in the world. Blocking ties up the hands, slipping frees the hands, period. Of course you mix it up and use it all. Yet he does speak of the power Tyson generated off of slips, so... The photos are very clear.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2009
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There's a ton of information here. The section on the defences to the various punches is worth the cost of the book alone. You can tell that the authros spent a lot of time working on this book and that they are very passionate about boxing. If the photos were clearer I'd of given the book five stars. It's definitely worth the money and you'll find yourself referring to this book again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Copeland on March 20, 2013
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This book is ok - got some useful info in here, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired and requires a lot of work to figure out what is being taught/suggested. The photos are really laughable - they are supposed to depict movements or motion in some, but really just look like the same photo over and over - also, for some unknown reason, they took all the photos in a room that resembles the basement scene from Fight Club... really odd ~ doing the photos in a room with some sort of consistent markers on the ground/walls so you could see movements may have been more useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on March 1, 2014
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I've been boxing for about 2 years now, but somewhat casually so I don't consider myself an expert by any means. I figured this book would be a great way to start to elevate my game, but I was wrong. I learned all this book had to offer in my first 3-4 boxing lessons. It's mostly pictures with a few words and paragraphs here and there. Too sparse and lacking information to be useful to a newbie, and too basic to be useful to anyone with even a little experience.

2 stars because at least it's priced low.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dfreric on December 17, 2013
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I figured that people were being overly critical of this book, so I went ahead and bought. Truly, there's not much to it. It's advertised for more "advanced boxers," but it's really not. As one reviewer stated it, it's what you would've learned had you taken a boxing class at the YMCA. At any rate, nothing bad in the book per se, and I like the workout orders at the end (hence, 2 stars instead of 1). But even these are nothing special, and I wouldn't pay the money they're asking for it. Get a copy from the library, look at the workouts, and get on with training.
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