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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884654282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884654282
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 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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6 of 7 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 Raoul Mohammed on March 21, 2011
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There's a ton of valuable information in this book. I recommend this book for anyone who is seriously considering training in the sport of boxing. The essentials of boxing are so often overlooked by new fighters but it is knowledge of the essentials which often helps to develop outstanding fighters. This book will ingrain 10 of the most important essentials of the sport into anyone who reads this book and takes the authors advice seriously.

This book not only tells you what to do but why. For example, the book instructs you to never retreat in a straight line and if you chose to do so that you need to retreat by throwing a punch at the same time to distract or derail your opponent's attack. There is lots of useful tips and advice for the newbie boxer including the importance of always keeping your hands up. I recommend it not only for someone who is practising the sport but also for trainers who want a more in depth knowledge of the sport.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smilin' Jack on June 15, 2012
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This is a very good book both for those who want to start training and for those who just want to understand boxing. He goes clearly through each basic punch. Both defense and offense are covered well. Training and practicing are also covered well. I learned the underlying theory and application that you just don't realize from only watching contests. The photos are well done. Equipment is covered; however, I was surprised that he did not mention the speed-bag. [Although I suppose it's an expensive piece of specialized equipment that is not readily available anymore.] If you're going to try boxing or MMA, or just want to understanding what you are seeing, this is definitely a book to buy.
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