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Fighter's Notebook: A Manual of Mixed Martial Arts Ring-bound – June 1, 1998

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ISBN-13: 978-0967043005 ISBN-10: 096704300X

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About the Author

Author Kirik Jenness has nearly 30 years experience in the martial arts, runs The World's Best Source for Mixed Martial Arts Information, and is the Commissioner of the North American Grappling Association.

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Product Details

  • Ring-bound: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Bench Pr Intl (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096704300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967043005
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 11.8 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,485,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 6, 2003
Format: Ring-bound
As other people have stated, the product is full of good ideas. Although lacking in the number of submissions, this book is a good overview of the basic, bare-bone techniques for groundfighting. This book was written at a time when training in BJJ or submission fighting was relatively new for a lot of people, so it is not as sophisticated as many of the new instructional tapes and videos. In other words, this looks like a book for the martial artist in Karate or kickboxing who has some interest in groundfighting. If you have no background in BJJ or submission fighting, this book might be for you if your money is burning your pocket. If you have access to BJJ classes, seminars, or instructional videos, you are not getting enough bang out of your buck to make this a worthwhile purchase.
The quality of the photos leave a lot to be desired, often leaving out subtle intermediate steps. Sometimes the photos are too dark to clearly see what is happening. Other times it is not very clear that the information on the page matches the photographs at all.
The biggest disappointment for me was the quality of the actual product. The paper was not very good quality and neither was the notebook. This is not a product that will last a long time if used as intended - removing pages to be taken with you to the gym or leafed through as a reference book on a regular basis. I would be happy to buy a bound book (softcover or hardcover) and just make photocopies of the pages I'm interested in to take to the gym.
I really wanted to like this book, but I found it did not meet expectations. For the price of this notebook, you are better off spending your money on a seminar or instructional video. Although a lot of people in BJJ are turned off about Judo, you will learn a lot of the basic techniques in this book by looking at Judo books such as "Best Judo" by Isao Inokuma which cost a fraction of the price (about 25% of the reviewed product's price).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ali Al Maliki on April 17, 2001
Format: Ring-bound
The Fighter's Notebook is the book to get if you want to be a complete martial artist. This books is 614 pages long, 3500 pictures, over 800 techniques. The book is divided as follows: Introduction Section A: Attack from the Stand up Section B: Defense against the Stand up Section C: Attack from the Side Control Section D: Defense against the Side Control Section E: Attack from the Mounted Position Section F: Defense against the Mounted Position Section G: Attack from the Back Mount Section H: Defense against the Back Mount Section I: Attack from the Guard Section J: Defense against the Guard Section K: Warm-ups, Conditioning & Training Section L: Submission Fighting: Rules of the Game Index
As you can see, this book is very comprehensive and is a must for Submission Fighters and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practioners. It comes in a huge three ring binder and is worth the money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2000
Format: Ring-bound
I am writing this because I feel out of all of the Martail arts video's, books, and anything else that I have been to this is the best. If you want to start learning how to grapple and you want to d oit the right way don't buy a video, or somehing like that, get this book. The rerason I say this is if you go to a gym tjo train for a fight you usally can't bring a tv and a vcr right next to the mat. Whereas if you get this book you can bring it straight to the mat look in the index ,where you need to work on, look at the techniques and you can practice them.The number of topics alone are enough to start you off to be a grappler. I mean there are over 800 techniques that range from the gaurd, to stand up fighting. If you read and practice every technique in this book you are almost insured to win any grappleing fight. This is truely a fighters notebook. It took about 4,500 hours to make this book, tha tis how good it is. Oh yeah, did I mention thst I have been in about 6 NAGA tournaments and I am still learning from this book.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By C. Garcia on September 1, 2003
Format: Ring-bound
The techniques in this book are badly oudated, even for a complete novice. There are several books on the market with more useful information, like Gene LeBell's Encyclopedia of Finishing Holds, which also explains the techniques much better.
Another problem with the Fighter's Notebook is that many of the techniques shown work only if the opponent is completely willing and cooperative--when was the last time you encountered such an opponent on the street or in a competition?
The photographs aren't crisp enough to give a clear view of the techniques. They're fuzzy and have poor contrast, usually too dark. Hiring a professional photographer would've been the right thing to do for a book this pricey, but, alas, the authors took the cheap route. The pictures also don't show a lot of the transitions between moves, so you see a setup and in the next picture, the hold is clamped on. But how was it done?
The quality of the book itself is embarrassing, especially for the price. I always handled mine with care and never took it out of my home, yet it still has pages falling apart. Very [weak].
Also, don't be fooled by the author's claim that he "runs The World's Best Source for Mixed Martial Arts Information". That title is self-proclaimed. He actually runs a website with a message board that, granted, has a lot of members, but that hardly makes him an authority on fighting qualified to write a book on the subject and charge such an outrageous price. The site isn't so much a source of information as a collection of banner ads, popups and links to advertisers. It has event listings and school listings, but nothing that will improve you as a martial artist. As for being "Commissioner of the North American Grappling Association," that title is misleading as well. He is commissioner of a promotion run by his close friend and business partner, Kip Kollar. NAGA is absolutely NOT a sanctioning body, but rather a business venture.
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