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Fighter's Notebook: A Manual of Mixed Martial Arts
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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).
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.
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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I wish I could find this again. It's a great guide. Excellent illustrations as well.Published 14 months ago by Mrtimm
Good notebook, had two DVDs. Excellent condition. Good for amateurs. Still Need a trainer. Pictures are helpful. Comes as a binder.Published on October 12, 2013 by James C Campbell
This book has a million pictures with step-by-step instruction. They have made it simple to learn all the moves to go from a beginner to an advanced student of... Read more
Got this for a teen to learn self defense. I love this becuse it is so great to have each move referenced with a photo. No doubt about tecnique. Would highly recomend.Published on August 9, 2008 by Kemp Wildlife
I found out about this book via a friend, due to the fact I've been training in AJJ for 2 months now. The book has its plusses and minuses. Read morePublished on December 10, 2006 by M. Agha
This is one BIG book. Kirik is the owner and operator of arguably the largest MMA forum on the internet. He's also an experienced trainer. Read morePublished on January 21, 2006 by C. K. Mccracken
I like it a lot. It helped me enormous with my training. New exercises, new insight. It's really helpfull for everyone who wants to learn about MMA.Published on October 23, 2005 by A Scheepers
The Fighters Notebook just has to be the most comprehensive Mixed Martial Arts training manual ever. Read morePublished on January 23, 2004 by Bruce Anglais