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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581603584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581603583
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Van Schuyver has practiced martial arts for many years. He is the author of more than 100 articles on the martial arts in such magazines as Black Belt, Inside King-Fu, Karate Illustrated, Fighter and Tae Kwon Do Times.He is also the coauthor of the book Secrets of Championship Karate.

Pedro Solana Villalobos is the owner, director and head instructor of the Thailand Arts Institute in Atlanta. He began his martial arts studies at the age of 6 with judo and then migrated to kickboxing and Thai boxing. Villalobos continues to train extensively in the boxing camps of Thailand.

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This book is a very good reference.
Eric Bergeron
If you are a beginner, it gives clear conditioning plan with things to consider and also it gives tips on fighting strategies.
K. Kang
Muay Thai is one of the few external martial arts styles I greatly admire.
Inuzuka Kagekiyo

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James Pohh on October 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written book (with the exception of some typos). The book assumes you have prior knowledge of muay Thai so don't expect a step-by-step instruction manual. You may want to look elsewhere for basic instructions. The book serves its purpose well and breaks down the methods, mechanics, tools, ranges and strategies needed to succeed in the ring. You might get a bit confused in the beginning when Van Shuyver attempts to give the reader a physics lesson on power and movement. I guess we should have paid attention in class huh.
Fighters are broken down into four major categories: aggressive, elusive, counterer and tricky. I think we all fall somewhere within these categories but it is interesting to see how a muay Thai stylist deals with such fighters and the book goes into many possible options. There's even a self-assessment you can take to determine your fighting style. All in all, a good bang for your buck.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2002
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Fighting Strategies Of Muay Thai: Secrets Of Thailand's Boxing Camps by martial arts expert Mark Van Schuyver with the assistance of Kru Pedro Solana Villalobos (owner, director, and head instructor of the Thailand Arts Institute) is a straightforward presentation of timing elements, strategies, and training techniques of the martial art of Muay Thai boxing. An informative text illustrated with black-and-white photographs explores individual techniques in-depth, as well as conditioning methods, and the four basic types of fighter, and much more in this excellent overview of Muay Thai discipline. Fighting Strategies Of Muay Thai is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Thai martial arts.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Kang on September 24, 2004
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This is a great book. I bought 3 Muay Thai Books and I stopped buying it after I purchased this one. This book is compilation of author's training experience at Thailand and at his gym(Dojo) with his students. If you are a beginner, it gives clear conditioning plan with things to consider and also it gives tips on fighting strategies. However, this book is little light on technical side.

All in all, this is a good book and if you are serious about training and want a book to supplement your training, this is where you should start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Niels on May 6, 2012
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Since I started Muay Thai about 6 months ago, I got very interested in reading this book, both based on the title of the book and the reviews on Amazon.

The title of the book is somehow deceiving, and the reviews were probably written by people who never practiced Muay Thai or just started a week ago. The book really doesn't teach you any strategies besides the obvious (if you have a physical strong opponent, be elusive and get him tired kinda stuff..), and as a beginner with more then 4 weeks experience, this will not teach you anything new.

Poorly spend 20 bucks or so..
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jozev on August 7, 2003
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Villalobos (The true contributor of this book) is the REAl DEAL, who show us the true picture of what are being taught in Thailand's camps. Not a step-by-step guide for beginners, but any intermediate to advanced martial artists would surly benefit from this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Inuzuka Kagekiyo on August 4, 2006
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Muay Thai is one of the few external martial arts styles I greatly admire. No-nonsense but deep, it is perfect for self defense or competing. So far this is the best book on Muay Thai I read. I wouldn't say: "Read this book and go bust skulls"- but if you are wondering what's Muay Thai like before you want to start training, and don't want to rely on some hear-say info, this book is for you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aphex Bin on August 30, 2008
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As a professional Muay Thai instructor under Surasute Surachai...I am not impressed....pretty common sense unless you are a Beginner...Study with a certified Muay Thai instructor for insights....this book was bought for a student...after reading the other review Hypes...got nothing out of this book...
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