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Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts: The Stand Up Game Paperback – August 10, 2009

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"Jackson's ability to help his fighters reach their potential has made him one of the most respected trainers in the sport."—Ultimate MMA

About the Author

Greg Jackson is the world's number one MMA trainer. He has more than fifteen MMA champions in his stable of fighters, including Georges St. Pierre and Rashad Evans, and his athletes have won hundreds of grappling championships. Jackson lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Kelly Crigger is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and is a columnist for Fight! magazine. He is the author of Title Shot: Into the Shark Tank of Mixed Martial Arts, which detailed his year-long journey through the world of professional fighting.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504452
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Anyone familiar with MMA - mixed martial arts - is doubtlessly familiar with Greg Jackson. Jackson is one of THE top trainers of elite MMA fighters. He coaches the guy many consider the best pound for pound fighter in the world - Georges St-Pierre, now simply known as "GSP." Jackson's Albuquerque NM Submission Fighting camp features a veritable Who's Who of the elite martial artists at the top of their respective games. He is the MMA equivalent of E.F. Hutton - when he talks, people listen.

Co-author Kelly Crigger is less known but is emerging as one of the top MMA writers around. He is the author of the highly entertaining "Title Shot: Into the Shark Tank of Mixed Martial Arts" and writes regularly (and adroitly) for FIGHT magazine. Together, these two experts have fashioned a powerful one-two punch and text for refining the standup game.

Their useful, practical and hand-on book proves to be a successful collaboration. Their book is organized into six major sections:

* Developing a fight strategy
* The Fundamentals
* Basic Strikes
* Combinations
* The Clinch
* Takedowns
* Street Fighting, Multiple Opponents and Weapons

THE STANDUP GAME, by its very title suggests that this is not just a textbook on the "sweet science" of boxing. You will not find Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao researching a spinning backfist or a front snap kick. The range of fighting techniques addressed here highlights the context of MMA fighting. THE STANDUP GAME refers to one of the main pillars or components of mixed martial arts.

The latter, popularized by events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, require successful practitioners to have fluency in wrestling, boxing, kicking, and jujitsu submissions.
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WOW! It sure is great to see another book dedicated to the stand-up aspect of MMA after the endless parade of books over the past couple of years seemingly dedicated solely to grappling and Jiu-Jitsu. Not to imply that most of these books aren't good because they are, it's just that other than a couple of other books, most notably The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking by Anderson Silva, most everything that has come out that has focused on MMA has been grappling and Jiu-Jitsu.

This book is pretty well done with a lot of pages covering a fairly wide aspect of the stand-up game covering everything from;

1. Punches and Elbow Strikes

2. Footwork

3. Kicking and Kneeing

4. Clinching

5. Takedowns

6. Combinations in various forms and from various standing positions.

7. Defenses against pretty much everything that the authors show you how to do offensively.

And a whole lot more...

The photographs are all in color and really add to the overall appeal of this book. I must confess that I felt some of the sequences of photographs shown on some of the techniques could have been taken from a better angle and sometimes the layout of the two different angles of the same technique got a bit confusing for me. I think this was more of a question on the layout that the actual angle of the photographs, but it could have been both.

The text is not at all detailed in explaining the individual techniques, but it is detailed enough that if you were using this book solely as a guide and reference manual, then it should be more than sufficient.
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Format: Paperback
The Stand Up Game
with Greg Jackson and Kelly Crigger
(Victory Belt)
© Marc Wickert August 8, 2009

Many gyms have a turn at the top for being regarded as the world's most successful mixed martial arts establishment - The Lion's Den, Team Miletich, Xtreme Couture, Red Devil Sport Club... But certainly the standout gym for the last few years has been Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque.

The Gym's headmaster, Greg Jackson, has proven himself to be a superior MMA strategist and safe cracker of many an opponent's coveted game plan. "No matter who may have an advantage in whatever situation you are in, if you can kick their ass, you are dominant," says Greg.

Amongst Jackson's disciples are Georges St-Pierre, David Loiseau, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez, Keith Jardine, Nate Marquardt, Joey Villasenor, and female MMA stars Julie Kedzie and Michelle Waterson. The proof is in the pudding!

For this outstanding publication Greg has teamed up with US Army Lieutenant Colonel and author of Title Shot: Into the Shark Tank of Mixed Martial Arts, Kelly Crigger.

The book covers all facets of the stand-up game including:
* Developing a Fight Strategy
* The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Fighting
* Basic Strikes
* Combinations
* The Clinch
* The Takedown
* Street Fighting, Multiple Opponents, and Weapons

As well as being a hugely successful MMA coach, Greg Jackson operated the Gaidojutsu (Way of the Street) school, where he trained Albuquerque police officers, emergency response teams, SWAT teams, and Special Forces in self defense. So the last section of Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts: The Stand Up Game is also a great addition to any fight enthusiast's library.

To quote from Georges St-Pierre, "Greg is the maestro and I'm the musician."
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