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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: 0.8 x 8.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Good blend of Thai, boxing, wrestling to cover the standup game.
AliasX
Every technique and concept is illustrated with pictures that makes the book very easy to read.
Malick ndiaye
Their useful, practical and hand-on book proves to be a successful collaboration.
Kevin Quinley

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on July 17, 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pillow on March 18, 2011
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This book is one of the best instructional books I've ever had!!! Whether your serious about mma or just training for fun this book can help you on either aspect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AliasX on March 21, 2010
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This is what I thought the Anderson Silva book would be for standup. Techniques are accurate, pictures are clear, and movement makes sense. Good blend of Thai, boxing, wrestling to cover the standup game. MMA specific, so it loses a little of the purity of any individual art (by design). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2010
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This is a great book for learning about stand up striking. If you do any training in fighting arts at all then alot of this information might be redundant or common sense, but Jackson does include enough new ideas or different executions on combos to make this worth reading. And it is always wise to constantly review your basic punches/kicks anyway. If you can not attack with proper form using the most common basic strikes then chances are success using more advanced striking will elude you. Jackson also includes chapters on developing a game plan going into a fight, and how to protect yourself on the street.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Kirschner on October 18, 2009
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World class MMA trainer Greg Jackson has teamed up with Kelly Crigger, one the sports' most prolific and insightful writers, to create this instructional manual on the stand up game for both inside the ring and out. The Stand Up Game should be an essential reference on the study list of any aspiring fighter, trainer, cop, soldier, or simply fight enthusiasts. It is logically structured, detailed, and complete with hundreds of full-color photos with accompanying descriptive text. All in all, a very thorough primer on this complex aspect of hand to hand combat. A great purchase - can't wait for the next installment.
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