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Lessons From The Fighting Commandos Library Binding – March, 1995

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Grade 7 Up?Two martial arts titles aimed at upper-level beginners. Each has a couple of introductory pages on its specific topic?e.g., who were the fighting commandos? And what is the Japanese philosophy of fighting? But the strong point of each presentation is its collection of fighting techniques and self-defense routines. Students learn defense at different ranges and how to react against aggressors with specific body types and skill levels. The information is good, but it's hard to know how effectively one could learn techniques from still, black-and-white photographs and written descriptions. There's lots of potential for injury if these moves are misused or performed incorrectly. Neff includes plenty of warnings, but they appear in the last chapter of each volume. Take-down exercises are often shown performed on mats, but readers aren't warned that the exercises could be dangerous if done on unpadded floors. The models in the photos are all adults. Serious books, definitely not meant for youngsters who want to playact "Karate Kid" or to horse around unsupervised.?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Fred Neff started his training in Asian fighting arts at the age of eight. In 1974, Mr. Neff received a rank of fifth degree black belt in karate. In the same year he was made master of the art of kempo at a formal ceremony. He is also proficient in judo, ju-jutsu and certain methods of chuan-fa. Mr. Neff's study of East Asian culture has taken him to Hong Kong, Japan, The People's Republic of China and Singapore. For many years, Mr. Neff has used his knowledge to educate others. He has taught karate at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and Inver Hills Community College. He has also organized and supervised self defense classes for special education programs, public schools, private institutions, and city recreation departments. Included in his teaching program have been classes for law enforcement officers. He has received many rewards for his accomplishments and community involvement, including the City of St. Paul Citizen of the Month Award in 1975, WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award in 1985, and the Presidential Medal of Merit in 1990. He is the author of 19 books including Everybody's Self-Defense, Lessons From The Western Warriors, Lessons From the Eastern Warriors, Lessons From The Fighting Commandos, Lessons From The Samurai, Lessons From The Art Of Kempo, Lessons From The Japanese Masters, Basic Karate, Self-Protection Guidebook For Girls and Women and Keeping Fit.

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Fred Neff's Secrets of Self Defense
  • Library Binding: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Pub Group (L) (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822511657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822511656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,136,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I have been involved in studying combat related fighting tactics for many years. The combat techniques and tactics taught in Fred Neff's book on Lessons from the Fighting Commandos is what I know from experience works. This book gets right down to business in teaching real fighting. There are a lot of armchair theorists that ignore the effectiveness of boxing and wrestling for street combat. These sports are based on hundreds of years of experience of what works. In a real fight, I have seen the effectiveness of boxing and wrestling. There are times where hitting someone with an open hand will do nothing more than hurt your hand. Anyone who thinks that you can simply move in on a good street fighter and take him out with open hand blows every time is living in a fantasy world. What it takes to win out in a no holds barred fight is the type of knowledge imparted in Lessons from the Fighting Commandos. Other books often ignore the fact that in a real fight you cannot always rely on blows to end the fight. What often happens in a fight is that you end up wrestling with your adversary. Fred Neff's book gives some good wrestling moves that from my experience work in a fight. You cannot prepare to defend in a fight without having both hitting and wrestling skills. To me Lessons from the Fighting Commandos is a five star book, that anyone who wants to learn real fighting will enjoy reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2001
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Lessons from the Fighting Commandos is a wonderful resource. It teaches authentic commando approaches while keeping their application regulated by ethics and law. Obviously in a street situation, you cannot use unreasonable force. The author presents a responsible yet effective approach to self-defense drawn from commando approaches used during the twentieth century by armed forces personnel. I am especially impressed with the book's presentation of the need to judge every opponent's individual strengths and weaknesses. The ability to think separates people from beasts. This book brings rationality to self-defense while presenting fighting techniques that really work. I very highly recommend this book to not only some who is interested in commando techniques but self-defense.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "gordie10037" on July 6, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Reading Lessons from the Fighting Commandos helped crystallize my own fighting experience. The neighborhood where I grew up was rough and tough, so my brothers and I learned early to use boxing in a street fight. As a teenager, I hung around a boxing gym. In the process, I learned a lot about boxing and picked up tips on street fighting. In high school, I was on the wrestling team. I later studied at a local school that emphasized a gung-ho attitude coupled with the use of open hand blows. The abrupt open hand attacks were easily countered by what I had earlier learned in boxing and wrestling. Sparring with the others in class was too easy, because I had no real problem defeating them using a combination of boxing and wrestling. I switched to a combat jujitsu school where the instructor told me that the toughest guys he had ever known had boxing experience. He went on to relate how during WWI and WWII some countries trained commandos for warfare through a combination of boxing, wrestling and other moves drawn from various sources. Now this brings me to Fred Neff's book on commando strategy that is by far the best book on fighting I have ever seen. He tells it the way it is, not how others fancifully want to hear it. His book combines boxing, wrestling and jujitsu to make a person ready for the street. My considerable experience tells me that this is an effective combination. I especially like the way he teaches to manipulate the adversary into being hit or open for a takedown. Face it, no street fighter is going to stand there and let you hit him with a series of open hand blows. The reality is that you had better learn to figure out a winning strategy and be ready to improvise along the way.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Commando fighting used in warfare must obviously be adopted to the needs of civilian life, which is precisely what Lessons From the Fighting Commandos does so well. This book gives the many useful techniques used by Fighting Commandos, while being careful to screen out any inappropriate approaches. The excellent blend of techniques chosen for this book met my desire for additional approaches to self-defense that I could learn. This is a book I feel comfortable sharing with anyone because of its responsible discussion of fighting methods. It's style and content is so direct that it would be good for nearly anyone to use. I think this book is really great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2001
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The book on Lessons from the Fighting Commandos concisely teaches how to fight for real without being overly brutal. It makes sense to read this well written book if you are looking for a practical way to defend yourself. I have tried selected techniques from the book and found them to be very useful. This book teaches the reader how to bring together fighting approaches from different arts to defend against differing types of adversaries. This book is useful for anyone to read whether they are inexperienced or an experienced fighter.
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