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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581603207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581603200
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chad Boykin is the managing co-owner of Kickboxing Unlimited in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has several years of experience in Muay Thai-style kickboxing and American boxing. In 1998, Chad won the Toughman boxing tournament via four consecutive knockouts. Earlier that year, he won the North Carolina Academy of Kickboxing middleweight amateur kickboxing title.

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All in all, i would rather not have bought this book, but am not terribly upset that i did.
Chad Boykin
Sections on calisthenics, weight training, and mental preparedness will be helpful for both beginners and experienced kickboxers.
Scott
This book explains the sport/discipline in an easy to follow, straight-forward text with plenty of pictures.
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By K. Kang on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book, because other reviews for this book was so great.
I hope others don't make same mistake that I have made.
I bought this book thinking I will learn about the art of Muay Thai and how Thai fighters train.
It probably have about 10 pages explaining basic punching and kicking in a whole book. Although I didn't anticipate to learn all the technique in one book, this is way off the mark.
However, what really disappointed me was a conditioning part.
There are over 40 pages of "Weight lifting" techniques in this book without explaining its relationship the art of Muay Thai.
I mean just looking at pictures of Bench Press, Barbell Curls or Crunches doesn really Help you a lot. I expected to know about how much weight to use, number of repetitions, what body parts should be emphasized, etc. But, this book had nothing but pictures of weight lifting exercises.
As regard to cardio conditioning, all it said in a whole book is "Muay Thai fighters have been religios followers of distance running." I mean....who doesn't know.
I would give this book 1 star even if it was only half the price of its outrageously overpriced price.
If you are interested in Muay Thai, get a great book by Villalobos "Training secrets of Muay Thai camp."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Baye on April 25, 2003
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If you're already a student of Muay Thai under a qualified instructor there's not much here that's going to be new to you, but it is a great reference and contains quite a few good drills, which are nice to know since the more drills you have the more you can vary your training and keep it from getting too monotonous :)
If you are interested in learning Muay Thai you're not going to learn it from a book, you need qualified instruction, but this book is a great introduction to the art and will give you a good idea what it's about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Burtner on February 14, 2004
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The emphasis of this book seems to be conditioning more than technique. However, that doesn't mean it isn't good. There are five full chapters on physical fitness, and it's probably the most complete program I've seen in a martial arts book. The conditioning covered is everything from calesthetics to weight training to stretching to cardio. For those who are wondering what fitness has to do with fighting, well, it's a lot easier to defeat a person of equal skill and greater size if you have superior conditioning. Anyway, I found these chapters easy to follow, and very insightful. As far as the techniques go, they are described fairly well, and following a single offensive move are the defenses against it. Punches are given the most detail, with sidebars providing extra tips for each punch. Just for the record, pgs. 15-70 are devoted to these techniques. There's also a chapter on training drills, which covers equipment and different drills to do based on what skill you want to emphasise. On the down side, the "self-defense" section was kind of baren, the history chapter seemed a little rushed, and many combinations seemed to favor no-holds-barred contests instead of Muay Thai, in that there were throws and chokes. Overall, a very good book, I just don't think it truly presented Muay Thai. MMA/NHB atheletes might find it useful, as well as folks who are trying to spruce up their self-defense/full contact training. Also, anyone who wants to use a Kickboxing-based workout program.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a mix of kickboxing techniques and drills with weight training and exercises.
The techniques and explanations are very detailed which is a plus. I would recommend this book for beginners or intermediates. This is because the emphasis is on basic techniques and pad training, with some detail on sparring styles.
As others have included in reviews there is a big section with information on strength training, exercises, and fitness, which martial artists may or may not be interested in.
If someone is looking for strength and fitness as well as basic kickboxing then this is a good feature. The list of shorthand drills is a nice addition and gives many possible examples.
The author credits the Thai's for the striking style that is used most in the No Hold's Barred fighting today, and focuses on the techniques more than the culture of Muay Thai itself. For advanced books on pure Muay Thai culture and rituals there are better available, such as "A Living Legacy" and "Thai Boxing Dynamite".
This book is a good introduction to the techniques and training methods that can be used to excel in Thai kickboxing and to get in shape. But there is likely nothing new for advanced fighters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 1, 2003
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This book not only has detailed information for all of Muay Thai's offensive strikes and defensive maneuvers, but also contains a wealth of information on how to get yourself in to condition for fighting. Sections on calisthenics, weight training, and mental preparedness will be helpful for both beginners and experienced kickboxers. Great sections on how to throw knees, kicks, punches, and elbows are here. You will also learn how to use these moves in combinations during pad training drills (and eventually sparring or fighting). Information on the history of Muay Thai and the use of Muay Thai in self-defense or street fighting situations is also included here. An excellent book and a must for anyone interested in Muay Thai or other forms of kickboxing.
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