It is said that in the beginner's mind there are many options, but in the master's mind there is one. This book explains the principles and concepts of every martial art in a practical and easy to apply way. Most martial arts instruction focuses exclusively on drilling and practicing techniques. Certainly that is essential, but very few instructors take the time to explain why their techniques are the way they are, or how they should be applied. Mostly that is because they do not know themselves, or they do not care. If you have ever wondered how to put your techniques to use in a "real" fight; if you have ever wondered "why" your style is the way it is then this book will help. No matter what kind of martial art you study there are inherent rules, common to all fighting, that will help you succeed. This book is the product of twenty years of experience in numerous styles, all condensed to the basic truths common to every martial art. Topics include mastery, grappling, striking, fitness, extraordinary circumstance, footwork, and more.