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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Beckenhall Publishing (January 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966939905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966939903
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must have book for fighters of all skill levels when it comes to armored combat.
M. Telford
The first part of those lessons is to hand them their own copy of this book, which I have bought for them.
Cathyn Lesanges
In all honesty, until I read the book, I had never realized my pelvis locks into place like it does.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Farrell on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am not a woman (obviously) but I am a fighter in the SCA (and a knight and a duke, just for the record). I have attended Ms. Beck's seminars and I have read her book. As a fighter and a trainer of women fighters, I find the technical details of her book generally accurate and helpful. Although she (by necessity) paints her observations of female physiology with a broad brush, her advice and training suggestions are by-and-large on-target.
Where Beck's book really shines is in its insights into the mind of the female fighter. Men who take up fighting (or any martial art, I imagine) have _no_ concept of the "battle" a woman must go through just to set foot onto the fighting field or into the arena. Beck knows the baggage and "inner demons" that ladies must wrestle with (she calls it the "lizard brain"), and her advice on how to win that mental battle is laser-beam accurate.
I have been in Beck's seminars and seen, at the conclusion, a room full of women in tears because Beck's words addressed their frustrations and struggles so directly. If you have ever felt "unwelcome" on the fighting field, or felt like you had to let a man win a fight in order to be a "good girl," or felt tears uncontrollably welling up in your eyes when you received a particularly good "butt wrap," then there's a message in this book that you need.
I know women who have read this book who, after years of SCA fighting, finally felt like they had achieved real insight, and were ready to break down mental barriers that they had only been vaguely aware of.
Men who read or review this book may say, "I don't see what the big deal is." Believe me, this is a book that will be extremely helpful, on a very primal level, to nearly any woman who wants to put on a suit of armor.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cathyn Lesanges on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Without overwhelming the reader with excessive jargon, Dr. Tobi Beck (Duchess Elina of Beckenham) clearly and concisely identifies the differences between male and female fighters, both physiological and phychological, and discusses the variations in training that these differences necessitate. She learned what she wrote and what she teaches first hand, strapping on the gear, taking the bruises, and shedding the tears, for more than twenty years. To say she is an expert on this topic is an understatement of the higest order. She's not the greatest fighter on earth, but she can teach you how to beat them.

What she writes benefits both the woman who wishes to master the skills required to be a successful warrior, and the teacher who would assist her. I read this book twice in one day at this most recent Pennsic, these readings punctuated by dashing across camp several times to have Tobi illustrate something to me, or, in my immodesty, to show her that I well and truly understood something she wrote, that I "got it". This book is well written, clearly illustrated, and easy to follow (even for a dumb stick-jock like me). Having read this book, I believe now that I actually have a lesson or two that I could teach the female fighters in my Kingdom that will improve their skills and make them better warriors. The first part of those lessons is to hand them their own copy of this book, which I have bought for them.

Earl Cathyn Fitzgerald, KSCA, fighter for over 26 years, holder of fighting awards from three Kingdoms and winner of more tournaments than I can count, almost experienced enough to think I am ready to learn something about swordfighting.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "martholl" on July 3, 2003
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the author of this book did not mean it to be for women fighters in random martial arts. She states specifically that it is for ***SCA*** combat. It serves its purpose perfectly. For those who complain she lacks credentials.... being one of the first women in the SPECIFIC SPORT SHE IS WRITING ABOUT is a perfectly valid credential for what she's trying to do.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristi on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
First of all, this is an excellent book. I really agree with Ms. Beck's analysis of the emotions of women fighters. It's so true, and I hope it helps a lot of people. Secondly, the people who gave this only 1 or 2 stars have to realize that she is writing from experience about a specific sport, not trying to pretend that she has medical knowledge. Lighten up! This book is really helpful for fighters!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Telford on May 24, 2001
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A must have book for fighters of all skill levels when it comes to armored combat. Ms. Beck goes through all the reason a woman can't fight and what to do to surpass those. She explains the differences between women's and men's armor and in the fighting and learning styles of women and how they differ to men. Reading it made me realize that I can fight too.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "amybrenda6" on January 18, 2001
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First, the author's name is Tobi Beck (not Tody). She is a chivalric fighter in the Society for Creative Anacranisms (a historical reinactment group. The first half of the book deals with training specific to that areana. However, the second half is a must read for female competive athletes and their teachers! It deals with the social/pyscological problems that many woman face when they enter into a martial art or contact sport. Not only does it name key hurdles that woman have to overcome, but it gives you the tools to spot them and deal with them. Read it, you won't be disappointed!
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