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The Fighter's Guide To Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training Paperback – January 1, 2008
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About the Author
Wim Demeere has practiced a variety of martial arts for over 20 years, studying mainly Chinese systems and several full-contact fighting styles such as sanshou and Muay Thai. He won four national titles and a bronze medal at the 1995 World Wushi Championships. He is the former national coach of the Belgian Wushu fighting team, and still trains fighters for international competition. You may find out more at his website.
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"The Fighter's Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training" by Wim Demeere is an excellent primer for the uninitiated like me on heavy bag training. I particularly like the coverage of joint-lock techniques with a "cargo-strap" on the heavy bag lying it on the floor. I personally use the "Title Grappling Dummy Heavy Bag" (see my Amazon review) and found this book to indispensable for me to get the most out of its use. The book is spot-on! It is concise, clearly illustrated and formatted excellently, with that I cannot add much more to Mr. Burrese review.
Highly recommended for anyone who's starting out and trains at home.
The first paragraph says you should hit the bag with proper form using a single punch. Says you should have proper distance and timing. AND?!?!? Zero insight on what the heck that is. As a beginner learning heavy bag TRAINING (note the title: TRAINING), there was never a chapter to describe what a punch should be. Where should my feet go? How should my knees bend? Should I bend my back or something? Oh great, there's a picture. I'll spend 30 mintues guessing what the heck to do.
This book should be $10 at the most. I did learn how to purchase a training bag. Oh, and good luck finding a good training bag. There's no mention of anywhere to purchase the top of the line bags.
This reminds me of those personal trainers who just take your money at the gym. Oh yeah, do a couple of sets. Did that feel good? Well you're doing it right. Oh, are you injured? Then you're doing it wrong.
Yep, I'm going to return this book.
Regardless of your fighting style or art, regardless of your goals for training, sport, fitness, or self-defense, training on the heavy bag will take your fighting and martial art skills to a new level while increasing your power and fitness levels. To get the maximum benefit from heavy bag training, Wim Demeere with Loren W. Christensen has written "The Fighter's Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training." This book is an excellent reference on how to maximize heavy bag training for increased power, speed, endurance, and explosiveness. Additionally, the drills here will enable you to perfect your form and work on timing. For one of the simplest training tools, the heavy bag produces some of the greatest gains for time spent with it training.
For the person new to training with the heavy bag, this book is a must. The guidance here will save you time, money, and wasted practice doing things wrong. It will also help you prevent injuring yourself or training partners. For the advanced martial artist, I bet you will still learn a thing or two. I've been using heavy bags for over 25 years and I still picked up a few great tips and drills to incorporate into my workouts.
The book contains 12 chapters, which I will briefly describe here. Chapter one covers kinetic energy and five types of impact. This is a good introductory chapter discussing a bit about speed and the ways to impact the heavy bag and how the five types of impact affect your opponent. Chapter 2 teaches the reader how to choose and take care of a heavy bag. From there, chapter 3 illustrates how to attach or hang your bag. The book covers various ways to hang your bag depending on your location. The 4th chapter titled Nuts and Bolts focuses on things like gloves, how to get started, and advanced hitting. It is a short chapter with some practical advice. Chapter 5 covers some basic and advanced training concepts for the heavy bag. Read this chapter twice and be sure to incorporate the concepts into your training routine. Chapters 6 and 7 contain a variety of drills to perform on a heavy bag. Using these as a guide, you should then be able to expand on what Demeere illustrates through photos to vary your heavy bag workouts endlessly. Even if all you do is the workouts shown here in this book you will have many hours of varied routines. Chapter 8 focuses on partner holding. Various drills are shown that work better when you have someone holding your bag. I like that Demeere and Christensen show how to hold the bag and help your training partner. Reading this chapter will keep a few people from holding the bag wrong and getting hit or kicked. (I've seen it happen in the gym) In chapter 9, various ways to use the heavy bag for ground training are shown. I've never really used a heavy bag on the ground much, but I plan to try out a few of the drills shown here. Chapter 10 shows some drills you can do with your training partner holding the heavy bag while it is not attached or hanging from someplace. Again, there is some interesting way of using the bag shown to vary your workouts and increase your range of training. Chapter 11 is a very short chapter on using various things to make your training with the heavy bag more precise. The final chapter, 12, contains ten common errors and how you can prevent them while training.
Overall, I found this to be a very valuable book for anyone who incorporates heavy bag training into his or her workouts.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the DVD set Streetfighting Essentials.