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H2H: Hand to Hand Combat - Modern Army Combatives Paperback – July 21, 2006
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Again, that being said, the material that is in the book is top notch. I just think the author (and the military) needs to address the other ranges in more depth.
One chapter shows how to defend against knives, handguns and long guns while maintaining control of your own weapon. As a shooter I find this all very useful. Every defensive technique demonstrated is a practical solution to a realistic attack.
If you come from a karate system that is weak on grappling as most traditional systems are, then this is the book you need. One thing that mixed martial arts competition has shown us is that in the real world karate, Kung Fu, Aikido etc. isn't always as effective as we had believed.
It's my opinion that all combat focused martial arts will soon look very much like what is taught in Greg Thompson's H2H. It will look this way because it works.
I highly recommend the book to both beginners and experts alike. Alone the book is greaty and it's even better when coupled with something on more complete striking skills. I would suggest combining this with "Savage Strikes" by Mark Hatmaker. These 2 books together are all you need for real world defense in my opinion, but still this one is fine on it's own as well.
Each technique is clearly defined and laid out for you to see. With the movements you are given a quick reference of additional techniques and follow up movements... for example; if you are looking at technique 1 and want to know what additional techniques or follow up movements there are, look at the bottom corner of the page. It will tell you for follow up movements go to movement 107.
I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this book and its content.
I feel that it is a must own for any member of the Army interested in the Modern Army Combatives (MAC) program. If you are looking for a book that is all about kicks and punches, you will be disappointed. If you're looking for the Jeet Kune Do of Battlefield Grappling and finishing moves... this is the book.
MAC is an evolving system, just like JKD, this book gives you the intro to MAC and some more advanced techniques... if you want something to learn quickly, realistic and is very very easy to learn, this is the book for you.