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MMA Instruction Manual: The Muay Thai Clinch, Takedowns, Takedown Defense, and Ground Fighting Paperback – May 10, 2011

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Anderson Silva, former Cage Rage Middleweight Champion, former Shooto Middleweight Champion and current UFC Middleweight Champion, is considered by numerous martial arts publications to be the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Having devoted his life to developing an unorthodox and highly effective system of fighting, Silva has devastated a host of legendary fighters in the cage, including former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, and former Pride Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson.

Glen Cordoza is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter. He is the author of more than a dozen instructional books on the sport of MMA.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter and a New York Times bestselling author. He has written over twenty books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608973
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I really liked Anderson Silva's first book, it was missing all the clinching techniques that he uses in his fights. I thought they had just been overlooked, but now I realize it's because he dedicated a whole book (or at least a good portion of this book) to the clinch. A lot of the techniques in the clinch section are different than what you would find in a Muay Thai book. Anderson does a good job describing how the clinch in MMA is different than the clinch in a Thai boxing match or a wrestling match. He talks about how establishing a traditional thai clinch can sometimes be dangerous in MMA because it gives your opponent access to your legs, which would allow him to possibly execute a double leg takedown. . . Anderson starts the clinching section by describing how to establish the Muay Thai clinch, both offensively and defensivly. Once accomplished, he shows a great number of attacks you can execute, from various knees to off-balancing techniques that open you up to land strikes. While going through this section, I couldn't help but be reminded of Anderson's fights with Rich Franklin, and how he totally destroyed him using the Thai clinch. Some of the techniques seem to be slightly unorthodox, but that is probably what makes them so effective. To cover all bases, he even goes over quite a few techniques that you can use when your opponent counters your thai clinch by pulling his head up...The next section, which is equally as large, covers clinch defense. Basically, he shows you an assortment of techniques for escaping both the thai clinch and the body lock. You would think that one good technique would suffice, but he describes how each technique is best used for a variety of pressure your opponent can apply.Read more ›
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MMA Instruction Manual
The Muay Thai Clinch, Takedowns,
Takedown Defense, & Ground Fighting
With Glen Cordoza
presented by Victory Belt
© Marc Wickert June 20, 2011
Although Anderson Silva (28-4-0) is best known for his stand-up victories due to 16 of his wins coming via KO or TKO, it's because of Anderson's outstanding Muay Thai skills that fans rarely get to see him display his exceptional takedown and submission abilities.

Silva is currently on a 14-fight winning streak, which includes the scalps of such renowned cage fighters as Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, and Rich Franklin (twice). He is UFC's most successful champion and is ranked as the world's top middleweight by most MMA authorities.

Anderson's MMA instruction manual The Muay Thai Clinch, Takedowns,
Takedown Defense, & Ground Fighting, is a complete fighting system where The Spider covers all facets of mixed martial arts: stand-up, takedowns and the ground game, drawing from his knowledge as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and BJJ.

This is an opportunity to train with one of THE shooting stars of cage fighting.

The Muay Thai Clinch, Takedowns, Takedown Defense, & Ground Fighting includes the following categories:

Part 1: Muay Thai Clinch
Part 2: Muay Thai Clinch
Part 3: Cage Tactics
Part 4: Takedowns
Part 5: Takedown Defense
Part 6: Attacking the Guard
Part 7: Fighting off Your Back
Part 8: Focus Mitt Combinations

Part 1: Muay Thai Clinch
* Front Clinch Head Grips.
* Front Clinch Attacks.

Part 2: Muay Thai Clinch
* Front Clinch Defense.
* Body Lock Defense.
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This book begins where the second book left off. In his first manual, Anderson covered all of the basic strikes--punches, kicks, knees, elbows--as well as fundamental footwork, evasive maneuvers, counterattacks, striking combinations, and striking into the clinch. In this book, he covers the clinch in great detail highlighting the front clinch, or Muay Thai clinch, and counters from the Muay Thai clinch. This is a very unique section that highlights one of Anderson's strongest attributes. The attacks and especially the counterattacks that he demonstrates are unlike anything that I've seen in other martial art books. He also shows you how to use the Muay Thai clinch to effectively stop takedowns as well as several methods for escaping the body lock position. This is awesome if you're a striker that struggles using the Muay Thai clinch against wrestlers. In addition to a detailed Muay Thai clinch chapter, Anderson also covers cage tactic strategies, takedown and takedown defense, ground, and a focus mitt section.

Cage Tactics: This chapter details several techniques for escaping your back off the cage as well as methods for keeping your opponent pinned against the cage. It's not as detailed as the Muay Thai clinch section, but the techniques coincide with his style, which is unique and unorthodox.

Takedowns and Takedown Defense: The takedowns definitely cater to the striker. The vast majority of his takedowns are in the form of a counter. In the introduction he discusses how most fighters that have a striking background don't feel comfortable shooting in for takedowns off of strikes. This makes sense and follows the goal of the striker, which is to keep the fight standing so that they can knock an opponent out, or engage in the Muay Thai clinch.
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