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Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge Paperback – May 15, 2007
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The photos are unambiguous and the writing is straightforward.
Several times I have implemented techniques next day directly from this book.
i.e., come home from a roll, look for a solution, find it in the book, bust it out next day
It is practical and clear.
Here are just a few of the many topics and techniques covered.
Basic striking: jab, hook, overhand, uppercut
Striking for the takedown: double-leg takedown, hook to fake shot to overhand, jab to double-leg takedown, Desouza special, single-leg takedown
Counterattacks: slipping left jab, slipping the cross, countering kick to sweep-kick takedown
Countering the takedown: sprawl, high knees from sprawl control, punching your leg free
The clinch: pummelling, pummelling to the body with knees
Fighting against the cage: Cage to single-leg, foot stomps
Striking the downed guard: stepping down, belly stomp, face stomp
Mount: double attack mount, kata-gatame choke variation
Again, every combat technique is amply illustrated with photos.
BJ also gives advice on how to mix up your routine while fighting. I have talked to other people who have looked at the book and the first thing that comes to mind are the images are so detailed.
MMA is the new Boxing. This book is great for the novice all the way to the advanced. Another great BJ Penn book. I have to give a big ALOHA to BJ for this book.
The book is amazing! explaining from very basic to intermediate skill of striking and grappling, best of all, he blends them very well, great teacher and great technics but.... here's the hard part, sorry, BJ. In the introduction he shared his experience when he loss his second fight with Matt Hughes mainly caused by his blown off ribs when he tried to get Hughes's back at the end of second round which he said he has less than a minute to finish Hughes up. Then Hughes utilized BJ's broken ribs so that BJ had to protect his ribs than his face and arm. I'm not sure I remember that, so I watched the fight again and it's clearly that BJ's out of gas on the third round and Hughes just keep punching and mauling BJ on his heads, not a single punch intentionally aimed to BJ's ribs. And the previous round, BJ has almost two minutes when he almost control Hughes's back.
But BJ did a superior job in this book, the way he explain his opinion and technic are great. Just a little bit misleading reason in why he loss his second fight with Hughes. I and almost all people will still admire and respect him evenif he admit that in that fight he wasn't well prepared for the stamina, it even make him a bigger man. That factor makes me give this book 4 stars , other than that, 5 stars!! Fedor's book is also very awesome, not as structured as BJ's but show and teach exactly what he does in the ring in a lot of his battles, great technics but not as much great introduction (or reason) for finding our own strength and training samples. One thing that I admire BJ a lot, he never really got cut or battered even when he loose, Fedor is undisputed till now ( and the next two years,too, probably) but in some fights he got battered, though (ex: Cro Cop fight, Nogueira even Hong Man Choi), winning riskier fighter ?? or BJ, mostly winning safer fighter? your choice. I admire them both but hopefully all of us can be better MMA learner or fighter (even analyst) from keep learning from the best. Thank you Victory Belt Publisher.
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