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Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed: Mastering the Most Effective Moves for Victory Paperback – September 8, 2008
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About the Author
Mickey Dimic has thirty-four years of experience in martial arts. A two-time middleweight world champion, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame member, and fifth-degree black belt, he has trained six world champions and countless students at his dojo. Living in Ontario, he is currently the coach for the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association.
Christopher Miller is a judo black belt and successful national- and international-level competitor with podium finishes in major judo, submission grappling, and amateur MMA events.
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This fully illustrated book is organized into six chapters. Chapter one (History and origins) covers the Greeks, the Romans, wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai and from Judo to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Chapter two (Basic skills: Striking and defense) focuses on solo training and the basics. Chapter three explains basic ground skills such as wrestling pins, escapes and submissions. Chapter four teaches various tactics and strategies in mixed martial arts. Chapter five shows sparring equipment and techniques. The final chapter explains about full mixed martial arts sparring and competition.
This is one of the better books I have read on training for mixed martial arts. If you desire to learn some of the details of how to practice mixed martial arts you should check out this book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Seated Zen Karate for seniors and the physically challenged).
One thing I particularly enjoyed was that the authors allocated a fair amount of the discussion to Judo. It seems to me that Judo is often overlooked as a functional set of techniques that can serve any MMA athlete quite well. For example, fighters such as Mikey Dimic (one of the authors) and Karo Parisyan have fared very well using judo on the mats and in the octagon, with Mickey winning two world titles in Sport Jujitsu, and Karo holding the UFC welter-weight title belt for a period of time.
If you have never really trained mma or have a background that is heavy in just one discipline then the book will probably be a good thing to pick up. However, if you have spent any significant time training mma then you will not really find it that useful and will probably wish you had not wasted your money.
When I ordered this book, I didn't know what I was going to get, but it looked good: written by a combination of UFC champions, amateur MMA champions and grappling and striking specialists in pro MMA, some in UFC others in other leagues. However, besides Carlos Newton, I wasn't too familiar with who the others were, but this is probably more due to my interest in MMA being more in participating than in keeping stats on all the fighters. But, WOW, the book does impress! It takes the mystery and confusion out of the sport by starting with the building block techniques like strikes, takedowns, pins, guard work and subs, and then shows how you link them together, and then how to strategize and train to maximize your chances against an opponent. What I really like is how, unlike it seems every other book out there, they prioritize moves, showing which ones are most common and effective, and not just throwing out an unorganized mess of moves that the player has to experiment with to see what he finds better than what. One other thing I really like is that the book is written for amateur players too. There are more restrictions on amateur events, and this book helps you to navigate through them. The drills in the book are very useful and even fun, and opened my eyes to more efficient ways of training. Many of them are situational based, and the book describes the most "go for" moves from each, for both attacker and defender, and how to do them. The book even discusses about how to transition from a base art, like wrestling, BJJ or Muay Thai, to MMA and what your major holes are that you have to fill when making that transition. This book also covers advanced strategies and tactics, for when you are quite evenly matched with your opponent, including among several items, a fascinating treatment of how to confuse your opponent with rhythms and breaking rhythms, attacking of a sudden on the half beat (etc,) and how to set up your opponent to fatigue faster than you in a variety of situations using a variety of specific tricks. Psyching yourself up is also covered. Really neat stuff! This book actually explains everything and doesn't just throw a bunch of moves at you to figure out. Excellent book.
I've found a lot of great training tips and advice in this book for all phases of the game (standing striking, clinch, and ground), and think the fundamentals and fighting strategies are spot-on.
If you want to excel in MMA, I think this is an important book to read!