- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Turtle Press; First edition (January 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934903116
- ISBN-13: 978-1934903117
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
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Street Stoppers: The Martial Arts Most Devastating Trips, Sweeps, and Throws for Real Fighting Paperback – January 29, 2009
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This book is a collection of the most effective trips, sweeps and throws in street-oriented fighting arts, techniques and principles that Mark and Loren have experienced first hand. --Jean Jacques Machado
About the Author
MARK MIRELES has been training in the martial arts since 1977, with black belts in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu and is currently is a professional mixed martial arts coach/trainer. As an amateur wrestler, he earned All American honors. Mark is a veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police department where, besides his regular duties, he is a certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor and arrest and control expert as well as a two-time recipient of the Medal of Valor, the highest award for bravery given by the LAPD. LOREN W. CHRISTENSEN began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a military policeman in the army where he patrolled the violent streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Loren has been training continuously in the martial arts since 1965. He has written more than 25 books on the subject and has starred in seven instructional DVDs. He has earned a total of 11 black belts, an 8th dan in karate, a 2nd dan in jujitsu and a 1st dan in arnis.
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Let's start with the negative.
There are a few typos nothing major, but an example is that some of the page numbers are almost printed off the page.
You only get about 50 throws and some of the throws are variations of a previously mentioned throw, so in reality the number is just shy of 50. The names are a bit strange like the "Crazy Leg," which I know by the Judo name of "Hane-goshi" and translates to Spring hip throw, but other names are self explanatory like the "Hip Throw." I also wasn't satisfied with the organization of the book, it's split off into Trips, Sweeps, Ground Fighting Sweeps, Throws, Spins and High Amplitude Throws. The Judo throws are traditionally divided into Hand, Hip, Leg and Sacrifice techniques, because of the way the book is organized, you end up with Hand and Leg techniques in the Trips chapter and Hand and Hip techniques in the Throws chapter. The author could have organized it the traditional way and further broken each of those groups down for better reference.
Now for the positive.
The photo's are in Black and White to keep the price low, but each picture is well lit. Each pic is clearly labeled and properly captioned with easy to follow instructions. Every technique is also photographed from alternate angles to give you a better understanding of the technique being presented. The author spends little time going into long boring paragraphs and spends most of the time getting to what you need to know. The techniques are a combo of Judo with a bit of Greco-Roman wrestling. You will also get a chapter on how to combine the techniques together, another on how to fall so you don't hurt yourself, tips on how to practice the high amplitude throws without hurting yourself or a partner, some legal advice and what you need to know to get started.
Overall it's a decent book, there are better books out there, like the one I mentioned above, but those books are hard to find and expensive ($130-$700). Before I purchased this book, I had decided that it was between this one and "Throws and Takedowns for sambo, judo, jujitsu and submission grappling by Steve Scott," I decided on this one because it included takedowns that were inspired by Greco-Roman wrestling and I wanted something that wasn't heavily based on Judo. If you want the information contained in the expensive books like the one I mentioned without paying the high price, I suggest this book coupled with the one by Steve Scott (but expect many techniques to repeat and some are likely to be left out of both books), buying The Major Throws of Judo poster and visiting the Judo Info website. For me this book and the Kodokan Judo book (and to a degree the Talhoffer Manual) make a great combo. So, to sum it all up, do I recommened this book? Yes, I do.
Otherwise, great practical work on street throwing. I use it to guide some of my training of others in self defense. I am a fighting veteran of 42 years and this will be a core work I use as reference.
Thanks to these books I have finally been able to learn when to apply throwing techniques, trips o sweeps so I can integrate those techniques in my training drills.
I highly recommend this couple of books by these authors to anybody who has trained styles such as karate or taekwondo, where it seems instructors don't see the necessity of learning to grapple in order to defend oneself in a confronting situation.
How does your art change if you are wearing shoes?
We learn in Judo that Ashi Waza have to be done in very particular ways for the techniques to work, but the reality of the situation is that with a pair of shoes on, it gets far more forgiving.
Special attention is paid to the realities of landing on concrete rather than tatami, and the frank discussion of the danger of the Salto, even in a controlled practice environment, is refreshing.
This text allows a sport focused Judoka or Jujitsuka to see how these skills would need to be altered to face a world where people wear shoes and t shirts and travel on cement instead of grass. It's an eye opener to see how we are vulnerable in non-Dojo situations, however unlikely that may be.
Frankly, the book helped my Judo. It's easier to understand the vagaries of something like Sasae Tsurkomi-ashi when you can see how it works with shoes and no grips.
Dr. Kano would be proud!