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Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts Paperback – Illustrated, January 10, 2004
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- Publisher : Turtle Press; Illustrated edition (January 10, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1880336839
- ISBN-13 : 978-1880336830
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.63 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's nothing here that I've not already seen, and nothing that's specific to martial arts.
Though the stretches are all what's deemed as effective, the author does not specifically say that any given stretch IS good for martial arts - only that it MAY be good. He says, for instance, that being able to do splits is not necessarily (again, he is vague) an indicator of ability to kick high.
He is vague about the benefits and application of just about everything in the book.
If you have no other comprehensive books or videos on stretching, then this book would be great to have. Just be aware that it's just a re-hash of what's already out there....
Pages lay out flat for the most part, which is good. Spiral bound would have been a nice touch for this type reference.
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Great photos and illustrations and contains stretches and some calisthenics for virtually all muscle groups, to practising stylists there will be plenty of familiar exercises, but the real beauty of this treatise is that there is nothing missing....no muscle group is ignored, no concept unexplored, no stretch is abbreviated.
The author has taken a great deal of effort to explain and articulate his knowledge of stretching and bring that knowledge to the reader.
Where it falls down in my opinion is in two areas:
1. Detail - having been taught certain stretches by physiotherapists I now know how very small differences in posture and and technique can make or break a stretch's effectiveness and how they can turn a potentially dangerous one into a safe one. These little differences and the cues you need to develop them are just not in the book.
2. Full teaching on more advanced stretching - stretching can be made very much more effective by use of PNF, clasp-knife, extended-relaxation and other methods. Some of these are mentioned in brief but never taught. Other books DO teach them and teach them quite safely and so the results are more dramatic.
In every exercise the muscles involved are presented. And best of all, the practical martial art use is explained (for example "this will help you get higher kicks" or "this exercise will help you using your hips in defensive grappling techniques).
The exercises are demonstrated with clear pictures and thorough explanation. Many exercises have normal, beginner and advanced versions.
The programs in the book are great. Both the general flexibility programs and the specific martial arts flexibility programs (programs for striking and kicking ats, grappling, boxing, mma, etc.) are great and easily presented so that you can design a good program for the art and needs specific to what you practice.
On the downside, I really miss an index. Finding a specific exercise is a taunting task. I have the Kindle edition and when using this book I am dependent on the 'notes' function.
Really great so far for stretching, outside of training classes. There is a good introduction and guideline in regards to the exercises. Plus the stretches are graded from beginners to more advanced. Using the core stretches has helped with flexibility, especially with turning kicks, etc.