Wrestling for Fighting: The Natural Way Paperback – June 15, 2007
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About the Author
Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has trained and competed in Thailand. He is the author of fifteen books.
Glen Cordoza is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and co-author of Muay Thai Unleashed: Technique and Strategy of Thailand's Warrior Elite.
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0977731537
- ISBN-13 : 978-0977731534
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Victory Belt Publishing; 0th Edition (June 15, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #879,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Couture's career trajectory is impressive. He entered mixed-martial arts competitions at a relatively advanced age after an extensive wrestling career that included being a three-time NCAA Division I All-American, a three-time Olympic team alternate and a semifinalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials. That is, Couture's skills always were wrestling weighted; he wasn't well-rounded -- no depth in Muay Thai, not an elaborate submission artist, his punching crude and utilitarian. Couture made his "boxing" work in the clinch, becoming one of the only fighters since the 19th century London Prize Ring Rules to have a "chancery" game. At the same time, Couture neutralized faster, younger fighters' superior hands and kicks by controlling the range and position.
The book reads like a personal lesson from a master. Couture offers some refinements to clinching, holds, set-ups and even advice where to grab an opponent (one sprawl hooks the fingers deep in the armpits for control) that could improve anyone's skills. I picked up tweaks to some basic throws I had done for years, and hadn't realized how I could have been doing them better.
Couture's book also focuses on set-ups from various positions, down to wrist pummeling. Consider how many books focus heavily on takedowns, throws, holds and submission techniques without covering this important entry consideration. The wrestling sections dovetail into the fighting section, where Couture shows how he set up big throws and takedowns with his hands. I gained insights into some of his strategies I hadn't gleaned before. I always wondered why Couture would lead with a massive overhand right, never set up with jab, just lobbed like a death-stroke. If the punch landed, great; more often than not Couture used it to set up big double-leg takedowns when the reeled away from the overhand right. Couture even offers low-risk, no-frills sweeps and other means for taking down an opponent, and techniques for handling an opponent's ground guard. After all, he was a ground-and-pound innovator as well.
by Randy Couture
with Erich Krauss & Glen Cordoza (Victory Belt)
© Marc Wickert October 31, 2008
Wrestling for Fighting is jam-packed with powerhouse coaching from one of MMA's most successful gladiators.
Randy `The Natural' Couture has blazed more boundaries than any other fighter on the planet, including holding the UFC Heavyweight Championship Title, then the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title, before snatching back the UFC Heavyweight Title in swashbuckling fashion.
Now 45 years of age (another boundary crossed), Randy is putting his UFC World Heavyweight Title on the line against Brock Lesnar, and most critics are tipping The Natural to take his belt home on November 15.
In Wrestling for Fighting Randy Duane Couture splits his book into three sections: Wrestling, Greco and Wrestling for Fighting. And this Bobby Fischer of MMA provides his readers/students with hands-on tutorage. From the start, Randy makes you feel like he's right there in your corner. When he's explaining how to set up your opponent, Couture whispers in your ear, "I'll send you along this path by demonstrating the basic ways to tie-up an opponent, and then showing how those tie-ups can be used in tandem with movement to set up your various takedowns."
Randy also keeps his students in the loop by running through all his moves and then constantly referring to when these moves were used in past UFCs by himself and other MMA stars.
Although the title refers to wrestling, The Natural also covers his cage tactics, g'n'p-ing, and his legendary `dirty boxing' techniques.
A masterpiece by MMA's mastermind.
Very nice and technical book!
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First of all the book as described primarily concentrates on wrestling techniques. There is a very small section on striking, cage control, ground and pound and submissions but I do mean *very* small and frankly these sections are almost an afterthought, are lost amongst the many wrestling techniques that fill the rest of the book and really would have been best saved for a further volume concentrating on them and left out of this book altogether.
As far as wrestling is concerned everything in this book is valid and useful but the main reason I dont agree with the '5 star' reviewers is simply because 'Wrestling for Fighting' is a poor relation when compared to Matt Lindlands 'Dirty Boxing' instructional manual. Coutures book is relatively slimline compared to Lindlands, not quite as detailed and no where near as diverse in the number and variety of techniques offered within its pages.
Coutures book is a good entry level book for wrestling-to-MMA techniques but Lindlands is probably the definitive Wrestling-to-MMA guide availible on the market today. Pretty much all of the wrestling techniques in Coutures book are covered by Lindlands but also so much more besides and for that reason alone I recommend that you put this book back on the shelf and spend your money on 'Dirty Boxing'.