Martial Arts Book Releases | January 2015

Here are Combat Network's top 5 combat books for January!

Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence | Release date 10th January 2015

Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence presents a no-nonsense approach to neutralizing attackers in close quarters. Author Gershon Ben Keren explains the philosophy behind the Krav Maga method, which is the basis of the Israel Defense Force's (IDF) devastating close combat system. This book lays out a systematic approach to self-defense and provides illustrated confrontation scenarios paired with tailored practical responses.

Accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow photographs, practical combat skills are described in step-by-step detail, along with the movement patterns needed to make them effective in real-life settings. All of the photos in the book were shot in real-time, demonstrating what realistic movements—both from the attacker's and defender's perspective—look like. Where applicable, techniques have been shot in the scenarios in which they occur such as bars, restrooms, ATMs, etc. The situational components of such violent incidents are explained, so the reader can learn to identify, predict, and avoid violence before it occurs.

Contents include:
  • What is Krav Maga?
  • Krav Maga Yashir
  • Introduction to author Gershon Ben Keren
  • Basic Skills (Stances, Movement, Blocking and Striking)—The Timeline of Violence; Controlling Range; Relative Body Positioning; Groin Kick; Driving Knee
  • Self-Defense Scenarios—Knife Disarming; Gun to Front of Body; Abductions and Hostage Taking; Knife Shank; Improvised Weapons
  • Unarmed Assaults and Dynamic Components of Violence—Preventing a Front Headlock; Applying an Effective Guillotine; Defending Knees in a Clinch

The Prepared Mind: Introduction to Situational Awareness | Release date 4th January 2015

Albert Einstein has said, "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." The evening news supports this view, although I would submit that "evil" also plays a substantial role. The bottom line is that you have a choice. Either you can let events shape and control your life, shrinking your world view - or you take action. The Prepared Mind Series is for those from that second group. The Series promotes the idea that if you tune into the events that lead up to a relevant (to you) event, you have a decided advantage over someone who is not in tune, you will be able to make informed decisions and take action, and may well be able to avoid the event entirely. 

The Prepared Mind Series is about learning and developing situational awareness. The fundamental concept behind situational awareness is that events do not occur in isolation - something happens just before the event, and something happens just before that, and so forth, back to a single action that is the true beginning. Becoming aware of the precursors to an event as they relate to you, in real time, gives you a great advantage. The Prepared Mind Series was written to make you aware of the value of having good situational awareness and provide you with methods and tools to learn, improve and integrate situational awareness practices into your world view. 

What benefits do the practice of situational awareness provide? First, surprise is minimized - you have advanced warning that an event is forming on your immediate horizon, giving you some time prepare yourself. Second, action will be necessary. The Prepared Mind Series provides you with options that cover the three kinds of action you have available during an event - Escape, Evasion and/or Engagement. 

There is a price, however, for these benefits. Your world view will change. You will change. These changes will take time and require practice...and discipline. Continued practice of situational awareness methods and techniques will change how you interact with your environment - you will automatically sense, analyze and act on much more of what is happening around you than you do now. 

The Prepared Mind: Introduction to Situational Awareness, first in The Prepared Mind Series, is your first step. In this volume, the value of situational awareness and an overview of things to come in succeeding volumes will be presented. You will also be given the opportunity to determine what event responses you are willing to take - something you need to know before unfolding events require your action. 

Someone said that there are three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch what happened, and those who say, "What happened?". The Prepared Mind Series let's you choose which kind of person you are.

Whether you are on the ground by choice or you have been taken down, whether your opponent is standing or is on the ground with you, whether you are a good grappler or you are trying to keep a good grappler at bay, whether you were caught unawares sitting on the floor or you have evaded down on purpose, whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist…this book has the right kick for the situation. 

In Ground Kicks: Advanced Martial Arts Kicks for Ground-fighting from Karate, Krav Maga, MMA, Capoeira, Kung Fu and more, Author Marc De Bremaeker has created a comprehensive collection of ground kicks, with hundreds of applications for sport fighting and self-defense situation. Packed with over 1200 photographs and illustrations, Ground Kicks also includes specific training tips for practicing each kick effectively and detailed information on safely transitioning to and from the ground as well as the important art of moving on the ground. 

Being on the ground is certainly not being vanquished; in fact, it is often an advantageous situation against a standing adversary whose groin and knees are easy targets. Not only are Ground Kicks efficient and surprising techniques for both sport and self-defense, they are also great drills for serious improvement of the corresponding standing kicks. Training with Ground Kicks will make you a better fighter, regardless of style.

Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense | Release Date 6th January 2015

Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense. Fighting techniques and strategies from World Champion and Hall of Fame Boxer, Jack Dempsey.

Jack Dempsey (1895–1983) held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. Dempsey was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1951 and is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of the twentieth century.

This paper back reveals the techniques behind his unparalleled success in the ring. Straightforward and with detailed illustrations, Championship Boxing instructs the reader in the theory, training, and application of powerful punching, aggressive defense, proper stance, feinting, and footwork. The methods Dempsey reveals will prove useful to both amateurs and professionals. 

“I was confident that I could take the rawest beginner, or even an experienced fighter, and teach him exactly what self-defense was all about.” —Jack Dempsey

SANCHIN Three Battles: Anatomy and Physiology of Sanchin Kata | Release date 8th January 2015

Sanchin, a karate form that dates back more than five hundred years, is one of the most powerful of katas. Literally “three battles,” Sanchin offers those who practice it properly and consistently the opportunity to unify the body, the mind, and the spirit—and attain complete harmony.

SANCHIN Three Battles: Anatomy and Physiology of Sanchin Kata, written by Shihan Pervez B. Mistry, examines the history, physiology, and practical applications of this valuable kata. A certified personal trainer and post-rehabilitative sports injury specialist as well as a Goju-ryu master, Shihan Mistry explains the effect of Sanchin on the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and nervous systems. He also delves into the kata’s history and origins and discusses the fighting applications of the form.

An exceptional tool for students, Three Battles Sanchin also offers advice to instructors for both teaching the kata and improving student performance. Practitioners of martial arts in general and Goju-ryu in particular will find Shihan Mistry’s comprehensive discussion of Sanchin a valuable resource.

All available on your local Amazon store.

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