Martial Arts Book Releases | April 2015

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

Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff

Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies is the treatise of Colonel Thomas Hoyer Monstery, a master swordsman who participated in more than fifty duels, fought under twelve flags, battled gangsters, and was constantly involved in the great conflicts and upheavals of his time. This book is the magnum opus of this remarkable and colorful character, originally published in the 1870s as a series of newspaper articles and collected here for the first time. Colonel Monstery presents a unique look into the Victorian-era fighting world, describing styles such as British “purring” (shin-kicking), Welsh jump-kicking, and American rough-and-tumble fighting, and provides illustrated instruction in the art of gentlemanly self-defense with a cane, staff, or one’s bare hands. Fifty rare drawings and photographs from the period illuminate Monstery’s world, while an extensive glossary of terms and an introductory biography of Colonel Monstery—including fascinating details of his many duels as well as his groundbreaking devotion to teaching fencing and self-defense skills to women—update his text to make it accessible and useful to gentlemen and ladies of any era.


An English professor begins training in the sport of mixed martial arts and explores the science and history behind the violence of men

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym moves in across the street from his office, Jonathan Gottschall sees a challenge, and an opportunity. Pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, part of him yearns to cross the street and join up. The other part is terrified. Gottschall eventually works up his nerve, and starts training for a real cage fight. He’s fighting not only as a personal test but also to answer questions that have intrigued him for years: Why do men fight? And why do so many seemingly decent people like to watch?

In The Professor in the Cage, Gottschall’s unlikely journey from the college classroom to the fighting cage drives an important new investigation into the science and history of violence. Mixed martial arts is a full-contact hybrid sport in which fighters punch, choke, and kick each other into submission. MMA requires intense strength, endurance, and skill; the fights are bloody, brutal, and dangerous. Yet throughout the last decade, cage fighting has evolved from a small-time fringe spectacle banned in many states to the fastest-growing spectator sport in America.

But the surging popularity of MMA, far from being new, is just one more example of our species’ insatiable interest not just in violence but in the rituals that keep violence contained. From duels to football to the roughhousing of children, humans are masters of what Gottschall calls the monkey dance: a dizzying variety of rule-bound contests that establish hierarchies while minimizing risk and social disorder. In short, Gottschall entered the cage to learn about the violence in men, but learned instead how men keep violence in check.

Gottschall endures extremes of pain, occasional humiliation, and the incredulity of his wife to take us into the heart of fighting culture—culminating, after almost two years of grueling training, in his own cage fight. Gottschall’s unsparing personal journey crystallizes in his epiphany, and ours, that taming male violence through ritualized combat has been a hidden key to the success of the human race. Without the restraining codes of the monkey dance, the world would be a much more chaotic and dangerous place.


The Seven Essential Skills Needed To Survive A Deadly Attack

In this book, Black Belt Hall of Fame instructor, and Tier One combatives trainer, Ernest Emerson takes you through a detailed dissection of what a human being faces when targeted by a dangerous predator in a violent, deadly, assault and what you can do to stop it, dead in its tracks. 

Based on the Emerson Combat Systems premise that “Offense is Defense,” Ernest Emerson explains in detail the Seven Essential Skills you must possess in order to protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones from deadly harm. 

In terms everyone can understand the author gives you the same tools, used by Special Operations Operators, CIA Officers and U.S. Navy SEALs, to become a warrior of consummate skills. Skills that go far beyond your physical training in order to train the most powerful weapon you possess, your will. Designed to support any platform of training or skill set that you are currently using, the skills in this book teach you how to take your abilities to that Tier One level of operational functionality. In very simple terms, no matter what you do, this book will give you the tools to do it better. 

When you are fighting for your life, you need every possible advantage you can muster. You can’t let anything get in the way. The eighth and ninth commandments of Emerson’s Commandments of a Warrior are as follows: 
8. Never do anything without a purpose 
9. Never do anything that is useless. 
There’s no place where these words are truer than in hand-to-hand, life-and-death combat. 

Each chapter addresses a different aspect of the skills you will need to stack the odds in your favor, should true evil ever come knocking at your door. 

Learn the true value of gut feel, and realize that it is your best and truest friend and how you better start listening to what it is telling you. 

Never underestimate the power of the will to survive and how it can be harnessed to push you past the tipping point in favor of your survival. 

Learn how the, “Loss of Self” is the key to ultimate performance in the ability to fight without fear or harm. That attribute along with the strategies of purpose, means, and intent are all explained in a way that enables you to plug them in to your mindset and training and then express them physically, through your fighting ability. These are the skills and attributes that produce the Warrior Mindset and the Ferocious Resolve that will carry the day on the field of battle. 

Emerson continues with a clear discussion of the concept of Moral Clarity. By defining where you stand morally and how far you will go to defend yourself and others, is an all important aspect of self-defense, combatives, and all fighting skills that is seldom, if ever, discussed by any other instructors. Emerson forces you to face the cold hard facts of deadly force so you can make an informed decision about your capacities long before you face those realities in the heat of a life-and-death struggle. You cannot be encumbered by hesitation or indecision at a time where fractions of a second can spell the difference between life and death. This book teaches you how to make those decisions before the fact and how those decisions carry the weight that will tip the balance in your favor when push comes to shove.


Weapons of Fitness: The Women's Ultimate Guide to Fitness, Self-Defense, and Empowerment

A groundbreaking self-defense and fitness book for women by a ballerina-turned-self-defense expert. Learn how to become your own weapon of self-defense and fitness so that you can create and target your best life.

After ballerina Avital Zeisler was savagely attacked as a young woman, she lived in fear—until she took action to train with experts in self-defense from around the world. Seeking a method specific to women and using Krav Maga as a base, she created her own self-defense program: the Soteria Method. It was an immediate sensation, and is now in demand by everyone from corporate executives to Hollywood stars—such as Amanda Seyfried, Megan Boone, and Keri Russell, to name a few—who seek her classes both for the self-defense and for the intense, body-sculpting workout.
Unique and empowering, Weapons of Fitness will help get you into incredible shape—and just might save your life.


Becoming Mentally Tougher In Martial Arts by Using Meditation: Reach Your Potential by Controlling Your Inner Thoughts

Becoming Mentally Tougher In Martial Arts by Using Meditation is one of the best ways to reach your true potential. Eating right and training are two of the pieces of the puzzle but you need the third piece to reach your true potential. The third piece is mental toughness and that can be obtained through meditation. 

Athletes who practice meditation regularly will find they are or have: 
- More confident during competition. 
- Reduced stress levels. 
- Better capacity to concentrate for long periods for time. 
- Lower muscle fatigue. 
- Faster recovery times after competing or training. 
- Overcome nervousness better. 
- Control their emotions under pressure. 

What more can you ask for as an athlete? 
When considering unlocking their true potential most athletes focus on physical and nutritional goals but often overlook their inner potential through practices like meditation and visualization. It’s common to want to see physical benefits from physical exercises but what many athletes don’t know is that meditation has been proven to improve physical health and performance. 
Reaching your peak performance requires that you train and stimulate the body and mind. Not taking this into account may be the main reason why some athletes have trouble getting to the next level. In order to do your best you must accept that the body and the mind are what will make you complete. 
Meditation as exercise for the mind helps to strengthen your mind as you would strengthen your body, consistently evolving as you practice it. 
Physical conditioning, good nutrition, and meditation are the three keys to achieve a state of optimal performance. Most athletes don’t pay as much attention to meditation as they should because their mostly worried about appearance and how others perceive them. 
Results, in meditation, are not something you will see physically but rather in how you feel and in your new ability to control your thoughts and emotions. By starting your meditation sessions and being disciplined and consistent you will notice significant improvements in how you respond to anxiety, pressure, and stress which are three of the major issues most athletes have trouble overcoming in life and when trying to reach their true potential. 

Change your life and start using meditation to surpass your limits and break free! 

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