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The role of the strength and conditioning coach for a combat athlete is to perform a needs analysis in which both the fighter as an individual and the sport itself are assessed in order to develop a high-performance programme. This might include plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability, strength training and nutrition as just some of the pieces of this complex jigsaw. The aim is to increase strength, speed, power, endurance, agility and flexibility. Strength and Conditioning for Combat Sports aims to help the coach and athlete bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping the athlete to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury-free.
Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the fight game. The Dubliner has achieved more in three years with the Ultimate Fighting Championship than anyone in the twenty year history of the organization. From an unknown prospect in 2013 to the first man to hold two world titles simultaneously, McGregor's knockout-filled march through the featherweight and then lightweight rankings sent shockwaves through the world. But as effortless as McGregor's heroics have seemed, his journey was far from smooth and his destiny anything but certain. Just another teenager trading martial arts techniques with his friends in a shed, the seemingly delusional boy packed in his plumbing gig - to the massive anxiety of his parents - to chase a pipe dream with little promise of reward. No one could have guessed he would go on to become the biggest pay-per-view attraction in the world. As a technician and tactician inside the cage, McGregor was something special. Outside of the cage McGregor could draw thousands of screaming fans to press events with his wit and presence. And away from the cameras, McGregor's life was built around a love of treating his friends and a loyalty to his teammates and his hometown. This is not another tale about an athlete who was born exceptional and groomed for success. It is about how one young man, through bloody-minded determination and indomitable spirit, came to change the whole game. Fully updated to put his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather under the microscope, Notorious: The Life and Fights of Conor McGregor explores not just how the fight game changed Conor McGregor, but how Conor McGregor revolutionized the fight game.
Embedded in the pages is the story of the making of a teacher of the martial arts and the methods he uses to teach martial arts to children and adults at the Traditional Martial Arts Institute based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The author, Grand Master David J. Harrell has dedicated most of his life to the study and practice of an ancient art of self defence, and to the development of those skills that would allow him to share his knowledge with the next generation. His book tells the story of his personal journey in martial arts and the lessons learned from fifty-three years of training. The book begins with the author's introduction to martial arts in his home town in Suffolk at a time when segregation usually led to the exclusion of black children and adults from these white-dominated activities. Even at this early stage GM Harrell had a strong desire to teach and he asked his first, and every subsequent teacher to teach him to teach the martial arts. He goes on to describe those things that he learned from each of his teachers about how to share knowledge and skill with students of all ages and ability levels. In addition he reveals numerous insights gained from his many years of teaching and training. The book explains how he makes use of modern teaching methods and resources to replicate and remain faithful to what has been handed down to him by his instructors, including the traditions and values of martial art training.
Part Samurai history, part martial arts guide, this is THE book for anyone interested in Japan's fabled Samurai culture. Author Alexander Bennett is the ultimate insider, holding multiple black belts in Kendo and Naginata as well as a Ph.D. in Japanese literature and history. In this book, he shares his vast personal experience and knowledge with readers seeking to undertake their own personal quest in the Japanese martial arts. Bennett outlines the history of Bushido and the Japanese Samurai from early times up until the present. Then, as only someone steeped in this world can, he surveys the contemporary martial arts scene and provides the essential knowledge young foreigners need to find a teacher and learn a martial art successfully in Japan. Unlike any other book on this subject, Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide is written by a Japanese speaker who has studied and taught martial arts in Japan for many decades. Chapters include: The Real Samurai The Concept of Bushido Development of the Japanese Martial Arts Martial Arts Masters You Should Know About Budo in Japan Today Key Martial Arts Concepts Life in a Japanese Dojo A Japan Survival GuideWritten in a down-to-earth and easy-to-read style, this book will captivate anyone interested in Japan as well as martial arts teachers and practitioners around the world.
For fans of Ronda Rousey's My Fight Your Fight and John Kavanagh's Win or Learn comes the first book from UFC fighter and now analyst Dan Hardy, who lifts the lid on his own career and writes with insight and eloquence on all things MMA and UFC, the brutal and ever-evolving sport that launched such superstars as Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz and Amanda Nunes. Dan Hardy's first book is much more than a straightforward MMA autobiography. Taking the key fights from his career, Hardy explores the sport with the unparalleled insight that has made him the best analyst working today. From training in China with Shaolin monks, to how MMA helped him channel his rage, to psychedelics and the ceremony in Peru that changed his life, to tapping into his 'reptilian brain' and the psychological warfare of UFC, to his epic title fight with Georges St-Pierre. Hardy also speaks eloquently of the heart condition that forced him to stop fighting, the road to recovery, and the evolution of a sport that flies in the face of mainstream disapproval to entertain and thrill millions of obsessives around the globe.
Bruce Lee belongs in the top echelon of influential stars and iconic figures in the world. More than 35 years after his death, he remains a perennial bestseller in video stores, comic book shops, on T-shirts and posters. He influenced pop culture more than anyone, before or ever since. Time magazine named Bruce Lee as one of history's most influential people. At last, in this thought provoking, compelling, unique and intriguing landmark book you will discover a compilation of over 50 exclusive interviews with Bruce Lee's original students, friends, co-stars and colleagues. Those who knew him best give their candid views on the greatest martial arts master and action movie star adored by millions around the globe.Furthermore, for the first time ever, you will discover exclusive interviews with some of the best professional boxers, bodybuilders, UFC fighters and personalities from the motion picture industry paying homage to the legend who continues to have an indelible impact on millions of people from all walks of life around the globe. This is a must have book.
"The Book of Five Rings " is one of the most insightful texts on
the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian
culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who
wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life,
the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict
that underlies every level of human interaction.
THIS BOOK IS FOR ALL THOSE WHO GOT KNOCKED DOWN AND CAME UP SWINGING. Paige VanZant is a rising Mixed Martial Arts star in the UFC's women's strawweight division and holds a reputation for her ability to defeat obstacles and brutal fights in and out of the octagon. Long before she was a fighting champion and household name winning over fans on Dancing with the Stars with her beauty, strength, and infectiously bold personality, Paige struggled with her self-esteem. On Dancing with the Stars, Paige won hearts when she opened up for the first time about being bullied but there is so much more that she hasn't shared until now. The journey that brought Paige to the UFC is a stunning story of overcoming tragedy and finding the strength and skills to defend oneself in the face of evil. Within the pages of Rise is a girl who was so severely bullied in highschool she had garbage thrown on her, so tortured she had to move hometowns. She sought refuge but nothing worked until one day, feeling spiritually broken and emotionally shattered, she visited her dad at his gym, and everything changed: she decided to fight back. She became Paige VanZant, a bone-breaking, head-smashing competitor and world renowned fighter. Rise is the moving and inspiring journey of a woman who is not only one of the toughest fighters in the world, but also a beloved symbol of strength.
Compiled from Bruce Lee's notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself--jeet kune do--is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee's own illustrations. With the collaboration of Lee's daughter, Shannon, and Bruce Lee Enterprises, this new edition is expanded, updated, and remastered, covering topics such as Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. Featuring an introduction by Linda Lee, this is essential reading for any practitioner, offering a brief glimpse into the mind of one of the world's greatest martial artists.
Become a champion in the Thai martial arts world with this Muay Thai training guide! Muay Thai (or Thai boxing), the national sport of Thailand, has become one of the most prominent martial arts forms in the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena. Often called the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai combines the use of punches, kickboxing, elbows, knees and standing grappling moves. Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing is an excellent aid to anyone training in Muay Thai or MMA new students can learn the moves efficiently, while experienced students will refine their techniques. Author and experienced martial artist Joe Harvey presents students with over 200 colour photographs, and training aids such as stepping diagrams, tables, training drills, tips and more! This Muay Thai book will take your practice of this intense sport to the next level.
The Fighter Within is an inspirational mixed martial arts book for fans which brings insider stories, heartfelt moments, and a human element to what's perceived as a savage sport. It reveals thoughtful, encouraging and even lighthearted insights into the minds and souls of true champions. This book provides an intimate look at the author's journey through the MMA world, along with stories of trials and triumphs inside (and outside) of the ring. It describes the attributes that lead to success in a sport that demands dedication, forethought and intellect, traits which are applicable to all of life's challenges. A foreword by Bas Rutten UFC Heavyweight Champion and three-time King of Pancrase World Champion sets the tone for this book, which features an impressive array of interviews with a veritable who's-who of elite MMA fighters and martial artists: Fedor Emelianenko, Former MMA Heavyweight Champion and FIAS World Combat Sambo Heavyweight Champion Rich Franklin, Rashad Evans, and Sean Sherk, Former UFC Champions Rory MacDonald, Former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion Tomasz Adamek, Boxing Champion Firas Zahabi, Tri-Star Elite Coach Bruno Fernandes, Founder of Gracie Barra Montreal BJJ school/President of GB Wear John Danaher, BJJ Black Belt Elite Coach Ajarn Phil Nurse, Muay Thai Champion/Elite Coach Alain Moussi, Actor/Stuntman Rafal Chwalek, Polish Kickboxing and Savate Champion Scott Ramsdell and Matthew Olson, API Head Instructors. Fighter Within also includes a 32-page section of colour photos of the fighters in action. If you are eager to find out what makes the world's top MMA and UFC fighters tick, and how you can learn from their experiences, Fighter Within has the motivation and inspiration that you seek.
Today's ground soldier may be required to carry up to 60 lbs. of equipment when on patrol, or in any situation where they might be engaging the enemy. Unfortunately, mobility is then sacrificed in the name of protection. In a close-proximity situation, the modern combat soldier is at a decided disadvantage compared to his more nimble opponent but this is nothing new in the history of warfare. On the battlefields of medieval Japan, the Samurai faced a similar situation. This created the need to devise a new defense method that you can learn from today. In his self defense guide Modern Hand to Hand Combat, Isler has blended Samurai techniques with the battlefield combat needs of the modern soldier. This book gives step-by-step instructions of how to effectively deal with life and death situations through movements and principles that still hold true. These principle-driven guidelines make for a variety of self defense applications, and are valuable to everyone from law enforcement officers and security personnel to soldiers and military professionals. With almost 300 illustrations and a detailed instructional DVD, the guidelines set out in this book and DVD set can, and will, greatly enhance the warfighter's ability to survive in combat. Topics covered include: Chapter 1) JOURNEY TO CREATIONChapter 2) LESSONS FROM THE PASTChapter 3) B.P.C. PHILOSOPHYChapter 4) FOCUSES OF B.P.C. TRAININGChapter 5) THE BASICSChapter 6) UNDERSTANDING DISTANCEChapter 7) WINNING CONCEPTSChapter 8) EXHAUSTIVE MEASURES Chapter 9) BATTLEFIELD GROUND COMBATChapter 10) TECHNIQUE SET 1To learn how the martial arts of the Samurai can be useful to those in the military and beyond, Modern Hand to Hand Combat is the most comprehensive guide to blending these two systems for optimal safety and effectiveness.
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