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Advanced Kick Boxing: The Cutting Edge (Martial Arts) [Paperback]

Pat O'Keeffe
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Sep 2002
Designed to be user-friendly and clear, this is a comprehensive manual on kick boxing. It seeks to explain everything a kick boxer needs to know to develop advanced skills in the sport.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840241810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840241815
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pat is a member of the Crime Writers Association and The Society of Authors. His first three crime novels, Thermal Image, Burn Out and Blowtorch were all published by Hodder and Stoughton.

His novels, written to appeal to both male and female readers, are Noir Thrillers set in an contemporary urban landscape with the characters frequently viewed through a dark philosophical glass; menace, latent eroticism and irony providing the backbeat.

His latest thriller, Blind Chance, published by Kindle, is a fast moving Crime Thriller set Amsterdam and London. It was researched in the Netherlands with the help and assistance of the Public Prosecutors Office in Den Bosch.

Born in East London, he first joined the army then the London Fire Brigade, in which he served 30 thirty years, 23 of them as an Operational Station Officer.

Throughout his life his passions have always been Martial Arts, Literature, Film and Walking. The first of these led him to become an author of three books on Kick Boxing - Kick Boxing a Framework for Success, Combat Kick Boxing and Advanced Kick Boxing. He has competed in the ring as a kick boxer at international level and fought 28 times. His opponents included three World Champions and Nigel Benn, who went on to become the WBC World Middleweight Boxing Champion. He is a 6th Dan [6th Degree Black Belt]in both Kick Boxing and Karate Jutsu.

In 2003 he completed thirty years service with the London Fire Brigade - twenty three of them as an Operational Station Officer and in 1981 he became a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

1991 saw him fulfil one of his ambitions by climbing Mount Triglav, the highest mountain in the Julian Alps [9,393 ft]. He has also trekked through the backcountry in the Canadian Rockies,from Mount Norquay to Lake Louise through the Sawback Range and 2008 saw him walking across the dramatic and seismically active Icelandic landscape. Website: www.pat-okeeffe.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the Money 30 Dec 2003
Definitely a book to work with/through. I found his approach fresh and inspirational. The book is split into the following sections: "Advanced Kick Boxing Techniques", "Tactics and Ringcraft", "The Game Plan", "Deconstructing the Champion" and "The Structure for Success". I have studied Martial Arts for many years, and am therefore VERY picky when it comes to buying a new book. But I can recommend this one. He has achieved an excellent balance between both text and photographs. In the early technical sections, (which cover over half of the book), he describes fully how he would employ these techniques, against what type of opponent and the physical / psychological effect that it should cause. All written in a clear and concise manner. The action photographs in themselves not only demonstrate these techniques, but offer other insights as well. The later sections also prove to be an invaluable read. His classification of 5 "Fighting Types" and the strengths and weaknesses of those styles is excellent. All the techniques and insights contained within this book have been presented in a manner that encourages you to look at your current level of skill in an honest manner, and how you can progress to become a more rounded fighter. I was so impressed with this book that I am going to now have a look at his previous books. Well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in series 25 Feb 2004
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For anyone like me who was a tad confused about where this fits in amongst Pat's other books, this is book three. Combat Kick Boxing is book two (about self defence in street situations) whereas A Framework for Success is book one (beginner/intermediate). A great book for someone who knows how to punch and kick but now needs to learn how to read a fight, assess their opponent or launch a nasty knockout combination. Contains knowledge gained through years of experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 Oct 2013
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Enjoyed reading this book but not as much as the others. But it's still a must to get and read. Especially if you're a fighter.

Would buy a book on Coaching if there was one
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5.0 out of 5 stars an essential read 31 May 2007
I could leave it at the title, but that wouldn't do the book justice. So instead I'll outline why it's an essential read, and why I read it from cover to cover in the space of two days. The book could only have been written by an expert, and his credentials speaks volumes. He is a British and American team coach, and chief instructor at two related martial arts.
I started kickboxing about 15 months ago, and bought the first book in the series "kickboxing: a framework for success", as a background. I have used it as a reference, and have been to identify faults thanks to the book (although to be fair, I have a superb instructor as well, which helps!). I feel it helped me grately make the transition from boxing to this art, something I worried I would have trouble doing. The book did indeed give me the framework, and this meant I could trust the author to help me take it further. And trust me, he has been able to do this.
The focus of the follow up shifts to more combinations, which begin as a counter to well known and basic moves from the opponent. I can't wait to try these out at my next sparring session. His chapter on gameplans is superb. Again, I look forward to putting these into practise against fighters who employ various styles.
More than this, I am well aware that I can consult the book in the future, and it will give me pointers and possible remedies to any difficulties I will encounter as I go to a higher level in both belts and competitions.
It really is as simple as: if you want to be a better practioner of the sport and art, you will buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text for those who desire the ultimate in their kick boxing training. 28 Jun 2011
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is for those who have already read and practiced the techniques in the author's previous two kick boxing books. This text was written for serious kick boxing students who truly desire to reach the top of their game. It is important to emphasize that this is not a book for beginners, but focuses on advanced kick boxing techniques and tactics for those involved in sport competition.

This text is organized into five parts. Part one covers advanced kick boxing techniques, which includes the bolo, jumping kicks, sweeping, knockout combinations and close-range fighting. Part two explains tactics and ring craft, such as the five types of fighters, choosing a fighting style and other information. Having a game plan is taught in part three. Part four deals with deconstructing the champion, which explains the physical and mental qualities of a champion. The final section covers the structure for success, which includes developing the core skills, advanced fighter's training and the winning mind-set.

In conclusion, this is a book for individuals who are into the sport of kick boxing and desire to develop their skills to the ultimate. Like all physical skills and self-defense books, there is a limitation as to what can be accomplished by just reading a book. However, to obtain the most value from this book, one must be actually training under the guidance of a kick boxing coach.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A Warrior's Memoir)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book 28 May 2011
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With out too much fuss, this is simply a great book on the modern art of kickboxing. It was concise and well illustrated. The author spent the time to develop the subject. Ho also expounded on the bolo punch in such detail that I have nothing to compare it to. And, I own quite a few books on martial arts. Truly an outstanding effort. The depth of detail allows the book to be studied and returned to as a reference guide many times over.
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