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Dirty Boxing: From Wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts [Paperback]

Matt Lindland , Glen Cordoza
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15 Sep 2009
Matt 'The Law' Lindland is an all-American wrestler and Greco Roman Wrestling Olympic Silver Medalist - is the most accomplished and celebrated wrestler competing in mixed martial arts today. In "Dirty Boxing", Lindland provides the tools needed to be proficient in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, and then demonstrates how to tailor these techniques to overwhelm your opponent in MMA competition. He covers fundamental control positions such as the two-one-one, under hook, and head control, as well as numerous bone-crushing attacks from each position. He details your opponent's most common defenses to your attacks, and then teaches you how to use these reactions to launch secondary attacks. He teaches you how to fend off the double and single leg takedowns. He instructs you how to strike your way into the clinch and, once there, he schools you on the art of dirty boxing, striking from close range, and a plethora of throws and takedowns. Whether you are a wrestling looking to compete in MMA or an MMA fighter looking to sharpen your game, this book is for you. "Dirty Boxing" is the most comprehensive guide to wrestling and MMA on the market. It's a quintessential training manual for MMA fighters of all disciplines.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504445
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.5 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MATT LINDLAND is a Greco-Roman Olympic Silver Medalist and one of the top-ranked mixed martial arts competitors in the world. GLEN CORDOZA is a professional MMA fighter. He is the author of eight books on the sport of MMA, including the best-selling title, Mixed Martial Arts. ERICH KRAUSS is a professional Muay Thai fighter. He has written for the New York Times and is the author of more than twenty books.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best training manual of its kind. 15 April 2012
By Chief.
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Cutting straight to the heart of the matter, 'Dirty Boxing' is without a doubt the best wrestling for MMA training manual on the market today.

Anyone with wrestling experience will tell you that whilst its one of the most fundimentally necessary skills for the mixed martial artist there are masses of techniques that are not appropriate for full contact fighting. What Lindland does is provide you with a vast volume of the very best wrestling techniques for MMA, with a primary focus on the Greco-Roman style clinch and takedown techniques of which perhaps nobody currently fighting in MMA is better qualified to instruct you than Olympic silver medalist Lindland.

Be advised that the book concentrates almost entirely on takedowns - there are no strikes or submissions in this volume.

As a person who has practiced both wrestling and MMA for more than ten years I have found this book invaluable in increasing my repetoir of takedowns and skills and the techniques that this book concentrates on have become a regular part of my arsenal.

I cant recommend this book enough as a wrestling-to-MMA instructional manual - it is certainly superior, much more diverse and detailed than Randy Coutures 'Wrestling for Fighting' (which I think has been overrated by amazon reviewers). I would go as far as to say that it is the definitive guide of its sort.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent training manual 16 Sep 2009
By Kid Nate - Published on
Matt Lindland's Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts is surprisingly good.I didn't expect as much as I do from some Victory Belt manuals perhaps because I've got a bias against wrestling, perhaps because Matt Lindland comes with a lot of baggage.

Let's get that out of the way up front. Yeah, yeah, Lindland is the guy who put together a documentary about how he was being blackballed from the UFC because they fear him and then went out and got KTFO'd in under a minute in his very next fight. He got run out of the UFC in a dispute over a sponsor and he's funny looking. He got his position on the U.S. Olympic team by going to court to appeal a loss in the qualifiers.

All of that said, the guy won a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in the 2000 Olympics and has won more than 20 MMA bouts. In his twelve year MMA career he's beaten top fighters like Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn, Ivan Salaverry, Travis Lutter and Mike Van Arsdale.

As one of the founders of Team Quest, along with Randy Couture and Dan Henderson, Lindland pioneered the path of elite wrestlers entering MMA. He also was among the first to prove that wrestlers could expand their game and successfully incorporate submissions and strikes into their MMA games. The even split of his wins between decisions, submissions and TKO's testifies to his well-rounded mastery of MMA.

Now let's talk about the book.

There have been some complaints that the book is misnamed. The critics are saying that it's a wrestling manual for MMA, not a text book on how to use Dirty Boxing in MMA. To some extent that is a fair criticism. The book's original title was "From Wrestling to MMA" and that might have been a more apt title. But at the same time, this is easily the best book how to apply Dirty Boxing in MMA, bar none.

Sure, only somewhat less than a third of the book specifically discusses striking. But the key thing is the context in which that discussion of striking takes place.

Matt Lindland's Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts details a complete MMA system for the standup game. Where Randy Couture's Wrestling for Fighting is a primer that outlines the basic techniques of getting and defending takedowns, Lindland's book provides a complete system. The closest comparison I've read would be Eddie Bravo's two books.

Like Bravo's books, this one provides the diligent student with a series of options from every key position. Lindland outlines the key standing control positions and shows how to transition back and forth between them so you can take advantage of your opponent's mistakes and avoid his strengths. The structure of the book is also logical and builds a strong foundation at the beginning that allows him to build a complex but sold system by the end.

Reading this book really reinforced by respect for wrestling as a martial art. It's as much built on skill, science and strategy as jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, Judo or boxing. Lindland's moves are fundamentally predicated on misdirection and deception. He shows how to bait your opponent into moving and then how to use that energy against him. In that, Lindland's approach to takedowns reminds me of nothing so much as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's approach to the sweep.

It's only once he's established the foundation and shown the reader how to use the techniques of Greco-Roman wrestling to thoroughly control your opponent's body that he elaborates on how to take advantage of that control with strikes, throws and submissions.

The book is the usual great Victory Belt production. The sections are color coded for easy reference in the gym. Each move is described step-by-step and each step is illustrated by color photos. I did notice that many of the action shots are a bit blurry, this is an unfortunate distraction but doesn't impact the educational value of the book as the shots that show how to set up the grips and positioning are crystal clear, it's only the mid-air shots of the throws that tend to be blurry. In trying to do my due diligence as a book reviewer, I did conclude that the lack of an index is regrettable, although the organization, color-coding and detailed table of contents go a long way towards eliminating the need for one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dry but thorough. 5 Sep 2009
By James Kirkland - Published on
The next in Victory Belt publishing's line of instructional manuals, Matt Lindland's Dirty Boxing for Mixed Martial Arts follows the same format as previously released guides. To use the word "boxing" in the title, but give almost no advice on actual striking is a little misleading. Lindland shows you how to position yourself to deliver strikes, but leaves actual striking advice to someone else. With over a thousand color photos detailing hundreds of moves and set-ups; Lindland with co-authors Glen Cardoza and Erich Krauss cover plenty material without ever getting into striking. The book is a solid, well organized reference for the basics of grappling and clinch work for Mixed Martial Arts.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Deeds are Done Dirt Cheap! 17 July 2011
By Judgepro - Published on
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This is by far a must have for any serious combat athlete. This is a very underrated subject and Matt Lindland and Victory Belt delivers with a very detailed manual on the subject of inside fighting. You can find striking, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and other books are plentiful. However, if you want to learn some of the tricks to pull off during entry to clinch and/or other aspects of the inside fight game not much else is out there, and I have found no better then Victory Belt for any fight topic text. Especially this title! Buy it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good instructional 8 Nov 2009
By S. Parker - Published on
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This book shows mma from a wrestler's standpoint. It is a wonderful addition to a more traditional background. Plus, wrestler's will enjoy the familiar starting points. Overall, a very refreshing mma book even if it doesn't cover as much "dirty boxing" as the title would indicate.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wrong title 21 Aug 2009
By Frank H. - Published on
Let's start with the obvious: the title is very misleading. This book is NOT about dirty boxing. It is a wrestling manual, with only a few pages dedicated to striking. The material presented is decent: control positions, set ups, and takedowns (most of them being single and double legs). No ground game and little striking. In many ways, it is similar to Randy Couture's book, but not quite as good. The photo and writing quality is on par with other Victory Belt books. One difference is that unlike other titles, this one does not open with a biographical section--perhaps because Lindland has few fans and popular curiosity about his life is next to none. Overall, it's ok, but not nearly as original or as informative as other Victory Belt books.
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