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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782740880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782740889
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this book is really thin it contains all the basic information on punches. There are no training exercises described but I think there is no need for such. I am satisfied with this purchase.
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Don't waste your money this book is rubbish. What you learnt years ago in the old school playground is far more enlightening
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A good basic guide on how to deliver all kinds of hand strikes. 7 April 2014
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though this is only a 48 page text, "How to Punch: Unarmed Combat Skills that work by Martin J. Dougherty contains a lot of practical and effective information on how to deliver all kinds of hand strikes. In this respect, the often quoted saying "good things come in small packages" applies to this book. I had previously read and reviewed the author's other basic manual (Self-Defense: How to defend yourself) and I also liked that volume. Both texts are organized in the same way with a slick cover and great illustrations showing the techniques. In fact, I have always maintained that drawings are clearer and more precise than photographs in most cases when showing self-defense techniques. I am quite familiar with all the techniques shown in this text, but I still loved reviewing this small volume.

The topics covered in this manual include the following:

A brief introduction on how to deliver effective strikes, striking with the hand, palm strikes, cupped hand strikes, targets and effects, striking the head, striking the body, stance, guard and movement, hitting hard, breathing, straight punches, the cross, hooked punches, hook punch, lead-hand hook, the uppercut, hammer fists, movement principles, active defense, cover defense, deflecting a punch, bob and weave, counter attacking, final notes and glossary. (Note: This book was published in Great Britain and the author is English and they spell some words differently than we Americans--defence is one of those words which my spell checker keeps notifying me that it is the wrong spelling?).

In conclusion, I recommend this manual for anyone who desires a simple and effective basic guide to delivering the most powerful hand strikes. As I have often mentioned in the past, learning a psychomotor skill (This includes all martial arts and self-defense related texts) requires actual physical training under the guidance of an instructor. The real value of this manual is that it clarifies the effectiveness of numerous hand strikes, but you must actually practice these techniques in order to perform them under combat situations.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
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Simplicity at its best. 7 Aug 2014
By The Bizenez - Published on Amazon.com
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Shows you how to deliver simple effective strikes that can actually work.
Great illustrations and descriptions 15 Dec 2014
By Travis E. Castro - Published on Amazon.com
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Great illustrations and descriptions. Covers basic to intermediate punches. Not the type of punching for the ring. This is a self-defense and combat book that covers the Jab, Hook, Cross and Uppercut. It also covers heel of palm strikes and other types of strikes.
Great purchase. Fast delivery and good service 3 Aug 2014
By Ignatius Malibu - Published on Amazon.com
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Great purchase. Fast delivery and good service. Recommended.
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