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TVP: Comprehensive Boxing Concepts Hardcover – 6 Aug 2006

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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (6 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954965604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954965600
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 844,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rakesh K. Sondhi - Rakesh is a strategy, change management and leadership specialist with over 25 years experience working with leading companies all over the world. He works with a creative, thought provoking and challenging mind to develop differentiation and outstanding performance. Rakesh explores unique methods and processes to ensure leading edge thinking in the delivery of client solutions. Rakesh also makes extensive use of sport and other forms of experiential learning in the development of leaders.

Rakesh has studied Pak Lei Hung Kung Fu and Shotokan Karate since 1976, and has been practicing and coaching boxing for the last fifteen years. Rakesh, with Tommy Thompson, has previously developed the concept of coaching boxing through the tvp framework (technique, variety and (un)-predictability). The latest book - Advanced Boxing has just been released (Dec 2011).

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A book providing a solid foundation towards fulfilling potential. -- Brendan Ingle

An outstanding book. One of the best books on boxing. Excellent! -- Krishna Godhania, 2005

Its like training with the best. Tommy is one of the best coaches I have worked with. -- Mo Teague

From the Author

After studying some of the greatest fighters, and utilising experience of coaching fighters there seemed to be a certain pattern to the attributes that made a good fighter. Good fighters were epitomised by a certain quality of technique, a variety of technique and also the ability to be unpredictable.

A look at some of the top fighters demonstrates that they all possessed the ability to confuse the opponent. What attributes are needed in the fighter to be able to confuse the opponent? Some people might argue that you do not need to possess all of these characteristics e.g. look at the profile of "The greatest" – Muhammed Ali. However, there are very few people in the world who possess uniqueness as exemplified by the role models discussed in this book. Therefore, the average fighter needs to develop all round attributes that will make him the most effective fighter he can be.

A complete fighter needs to possess an ability to recover and be prepared for continuity in the fight. Without this continuity he is totally dependent on his judgement of the level of his opponent. His opponent may be more resilient than expected, so greater preparedness to continue the fight is required. In addition, to maximise the effectiveness of his technique the fighter needs to ensure correct body mechanics to help in the development of explosiveness in the technique. These components of preparedness, body mechanics and explosiveness are the essence of technique.

Different fighters possess different strengths and weaknesses. Consequently, a fighter needs a broad range of techniques that he can call upon against different opponents at different times. This breadth of tools is essentially variety.

What makes an outstanding competitor? All of the great exciting fighters we might think of had one great skill – the ability to do the unexpected. A great fighter cannot be read by the opponent. This might be because of speed of delivery or direction of movement. This ability to confuse the opponent is developed by removing the predictability of the fighter.

Bringing all of the elements together, we have developed what we feel is a comprehensive training pattern and programme. The tvp™ framework allows good training either in groups or on a personal training basis. Focusing the training on this framework will assist in the development of the complete fighter.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Ali on 13 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
I first came across this book whilst browsing the sports section of my local Waterstones. Being an advocate of a conceptual approach to training, the title caught my eye. I took it off the shelf and flicked through the pages. The many diagrams looked interesting so, when I came across it again on Amazon, I bought it.

Now, let me get some things off my chest. I don't like the way the information in this book is presented. The pages are too busy and cluttered. Many of the pictures are too small and dark. This along with the many effects affects and styles applied to the photographs make it difficult to decipher what is going on. The diagrams used at first seem a little confusing, but once you have sussed out what they are trying to show, they do the job quite well.

Now then, lets talk about the information and ideas contained within the book. It states in this book that it is not for beginners. I wholeheartedly agree, someone should be training in boxing for at least 2-3 years before trying to read this book. The writers state that a better book for beginners would be the Lonsdale Boxing Manual by David James. Once again I wholeheartedly agree with the writers.

Although I have admitted to not liking the presentation style of this book, I will admit that when I sat down to read it properly, I read it from cover to cover without taking a break. The information contained within the pages of this book is gold, pure 24 carat, unadulterated gold.
The writers have developed a system of training boxers using the Technique, Versatility, Predictability (TVPtm ) approach. The book explains this approach and develops on the various concepts that form it.
The book is broken up into sections covering almost every aspect of the game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Owen on 23 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
For anyone studying the noble art this is a very innovative and compelling study. Having read it for myself and compared it against everything I know about the acquisition of physical skills, I have felt confident enough to recommend it and send it to my grandson, at present studying boxing in Cuba. Even his coach, one of the world's best, is impressed by the book's anaysis of movement in boxing and the link made between mental processes and physical actions.

I like the cross references made to the theory and practice of martial arts. These have centuries long philosophical accounts of the nature and significance of sports like karate for human development. To relate this approach to boxing is to my knowledge a new dimension in British boxing tradition.

The detailed studies made of the sequences in boxing are quite advanced, but even the beginner can gain a lot of insight by matching his physical practice with the models outlined in the book.

Needs to be available in every boxing club in the country - whether at school level or at professional level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Forro on 14 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviewer about presentational issues which the authors should address in any second edition in order to make the book a bit more user friendly. More importantly, I also agree that this book is about as good as it gets when it comes to the analysis and advice presented.

It contains the most sophisticated understanding and advice on Boxing that I have seen. Not only that, it then goes on to introduce their "TVP" concept which if followed, will take your skills to a new level. This isn't some book trying to sell you snake oil or promising "secrets" to becoming a great boxer overnight. Rather, what is on offer is a very advanced training regime based on leading edge knowledge and understanding which will bring great improvement in any boxer if he follows the advice and training drills supplied.

I'm pretty sure that most Boxers, no matter what their level will benefit from applying the lessons presented in this book. For Martial Artists, the problem with many striking martial arts is that the hand skills and footwork etc are often very poor and in my opinion, this is often largely due to poor instruction (coaching is a rare luxury). If you wish to improve your boxing and footwork, I can think of no better place to start than this book. Tommy Thompson and Rakesh Sondhi have demonstrated their years of experience and understanding in this book and for me they stand head and shoulders above the opposition.
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