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To Stand on a Stone I: 50 Fundamental Principles of Martial Arts: v. 1 Paperback – 7 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Wordclay (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604812125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604812121
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Montague on 22 Sept. 2010
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If you do any type of martial art and have got to a stage of wanting to know more, have come to a standstill in your learning or have unanswered questions, then this is the book for you.
The way it is written, in chapters each dealing with a fundemental concept of martial arts, means you can read as much as you can take in, go away and practice or think about what you have read and then pick up where you have left off.
Each chapter is written first, using the scenario of master & student then the second part, in a more practical, explanatory way.
What it avoids doing (although some try!) is giving the impression you will achieve anything of worth overnight; you will be given enough guidance and ideas to lead you to opening the door to more understanding. No one can open the door for you, everyone learns differently, and this book realises that fact.
You won't find criticism of any martial art, just something to take away and apply to whichever art you practice.
As soon as I finished the book and started applying and practising the things I had learned, I found that there was so much more that I had missed the first time and will be reading it again, there aren't many books like that.
Quite how Antony Cummins manages to pack so much into such a comparatively small book I don't know, but I'm glad I discovered it.
I recommend this book very highly, but maybe you guessed that already!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Rowlands on 24 July 2012
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An extremely well thought out and written book. The techniques mentiond are essential for beginners and advanced students alike, and for all MA.
One of those books that just cant be put down, but ideally set out with short chapters so that you dont just keep reading and never sleep. Definately a book that will always be worth having on your shelf and perfect for reference what ever grade you get to. Looking forward to buying the DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superb book 23 Jan. 2011
By H. Martin - Published on
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Excellent book. The video is even better as you can see the examples, but having both is definitely a plus and I am delighted that I bought this book.

Some people may not fully appreciate the "Story/Explanation" 1-2 format, but the idea is that the metaphor of the story portion helps embed each of the principles into your memory, your unconscious mind, and your neurology, while the explanation for each element is there for the conscious rational mind to understand more fully.

Along with the video, where you will see the examples and hear Antony Cummins give another explanation in the context of his excellent demonstrations you will learn as much as is likely possible without going hands on.

(Hint: get with your training partners and actually work each item explicitly -- even consider holding a "video party" where you watch an item, then train it as if you were in a seminar. Or, agree to read an item or several and work on them together at each training session similar to a "book club". This material definitely is worth the time and effort.)

Could the book be improved? Yes, it needs a LITTLE editing for typos etc. but this is largely not a distracting issue. Also, it could have been "100 Fundamental Principles" since it will leave you wanting even more. Like all wonderful books, it is a little bit of a let down to reach the final page.

One of my very favorite martial arts books. Definitely important to anyone studying "Systema" even though Cummins is apparently NOT a "Systema guy" at all -- he still does beautiful Systema work and offers very easy to understand examples of how Systema works. (That right there points out that his principles will work for ANY martial artc.)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books on Martial Art!!! 19 May 2009
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Beginner or advanced, you need this book! 50 principals that are universal to any fighting art! I've been studying Martial arts for over 20 years, this book is my favorite!
The DVD under the same name is a great addition to the book too.
I recommend anything by the Author!
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