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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this information years ago, 18 July 2006
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L. A. Kane (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews
Whether you are looking to win a tournament or survive on the street Christensen and Demeere offer solid, easy to understand advice that is well worth following. This excellent tome starts with the nuts and bolts of timing including Hick's law and Boyd's cycle (the Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action loop), explaining these important concepts without a lot of scientific jargon or excess verbiage. From there they go into specific techniques and case studies to help you put these concepts to practical use. There are also some enlightening vignettes from Tai Chi Chuan, The Art of War, and the Book of Five Rings. Their down to earth writing style is refreshing and entertaining. The various examples, stories, and tips make the book fun to read. Even better, the drills and practice scenarios quickly take you beyond the theory to improve your skills in a meaningful way. This book along with Speed Training (by Christensen) is a winning combination that can help any martial artist. I heartily recommend it.

Lawrence Kane

Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to keep all the secrets to myself!, 31 May 2011
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If you've read Geoff Thompson's "Watch my back", then this book is like the construction manual that tells you the `how to' in wonderful detail. It's an excellent book of reference and one that you can easily read from cover to cover, chock full of examples, theory and practice routines about how to improve your fighting techniques. What makes this book truly great is that it is written with humour and a healthy dose of realism. For me it was full of ah-haa moments, especially around sparring techniques and I kind of don't want anyone else in my dojo to read it...I want to keep the `secrets' all to myself! This is a must have for any martial artist who wants to improve their sparring, kumite and street fighting abilities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars watch out for these guy's they are good, 18 Mar 2010
I really enjoyed the straight talking, quirky content of this book. They seem to know there stuff. A good book directed more for the street than competions as they seem to assume you have done competitions before. Still I reccomend it's an interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, 30 Aug 2014
Basic but useful guide to an often overlooked facet of MA training.
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