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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
This short book gives an interesting and entertaining insight into the world of martial arts and makes the crucial distinction between traditional martial arts performed barefoot and in costumes versus reality-based self-defence systems designed for real-world fighting. The author also gently chides those martial artists who - how shall I put it? - take themselves too...
Published 16 months ago by Seamus Martin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth A Read
The book was free on Amazon and it's about a bloke who got beat up in a street fight after a night out and he decided to do Martial Arts as a way to look after himself.

The book is written as an information book like a Martial Arts for Dummies type of style and through it he talks about the good and bad points of different styles. Going through Bruce Lee films,...
Published 1 month ago by Stu (PSN: Funeral-Bringer)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining, 8 Dec. 2013
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Seamus Martin (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Martial Arts: The Truth Behind the Myths!: (The Martial Arts and Self Defense Secrets You NEED to Know!) (Kindle Edition)
This short book gives an interesting and entertaining insight into the world of martial arts and makes the crucial distinction between traditional martial arts performed barefoot and in costumes versus reality-based self-defence systems designed for real-world fighting. The author also gently chides those martial artists who - how shall I put it? - take themselves too seriously. Well worth a read, especially given the paltry price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intersting, not ground breaking, 7 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Martial Arts: The Truth Behind the Myths!: (The Martial Arts and Self Defense Secrets You NEED to Know!) (Kindle Edition)
Written by a passionate martial artist debunking some of the myths that are floating around. It's an interesting read, but not very long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Myth buster, 20 Mar. 2015
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An interesting short book on martial arts which debunks some of the myths with science and fact. Covering a wide range of topics, force generation, brick breaking, hand conditioning, pain tolerance, pressure points and death touch. There is a lot covered in the book, including discussions on the best martial art to be studied by learner type, ie seeking traditional style, physical learner etc. The authors views on certain subjects ie : Bruce Lee, samurai swords, self defense are bound to rub some people up the wrong way. I found the martial arts timeline very interesting as well as the history and purpose of the ninja.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing worse than stopping your reading to get the dictionary out, 5 Aug. 2014
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Phil has a real talent for writing in a way we can all understand and relate to. It's clear and he doesn't use fancy words. Nothing worse than stopping your reading to get the dictionary out. Humour is put to great effect, but he is never disrespectful to any martial art. I am not a big reader (sometimes takes me months to get through a book) but love these books and read them quicker than most.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true eye-opener!, 26 Oct. 2014
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Phil does an excellent job in shining the light of fact into this world of mystique and myth. Well researched and argued. Whilst debunking a lot of the "froth" surrounding most of the Martial Arts he still acknowledges their underlying value and skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for free, 24 Oct. 2014
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This is a brilliant short book dismissing some of the myths of martial arts. There is not much in this an experienced martial artist doesn't or should already know. But a brilliant read non the less. Thank you 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth A Read, 18 Feb. 2015
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The book was free on Amazon and it's about a bloke who got beat up in a street fight after a night out and he decided to do Martial Arts as a way to look after himself.

The book is written as an information book like a Martial Arts for Dummies type of style and through it he talks about the good and bad points of different styles. Going through Bruce Lee films, Shaolin Temple styles and UFC MMA.

There are myth's debunks such as the 1 finger kill moves and which are the best weapons and if Ninja's are really always dressed in black such as the films claim they are.

Sounds like I have just ruined the entire book but it is worth a read. The author is Phil Pierce.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A lot of words to say nothing, 19 Sept. 2013
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Very lightweight and along the lines of "no, monks aren't likely to be bulletproof because they are made of skin and bone", plus several paragraphs continuing to expand on the bleeding obvious. I doubt that anyone actually had being bulletproof as anything other than a film fantasy.

Apparently Jet Li jumping 20 feet into the air is also impossible. The book is full of that sort of thing.

A total waste of my money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 5 Nov. 2014
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Great free book really insightful on martial arts and informs the beginner. Planning on buying book by this author !
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good well thought out essay on the martial arts., 28 Aug. 2014
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In my humble opinion he has summed up most of the problems with the arts, and their place in modern society quite nicely. I'm a little sad he didn't mention the art I study, tai chi Chuan, but hey ho you can't have everything in life.
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