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5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction to Self-Defence for the Martial Artist, 22 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Taking it to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective (Paperback)
I was very impressed by both the content of this book and the writing style. Marc Macyoung starts by using easily recognisable cultural references (such as the film Platoon) to introduce the reader to the world of self-defence. This is quickly followed by a debunking of the most common myths about street fighting, that must be one of the least painful I have ever seen. The rest of the book continues logically from this point, each chapter covering one important self defence topic and building on the chapter before. One of my favourite things about this book was the degree of humour that it contains. Despite being a very informative book, I found that I was constantly reading out amusing turns of phrase to others with no actual interest in the subject matter. The many illustrations are also often humorous (with cartoon ferrets commenting on things like errors of stance and guard) yet still make perfect sense. I would recommend this book to any martial artist with an interest in self-defence. Not only is the book itself very good, but it also contains a bibliography of reference material of a similar quality. I would also recommend it to someone with no martial arts experience, but with the proviso that they may want to buy some of Marc's other books to go with it.
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