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No Holds Barred Fighting: The Ultimate Guide to Submission Wrestling Paperback – 1 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing,U.S. (1 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884654177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884654176
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Hatmaker has 23 years of experience in the martial arts as well as boxing, wrestling, and Jiujitsu. He has produced several instructional videos, including "Escape from Impossible Holds," "Brutal Submissions," and "Guard Submissions." He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. Doug Werner is an author of sport and fitness instructional guides, including "Boxer's Start-Up" and "Fighting Fit." He lives in San Diego, California.


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The main selling point for me in this book was the huge amount of photos (695 to be exact!),so I knew this book wouldn't be paper thin!
Mark Hatmaker proves his near quarter century of knowledge with a serious, no frills, professional account of submission wrestling. Although Hatmaker is not brazilian, nor does he have the physique of one of the Shamrock brothers, he does make you believe that he knows his apples and he could tie you up in knots after countering your best attack!
You may be wondering why I haven't given this book 5 stars and the reason is I don't believe this a great example of a beginner's guide because it's a technical manual with many variations on the hold (and I think 5 stars shouldn't be given out easily!!!)>
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Mark Hatmaker's books are THE best, most detailed, learner friendly books out there.
If you wanna' know how to do it properly then look no further. I have ALL of Mark's books and cannot recommend them highly enough!

You'll buy one, realize the value for money and then buy the rest- I guarantee it.
Get ready for a learning curve though, find a partner or invest in a grappling dummy and you'll be heading for the UFC before you know it. Mark teaches you to use your head as well as your body.

You won't regret it.
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By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2004
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For being an inexpensive book I thought this work represented great value for money.
This book starts with the fundementals of submission fighting and works its way through to takedowns, counters, submissions and escapes. The author obviously sees the importance of being able to move correctly on the mat rather than just showing you a load of submission moves.
With the exception of ground and pound and stand up striking (all in a later book)the author takes you step by step through the important aspects of submission or nhb fighting.
Add this book to your collection and you wont be dissapointed.
like the title of this review says it is a great foundation.
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GOOD READ,IF YOU CANT AFFORD THE FIGHTERS NOTE BOOK BUY THIS BOOK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Value and Useful Book 12 Dec. 2002
By Leftcoasterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book should drop the, "No Holds Barred Fighting" from its title as it deals ONLY with submission wrestling - that being said, it's a pretty good little submission wrestling book. The text is very logically presented and all the basics of submission wrestling are covered (grips, stances, gear, takedowns, escapes, drills, etc.). The photos are clear and the descriptions of techniques are top-notch. I counted 27 submissions demonstrated in this book, which isn't a lot; however, there are many books on the market, which deal with just submissions if that's what you're looking for. This book is a good value for the money and contains a load of useful info for persons interested in the sport, as well as for self-defence.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on submission wrestling 20 Oct. 2003
By Joseph M Burtner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Hatmaker has left a good impression on me with his (I think)first book. Though not realy NHB, as strikes aren't covered, this book had info on takedowns, possitions, reversals, escapes, submissions, drills... Although the book didn't have 'every single move in the world', what was presented would help anyone improve their game. It is as complete as a book of it's size can be on the subject it covers. It is well-written, logically presented, and has me eagerly anticipating the second book. If you are interrested in submission grappling at all, get this book; you will not be disappointed.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Submission Wrestling and MMA Grappling Manual 16 Sept. 2005
By C. K. Mccracken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Grappling in MMA is about efficiency and simplicity. Hatmaker is one of those very few 'intellectual' instructors. He isn't as physically gifted as some others and has really studied to get to where he is. This is obvious in his videos, and in this book.

Hatmaker shows basic, high percentage techniques that work. More importantly he shows how string together to create sequences. As I said, MMA is about simplicity. These high percentage techniques work in the fast paced, sweaty environment of MMA. Some of the techniques might be considered a little eager by some standards (eg. Neck Cranks) but are legal in MMA and fair game in the street, as well.

Additionally, Hatmaker's methods are a useful changeup from the usual BJJ based grappling instructionals. Hatmaker weaves the efficiency of Jiu Jitsu with the more physical wrestling base that is so effective in MMA. And, he does it well.

This book is a simple and effective introduction to grappling for MMA and the street. Especially for those who already know how to strike. Hatmaker's materials have certainly helped me in MMA, Brasilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alot of techniques and instruction for the price ($13) 14 July 2005
By John W. Baird III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Hatmaker writes No Holds Barred Fighting (NHBF) Ultimate Guide primarily as a NHBF and a submission wrestling handbook. I bought and use it as a self-defense guide to ground fighting. Supposedly 75% of all fights end up on the ground. He does an excellent job of covering takedowns, takedown defense, ground controls or hold downs, submissions, and escapes. He is able to pack a wealth of techniques in 250 pages without being overly detailed or verbose because the 695 pictures are so excellent - a good picture is worth a thousand words! He does offer explanations when and where needed. If I had a ten best list of self-defense or the martial arts, this book would be on that list.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable techniques 18 July 2005
By Style Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with some of the other reviewers that the techniques in this book are not the best. For example, 1)the attacker crossing his feet during armbar and, 2) the attackee rolling in the oppisite direction of an armbar trusting that his clasped hands will be more powerful than the attacker's legs and arms. The first can result in a painful footlock, and the second will most likely result in a fracture of the elbow when the hand clasp is broken. If you buy this book make sure that you also buy a book by the Gracies and/or the Machados.
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