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