How to Punch (Self Defence) Paperback – 15 Nov 2013
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MARTIN J. DOUGHERTY is Director of Coaching to the All-Styles Martial Arts Association and a Senior Assessor with the Self-Defense Federation, holding black belts in two styles of Ju-Jitsu as well as self-defense. His martial arts career has encompassed ju-jitsu, kickboxing, and self-defense as well as military combative systems. Martin has worked in the defense and security industry, where he is an expert on weapon systems and asymmetric conflict. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The topics covered in this manual include the following:
A brief introduction on how to deliver effective strikes, striking with the hand, palm strikes, cupped hand strikes, targets and effects, striking the head, striking the body, stance, guard and movement, hitting hard, breathing, straight punches, the cross, hooked punches, hook punch, lead-hand hook, the uppercut, hammer fists, movement principles, active defense, cover defense, deflecting a punch, bob and weave, counter attacking, final notes and glossary. (Note: This book was published in Great Britain and the author is English and they spell some words differently than we Americans--defence is one of those words which my spell checker keeps notifying me that it is the wrong spelling?).
In conclusion, I recommend this manual for anyone who desires a simple and effective basic guide to delivering the most powerful hand strikes. As I have often mentioned in the past, learning a psychomotor skill (This includes all martial arts and self-defense related texts) requires actual physical training under the guidance of an instructor. The real value of this manual is that it clarifies the effectiveness of numerous hand strikes, but you must actually practice these techniques in order to perform them under combat situations.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)