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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Unique Publications (Subs. of CFW Enterprises, Inc (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892515016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892515018
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents detailed discussion on skills training, strength development, flexibility, speed training, tournament strategy, motivation, nutrition, etc. Fully illustrated. 208 pgs.

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If there is one art wherein the human body is brought to perfection of coordination, physical fitness and skill, then certainly the martial arts rates among the highest. It is amazing, however, how most martial artists even today stick to antiquated training methods, which although tested throughout the ages, nonetheless stand to be improved by advancements in science and medicine. There is a certain myth which prevails among martial arts circles, which falls hand-in-hand with the belief - rightly attributed - that it is essentially not the human body which is the sole object of martial training, but rather the human mind, emotions and spirit. Although I must offer my complete accord with this view, the myth nonetheless persists that this martial-spirit somehow finds its complete subsistence within the tradition of training and not within each individual human spirit. Evidently, in relation to this it is often found that advancements in sports science, sports nutrition, physical fitness, medicine, etc. are completely ignored by the majority of martial artists, simply on the basis of a long tradition of doing things, according to a certain way - and since this way has worked for a multitude of others in the past - then this must be the right way. Perhaps we should ignore the fact that the Way of martial arts can never be achieved by imitators.Read more ›
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91634378) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912dcb4c) out of 5 stars A "Must Have!" 8 April 2000
By Tim Larkin, Former Master Trainer SCARS Institute Of Combat Sciences Former Master Trainer SCARS Institute Of Combat Sciences - Published on Amazon.com
"In my over twenty years of instructing martial arts and close quarters combat to some of the world's top military special operations personnel, I have seen countless ways very dedicated fighters waste time with useless drills and questionable training methods. Few have learned the true secrets of effective fighting. In the world of hand to hand combat there very few gurus whom I would ever send any of my people to train under; Charles Staley is definitely on that short list.
Charles' training methods not only rapidly accelerate your skills, dramatically increase your striking power, and keep you in incredible shape, but more importantly he'll actually cut your training time significantly while achieving these spectacular results. I found by working with Charles that my old methods of combining strength training and mat time produced limited results for the time spent. I have now cut my training time by almost 50%, yet I get more quality results using his training methods.
The Science Of Martial Arts Training is a must have for today's combat fighter. Reading this book you'll see why some of the top competitive fighters train under Charles Staley. Use the straightforward principles and methods in this book and you'll see why his clients REMAIN top competitive fighters."
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912dcf54) out of 5 stars A superb addition to personal and professional collections. 5 Jun. 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
In The Science Of Martial Arts Training, sports science expert and accomplished martial artist Charles Staley draws upon his decades spent studying the training techniques of successful athletes and martial artists to present a competent, insightful, effective, "reader friendly" text covering such issues as strength development, flexibility, speed and quickness, tournament strategy, mental preparation, avoidance of injuries, and proper nutrition for the student of martial arts, regardless of which form or branch is being learned and practiced. The Science Of Martial Arts Training is a superb addition to any personal, dojo, or community library martial arts reference collection.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x913bc318) out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to modern training ideas 11 Aug. 2003
By R. McCall - Published on Amazon.com
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As a forty year old man who has lifted weights and trained for sports since high school, I thought that I knew how to design my own training program. This book showed me that I had been wasting my time and achieving sub-optimal results all those years. I took up karate at 37, and quickly realized that I needed to improve my conditioning to be able to safely practice the martial arts. I picked this up two years ago and found it to be a valuable resource. I am as strong or stronger today than I have ever been (including my time on a college varsity team), and feel like it as improved my ability to effectively and safely study and practice the martial arts.
The negative reviewers have a point, this book does have an emphasis on strength training. That is mostly because it is the easiest thing for most people to improve, and makes the biggest difference in your performance. If you understand the principles of modern strength training, you will get less out of this book than I did. However, most weight lifting books that I have seen are focused on the bodybuilding community, and will not teach you how to train to improve your strenth while maintaining your fighting weight, or how to train to improve your speed, the way this book will. (Some of the weight training books that are focused on training for athletic performance are referenced in the book.) The discussions of endurance training, stretching, and nutrition are shorter, but were still very useful to me, and provide a good basis for designing a training program to improve your performance in your martial art.
This book is definitely designed for someone who wants to be a more competitive athlete, not a body builder. I use the ideas from this book to guide my conditioning training, I use my sensei to guide my karate-specific training, and I have been very happy with my results.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912de150) out of 5 stars Good book, but misleading. 5 July 2005
By r - Published on Amazon.com
There may well be a science to martial arts training, but this isn't it. Rather, this is a sensible, thorough, and seemingly well-researched formulation of an overall fitness program for athletes. A few important points are touched upon that don't get enough discussion in most fitness and martial arts books -- like dynamic stretching and powerlifting. Reference to specific arts, though, is scarcely to be found. Nor is there much discussion of the different requirements of different fighting arts (grapplers, for instance, won't need as much kicking/punching power as tae kwon do practitioners, let alone the leg flexibility).

The book divides the science of martial arts into several parts, including (I'm going by memory) physical conditioning, the skill with which techniques are performed, psychological readiness, and the tactics chosen. Yet physical conditioning is the main focus of the book: actual techniques, psychological training, and tactics are neglected.

If you're a martial artist or athlete, you might benefit from this book -- it will certainly help you design a good fitness program. But it's no better than any other good and up-to-date book, and it's not terribly specific to the martial arts either.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915157ec) out of 5 stars Pros and Cons 8 April 2004
By jason m struck - Published on Amazon.com
The other reviews of this book are fair. It is not anything new, or very original. I found it interesting though. I think that there are a lot of Martial Artists out there that have no backgroun in athletics or sports science, and as such don't know much about Physical training outside of "do more" . For the less than gifted, this is a sure path to a major plateau in performance, and an eventual boredom w/ martial arts. This book covers periodization, recovery and alternative stretching techniques better than any other book "for martial artists". Who was the greatest Martial Artist ever? Most would say Bruce, and he is best known for his physique and his use of weight training and other non traditional training methods. TO ANY MARTIAL ARTIST JUST GETTING STARTED IN REALLY TRAINING- this book will save you countless hours of confusion and frustration, and will giude you to further learning if that's what you seek. The bibliography of this book changed my life! Check it out. If you were a jock in highschool or especially College, you don't need this book. Get more advanced stuff. But otherwise, GET THIS BOOK!!!
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