- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Turtle Press (15 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880336804
- ISBN-13: 978-1880336809
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,436,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Science of Takedowns, Throws & Grappling for Self-Defense Paperback – 15 Jul 2010
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As the title indicates, this book covers all aspects of aspects of throws and takedowns as they relate to self-defense. The author focuses on gross motor movements so that the applications will actually work under stress in actual combat, describes drills to help you master the techniques, and then demonstrates how to apply the principles in various scenarios. An entire chapter is devoted to each major category of takedowns: leg, body/arm, neck, rearward throws, forward throws, empty hand and weapon presses, stick leverage, and knife defense.
Principles include shifting the center of gravity, gaining positional superiority, using momentum, utilizing torque, and applying an aggressive mindset. Scenarios include striking attacks (including those initiated with a knife or stick), grabbing attacks, surprise attacks, and preemptive attacks. There are also important tips that should help you train more safely. The only thing I did not absolutely love about this book is that while there are hundreds of photos help clarify the brilliant writing, many of them were grainy and hard to see. That may have just been a printing error on the copy I purchased so I'll not downgrade my evaluation based on that one shortcoming.
All in all this is an excellent tome, highly recommended for serious martial artists!
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
I expected lots of photographs and lots of techniques as in every other book I had previously bought in Amazon.
However, as I have looked at it deeper and due to training, I realised that to teach self defense you may not need to put lots of techniques into your arsenal, but those you may apply at any moment or situation.
I now find this book much more interesting and valuable than 3 years ago. Not lots of techniques, but you may not need many of them.
All you need is to practise a lot the ones collected in this book so you can apply them well from any position, as aikido people pretend to do.