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Stop Kicks by Marc De Bremaeker

Stop Kicks by Marc De Bremaeker

Combative Elbow Strikes by Jeff W. Rosser

Combative Elbow Strikes by Jeff W. Rosser

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Sambo Encyclopedia: The Throws, Holds and Submission Techniques of Russia's Fighting Sport

Russian sambo is a unique sport and martial art known for its combat effectiveness and adaptability. Sambo Encyclopedia: The Throws, Holds and Submission Techniques of Russia’s Fighting Sport” is the first English language book that addresses the whole of sambo. I applaud Steve Scott’s efforts in advancing the rich tradition of Russian Sambo.
— Igor Kurinnoy, 3-Time World Sambo Champion

Sambo is one of the most effective, technically diverse and dynamic fighting sports ever devised. While no single volume can present all the techniques and skills of the Russian sport of sambo, Sambo Encyclopedia: The Throws, Holds And Submission Techniques of Russia's Fighting Sport is the largest and most comprehensive sambo book available in the English language.

Over the course of 332 pages and with more than 1,200 color photos, the comprehensive Sambo Encyclopedia features hundreds of throws, holds, armlocks and leglocks. Author Steve Scott also presents a systematic approach to how the sport of sambo is taught and practiced as well as historical insight on how this fascinating combat sport from Russia came about and developed into an international sport.

Whether you are a sambo enthusiast or wish to learn more about sambo to enhance your skills in any other combat sport, this book will prove to be a useful and reliable source of information for years to come.

Author: Steve Scott

Editions:  Softcover



About the Author

STEVE SCOTT has personally coached four World Sambo Champions and several other world-class medal winners and members of world and international teams. He is considered a pioneer in sambo in the United States and is a member of the U.S. Sombo Association Hall of Fame.

This book, “Sambo Encyclopedia: The Throws, Holds and Submission Techniques of Russia’s Fighting Sport,” comes from a very qualified and competent individual and I throw my full support behind it.
— Joe Neely, U.S. World Team Coach

Ground Kicks

Ne Geri Wawa: The Art of Fighting From Down Under

Whether you are on the ground by choice or you have been taken down, whether your opponent is standing or is on the ground with you, whether you are a good grappler or you are trying to keep a good grappler at bay, whether you were caught unawares sitting on the floor or you have evaded down on purpose, whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist…this book has the right kick for the situation.

In Ground Kicks: Advanced Martial Arts Kicks for Ground-fighting from Karate, Krav Maga, MMA, Capoeira, Kung Fu and more, Marc De Bremaeker has created a comprehensive collection of ground kicks, with hundreds of applications for sport fighting and self-defense situation. Packed with over 1200 photographs and illustrations, Ground Kicks also includes specific training tips for practicing each kick effectively and detailed information on safely transitioning to and from the ground as well as the important art of moving on the ground. Being on the ground is certainly not being vanquished; in fact, it is often an advantageous situation against a standing adversary whose groin and knees are easy targets.

Not only are Ground Kicks efficient and surprising techniques for both sport and self-defense, they are also great drills for serious improvement of the corresponding standing kicks. Training with Ground Kicks will make you a better fighter, regardless of style.

Author: Marc De Bremaeker 

Editions: Kindle, iPad, Android, Softcover


Combative Elbow Strikes: A Guide to Strikes, Blocks, Locks, and Take Downs

Every person interested in learning to defend themselves and the finer points of protection will benefit from this book. It does not matter if you come at this topic from a civilian standpoint or that of professional military or law enforcement.
— Dr. George Vitale, 8th Dan ITF Taekwon-Do, 24 years with the New York State Police

Combative Elbow Strikes: A Guide to Strikes, Blocks, Locks, and Take Downs is an in-depth analysis of the practical applications for five of the most common elbow strikes found in the martial arts.

While conventional wisdom holds that an elbow strike is simply a technique used for close-range striking, Jeff W. Rosser asserts that the movements used in executing these elbow strikes are highly versatile and applicable to a wide range of situations.

In this book, Rosser demonstrates how an elbow strike can be used for executing blocks, joint locks, throws, take downs, chokes, pins, traps, releases, and ground fighting in addition to striking.

Illustrated with over 250 photographs, Combative Elbow Strikes presents more than 50 elbow strike applications in stand-up and ground fighting scenarios. Instruction on how to generate power and execute the elbow strikes efficiently and effectively ensures that you will get the most out of every technique.

Author: Jeff W. Rosser 

Editions: Kindle, iPad, Android, Softcover


Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat

Over 650 full-color photos for e-readers with color displays!

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The key to winning a fight is neutralizing your opponent's strengths and using his weaknesses against him. 

In Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat, Sang H. Kim teaches you how to neutralize and destroy your opponent in standing and ground confrontations, including realistic, no-nonsense strategies against tackles, head locks, chokes, arm locks, punches, grabs, low kicks, sweeps, throws, pins and a variety of strikes.

Over 50 standing and ground combat scenarios take you through a wide range of possible attack and defense situations to improve your fighter's instinct. In addition to demonstrating a practical defensive strategy, each scenario illustrates a key Junsado principle in action, building your ability to apply fighting principles across a wide range of situations. Also included is a complete reference to the fundamental skills of Junsado, including: stance, open and closed hand strikes, elbow strikes, low kicks, knee strikes, takedowns, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder locks and ground fighting skills.

Junsado, founded by former South Korean Special Agent and lifelong martial artist, is a dynamic and direct fighting style. This concise reference will help you hone your fundamental fighting skills, give you a framework for developing your fighting strengths, and reveal core principles that can be applied in the ring or on the street. 

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android


Vital Point Strikes: The Art and Science of Striking Vital Targets for Self-defense and Combat Sports

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Vital Point Strikes is a guide to pressure point striking for the average martial artist. Sang H. Kim demystifies the lore of vital point striking and shows you realistic applications of vital point strikes for self-defense and combat sports.

For those new to the concept of vital points, he begins by examining the Eastern theory of acupoints, meridians and ki (qi) and the Western scientific concepts of the nervous and circulatory systems, pain threshold and pain tolerance, and the relationship between pain and fear.

This synthesis of accepted Eastern and Western theories helps the reader understand what makes vital point striking work and why it can be not only useful in fighting, but deadly. 

Based on this introduction, you'll learn about 202 vital points for use in fighting including the name, point number, location, involved nerves and blood vessels, applicable techniques, sample applications, and potential results for each point. 

The points are illustrated in detail on an anatomically correct human model, with English, Chinese, and Korean names as well as point numbers for easy reference.

In addition to identifying the vital points, Sang H. Kim gives you detailed information about the type of techniques that work for vital point striking including a discussion of fighting zones and ranges, plexus strikes, stance and footwork, bodily weapons, striking directions and angles and dozens of applications for common empty hand, grappling, groundfighting, knife and gun attacks.

Based on over thirty years experience in the martial arts and in-depth research, Sang H. Kim has created one of the most complete books available on the art and science of vital point striking.
Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover


Ultimate Flexibility: Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts

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More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice.

Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. 

Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. 

You'll also find information that you won't find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster.

Building on this foundation, Sang H. Kim teaches you nearly 200 flexibility exercises that he has personally used to achieve the highest levels of flexibility. You'll get detailed instructions, workout planning guides, goal setting tips, difficulty levels, injury prevention and recovery, and over 400 photos to guide you. 

Includes Exercises and Workouts for: 

  • Core Workout 
  • Warm Up
  • Cool Down
  • Light Contact 
  • Full Contact 
  • Grappling
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Boxing
  • Weapons
  • High Kicks
  • Splits

Special bonus sections: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types. 

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover, Hardcover


The Art of Joint Locking

This book acts as that learning matrix. It provides the reader an opportunity to see our system of joint locks in such a way that it is easy to organize, but not so limiting so that it hampers a student’s learning process and unique personal style. It provides a clear, concise perspective on the joint-locks that are part and parcel to the United States Hapkido Federation’s curriculum.
— Patrick Kelly, President of the United States Hapkido Federation
Joint locking is much more than aligning an opponent’s arm into a secure lock, it is the understanding of the basic skeletal and muscle structure behind the lock itself. It takes patience and fortitude to train and develop a clear understanding of joint locking.
— Arlo Welty

The Art of Joint Locking is a diverse collection of Hapkido joint locks targeting the major joints of the human body. In addition to demonstrating a wide variety of practical, effective locking techniques, Author Arlo Welty teaches you simple joint lock defenses to escape common locks, key wrist stretches and the correct use of footwork. 

He also explains and illustrates the United States Hapkido Federation’s Twenty Directions of Response, the underlying principles for the locks taught in this book. Learn how to efficiently apply joint locks from the same side or cross grip positions, using the same hand as your opponent or switching hands. This incredibly versatile system is an essential component of mastering Hapkido joint locks. 

Finally, put your skills together to practice joint lock flows and weapon flows, combinations that naturally flow from one lock to another until you’ve secured a crippling hold on your assailant. 

Includes locks that target an assailant’s: • Wrist • Thumb • Fingers • Elbow • Shoulder • Head • Neck • Hip • Knee • Ankle
Author: Arlo Welty 

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover


Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy

As a medical doctor who appreciates the impact of daily stress on the body and the value of seeing body as an integrated system, the techniques presented as MBX-12 is a refreshing blend of the mental and physical.
— Jarrod Post, MD

Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy is a guide to invigorating your internal Ki energy flow through a unique sequence of 12 movements (MBX-12) targeting the 12 meridian energy channels. MBX-12 brings together mindful movement and deep breathing to create an active form of moving meditation.

As you learn the exercises that make up the MBX-12 routine, you'll develop an understanding of the mindfulness practice principles of attention, centering and release. Sang H. Kim introduces the movements of MBX with step-by-step practice guidance, focal points, self-assessment criteria, wellness applications and detailed explanations of how mindful movement influences your inner energy flow. You'll also learn 13 MBX Mudras, symbolic hand movements that activate the 6 meridians in the hand and affect energy flow across the body.

Throughout the book, short readings introduce you to the four pillars of energy transformation: mindfulness, movement, breath, and meridians. For experienced mind-body practitioners, MBX-12 is an excellent supplement to other mindful movement practice such as Yoga, Taichi, and Qigong. MBX-12 integrates your moving body with your breath, redirects energy flow along the 12 meridians, and unites the mind with all in the present.

Author: Sang H. Kim

Editions: Kindle, Softcover


Complete Taekwondo Poomsae

Each Poomsae is thoroughly illustrated with clear and technically precise photos. The instructional text is supplemented with information about the meaning, movement line and symbol of each of the taekwondo forms as well as the correct execution of each new movement introduced in the form. 

In addition to the 25 official Poomsae, the authors explain Poomsae theory and principles to help you understand the underlying concepts of Poomsae practice. Topics covered include:  characteristics of poomsae, 13 fundamental taekwondo techniques, stance, vital targets, bodily weapons, structural principles of poomsae, poomsae creating, movement principles, performance tips, mastery, terminology, origin of Taegeuk and Palgwae, meaning of the trigrams, and complete Korean and English poomsae terminology. Much of this information has never before been translated into English. 

Complete Taekwondo Poomsae is the most complete reference book available on the WTF style Taekwondo forms including the Taegeuk, Palgwae and Black Belt Poomsae. 

Grandmasters Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang H. Kim have combined their extensive knowledge of traditional taekwondo forms to teach you not only the 25 official taekwondo poomsae, but the meaning of the forms, the principles of Poomsae performance and the philosophy that underlies the techniques.

The following Poomsae are included:

  • Poomsae Taegeuk Il Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Ee Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Sam Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Sah Jang 
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Oh Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Yuk Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Chil Jang
  • Poomsae Taegeuk Pal Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Il Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Ee Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Sam Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Sah Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Oh Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Yuk Jang
  • Poomsae Palgwae Chil Jang 
  • Poomsae Palgwae Pal Jang
  • Poomsae Koryo
  • Poomsae Keumgang
  • Poomsae Taebaek 
  • Poomsae Pyongwon 
  • Poomsae Sipjin
  • Poomsae Jitae
  • Poomsae Cheonkwon
  • Poomsae Hansoo
  • Poomse Ilyeo  

Kyu Hyung Lee, Sang H. Kim

Editions: Android, Softcover, Hardcover