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 

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Junsado Fundamentals, Standing and Ground Combat

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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  

 
Author:
Kyu Hyung Lee, Sang H. Kim

Editions: Android, Softcover, Hardcover

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Juji Gatame Encyclopedia

At over 400 pages, with thousands of detailed photos, this book is a comprehensive and thought-provoking examination of Juji Gatame that will be a reliable training reference for years to come.

Juji Gatame, the cross-body armlock, is the most popular armlock in the world. It has been used in a wide variety of martial arts and combat sports for years. 

The Juji Gatame Encyclopedia is a comprehensive, systematic and realistic study of the cross-body armlock. The skills demonstrated in this book have been used, and continue to be used, by athletes at all levels of competition in every combat sport that allows joint locks. 

The Juji Gatame Encyclopedia is the first book to examine, analyze, catalogue and systematically present this armlock. While the Cross-body Armlock is quite simple in concept, its execution is complex. Author Steve Scott has put together an extensive collection of Juji Gatame applications and variations, drawing on his decades of experience in Judo, Sambo and other forms of submission grappling.  

Author: Steve Scott

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The Fighter's Body: Your Guide to Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and Excellence in the Martial Arts

This is the most informative book that you will ever find regarding diet, nutrition, and fitness as they relate to martial arts training.
— J. King
If you are looking for info how to build confidence and your body, this is it.
— Walter Delap

You have an owner’s manual for your car, your stereo and even your blender, so why not your body? The Fighter's Body is exactly that, an owner's manual for your body, the most complex piece of equipment you will ever own.

As a martial artist, you have special needs. Have you ever wondered how that latest fad diet might affect your performance on the mat? Ever wanted to take off a few extra pounds? How about putting on muscle without slowing down? Make weight for a tournament? Lose 5 pounds fast? Eat better? Change weight classes? Confused about supplements, vitamins and protein shakes? Can't make sense of the food pyramid? Don't know where to start?

Start here. Author Loren Christensen and personal trainer Wim Demeere combine their knowledge of martial arts, weight training, nutrition, diet and exercise to answer your questions and put you on the road to becoming the best martial arts athlete you can be. 

This book will answer your questions about important topics including: 

  • Why some diets are harmful for martial artists 
  • How to calculate your protein needs for training 
  • When and how to use supplements 
  • How to eat at fast food places and not ruin your diet 
  • Why it's okay to splurge on "Dirt Day"
  • How to safely make weight for a fight or tournament
  • Why HIIT training is essential to weight loss 
  • What to eat on competition days 
  • How to create a plan that works and stick to it 

Authors: Loren W. ChristensenWim Demeere

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

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Martial Arts After 40

Finally a book about my generation!
— John Emmons

Martial Arts After 40 explores the needs and advantages of the over-forty martial artist. It takes an in-depth look at the realities of training in mid-life including:

  • What type of exercises are beneficial and which ones are dangerous? 
  • What are the effects of aging and what impact do they have on training? 
  • How can baby boomers keep up in a class of Gen-Xers? 
  • What types of injuries are common after forty and how can you prevent them? 

In addition to providing a wealth of fitness and training information, author Sang H. Kim addresses the fact that many older martial artists are looking for something more meaningful than just a good workout. 

His positive and knowledgeable approach to taking up or continuing martial arts training after 40 is inspiring, reassuring and informative. This book should be read by every adult martial artist regardless of age.
 
Author: Sang H. Kim

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