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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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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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

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover

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Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone

More Solo Training drills and exercises from Loren on the Solo Training video:

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Without any doubt the best buy ever, in a martial arts book. There are so many new things to work on, and new ways to do it.
— Pierre Maegaard Knudsen
You can’t do the same thing day after day and expect different results. Do something different.

With these words, author Loren Christensen puts his money where his mouth is and shows you over 300 ways you can add variety to your daily martial arts training routine. 

Whether you're a student looking for fun new solo drills to spice up your home training or an instructor in search of new ways to pump up your classes, you won't be disappointed. This incredible collection of drills, techniques and exercises will take your workouts to the next level. 

Learn to:

  • Organize your solo workouts to the get maximum results from even the shortest training session 
  • Improve your speed and power with dozens of inside tips and tricks 
  • Beat boredom and get excited about your solo training sessions 
  • Become a well rounded fighter by adding essential skills that your instructor may not be teaching you 
  • Safely experiment with new techniques to find your ideal personal style of training 
  • Get an edge on your opponents with training methods that will make you unstoppable in the ring or on the street 

Not only will you learn enough new training strategies and methods to keep you busy for years, but Loren Christensen's no-nonsense writing style will get you up and moving even on the days you'd rather skip your solo workout.

Packed with solid advice and kick-butt motivation, Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone will become your favorite training partner
 
Author: Loren W. Christensen

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Low Kicks: Advanced Martial Arts Kicks for Attacking the Lower Gates

Very technical. Not all martial arts kicks have to be high section to be effective. Very good resource for teaching.
— Geo Castaneda

Low kicks are powerful, fast, and effective exactly what you need to defend yourself in a real life confrontation. And because they are seldom used in sport fighting, they can be a surprising and valuable addition to your free fighting arsenal. 

While they may seem easy to execute, not all low kicks are simply low versions of the basic kicks. There are specific attributes and principles that make low kicks work. Marc de Bremaeker has collected the most effective low kicking techniques from Martial Arts like Krav Maga, Karatedo, Capoeira, Wing-Chun Kung-Fu, MMA, and Muay Thai. 

In Low Kicks: Advanced Martial Arts Kicks for Attacking the Lower Gates, he analyzes each kick in depth, explaining the proper execution and outlining applications and variations from self-defense, sport fighting and traditional practice. Hundreds of examples illustrated by one thousand photographs and illustrations will help you master the important skill of low kicking and become a better and more well-rounded fighter regardless of style.
 
Author: Marc de Bremaeker

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Conditioning for Combat Sports

Over 400 exercises to build strength, power, agility, and speed

BONUS: Foreword by Louie Simmons

I am a Crossfit/ MMA Coach, and this is one of the best books I have read for both. ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES FOR MMA TRAINING.
— Stephen Nichols
This book is HUGE and full of all types of training. There are over 300 pages of illustrated exercises. There are detailed explanations of not only how to do the lift, but how to properly train and utilized the lift to fix a weakness. There are workout routines and tons of advice.
— Thom Van Vleck, United States All-Round Weightlifting Association
IT’S A FIGHT, NOT A GAME

This book is about training for grapplers and fighters. It doesn’t matter what combat sport or martial art you specialize in, showing up in shape is mandatory. Your work ethic, your willingness to withstand harsh physical training and ability to absorb punishment all directly affect your success in grappling or fighting.
— Steve Scott & John Saylor

With these words, coaches Steve Scott and John Saylor challenge you to get in the best fighting shape of your life using the workouts and training regimens they’ve used to train hundreds of national and international champions.

What's Inside:

  • What is Functional Training and why does it work? 
  • Periodization: how to plan your training cycles 
  • Proven workout routines designed just for fighters 
  • The science behind the exercises, drills and workouts 
  • Freehand and bodyweight strength training 
  • The best barbell, dumbbell and weight machine exercises 
  • How the exercise ball can help you develop a rock hard core 
  • Strength training with Kettlebells 
  • "Old School" hard core power training 
  • Staying healthy and avoiding injuries for maximum mat time 
  • How to plan your workouts around your fight schedule 
  • Challenging medicine ball exercises 
  • Plyometric and jump training 

Authors: Steve Scott, John Saylor

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Plyo-Flex: Plyometrics and Flexibility Training for Explosive Martial Arts Kicks

Plyo-Flex is a system of plyometric exercises and intensive flexibility training designed to increase your kicking power, speed, flexibility and skill level. Based on scientific principles, Plyo-Flex exercises will boost your muscles, joints and nervous system interfaces to the next performance level. 

After only a few weeks of training, you should see a marked improvement in the speed of your kicks and footwork, the power of your kicks, the height of your jumps, your stamina and your overall flexibility. 

Hundreds of drawings and photographs will guide you through the basic plyometric and stretching exercises. Once you’ve mastered the basics, add the kicking-oriented variations to your workout for an extra challenge. 

Plyo-Flex is packed with exercises and drills proven to boost kicking performance while building strength, speed and flexibility.

Author: Marc De Bremaeker

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Excellent and to the point. The diagrams and descriptions are clear. The section on hamstrings and hip flexibility is excellent.
— oka usi

Fighters Fact Book: Over 400 Concepts, Principles & Drills to Make You a Better Fighter

In Fighter's Fact Book Loren Christensen has put together a collection of over 400 tips, drills, principles, concepts and exercises to give you the edge no matter what style of martial art you practice. 

Discover quick and innovative ways to improve your punching, kicking, sparring and self-defense skills plus dozens of tips to work those hard to improve areas like speed, power and flexibility. 

If you're feeling stuck or bored in your routine, Loren's down-to-earth, in-your-face-style will get you up and training with a fire you haven't felt in years. 

With hundreds of training methods drawn from his vast experience, research and interviews with top instructors around the country, Loren has put together an essential reference for every martial arts student and instructor. 

Author: Loren W. Christensen

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Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling

If you’ve read your copy of Solo Training to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into Solo Training 2, where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level.

In his follow up to the phenomenally popular Solo Training book, Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. Solo Training 2 kicks off with a focus on building your body's core for stronger, faster and more effective grappling, kicking and punching. 

A strong core - your shoulders, chest, abs, hips, and back - is the source of your body's power, speed and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter. 

You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can't find a partner and get the most out of your mannequin bag.

If hundreds of new training drills sound overwhelming, not to worry. Solo Training 2 wraps up with 8 workouts, each with a specific goal like the Free Hand Power Builder and the Boxer Workout. 

If you've read your copy of Solo Training to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into Solo Training 2, where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level. 

Author: Loren W. Christensen

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