Blood and Guts: The Basics of Mixed Martial Arts


Chock-full of jaw-dropping punches and hard-hitting kicks, MMA grabs the attention of its fans with a tight grip. Get the details on the sport’s rules, its rise to fame, and an inside look at MMA’s most famous fighters.
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Chock-full of jaw-dropping punches and hard-hitting kicks, MMA grabs the attention of its fans with a tight grip. Get the details on the sport’s rules, its rise to fame, and an inside look at MMA’s most famous fighters.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paul Walter
"During a move called the bicep slicer, a fighter presses his opponent's bicep muscle against the humerus bone. The bicep slicer usually ends a match because the opponent is in so much pain." The quote from this title in the "The World of Mixed Martial Arts" series showcases the testosterone-fueled focus. The book's layout, with pictures of grappling, choking, punching, etc. against a black background broken by tribal, tiger-striped glimpses of steel cages, solidifies the all-dude appeal. The first shot of adrenaline comes in the form of a history lesson about the sports/arts that inspired mixed martial arts (MMA). The book then moves "Inside the Octagon" to show how all those action sports combine and play out during MMA combat. From punching and kicking to grappling and submission holds, fighters endure a beating to prove they have "hammerheads" rather than "glass jaws." Besides giving some quick biographies of famous MMA fighters, including some female fighters, the remainder of the book deals with the technical side with rules and regulations and major MMA organizations. While there's no way for an expository book about fighting to match the excitement of an actual match in the steel octagon, the author, Whiting, nicely combines history lessons with gritty fight descriptions. Although the Web-friendly, blurb-happy layout prevents a completely fluent read, the individual blurbs are well written with active verbs and sentence variety. In general, the frequently included factoids are fun and informational. Footnotes also nicely explain fight vocabulary. Following the action, there's a glossary of terms defined in the footnotes, a list of books for additional reading, an index, and a guide to for related Internet sites. This title may not make one submit to the power of MMA, but it is certainly scrappy enough to hang in there through the final round. Reviewer: Paul Walter
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–This series stands out for its exciting subject matter that has been popularized on television but that is not prevalent in material for this audience. Covering history, skills, basic rules, and greatest fights, Whiting provides information in fact boxes and in short bursts of text. Dramatic camera angles show sweating, bloody kickboxers, and cagefighters from just outside the ring. The black, red, and gold palette reflects the intensity of this sport that is often considered violent. The uninitiated will learn new vocabulary and that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is comprised of pankration, wrestling, and boxing. The author also discusses how politics has entered into the viewing of competitions on network and pay-per-view television. Fans of the sport will be mesmerized by these books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429634281
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Graphic History Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Darh Days 4

Chapter 1 Before the Days of mma 6

Chapter 2 Rules and regulations 14

Chapter 3 Inside the Octagon 20

Chapter 4 Major mma organizations 34

Chapter 5 Famous Fighters 38

Glossary 46


Internet Sites 47

Index 48

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